Browlift / Forehead Lift
Surgical Rejuvenation of the Upper Face, Endoscopic Forehead Lift
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Browlift / Forehead Lift Overview
|GOALS||Elevate a sagging (ptotic) brow, rejuvenate the upper face and eyes|
|PROCEDURE||Forehead lift / Browlift|
|ANESTHESIA||Local anesthesia with sedation in the operating room|
|LENGTH||Approximately 2 hours|
|AFTER PROCEDURE||Dressing removed after 1 day, Sutures removed in 1 week|
|RECOVERY||May resume most activities after a few days, bruising and swelling mostly resolved by 10 days, return to work in 1-2 weeks, resume full activity (exercise, heavy lifting) in 3 weeks.|
A Browlift or Forehead Lift is performed to rejuvenate the upper face, with the goal of lifting and restoring the upper facial soft tissues to a more youthful position in relation to the eyes and surrounding facial features.
The Aging Process
As part of the normal aging process, the forehead begins to sag and may develop lines as a result of years of repetitive muscle action. The position of the hair-bearing eyebrow becomes lowered and may contribute to the appearance of aged and tired eyes. Lines and wrinkles in the foread and glabella (between the brows) may contribute to a 'harsh' appearance in contrast with the soft and smooth brow appearance which characterizes youth. These forehead changes exacerbate the age-related changes intrinsic to the eyelid skin and fat. The upper face gradually loses its youthful proportions and smooth convex contour. The distance between the eyebrows and the upper eyelids appears to be shorter owing to the descent of the brow. The eyes themselves can appear smaller and less vibrant due to the same brow descent. In some cases, vision may be impacted by brow and eyelid soft tissues falling into your line of sight.
A Browlift raises and/or repositions the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful position. A Browlift may improve the brow sagging which contributes to the appearance of upper eyelid 'hooding.'
|The procedure is usually performed under anesthesia in the operating room. In most cases, a browlift can be performed through small incisions using surgical endoscopes. These incisions are concealed within the hairline, and are generally imperceptible with most hairstyles. Forehead and brow soft tissue (area shaded light red in diagram) is lifted and repositioned to restore a more youthful appearance to this region.|
Candidates for Browlift Surgery
You may be a candidate for a browlift if you have noticed unsatisfactory positioning of your brow or a tired appearance to your eyes or your upper eyelids. In contrast with your appearance in youth, you may notice a change in the position of your eyebrows relative to your eyes, or smaller, less vibrant or tired-appearing eyes.
Often a blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery is performed in conjunction with a browlift to rejuvenate the brow / upper eyelid complex. If midfacial aging is present, a midface lift, also known as a "cheek lift," can be performed using the same incisions. If lower facial aging is also present, a facelift and/or necklift may be considered. A skin resurfacing (laser resurfacing or chemical peel) procedure may be performed to improve skin surface changes.
Possible Non-surgical Alternative Treatments
For early or subtle changes, non-surgical methods can be employed by Dr. Pearson to improve the appearance of the upper face. For more significant changes or for those patients seeking a more substantial improvement, a browlift is considered.
Recovery after Browlift Surgery
Following a browlift, you can expect a few days of swelling and soreness which is well controlled with oral pain medications. Sutures are typically hidden in the hairline and are removed after a week. Swelling and bruising generally subside by 10-14 days. You can resume most normal activities after a couple of days, except for intense exercise, which may be resumed at about 3 weeks. Most people are able to return to work in 1-2 weeks.