A Brow Lift (also known as a Forehead Lift or an Upper Face Lift) is a surgical procedure designed to lift the brow and eliminate wrinkles on the forehead. People with droopy or sagging brows can have a sad, angry, or tired appearance; a brow lift can make that person look more happy and energetic.
The most common signs of a patient who would benefit from a brow lift are:
If you feel that your face does not reflect how happy, young, and energetic you actually feel, then you may be a candidate for a brow lift.
The best way to find out if a brow lift is right for you is to consult with our doctors. Our expert surgeons will examine your skin, including its texture and elasticity, and evaluate the tone of your underlying facial tissues and bone structure. Dr. Nichter or Dr. Horowitz will also consider the aesthetics of your eyes and how a brow lift would affect their appearance.
A brow lift can also adjust the position of your hair line, lowering it if it is too high or raising it if it is too low.
If a patient’s primary concern is the “frown” or “worry” lines between the eyebrows and at the top of the nose, a limited brow lift to address only this problem may be possible.
Brow lifts are very versatile procedures which can be performed a number of ways to varying degrees. The outside (lateral) brow can be raised or the entire brow, depending on what is required. This is why it is so important to select a highly qualified surgeon to match your needs and goals with the right procedure.
Brow lifts are done on an outpatient basis. They can be performed under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.
The specific procedure your brow lift entails will depend on your needs. Factors such as whether entire brow or only the outer brow is to be raised, repositioning of the hairline, and the patient’s individual facial contours will determine the placement and extent of the incisions.
By using a beveled incision technique, our surgeons preserve as many of your hair follicles as possible. This means that individual hairs will grow into the scar area, often hiding it to the extent that you could wear your hair pulled back.
Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Nichter also perform endoscopic brow lifts, which make use of an endoscope: a narrow, hollow scope with a fiber-optic light source and a camera. Endoscopic brow lifts involve several short incisions behind the hair line.
Our office will provide you with complete information well ahead of your surgery date. This information is also available in our Patient Information section. Our doctors will go over with you which medications you should not take before your surgery, and they will advise you to stop smoking two weeks before your surgery.
Brow lift patients should expect to leave the surgery center with taping or light dressing, depending on the surgeon’s preference. This will be removed during the first week following surgery. Bruising and swelling are normal at this point, and temporary asymmetry is very common. Most swelling will go away within 48 hours and bruising will resolve within one to two weeks. After one week, concealing makeup is permitted.
Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication.
Smokers will be advised to continue abstaining from smoking for two weeks after surgery to avoid complications.
The result of your brow lift should become apparent after several weeks, and minor changes may occur over several months as your face settles in to its new appearance.
The brow lift is a relatively simple procedure and complications resulting from it are very rare. But like any surgery, it does carry some risks. Our surgeons will go over the risks with you and give you thorough instructions to avoid them.
The cost of a brow lift can vary quite a lot because brow lifts themselves can be done in a variety of ways. The factors which contribute to the cost of a brow lift are:
To speak to an expert about brow lifts, to obtain a more accurate idea of the cost of a brow lift, or to schedule a consultation please call our office at (949) 203 3812.