A brow lift, also called a forehead lift, is designed to lift sagging brows as well as help correct "frown lines" between the brows. A brow lift helps to open the eye area for a brighter, more youthful look. It can also contribute to a friendlier resting expression, since deep frown lines can create an impression of seriousness or anger.
Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. David Bottger can help determine whether you need a brow lift, a blepharoplasty, or both for best results. Schedule your consultation today by calling 610-355-4275 and start your journey to a more beautiful you.
The Brow Lift Procedure
There are two main techniques to perform a brow lift:
- Open Technique: The open technique involves an incision of variable length made behind the hairline, through which the brow is lifted and anchored in place.
- Endoscopic Technique: The endoscopic technique is more advanced and results in less scarring, making it Dr. Bottger's preferred method. In this technique, a few small incisions are made behind the hairline, through which an endoscope is inserted and the forehead lifted.
Although the endoscopic technique is favored by Dr. Bottger, not everyone is a candidate for this type of brow lift. Dr. Bottger will examine you carefully, listen to your concerns and goals, and let you know which type of brow lift would be better for you.
Generally, brow lifts are performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning that you will not need to stay overnight at the hospital. If you are having multiple procedures done at once, it may be recommended that you stay overnight, however.
A brow lift can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation, depending on the extent of the procedure and whether or not multiple procedures will be performed.
Recovery After a Brow Lift
Immediately following surgery, the head will be wrapped in a bandage. This bandage is removed the next day, and no further bandages are required. You can wash your hair and shower after the bandages are removed. Small staples are used to close the incisions, and these are usually removed after one week.
After a brow lift, you will experience some swelling and bruising around the forehead and eyes. This should resolve within 10 to 14 days. Sleeping with your head elevated will help manage the swelling, and you should refrain from strenuous activity during this time.
You may experience some pain after your surgery, but it should be easily managed with the medication that Dr. Bottger will prescribe. In addition, you may experience some numbness of the scalp, which should resolve over several months.
Scarring should be minimal and well concealed behind the hairline. There is always a risk of unfavorable scarring, but Dr. Bottger has years of experience performing brow lifts and creating the most minimal and well hidden scarring possible.
Brow Lift Candidates
The ideal brow lift candidate is a man or woman who:
- Has drooping, heavy brows and upper eyelids
- Has prominent "frown lines" (vertical lines between the brows)
- Has deep horizontal wrinkles across the forehead
- Is in good overall health
- Is a non-smoker, or is able to quit smoking for a period of time before and after surgery
It is also important to have realistic expectations of what a brow lift can achieve, and to be fully aware of the potential risks. Dr. Bottger will walk you through all of the possible risks of a brow lift before your surgery so that you are informed.
Combining Brow Lift with Other Facial Plastic Surgery
Brow lifts are often combined with blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) procedures for a complete rejuvenation of the eye area. If you are interested in rejuvenating the entire face, a browlift can also be combined with a facelift or cheek lift.
Other treatments that can be combined with a brow lift include BOTOX Cosmetic or dermal fillers. These non-surgical, injectable treatments can help with wrinkles and volume loss for more comprehensive results.
Schedule Your Brow Lift Consultation
If you are thinking about a brow lift to create a more youthful appearance, call Dr. Bottger today at 610-355-4275 to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in Philadelphia, Newtown Square, and other nearby areas of Pennsylvania.