The forehead is one of the places where aging is most apparent. Wrinkles can deepen across the forehead and between the brows, and weakened muscles can cause the eyebrows to sag.
These issues in the upper face can make people look constantly tired or angry.
A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a plastic surgery procedure that can address drooping brows, horizontal lines across your forehead, and vertical furrows between your eyebrows.
Loose skin and strained muscles in the upper face can cause the eyebrows to droop. Sagging eyebrows may restrict vision and create an unpleasant facial expression.
Brow lift surgery can adjust the muscles and tissues of the forehead. These techniques lift the brows to a more youthful, alert position.
Fine lines across the forehead and furrows between the eyebrows (frown lines) can occur and deepen with age. These can make patients look older and more stressed than they are or feel.
An eyebrow lift will tighten the skin and muscles of the forehead to produce a smooth, more youthful appearance.
The muscles on one side of the face may be more strained than the other and cause the eyebrows to be lopsided. This imbalance may be very obvious and can cause distress, especially in social situations.
A forehead lift can raise the lower brow more than the other to improve their symmetry and balance for a natural look.
The first step in any plastic surgery procedure is a consultation with Dr. Pearce. During the consultation, Dr. Pearce examines the patient’s condition to determine if a forehead lift will meet their needs.
An endoscopic brow lift is a less invasive form of brow lift surgery. It uses a series of small incisions in the hairline. An endoscope, a small tube with a camera attached, is inserted through these small incisions to adjust the forehead tissues.
An endoscopic forehead lift is faster and easier to recover from but cannot address skin laxity like a traditional eyebrow lift.
An endoscopic brow lift is ideal for patients who want to adjust their facial contours and lift sagging brows. It is not ideal for patients whose primary concerns include wrinkles or forehead furrows.
A classic forehead lift uses a single incision across the hairline. Dr. Pearce uses specialty tools to lift the skin and access the underlying forehead tissues.
This technique is more invasive and may require a longer recovery time compared to an endoscopic brow lift. However, it is more effective at removing excess skin, smoothing wrinkles, and adjusting the upper facial contours.
Small drains may be placed through your incisions to remove fluid and prevent excess swelling. They will be removed several days into your brow lift recovery.
Most patients can resume most daily activities within 10 to 14 days. Patients should not perform vigorous exercise for at least two weeks after surgery.
Initial results should become visible within two weeks. Final results may take an additional four to six weeks to develop. In some cases, it may take up to six months for the brow tissues to settle into their new positions.
Patients should see a smoother, lifted, and more symmetrical forehead following the procedure.
Scarring will occur after brow lift surgery, but it will be concealed within the hairline. In some cases, hair growth patterns may change, or hair loss may make scars more visible.
Patients should keep their healing incisions out of direct sunlight as much as possible for up to six months after the operation.
HOW MUCH IS A BROW LIFT IN AUSTIN?
The cost of a brow lift will vary depending on the technique you choose. Brow lift costs may also be based on the degree of correction required and any combination procedures performed.
Dr. Pearce will ensure you are given a personalized quote for your forehead lift price after your consultation.
DOES INSURANCE COVER BROW LIFT SURGERY?
Most health insurance plans will not cover brow lift surgery when performed for cosmetic reasons. However, if the operation is performed to improve sightlines, it may be deemed medically necessary. In these cases, insurance carriers may cover some of the cost of a forehead lift.
Consult with your plastic surgeon and health insurance carrier to determine if your brow lift will be covered by medical insurance.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A BROW LIFT?
Ideal candidates for brow lift surgery are displeased with the current appearance of their forehead due to the effects of aging. Candidates should be in good health, be non-smokers, and have realistic expectations of their results.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY BROW LIFT?
Before a forehead lift, patients should avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking prescription blood thinners for several weeks. Some herbal supplements and vitamins may also be problematic.
WHEN CAN I SHOWER AFTER MY BROW LIFT?
You should wait to shower until at least 48 hours after your surgery. This will help prevent your incisions from reopening. After 48 hours, you may shower but should avoid direct water on your incisions for several more days.
Do not submerge your incisions in water (such as swimming, bathing, or using a sauna) for at least two weeks after your operation.
HOW LONG DOES A BROW LIFT LAST?
Most patients will maintain their brow lift results for a decade or more. After that, the natural aging process will catch up, and new wrinkles and sagging skin may occur.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF BROW LIFT SURGERY?
All plastic surgery comes with some degree of risk. Brow lift surgery is no exception.
Some risks of brow lift surgery include: