As you’ve gotten older, you might have noticed that your eyebrows have changed shape. While they once had an arch, they now seem flatter. Your brows might sag or droop over your eyes, giving you a tired look. Fortunately, there is a surgical procedure that can reduce sagginess in the eyebrow area and rejuvenate your forehead. A brow lift removes excess skin from the forehead area, creating a more youthful look.
Why Would I Want a Brow Lift?
You might want a brow lift if you find that the signs of aging on your face on concentrated in the forehead area. Procedures such as a facelift only target the lower part of your face. If you have loose skin or wrinkles on your forehead, a brow lift targets the upper face area. Compared to injections such as Botox, the surgery provides long lasting results.
Brow lifts aren’t for everyone. Your surgeon will typically advise against the surgery if you’re a smoker or if you don’t have any signs of aging in the forehead or eyebrow region. You’ll also need to be in generally good health before a doctor will perform the surgery.
Where Is the Scar Located?
There are actually several ways of performing a brow or forehead lift. Where the scar ends up depends on where the surgeon needs to make the incision. The more advanced technique, an endoscopic brow lift, has a few very small incisions made in the hairline. The scars from this version of the surgery are very unnoticeable, due to their size and their location.
Another method of performing a brow lift requires the use of a coronal incision. Although the incision is much larger than the one used during an endoscopic procedure, it is still covered by the hairline and can be concealed with the hair after the surgery is over. While the endoscopic method works for many patients, your surgeon may need to perform the surgery with a coronal incision if you have a very droopy brow or deep wrinkles.
Less common incision locations include across the middle or top of the forehead or directly above the eyebrows themselves.
How Long Will I Need to Recover?
In most cases, you’ll be able to start up light activities again a few days after your surgery. Many patients head back to work within 7 to 10 days after the procedure, as long as their work doesn’t involve a lot of physical activity or straining. Usually, your surgeon will recommend holding off on vigorous activity, including exercise, for several weeks after the procedure.
If you drive, you will have to wait until you’re back to your old self again before you get behind the wheel. That means you should be able to react quickly, reach the brake and gas pedal and make full turns without pain or discomfort. Until you’re able to drive again, have a relative or friend take you from place to place.
Bruising and swelling is common after the surgery. Don’t be alarmed when the swelling gets worse a couple of days after the procedure, as it usually peaks by the third day, then starts to subside. You might also notice that the bruising isn’t in the area of the surgery itself, but underneath your eyes. While at first your scalp and forehead might feel numb, after about a week, feeling will return and you might notice some itchiness in the area.
How Long Will the Results Last?
The results from a brow lift last a long time in many cases. The number of years your results will last depend on how your body continues to age and what steps you take to protect yourself from external factors that contribute to aging, such as sun exposure and tobacco use.
Can You Combine the Surgery With Other Procedures?
You can combine a brow lift with a range of other surgeries or non-surgical treatments. For example, you may decide to have eyelid surgery performed at the same time as your brow lift, if you have droopy lids. The surgery can also be performed at the same as a facelift, to rejuvenate the entire area of the face.
Dr. Ross Clevens, a double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Melbourne, Florida, is available to answer any additional questions you might have about brow lift surgery. To learn more about the surgery and decide if it’s the one for you, call (321) 727-3223 today to schedule a consultation.