A brow lift can counteract the effects of aging on the forehead and upper face. Sagging skin in this area can give a person a perpetually tired, or even angry, appearance. By tightening the underlying muscles and removing saggy excess skin, a brow lift can have a very rejuvenating result.
Who are good candidates for a brow lift?
A brow lift is a good solution for patients with deep horizontal folds etched across their forehead, as well as those with frown lines between their eyebrows. Generally, it addresses sagging eyebrows that create a sad, lifeless appearance on the face.
Traditional versus endoscopic methods
In the past, a brow lift always required a large incision starting around the sideburn area and following the hairline up and across to the other sideburn. However, technological advancements have made it possible to now use an endoscopic approach. In this method, Dr. Trovato needs just three to five tiny incisions behind the hairline on the top of the forehead. Obviously, this leads to shorter recovery times and less interference with hair growth. Not everyone is a candidate for an endoscopic brow lift, however. Dr. Trovato will discuss your options during your consultation.
The brow lift procedure
In either traditional or endoscopic approaches, the goal is to reposition muscle and tissue across the forehead to eliminate sagging while still leaving a natural, not taut, look. It is easier to remove excess skin with the traditional method. But if that isn’t the goal, the endoscopic method usually provides the access needed.
What can I expect during recovery from a brow lift?
There will be swelling after your brow lift surgery. This varies, but can last up to two weeks. Cold compresses help during the first few days of recovery. Patients need to avoid any bending and medium to heavy lifting during recovery, as these actions create pressure and encourage bleeding in the forehead area. It takes time for all the swelling and trauma from a brow lift to settle, sometimes lasting up to six months. But over that time, your results continue to improve. Recovery times are shorter with endoscopic methods.