What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift offered by Dr. Gardner, sometimes referred to as a forehead lift or eyebrow rejuvenation, is a procedure in which the skin of your forehead and the eyebrows are raised conservatively to soften wrinkles and creases and restore a more youthful appearance to the upper eyelids and brow.
Who is a good candidate for a Brow Lift?
As we age, lines across the forehead deepen and eyes can become droopy as skin loses elasticity and starts to sag. This can make us look sad, tired or angry. A brow lift can help correct the natural signs of aging by softening forehead creases and frown lines, repositioning a sagging brow, and raising the eyebrows to provide a more youthful and pleasant appearance. The best candidates are healthy individuals who have realistic expectations about improving their appearance.
What to expect from a Brow Lift procedure:
There are several different surgical techniques that can be utilized for a brow lift. The most common is an endoscopic approach through 3-4 small incisions posterior to the hairline of the scalp. These incisions are very well hidden. The procedure is performed through these small incisions with endoscopic instruments, scopes and cameras. The tissues are then elevated and stabilized with bone-anchored techniques of various types. Care is taken to give a natural-looking result and avoid over-elevation of the brow.
Initially, there may be swelling and bruising in the upper or lower eyelid region. There is moderate discomfort with the procedure and you will be provided with medication to moderate any discomfort. As in all cosmetic facial procedures, you will elevate the head of the bed thirty degrees for one week. No drains are used and you may wash your hair within 24 hours. Generally within 1-2 weeks bruising has resolved and you may return to normal social and work activity. Occasionally bruising may last longer.
What are the Risks?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved with brow lifting. These include bleeding, infection, swelling and bruising, scarring, hair loss, elevated hairline, skin discoloration, brow asymmetry, discomfort, and irregular skin contours. Numbness on top of the scalp is a common side effect of a coronal brow lift; this may be either temporary or permanent.