Forehead Lift/Brow Lift
Believe it or not, your forehead and eyebrows get a lot of use through the course of the day. Whether you are laughing, crying, worrying, or even sleeping, the muscles of your forehead a busy moving, stretching, and contracting. All of this can cause creases and “frown lines” in the forehead. Deep vertical frown lines, horizontal wrinkles in the forehead and droopy eyebrows are common problems. This may cause a tired, sad or angry look. Some people, especially men, may find that their eyebrows are settling onto their eyelashes and interfere with their vision.
The Browlift Procedure
If your issue is droopy or heavy eyebrows, a deep furrowed brow, a sad look or a tense, angry look that doesn’t go away, a forehead lift may help. The forehead lift is performed with either an incision behind the hairline or endoscopically using several small incisions strategically placed behind the hairline. Both methods elevate your forehead and eyebrows, smoothing forehead wrinkles and frown lines. The result will be a relaxed and refreshed, natural appearance with a smoother forehead. The endoscopic technique is less effective for people with many deep forehead wrinkles, excessively droopy eyebrows, and/or excessively high foreheads. As an experienced facial plastic surgeon in Princeton, New Jersey, Dr. Eugenie Brunner will help you decide which technique is best for you. The brow lift procedure is often combined with other operations such as eyelid surgery and facelift surgery to improve the look of the eyes and other areas of the face.
A forehead lift or brow lift usually takes an hour and a half. It can be performed under twilight sleep or general anesthesia, and you can go home several hours after your procedure. There is usually some mild swelling and bruising around the eyes that dissipates quickly. Healing occurs quickly in this area and the incisions are well camouflaged by your hair. To learn more about the forehead lift, visit medlineplus.gov
Your Browlift Recovery
There is usually little or no discomfort after an eyelid lift. You can expect some bruising and swelling. Wearing dark “Jackie-O” sunglasses for a few days will camouflage the bruising and protect them from the sun and irritants in the air. You may experience mild and temporary eye irritation or dry eye symptoms in the several weeks after your procedure. The recovery is very similar the the recovery after an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty. Dr. Brunner, expert facial plastic surgeon in Princeton, New Jersey, will recommend eye drops and ointments to promote healing and help with temporary irritation. You should be able to return to your normal routine within a couple of weeks. The results will be a refreshed appearance with a younger, firmer eye area.
Who is a good candidate for a brow lift?
Individuals should also understand what can be accomplished with surgery, and have reasonable expectations for the outcome. Dr. Brunner will explain the options available to each patient, and she may recommend one or more techniques. This way, the patient and Dr. Brunner can work together to develop an optimal treatment plan.
A descending brow can also affect the eyes. For this reason, individuals who have excess skin on the upper face may be better served by a surgical procedure rather a non-surgical one, such as BOTOX® injections, which can exacerbate the concern. BOTOX®Cosmetic reduces muscle movement, which can cause the forehead to relax downward and appear even heavier.
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