About Brow Lift Surgery
A surgical brow lift (also called a browplasty or forehead lift) is a popular cosmetic procedure that helps create a higher brow appearance, which provides a refreshed look to the top portion of the face. A sagging brow can many times cause an angry or tired appearance. A brow lift surgically improves a sagging brow to give you a rejuvenated face by eliminating excess skin while also raising the eyebrows. Dr. Steven Gordon is a board-certified plastic surgeon in The Woodlands, TX who has performed brow lift surgery on both women and men to create a more youthful look. Injectable wrinkle relaxers and fillers are frequently used along with a brow lift at Gordon Plastic Surgery for best results, producing a smoother and softer appearance.
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As you get older, skin elasticity decreases and causes various portions of the face to begin to sag. This is especially critical in the upper face region and usually impacts both men and women. When looking at yourself in a mirror, do you seem tired or angry, or notice deep wrinkles between the eyebrows, or are bothered by your drooping brow? Brow lift surgery at Gordon Plastic Surgery can be the ideal aesthetic treatment for your goals.
Before surgery, anesthesia will be given to the patient. This can be done through IV sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the procedure. The incision used during a browplasty is determined based on the degree of sag, if the forehead is affected, and the position of the hairline. There are different techniques that may be used:
- Traditional Incision
Also called the open brow lift incision, this puts the incision behind the hairline at the top of the head. The open incision not only hides scars, but it also provides a certain amount of controlled lifting throughout the surgery. This type of incision is good for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines. This is the better incision if you are concerned about a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision
This incision is placed directly against the hairline. A trichophytic incision allows more dramatic lifting of the brow for patients who have a low risk for hairline recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also known as a temporal brow lift, this method places the incision in the hairline just above the temples. A temporal incision allows the outer parts of the brow to be treated and is best for sagging that is present in the outer brow. A temporal brow lift also helps to treat Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
The endoscopic lift is a more modern method used in brow lift surgery. It makes multiple small incisions beyond the hairline and inserts the endoscope, which travels to the eyebrow to release its attached tools. Through the camera of the endoscope, the brow tissue is suspended using stitches to lift the brow in its higher position.
What to Expect
Recovery after brow lift surgery varies in each patient with the majority of swelling and discomfort reported with the traditional approach compared to the temporal or endoscopic approaches. In general, there will be slight bruising and swelling in the upper portion of the face near the brows and sometimes near the eyes. Cold compresses can help to diminish the inflammation. Dr. Gordon recommends patients sleep with pillows propped under their head for 3 – 4 nights following their brow lift. It is critical to avoid any activities or movements that may place stress on your face. The typical recovery period from a brow lift is around 2 – 3 weeks. The results can often be seen immediately, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance that looks softer, more alert, and with a noticeable improvement in fine lines and sagging in the upper face.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a brow lift or full facelift will depend on where you have sagging skin, as well as your goals. You should openly talk about your concerns with Dr. Gordon so he can help you decide which treatment is best. Some patients who come in wanting a facelift discover they would be better with a brow lift and vice versa. With his experience, Dr. Gordon will confidently help you create your treatment plan so you get your best results.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
There are many nonsurgical treatments, such as laser skin tightening and injectables (like BOTOX), that can provide some improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better for longer-lasting results and significant improvements. In your consultation, Dr. Gordon can go over both your surgical and nonsurgical options so you can decide which is better for your needs.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Gordon will go over brow lift surgery techniques during your consultation to help you understand the benefits of each. He will then help you select the technique that best meets your needs and goals. Some of the factors that might influence your technique choice are your hairline (factoring in both your current hairline and your risk of developing a receding hairline), the amount of loose skin, and recovery time available.
Will my results look natural?
When you have a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Gordon, your brow lift will appear natural. He will develop your treatment plan for your needs and goals so you look refreshed, not frozen or tight. During your surgery, Dr. Gordon will concentrate on removing loose skin. The remaining tissue and skin will be smoothed so your results do not limit your facial expressions or lift your eyebrows too high.
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Do not let your sagging forehead make others think you're mad, sad, angry or tired — schedule an appointment to get more information about a brow lift with plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Gordon at Gordon Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands, TX. By raising your hanging brow, you can rejuvenate your whole appearance and seem more youthful and refreshed. Dr. Gordon strives for natural-looking results so your brow lift will have your friends saying you look very refreshed rather than thinking you had surgery.