Although the use of muscle modulators (Botox®) and volumizing agents have revolutionized the way that we treat an aging forehead, surgery may achieve better control of the tissue with longer-lasting results. Brow lift surgeries are often performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty and facelift surgeries to create a balanced rejuvenating effect across the face.
A brow lift procedure may help to achieve the following:
- Raise sagging brows
- Improve frown lines
- Reposition the eyebrows in a youthful position
Your Brow Lift Consultation
At your initial consultation, you will discuss your concerns and desired outcome with your surgeon. You will be asked about your medical history and your surgeon will conduct a physical examination of your brow and forehead region.
If you are a good candidate for a brow lift, your surgeon will explain how the procedure will be designed to correct your areas of concern. Every brow lift is tailored to the individual needs of each of our patients.
Understanding Your Brow Lift Surgery
Your surgeon will help you decide which surgical approach will best achieve your cosmetic goals: temporal brow lift, temporal with Endotine brow lift, or direct brow lift. It is important to understand the technique that your surgeon recommends, and why he or she feels it is best for you.
Temporal Brow Lift
This method is recommended for patients with lateral brow sagging. An incision is made in the temporal hair-bearing scalp so that your incision is completely hidden once healed. The lateral brow is elevated through this small incision and re-suspended in a higher position.
Temporal with Endotine Brow Lift
This minimally invasive technique is recommended for patients with lateral and central brow sagging. The procedure involves three to five small incisions made beneath the hairline, which is how the surgeon accesses the forehead skin, muscles, and underlying tissues.
Using an absorbable device called an Endontine, the surgeon elevates the tissues and secures them to the scalp, completing a temporal brow lift at the same time. By releasing, repositioning, and fixating tissues across surgically controlled vectors, the entire forehead is revitalized and balanced with the lower face, without even leaving a visible scar.
Direct Brow Lift
This method requires an incision directly over the central and lateral brow to elevate the tissues. It is usually indicated for a limited group of patients who are not ideal candidates for the other forms of brow lifts.
Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities, but most patients return to work in approximately 1-2 weeks. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks. Following the procedure, brow lift patients should expect some numbness, incision discomfort, and mild swelling.