A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at rejuvenating the upper third of the face by removing excess skin and tightening underlying tissues. It can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles, deep creases, and sagging eyebrows that can make a person look tired, angry or sad.
The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, and can take anywhere from one to two hours to complete. The specific technique used during the procedure will depend on the individual’s anatomy, desired results, and the surgeon’s preference.
Incorporating the latest advancements in minimally invasive techniques, many brow lift procedures can now be performed with less scarring and faster recovery times than traditional open procedures. Some of the common techniques used for brow lift surgery include:
- Endoscopic brow lift: This method involves the use of a small camera and instruments to perform the surgery through several small incisions.
- Temporal lift: This technique involves making small incisions in the temples to lift the eyebrows.
- Coronal brow lift: This is the traditional technique, which involves making an incision across the top of the scalp, hidden in the hairline.
Regardless of the technique used, the goal of the procedure is to reposition the brows to a higher, more youthful position on the forehead, and to smooth out any wrinkles and creases in the forehead and brow area.
The recovery process after a brow lift can vary, but most patients can expect some swelling and discomfort in the first few days following surgery. Pain medication can be prescribed to help manage any discomfort. It is also important to avoid any strenuous activities, such as lifting heavy objects or participating in intense physical exercise, for several weeks following surgery.
The results of a brow lift can be long-lasting, but the effects of aging and gravity will eventually cause some degree of sagging to return over time. However, the procedure can help to delay the signs of aging, allowing you to enjoy a more youthful, refreshed appearance for many years to come.
If you are considering a brow lift, it is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in this procedure. Your surgeon will be able to assess your individual anatomy and help you determine the best course of action for your unique needs and goals.