Brow Lift (Forehead Lift)
Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift is a surgical procedure performed to reduce signs of aging in the forehead area. It aims to remove or minimize deep horizontal creases across the forehead and bridge of the nose, and the frown lines between the eyebrows. It also lifts the eyebrows, making the eyes look more open.
The BrowLift procedure
There are two main techniques used for performing browlifts. The open approach utilizes either an incision (and future scar) across the top of scalp within the hair or an incision at the junction between the forehead and the hairline. The endoscopic lift requires three to five small incisions that are made within the hair of the scalp. We then utilize an endoscope (ie. long skinny camera and instruments) to lift the forehead. This technique has less scar, but often also has a less effective overall lift and longevity of that lift.
Which technique is chosen depends on the thickness, texture and elasticity of the skin, the bone structure of the face, the overall appearance of eyebrows and eyelids, and the position of the eyebrows.
Recovery from a BrowLift
The surgery is performed as an outpatient and under general anesthesia. There is some swelling and the possibility of some bruising (and even "black eyes" for a few days after the procedure).
In general, moving around and walking is permitted and encouraged early on. Walks for exercise are possible at about the 2 week mark. Jogging and more vigorous exercise is allowed at about 4 weeks. At 6 weeks, there are essentially no restrictions. However, Dr. Wanzel will guide you through a customized recovery depending on your exact surgery and how the recovery process is progressing.
Risks Associated with a BrowLift
Complications following a browlift are thankfully quite rare. Potential complications include, but are not limited to infections, a decreased sensation of the forehead or the scalp skin, asymmetries, hair loss around the incision, or potential injury (most commonly temporary but possibly permanent) of the facial nerve affecting the ability to elevate the eyebrow.