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Gravity, aging, and sun exposure can lead to heavy, drooping brows over time. A browlift, or forehead lift, is used to elevate and reposition the eyebrows as well as help smooth the “worry lines” and horizontal wrinkles of the forehead. Performed endoscopically using small incisions hid well behind the hairline, a browlift can restore a youthful, better-rested appearance to the face. Small dissolvable fixation devices are used to hold the repositioned forehead in place under the skin. This method can be used in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures including blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and facelifts.
- Minimally invasive endoscopic technique
- Helps lift ‘heavy’, ‘tired’ brows
- Performed on an outpatient basis
- Minimal bruising and swelling usually resolves within ten days
- No drains or tubes placed during surgery
Candidates for a Brow Lift
Patients who want to make their eyebrows look younger and less droopy are ideal candidates for a brow lift. People who want to smooth away forehead lines and wrinkles are also excellent candidates.
The best candidates are in good health and have realistic expectations in terms of results. Patients who want to get a forehead lift must avoid smoking for several weeks before the procedure.
Before patients can get a brow lift, they first need to schedule a consultation. This will help address any concerns that they may have regarding the procedure. The steps involved will be explained to them, as will preparation and aftercare steps.
The patient’s medical history will be discussed to make sure that the procedure is safe for them. The area will also be carefully examined. Any questions that patients may have regarding the procedure can be answered during the consultation.
Brow Lift Procedure
Brow lifts at Liebertz Plastic Surgery at Yarrow Bay take approximately one and a half hours and are performed under general anesthesia with a licensed anesthesia provider. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and you go home the same day. Most surgeries are performed endoscopically, using small cameras and lights placed through tiny incisions.
Small incisions are hid behind the hairline in the scalp, and an endoscope is inserted into the incisions. The skin and muscles are elevated off the forehead using special endoscopic instruments, and the entire forehead and brow complex is then fixated in place using small dissolvable devices that are implanted into the bone. The incisions are closed and a sterile dressing is applied to the forehead.
Sometimes, a brow lift may involve incisions directly on the forehead or hidden within the eyebrows or hairline. These “direct” brow lifts are good options for candidates who do not have the ideal anatomy for endoscopic techniques.
Brow Lift Recovery
After surgery, a light compression dressing is worn overnight on the head. The dressing is removed the next morning in the office. Sutures are then removed eight days after the procedure. Recovery time ranges from ten to fourteen days. Strenuous activity, including all “cardio” exercise, is limited for four weeks. Blood thinners such as aspirin, NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc), fish oil, vitamin E, and others are to be avoided for at least two weeks after surgery. Your doctor will give you specific instructions for your individual recovery, and following these instructions can help speed your recovery and reduce the risk of post-operative complications.
Brow Lift Results
Brow lifts improve and restore a youthful appearance to the forehead and eyes. They address heavy or tired looking eyes, and can be used to restore youthfulness to the upper one third of the face. Results are seen immediately upon removal of the dressings, and will improve as forehead and eye swelling subsides over the next seven to ten days. Scars fade over time with significant long-term results settling in after four to six weeks.
Brow lift Risks
Though rare, post-operative complications from any surgical procedure are possible. They may include infection, bleeding, blood clots, and poor healing (including scarring), all which may require further surgery.
Risks specific to brow surgery also include migraine headaches, asymmetry, numbness or paresthesia (tingling or pins-and-needles feeling), and damage to the facial nerve resulting in partial or complete facial paralysis.
Brow Lift Cost
Due to the number of factors involved in deciding the cost of a brow lift, prices differ depending on the patient’s case. Factors include the techniques employed, anesthesia fees, and total procedure time.
Set Up Your Consultation
Find out more about the brow lift in Bellevue—contact Liebertz Plastic Surgery at Yarrow Bay and set up your helpful consultation. Dr. Liebertz will be happy to help you achieve the youthful brow and forehead you’ve been hoping for.