A brow and forehead lift is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the brows, forehead region, and upper face. Deep furrows on the forehead, frown lines between the eyes, drooping eyebrows and hood-like skin over the eyes are all conditions that can make you look older than you are. Whether age or heredity causes these conditions, a forehead lift (or brow lift) can give you a more youthful appearance.
Slight changes in the height of your eyebrows can have major effects on your apparent age and how your eyes appear. Many women pluck or wax their eyebrows in order to change the height of their brow. A high arched eyebrow is a sign of youth and can highlight your eyes.
In men, the natural position of the eyebrow is slightly lower than that of women. Therefore, care is taken to not elevate the eyebrows of men too much since too high an eyebrow can be feminizing.
The standard forehead lift, recommended for severe age-related forehead and eyebrow problems, is performed through an incision in the hairline of the forehead. The operation takes about two hours and is done under general anesthesia. At the end of the surgery, the incisions are closed with sutures and staples. These are removed in seven to ten days. You are able to go home the same day as surgery.
If your eyebrow or forehead problem is not too severe, then perhaps you would be a good candidate for endoscopic surgery of the forehead. Through three to five small incisions in the scalp, the deep frown lines can be improved and the eyebrows raised. Dr. Bui will be happy to discuss this procedure in detail during your initial consultation.
Swelling and/or bruising is usually present after surgery and typically subsides after one to two weeks. Some numbness in the forehead and scalp is common and can last for several months. Most of our patients do not find this a major concern.
If you are not ready for surgery then non-surgical treatment such as Botox® Cosmetic (Botulinum Toxin) injections might be right for you. These are further discussed under (Non-Surgical Procedures).