A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, tightens soft tissues of the forehead to recontour the entire area, including the eyebrows and eyelids. Men and women consider a brow lift to correct their sagging eyebrows, deep creases, frown lines and fatty tissue that hangs over the eyes. In spite of a track record of excellent results from brow lifts in the past, it is reasonable to have concerns.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Brow Lift?

People consider brow lifts because they are unhappy with the contours of their forehead and brow. Wrinkles and lines could make you appear angry or sad, for example. You might be unhappy with the way your upper eyelid makeup looks because of the way your brow rests. The brow lift is a surgical option designed to fix this.

Depending on the type of facial structure you have, one of three different types of brow lift methods may work best to correct the problem. For example, an endoscopic brow lift works to correct moderate drooping and horizontal wrinkles. For more advanced conditions, coronal forehead lifts are more common.

Does a Brow Lift Leave a Scar?

Surgeons do their best to avoid scarring during a brow lift. Generally, incisions are placed strategically within a forehead crease, in the hairline, behind the ear, or across the scalp. Feel free to ask your doctor how he or she can provide you with scar placement that you are happy with.

What Happens During a Brow Lift Consultation?

The surgeon will begin by asking you about your goals. The surgeon will also take photos and measurements before evaluating your health status to make sure that you are a healthy candidate for the brow lift.

At this time, you can also ask the doctor any questions you have about the procedure. You may also be given a list of steps to take or things to avoid before the procedure.

How Do Brow Lift Patients Prepare for the Surgery?

The brow lift surgery, while cosmetic, is still a medical procedure to take seriously. For this reason, your doctor will advise you to stop smoking in the weeks leading up to the procedure. Smoking tobacco can increase your risk of infection and delay the healing process.

You should also limit alcohol consumption, discuss medications with your doctor and ensure that somebody will be available to care for you after the surgery. You will not be able to do some of your normal tasks right away, including driving or going to the gym.

What Should Patients Do During Recovery from the Brow Lift?

Brow lift surgery will require some downtime. While the sutures are typically removed about a week after the procedure, the recovery process lasts longer than this. Mild activity is fine, including walks, but vigorous activity is not recommended.

After about one week, it may be possible to begin working again if your work does not involve strain. By the end of a month, you should be able to resume your typical routine. It may take up to six months to see the full results of the surgery as everything heals.

Are There Risks Associated with Brow Lift Surgery?

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with having a brow lift. These potential issues include problems with anesthesia, bleeding, infection and allergic reactions. You may experience a change in sensation after the surgery too.

Here at Greensboro Plastic Surgical Associates, P.A., we offer compassionate and knowledgeable care to provide you with a fresh look and renewed confidence. We are ready to consult with you to create realistic goals that leave you feeling and looking better than ever.