When it comes to treatments for moderate to severe wrinkles and sagging skin in the face, nothing quite rivals a facelift. But a facelift targets the lower portion of the face. If your concerns lie primarily in your forehead and eyebrow region, what you need is a brow lift. Here is all you need to know about brow lift surgery.
What does a Brow Lift Target?
A brow lift is ideal for moderate to severe wrinkles and sagging skin. Sagging eyebrows can result in a permanently scowling expression, and a brow lift can help remedy this. It can also help target deep wrinkles in the forehead and lift the overall eye area.
Before a Brow Lift
You will consult with your plastic surgeon, who will go over your medical history, perform a physical exam, and determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure. They will go over your expectations when it comes to getting a brow lift. Then they will go over any medications you currently take, as well as if and when you should stop taking any of them before the procedure. The surgeon will also explain everything you need to prepare before surgery.
Types of Brow Lift Surgeries
There are several different methods by which a brow lift surgery can be performed. Your doctor will choose the type most suited to your needs. The different types include:
Endoscopic brow lift: This method utilizes endoscopic technology (a small camera at the end of a wire) to help visualize the internal anatomy. This method results in several smaller incisions along the hairline.
Hairline brow lift: This method involves making the incision along the hairline. Benefits include that the hairline is not pulled back, but the scar may be slightly visible.
Coronal brow lift: The incision is placed behind the hairline in this type of brow lift. The scar is often less visible, but this method is not recommended for those with a receding hairline or thinning hair.
Temporal brow lift: A temporal brow lift may be ideal for those needing less intense correction of sagging. It only pulls up the outer corners of your eyebrows, and it is ideal for those just starting to show signs of aging in the brow area.
Recovery and Side Effects
After a brow lift surgery, as with any surgery, it’s important to follow aftercare instructions to recover quickly and minimize side effects. Common side effects include redness, swelling around the eyes, and pain along the incision area. You may also experience headaches. Sleeping at an elevated angle can help reduce swelling.
Use an ice pack or cold compress as needed. Pain medications will be prescribed and are taken as needed as well. Bandages placed over the incisions usually are removed 24-48 hours later. You will have a follow-up appointment about a week after surgery. Avoid strenuous activity for four weeks following your surgery.
Are you considering a brow lift surgery? Contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Edmund Fisher, and learn if a brow lift is right for you!