The result is a smoother, more youthful brow that creates harmony with the entire facial region.
The brow lift encompasses the removal or alteration of the muscles above the eyes to smooth lines and raise the eyebrows. At times it is combined with non and minimally invasive techniques.
While attention exclusively to the forehead is often the case, at times a brow lift does need to be combined with other procedures, like eyelid surgery and facelifts. This needs to be determined through a conversation and examination with Dr. Brady. As with a facelift, this initial visit leads to a customized strategy that can often include non and minimally invasive techniques.
- The forehead region of the face gives away a lot of information. It can cause individuals to look angry or frustrated, and sometimes look much older than their actual age.
- Temporal brow lift: an incision is made behind the hairline, lateral to the eyebrow. The skin, soft tissue and muscle are then elevated to the desired position. This creates a more youthful peak of the lateral brow instead of the heavy, sagging brow associated with aging. Excess skin is trimmed and the incision is closed with dissolvable stitches.
- Endoscopic brow lift: three to five short incisions (less than an inch long) are made behind the hairline. The skin is lifted through one of the incisions and the muscles are adjusted through the other incision. This technique is used to elevate the entire forehead and eyebrows, but can be done with minimal incisions and scarring.
- Often times non or minimally invasive techniques, like lasers and ultherapy are used.
- The procedure can last 2 - 4 hours and is typically performed under general anesthesia, although local anesthesia combined with a sedative is also possible.
RECOVERY / POST-OPERATIVE
With these procedures, you will be on your feet and able to wash your hair in a day or two, and many patients return to work in 7-10 days, or less. Swelling and bruising should fade by the third week.