Forehead and Brow Lifts
Forehead and Brow Lifts
One of the first places to respond to gravity’s insistent pull is often the forehead, where frown lines and drooping eyebrows can make us look tired or even cranky, despite how we actually feel. Upper eyelids may become hooded as skin sags, sometimes interfering with vision. A brow lift or forehead lift can undo these effects of gravity, smoothing horizontal wrinkles and reducing vertical creases as the skin is tightened and raised. The result is a more youthful, animated appearance—likely to be accompanied by a significant boost in self-confidence.
Are You a Candidate for forehead or brow lift?
If you feel that flattened brows and pronounced forehead lines are aging you prematurely, or if drooping tissues are obscuring your eyelids or obstructing your eyesight, you may want to consider a brow lift. For comprehensive facial rejuvenation, sometimes brow lifts are performed along with with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or a facelift. Dr. Swenson can explain your various options and help you determine the best way to achieve your personal goals.
What to Expect
Varied techniques are used for brow lifts. Endoscopic forehead surgery is a relatively new approach, with small incisions made just within the hairline for inserting the scope and manipulating underlying tissues and muscle. This method, when appropriate, allows the fastest recovery. The traditional “open” method uses a longer incision going across the top of the head, usually well back of the hairline. The surgeon will discuss what the best approach is for you, based on your particular facial anatomy. The surgery generally takes one to two hours and is performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia.
After the surgery, a dressing will be applied to minimize swelling during the first few days. Swelling and bruising are normal, and you may experience some temporary numbness. Keeping your head elevated will help keep swelling to a minimum. Makeup can be worn within a week of surgery to camouflage bruising. Most people are able to go back to work within two weeks, though strenuous activities should be avoided for a while longer.
You’ll see a difference right away, but the full results won’t be apparent until the swelling and bruising are gone—revealing smoother skin and more elevated brows. Eventually the incision lines will fade, though in most cases they are hidden within the hairline anyway. To maintain the results of your brow lift, it’s important to be consistent in protecting your skin from the sun.
Insurance generally won’t cover surgery performed for cosmetic reasons. There may be coverage if you are having a brow lift because drooping tissues are affecting your vision; check with your carrier.