Brow lifts can revitalize drooping or lined foreheads, helping you look less angry, sad or tired. Using either traditional or minimally invasive (endoscopic) methods, brow lifts involve the removal or alteration of the muscles above the eyes to smooth lines and raise the eyebrows for a more youthful appearance. The procedure is often combined with other operations such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facelifts to improve the look of the eyes and other areas of the face.
Candidates for Brow Lift
While brow lifts are typically performed on patients aged 40-60 to counteract the effects of aging, anyone with lined or inelastic skin on the forehead – whether it’s caused by muscle activity or inherited conditions – are eligible. The procedure is usually performed in an office-based facility or surgery center under local anesthesia and sedation.
If you aren’t sure that you want a brow lift, try standing in front of a mirror and placing the palms of your hands to the sides of your eyes above the eyebrows. Then pull the skin back from the eyes, raising the forehead. This is approximately how the procedure will make you look.
Brow Lift Procedure
Brow lifts may be performed in one of two ways: with conventional methods, in which the incision is hidden beneath the hairline (for patients with thinning hair, who are bald or who have had previous surgery in the area, the incision will likely be moved somewhere less conspicuous); or with an endoscope, in which a tiny camera and instruments are inserted through a few small incisions. Both techniques produce similar results. Dr. Hutchinson will determine which option is better for you.
Recovery from Brow Lift
After a brow lift procedure, patients may experience numbness, swelling and discomfort around the incisions. It is recommended to keep the head elevated for a few days. Bandages and stitches are usually removed within a week, which is around the time that most patients can return to regular activities. Swelling and bruising should subside by the third week.
Results from Brow Lift
The results of a brow lift are visible right away, and will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subside. Scars will fade over time to become less noticeable as well. Most patients are highly satisfied with the final results of their procedure and are often surprised at how much younger they look without a sagging brow.
Risks of Brow Lift
Risks and complications from a brow lift are rare and usually minor, but may include temporary numbness, nerve injury, hair loss along scar edges, formation of a broad scar requiring surgical correction, and infection and bleeding.