With age, the skin on our forehead and above our eyebrows begins to sag. Beyond being unattractive, this phenomenon can make people you interact with think you’re perpetually tired, sad, even angry. And if the sagging becomes extreme enough, it can interfere with your vision. A brow lift with the Elite Plastic Surgery team addresses this sagging and gives your face a younger, more energetic look.
What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift focuses on the forehead and the brows. The procedure removes or alters the muscles above the eyes tosmooth lines and raise the eyebrows for a more youthful appearance.
Would a Brow Lift help me?
Brow lift patients usually are between the ages of 40 and 60 and have sagging brows and aging forehead skin. The goal of the procedure is to elevate the brows and erase the lines and creases on the forehead. If you’re unsure if a brow lift could benefit you, there’s an easy way to see its potential effects. Stand in front of a mirror and take the lower palms of your hands and place them just above the eyebrows on each side of your head. Now pull those palms up and away from your eyes. What you see is basically what a brow lift will accomplish.
How are Brow Lifts done?
There are two options for a brow lift, depending on your personal situation.
- Coronal brow lift — This is also known as the “traditional” brow lift. It involves a single coronal (think of it as the shape of a pair of headphones) incision that runs from one ear, wraps up around the forehead, and terminates at the other ear. This incision is hidden within the hairline. The forehead skin is lifted away and underlying muscles are trimmed and repositioned as appropriate. If necessary, the eyebrows may be lifted. The final step is to trim excess skin. Then the skin in re-draped and the incision is closed.
- Endoscopic brow lift — Thanks to continuing improvements in technology, the endoscopic brow lift is becoming the method of choice. In this method, three to five short incisions are made within the hairline. An endoscope, a tiny instrument with a camera on the end, is inserted into one of the incisions. This provides excellent visuals of the area to be addressed without the need for the longer coronal incision. Tools are inserted into the other small incisions to manipulate the skin and muscles. As you would expect, there is very little scarring with this method.
What is recovery from Brow Lift surgery like?
There will be swelling and bruising after your brow lift, and this can migrate down into your cheeks and around your eyes. While unpleasant, this should run its course in a week to 10 days. For the first two or three days after your surgery, you’ll need to keep your head elevated, even while sleeping.
Traditional brow lifts involve more numbness and discomfort along the incision. Initial numbness will be replaced by itching that can last up to six months. Often, the hair near the incision will fall out or thin, but normal hair growth should return within weeks or a few months.
Endoscopic brow lifts will also involve some numbness due to the tissue manipulation, but there is far less itching than traditional methods.
Most patients can return to work within 10 days, but heavy lifting and vigorous exercise will need to wait for around one month.
How long do the results of a Brow Lift last?
Like any cosmetic procedure, a brow lift has permanent affects but it can’t halt the ongoing processes of aging. The goal in a brow lift is to give permanent improvement to the transverse lines and frown lines of the forehead. Aspects of a brow lift will remain. For instance, forehead lines will never again be as severe. But the brows will continue to descend with aging. The average brow lift patient can expect the effects of the procedure to visibly last from 10-12 years.
Are there alternative treatments to a surgical Brow Lift?
A brow lift is the only surgical option for this area of the face. But there are non-surgical options. These are neuromodulators such as Botox or Xeomin, and dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. Neuromodulators are used to relax the brow depressor muscles, allowing the brow to rise. Dermal fillers can then raise the brow and add volume to deflated areas of the brow and temple area.
Schedule a Consultation
If you think you may need a brow lift and would like to learn more information on the procedure, call (616) 459-1907 to schedule a consultation. Elite Plastic Surgery serves Grand Rapids, Byron Center, and surrounding areas in Michigan.