Brow lift, also known as forehead lift, is an ideal procedure to restore youthfulness in those with sagging forehead skin and drooping eyebrows. An incision is made along the hairline to allow lifting of the forehead and brow skin. The procedure may also include the removal of the excess skin. Oftentimes, a brow lift is done in combination with eyelid surgery
Different Types of Brow Lift
Brow lifting procedures have evolved from open techniques to minimally invasive short incision and endoscopic approaches. Typical incisions are in the hair-bearing scalp but occasionally they are made directly in the forehead or upper eyelids. Your particular brow lift technique will depend on your specific facial features and aesthetic preference.
Types of brow lifting procedures offered by Dr. Lee:
Coronal Classic Brow:
An incision is made either just behind or at the hairline. The skin is separated from the underlying tissues, loose redundant skin is removed, and stitches are used to elevate the brow into its new position. This approach is often used if you have deep forehead wrinkles and significant droop to your brow.
Limited Incision Technique:
This is a non-endoscopic approach that uses small access incisions within the temple area and behind the hairline to elevate the brow. The “tail” or outside portion of the brow is elevated, excess loose skin is trimmed and the elevated brow is held in place with stitches. This is board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Lee’s procedure of choice for brow elevation.
You may be a candidate for a brow lift if:
- The outer portion of your brow sags over your eyelids, giving a tired, sad, or angry appearance
- You are bothered by significant creases and frown lines in your brow and forehead area.
- You are healthy with no underlying medical conditions and a non-smoker
Before the Procedure
During your initial consultation, Dr. Lee will perform a thorough evaluation of your face. He will determine if you are a good candidate for a brow lift and make a recommendation tailored to your specific goals. Pre-treatment photos will be taken and any potential risks and complications will also be discussed.
Dr. Jonathan Lee (MD, FRCSC) is an experienced, Canadian and New York fellowship-trained Plastic Surgeon based in Calgary. Well-established, he is board certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
- General anesthesia or local anesthesia is used depending on the type of technique selected.
- The incision is made at the hairline, behind the hairline or immediately above the eyebrow on both sides. Excess skin is removed, muscles are adjusted, and the eyebrows are carefully lifted to their original level. The incision is then closed, leaving a scar lying either within the hairline of the temple or within the eyebrow itself.
- The procedure is often combined with other facial rejuvenation surgeries such as a facelift and blepharoplasty.
After the Surgery
Patients may experience mild pain along the incisions. Dr. Lee will prescribe you a pain reliever. After several days, Tylenol is usually sufficient for any discomfort.
Swelling and bruising is normal and will usually resolve over several weeks. Cold compresses to the forehead area in addition to Arnica can be used to speed the process in the first week.
For the first few days following the operation, the patient should have their head elevated when sleeping by using extra pillows. This will further reduce swelling. Recovery time is about one to two weeks.
Dr. Lee will typically see you one week after the surgery to remove any stitches. At this time he will also provide you with detailed scar care instructions. The next visits will be after 6 weeks, 3 months and 1 year.
It is important to note that the brow lift surgery does not stop the aging process. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and skin care regimen are strongly recommended to help patients get the most longevity out of their surgery results.
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