The result is a smoother, more youthful brow that appears in harmony with the other facial features.
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 to look much older than their actual age.
- Traditional brow lift: a coronal incision is made behind the hairline, stretching between the ears and across the top of the forehead. Then the forehead skin is lifted, tissue is removed, muscles are adjusted and the eyebrows may be lifted. Excess skin is trimmed and the incision is closed with stitches or clips.
- 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 incisions. If the eyebrows are lifted they will be stitched or screwed (temporarily) into place.
- 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.