Brow lifts can be done for cosmetic and medical reasons-raising the eyebrows to improve peripheral vision. If you have low-set brows, you may look angry or tired even when you are not.

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What Is An Eyebrow & Forehead Lift?

This procedure is generally a cosmetic choice to improve appearance. When we are younger, the skin of our eyebrows and forehead remains tight but elastic, stretching to accommodate our expressions, but then snapping back “into place” for our neutral expressions. As we get older, this elasticity can fade, resulting in skin that stretches and even sinks. The result on our faces is often described as looking tired, sad, or even irritated, grumpy or angry, even though we don’t feel this way.

The eyebrow and forehead lift, also known as a “brow lift,” is a series of incisions made to access the tissue and muscle underneath. This smooths out wrinkles, repositions eyebrows and tightens skin to get rid of sag or that sinking appearance.

Types Of Eyebrow & Forehead Lifts

Because people have different faces and different stages of progression of sinking eyebrows or foreheads, there are different techniques available to help people regain a more youthful appearance around their eyes, eyebrows, and forehead. The three most common techniques are:

Coronal Browlift:

This is the most common procedure, and places the incisions in the scalp, running from ear to ear.

Endoscopic Browlift:

This is a series of incisions that are placed within the scalp. In this case, the scars are hidden behind the hairline, and, after the procedure is done, may raise the hairline.

Trichophytic Browlift:

In cases where an elevated hairline is present, with issues of more visible scarring, this procedure is used. One benefit of this procedure is that the forehead if desired can even be “resized’ to appear smaller.

The Surgery

This is a procedure that requires administering general anesthetic to a patient, so appropriate pre-surgery preparations should be taken. Don’t, for example, consume any food or water after midnight on the night before surgery. The procedure will take 1-2 hours, depending on the technique chosen.

Different techniques are employed during the procedure, including shaving away excess skin to help tighten the face and reattaching weakened muscles to the brow bone through sutures or, in some cases, temporary hooks. This allows the muscles to remain in the desired position until they heal.

The Recovery Period

When the surgery is complete, the recovery period, depending on the extent of the work, may be anywhere from 1-2 weeks. Because of the work involved, bruising and swelling are present for a few weeks after the surgery, as the muscles and skin heal. There is also some possible physical discomfort such as aches and itching, and tightness.

Any stitches that have been used are removed 5-7 days after the procedure. Patients are usually able to return to normal daily activities like work after 1-2 weeks. Because of the delicate nature of the surgery, strenuous exercise is not recommended for at least 4-6 weeks.

Who Should Get An Eyebrow & Forehead Lift?

Anyone that feels their “neutral” expression has changed with age with something that looks tired, or grumpy is a good candidate for this procedure. If your cheeks and jaws are fine, but there is concern about wrinkles and sagging in the eyebrows and forehead areas, this is a good solution.

Always make sure, however, to talk to an experienced specialist with a good reputation for results for this procedure.

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