What Can Brow Lift Surgery Address?
A common and unfortunate effect of aging is the development of wrinkles. Wrinkles can appear on your forehead, between the nose, around your eyes, and even on your upper nose. A brow lift surgery will help correct unwanted lines and disguise them by removing excess skin tissue.
Heavy brows that fall over your eyelids may give way for people to ask the question most of us despise: “Why do you look so angry?” A brow lift surgery can tighten and lift your eyebrows and forehead to restore a taut appearance throughout the parts of the face that surround the eyebrows.
Although a brow lift surgery can be performed as a standalone procedure, some may choose to combine it with a facelift to enhance the results. A facelift and a brow lift is a great way to achieve facial rejuvenation and create a proportional facial structure.
What Are the Procedure Steps for a Brow Lift?
Dr. Andreasen will recommend the best choice of anesthesia that will help minimize any discomfort you may feel during your brow lift procedure. He will go over the different anesthesia options during your initial consultation.
There are two types of incisions Dr. Andreasen offers: endoscopic or coronal.
The endoscopic technique uses a small device with a video attachment. This technique allows the tissue and muscle beneath the skin to be manipulated in a way that hides the visible forehead wrinkles and furrows. This incision generally has a faster recovery rate and minimal bruising when compared to the coronal approach.
The coronal brow lift approach, often called the classic technique, makes an incision from ear to ear to the middle of the hairline, allowing the resulting scar to be easily concealed within the hairline. Once the incision is complete, the forehead skin is then lifted, and muscle adjustment is made to correct wrinkles and lines near the forehead, eyes, and nose.
Dr. Andreasen will address both types in detail during your consultation to see which one is best for you.
Closing the Incisions
Brow lift incisions are typically closed with removable or absorbable sutures. You should allow two full weeks for your incisions to heal and follow Dr. Andreasen’s post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.
What Are Concerns Associated With a Brow Lift?
Your recovery will depend on the brow lift technique you choose. In general, you should allow two full weeks for the incision area to heal fully. Dr. Andreasen may also tape your forehead and loosely wrap your head to minimize swelling and bruising immediately after following the procedure. A thin tube may be present if excess blood or fluid collects underneath the skin and needs to be drained.
Both incision methods for a brow lift will result in scars, but your hair can easily conceal them. Most scarring will likely fade with time.
The average cost of a brow lift is $3,623, according to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is a flexible price as it can vary due to anesthesia fees, hospital or surgical facility fees, prescriptions for medications, and medical tests. Dr. Andreasen will provide you with an exact cost estimate during your consultation.
General anesthesia is administered before the procedure to limit any discomfort. Following the procedure, Dr. Andreasen will prescribe any medications you may need and will provide the necessary recovery steps to limit any discomfort that may persist.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for brow lift surgery?
You may be a suitable candidate for brow lift surgery if you have horizontal lines of the forehead, creases surrounding the eyes, vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows, and wrinkles of the upper nose.
A candidate for a brow lift surgery should also be a physically healthy individual who does not smoke.
What are the risks associated with brow lift surgery?
Dr. Andreasen will do his best to ensure possible complications and risks associated with a brow lift surgery are avoided.
But as with any surgical procedure, there is always the possibility of complications.
Some risks associated with brow lift surgery may include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Fluid accumulation
- Facial asymmetry
How long will the brow lift results last?
After the initial wound healing is complete, the results from your brow lift should be long-lasting. It is important to take care of your skin by applying sunscreen regularly to avoid sun damage and to ensure your results last longer.
What other procedures can be combined with a brow lift surgery?