What Is A Brow Lift?
Our skin loses its elasticity with age, causing wrinkles to appear on the forehead, and frown lines between the brows, which lend an angry or severe look. Skin laxity can also cause the eyebrows to drop, hooding the upper eyelids for an overall tired look. A brow lift (also known as a forehead lift) is a surgical cosmetic procedure that lifts the brow area’s soft tissue and skin to tighten and revitalize the appearance of the eyebrows, the forehead, and the area around the eyes.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Brow Lift?
If signs of aging in the brow region are doing a number on your confidence, a brow lift may be right for you. You may be a candidate for brow lift surgery if:
- You do not have any major medical conditions and are generally in good health
- You have lost soft tissue volume and have a sagging or wrinkled brow area
- You have realistic expectations and full knowledge of what facelift surgery can and can’t achieve (this will be discussed during your consultation)
Benefits of Having Brow Lift Surgery
1) Smooths Away Facial Creases
By elevating your brow and removing excess skin, a brow lift can erase common signs of aging on the upper face, including horizontal lines across the brow and vertical lines between the eyebrows. Your skin will be left looking smoother and more youthful.
2)Opens Up Your Eyes
A sagging brow can significantly affect your upper eyelids’ appearance, creating a tired appearance in some instances. In such cases, it can be challenging to apply makeup, or even see as clearly as one should. Raising the brow creates a more alert look by opening up the eye area, improving your field of vision at the same time.
3) Reverses a Tired, Angry Appearance
A sagging brow line, lines between the eyebrows, and forehead creases can all make you look eternally tired or annoyed. A brow lift elevates your brow and smooths away undesirable lines for a happier, more relaxed, and more youthful appearance.
4) Reduces Wrinkles & Frown Lines
While popular surgical alternatives like Botox and Juvederm are used to reduce forehead lines and create the appearance of a raised brow line, the results are shorter term and must be repeated periodically. During a brow lift procedure, excess skin is removed, and the underlying structure adjusted, resulting in longer-lasting results.
Brow Lift Risks & Safety
Like any surgery, a brow lift poses a few risks. While complications are quite rare, the risks of brow lift surgery include:
- Anesthesia intolerance
- Changes in skin sensation
- Asymmetry in the position of the brows
- An elevated hairline or hair loss at the incision site
These and other potential risks will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation.
How much will a brow lift cost, on average?
While the average cost of a brow lift in the US is $3500-$5000, your specific needs will be assessed and your final brow lift cost determined during your consultation, as every patient’s needs are different. Schedule a consultation today to find out more!
How is a Brow Lift Procedure Performed?
Brow lift techniques vary depending on your unique goals and needs, but generally involve the raising of the soft tissue and skin of the forehead and brow in order to improve the appearance of the forehead, the brow, and the area around the eyes. The specific technique Dr. Egozi chooses will determine the location of the incisions and the scar size.
What Are the Different Types of Brow Lift?
During your consultation, your goals will be thoroughly discussed to determine the best brow lift option for you. The types of brow lift procedures at Egozi Plastic Surgery include:
1) The Classic lift
The classic or coronal brow lift involves one continuous cut beginning at ear level and traversing the hairline up the forehead to the next ear. The careful lifting of the forehead skin allows for the adjustment of fat, tissue, and muscle. Depending on where your hairline is, Dr. Egozi will work to avoid a visible scar. After trimming away excess skin, the incision is closed.
2) The Endoscopic lift
The endoscopic lift requires several small incisions and is less invasive, with shorter recovery time. Dr. Egozi will insert a scope (tiny camera) in through one of the incisions while making the necessary alterations through another incision. During the procedure, small anchors are used to secure the tissue.
Why Choose Dr. Egozi as Your Brow Lift Surgeon?
Dr. Egozi has been running a successful practice for over 15 years. With his comprehensive expertise in a wide spectrum of aesthetic procedures–from noninvasive to surgical, you’re always in great hands. Egozi Plastic Surgery surgical facilities are state-of-the-art and ranked among premier surgical centers in the Tampa Bay area.
Recovery Process After Brow Lift Surgery
During your brow lift recovery period, your forehead may be taped or your head loosely wrapped to minimize post-op swelling and bruising. A thin tube may be placed to drain any excess blood or fluid that might collect underneath the skin.
Here are a few tips to quicken and optimize your recovery:
1) Rest with Your Head Elevated
Take pain medication as recommended by your doctor, and be sure to rest with your head elevated on several pillows for at least two weeks. Avoid sleeping on the sides of your face.
2) Apply Cold Compresses
Apply cool packs or compresses to your face as instructed by Dr. Egozi to ease pain and relieve swelling. Never pick at scabs or crusting.
3) Avoid Excessive Pressure or Motion
As much as possible, avoid exposing your incisions to the pressure of touch or too much movement. Avoid clothes that must be pulled over your head, and hit pause on strenuous exercise.
How long Will the Recovery Period Be?
After brow lift surgery, it typically takes 10-14 days for your wound to heal, at which time you should be able to return to work. Sutures or clips will be removed when Dr. Egozi deems it appropriate. Although you will look presentable at this time, the swelling will continue to dissipate, and incision lines fade for several weeks, and it may take months to recover completely. Makeup can be used to camouflage any bruising. Dr. Egozi will provide detailed aftercare instructions.
Schedule Your Tampa Bay Brow Lift Surgery
To learn more about your brow lift options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Egozi today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Brow Lifts Painful?
Brow lift surgery is typically performed using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation with local anesthesia, and most patients experience minimal discomfort during the surgery. Afterwards, pain medication will be prescribed to manage any pain. While pain is usually relatively mild, it is common to feel slight discomfort as well as a sensation of tightness in the forehead area in the weeks following your surgery.
What is the Difference Between a Brow Lift and An Eyelid Lift?
While a brow lift and an eyelid lift are both highly effective ways to eliminate signs of aging in the upper half of the face, they are each designed to target unique concerns. A brow lift addresses everything from the eyebrows on up, eliminating lines and wrinkles. On the other hand, an eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, solely addresses eyelid concerns (i.e. hooded upper lids or undereye bags). Depending on the range of your concerns, you may need to combine an eyelid lift with a brow lift for best results.
Does a Brow Lift Get Rid of Forehead Wrinkles?
Although people of all ages opt for brow lifts, the procedure is most often performed on patients between 40-60 to minimize age-induced wrinkles. The muscles and tissues causing furrowing or drooping in the forehead area are removed or altered to smooth the skin, raise the eyebrows, and minimize any frown lines.