Brow Lift Austin
A smoother forehead, less droopy eyelids, less furrowed brows – these are some of the things that can be accomplished with a forehead lift, or “brow lift”. The board-certified plastic surgeons at the Breast and Body Center of Austin use forehead lift surgery to remove wrinkles in the forehead, to lift sagging eyebrows, and to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids. The surgeons at the Breast and Body Center of Austin can combine a forehead lift with another procedure in appropriate cases for even more dramatic results. To find out more, please contact us.
A forehead lift or “brow lift” is a procedure that restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired. In a forehead lift, the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping are tightened to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines.
The Surgical Procedure
Your surgeon will help you decide which surgical approach will best achieve your cosmetic goals: the classic or “open” method, or the endoscopic forehead lift. Make sure you understand the technique that your surgeon recommends and why he or she feels it is best for you.
If your hair is very short, you may wish to let it grow out before surgery, so that it’s long enough to hide the scars while they heal.
Whether your forehead lift is done in an outpatient facility or in the hospital, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help assist you for a day or two.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BROW LIFT SURGERY
What is a brow lift?
- Sagging eyebrows and upper lids may make you look angry, tired or worried. Brow lift surgery elevates and smooths the eyebrows and upper lids, reducing the vertical and horizontal lines and wrinkles of the forehead.During this procedure, the surgeon elevates the brow through incisions in the scalp. Various techniques to elevate the brow are used based on the patient’s anatomy.For some patients, an endoscopic brow lift may achieve the same results. An endoscope is a special viewing instrument that allows the surgeon to view the surgical area while making only small incisions at the temples and behind the hairline on the top of the head.
Although there’s no universal opinion on the better brow lift method, many physicians do offer endoscopic brow lifts to their patients. Because endoscopic procedures need smaller incisions, there is often less scarring and a shorter recovery period. Talk with your plastic surgeon about which option is best for you.
Who is a good candidate?
- People whose brows or foreheads are lined and furrowed, as well as those with drooping and sagging brows that lower the eyebrows and eyelids, may want to consider a brow lift. A brow lift reduces frown lines and deep furrows on the forehead, although these lines usually never disappear completely.For best results, patients often combine a brow lift with a facelift, eyelift, laser skin resurfacing or other procedure. During your initial consultation, be sure to talk with your plastic surgeon about how to achieve your desired results.
What can I expect after the surgery?
- Patients may experience some numbness and temporary discomfort around the incision, which can be controlled with prescription medication. Patients who are prone to headaches may be treated with an additional longer-acting local anesthetic during surgery as a preventive measure. Most of the visible signs of surgery should fade completely within about three weeks. Minor swelling and bruising can be concealed with makeup approved by the physician.
When can I resume normal activity?
- Although you should be up and about in a day or two, plan on taking it easy for at least the first week after surgery. You should be able to shower and shampoo your hair within two days, or as soon as the bandage is removed.Most patients are back to work or school in a week to 10 days. Vigorous physical activity should be limited for several weeks, including jogging, bending, heavy housework, sex, or any activity that increases your blood pressure. Prolonged exposure to heat or sun should be limited for several months.
What are the risks of a brow lift?
- Every type of surgery has risks, but you can usually help prevent complications by carefully following your physician’s instructions. It’s important to talk with your plastic surgeon before surgery to be sure you understand the potential risks and complications. Some risks specifically associated with brow lift include:
- Hair loss around the scars
- Large scars, but this is rare
- The inability to raise your eyebrows or furrow your brow
In nearly all cases, these problems improve with time. If necessary, your surgeon may recommend minor revision surgery to correct any problems.
How should I prepare for my brow lift procedure?
- Your physician will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery. Some general guidelines include:
- If you smoke, you will need to stop at least two to three weeks before your surgery.
- Follow your doctor’s directions regarding which medications and supplements you should stop taking before and immediately after surgery.
- If you have short hair, you may want to let your hair grow long enough to cover the incisions.
How long will it take me to recover?
- Because you’ll have anesthesia during brow lift surgery, plan to have someone to take you home after your procedure and help you for the next day or two. Once at home, sleep with your head elevated for a few days until some of the swelling goes down. Most of the swelling or bruising will subside in two to three weeks.You may experience temporary forehead numbness. You can usually control any pain or discomfort with medication your doctor will prescribe.