A brow lift, sometimes referred to as a forehead lift or eyebrow rejuvenation, is a procedure in which the skin of your forehead is raised and excess tissue is removed to soften wrinkles and creases and restore a more youthful appearance.
As we age, lines across the forehead deepen and eyes can become droopy as skin loses elasticity and starts to sag. This can make you look sad, tired or angry. A brow lift can help correct the natural signs of aging by softening forehead creases and frown lines, repositioning a sagging brow, and raising the eyebrows to provide a more youthful and pleasant appearance. The best candidates are healthy individuals who don’t smoke and have realistic expectations about improving their appearance.
There are several different surgical techniques that can be utilized for a brow lift. With a coronal brow lift, an incision is made from ear to ear across the hairline and the forehead is lifted into a new position after excess skin is removed. During a hairline brow lift, an incision is made between the top of the forehead and the beginning of the hairline; this is often performed on individuals with high receding hairlines but may leave a visible scar. A third option is an endoscopic brow lift; this entails using a tiny camera attached to an endoscope to reposition tissue and muscle beneath the skin through a series of small incisions made above the hairline.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved. These include bleeding, infection, swelling and bruising, scarring, hair loss, elevated hairline, skin discoloration, facial asymmetry, pain and irregular skin contours. Numbness on top of the scalp is a common side effect of a coronal brow lift; this may be either temporary or permanent.
You should see final results in four to six weeks. They usually last a minimum of five to seven years. Some patients opt for additional surgical facial procedures to go along with their brow lift, including eyelid surgery or a facelift.