The brow lift, also called a forehead lift, is used to improve creases and sagging of the eyebrows along the brow line. Generally, all brow lift surgeries involve incisions along the hairline, tightening of loose facial skin, and removal of excess skin to improve visible signs of aging. It is necessary in some cases to remove or reposition the muscle located in the area in order to further smooth the forehead. Signs of aging are most apparent in one’s facial features, and this procedure is intended for those seeking a more youthful appearance.
There are a wide number of brow lift techniques used to obtain optimal results. The incisions can be long or short, the approach can be open or endoscopic. The best approach will be determined for you by the position of your hairline, your facial bone structure, the condition of your skin, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.
Am I a good candidate for a brow lift?
One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for a brow lift;
- You are in good physical condition
- You are bothered by creases or “frown lines” across your forehead
- You have a tired, angry or sad expression regardless of how you feel
- You have a sagging brow or deep furrows between your eyes
- You have heavy or sagging upper eyelids
- You have horizontal creases along the forehead
- You have a good bone structure and retain some skin elasticity
Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome and determine whether your desires can realistically be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.
Medical conditions: This procedure is not recommended for those with diabetes, heart problems, or a weak immune system. These factors can complicate surgery and interfere with optimal recovery.
Weight: It is important that you complete any weight loss goals prior to surgery and stabilize your weight. Extreme weight gain or weight loss will affect the long-term results of your procedure.
Expectations: It is important that you realize a brow lift will improve signs of aging, but does not stop aging. It is not a permanent procedure. It does not change underlying bone structure so it is not possible to look “like someone else.” This procedure must be for your happiness, and not to please others.
Surgery and Recovery
A brow lift is commonly an outpatient surgery, performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours recovery you will be permitted to go home. Your incisions will be wrapped in gauze dressings and will likely include drain tubes to prevent the accumulation of fluid. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complication and instructions for recovery.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery. Your incisions will be tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must avoid straining, bending, lifting and other strenuous activity for several days. Drain tubes are removed within a few days, most stitches are removed within a week. Bruising will occur, but typically resolves itself within two weeks. Swelling is most prominent in the first two days post surgery and greatly improves within two weeks but it may take several weeks for all swelling to clear. Facial and scalp numbness may occur but usually resolves within several months. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for the best outcome.