One cannot overemphasize the role that the eyebrows play in nonverbal communication and overall cosmetic appearance. Aging may cause the forehead to descend and the brow fat pads to deflate, causing a characteristic eyebrow droop that is most prominent in the outer third or “tail” of the brow. Although the use of muscle modulators (Botox®) and volumizing agents have revolutionized the way we treat the aging forehead, surgery achieves better control of the tissues and the results are longer lasting. Brow lift (forehead lift) surgeries are often performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty and facelift surgeries to create a balanced rejuvenative 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
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 Cascade Plastic Surgery patient.
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 and 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 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 (Minimally invasive technique): This method is recommended for patients with lateral and central brow sagging. Several (3-5) small incisions are made hidden behind the hairline. The forehead skin is lifted and the muscles and underlying tissues are elevated and secured to the scalp with an absorbable device called an Endotine. A temporal brow lift is done in conjunction with this. By releasing, repositioning and fixating tissues across surgically controlled vectors, the entire forehead is revitalized and balanced with the lower face, without 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 indicated for a limited group of patients who are not good candidates for other forms of brow lifts.
Most brow lift patients return to work approximately 1-2 weeks after their procedure. Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities. Brow lift patients may experience some numbness, incision discomfort and mild swelling. Exercise may be resumed in several weeks.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Patel today.
Phone: University Place (253) 671-7203 or Puyallup (253) 841-7930