WHAT IS Brow Lift Surgery?
Brow lift surgery (also known as a forehead lift or browplasty) is a popular aesthetic procedure that helps to create a lifted brow appearance, which provides a refreshed look to the top portion of the face. A drooping brow can lead patients to appear angry or tired, even if they're feeling just fine. To address this, a brow lift surgically improves a drooping brow to produce a refreshed face by removing excess skin and raising the eyebrows higher along the forehead. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino has performed brow lifts on both men and women in Doylestown, PA to help them achieve a more youthful appearance. Wrinkle fillers and relaxers can be offered in conjunction with brow lift surgery at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery for ideal results since they help to further smoothen the skin on the forehead.
WHO SHOULD GET A BROW LIFT?
When looking at yourself in a mirror, do you seem angry or tired, or see deep lines between the eyebrows, or are bothered by your sagging brow? This phenomenon usually occurs because skin elasticity diminishes as we age, which causes various areas of the face to sag and hang. This is especially noticeable in the upper facial region and affects both women and men equally. If this describes your current situation, then getting a brow lift at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery may be the ideal aesthetic treatment for you. To be a candidate for brow lift surgery, you must be in good overall health. Attending a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tamburrino will help you figure out if this cosmetic procedure is right for your needs, concerns, and goals.
HOW IS BROW LIFT SURGERY DONE?
Before surgery, anesthesia will be given to the patient. This can be done using general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the extent of the procedure. The incision technique used during a brow lift is chosen based on the severity of skin sag present, whether or not the forehead will be addressed, and the appearance of the patient's hairline. Some of the techniques Dr. Tamburrino may utilize during your procedure include:
- Traditional Incision
Also known as the open lift incision, this surgical technique places the incision behind the hairline at the top of the head. The open incision not only conceals scarring, but it also provides a certain degree of controlled lifting throughout the procedure. The traditional incision works well for those with both frown lines and a sagging brow. The traditional brow lift is the preferred incision for patients who are at risk of developing a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision
The trichophytic incision is made directly against the patient's hairline. A trichophytic incision allows significant lift in the brow for patients who have a low risk for hairline recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also called a temporal browplasty, the lateral method places the incision inside the hairline slightly above the temples. A temporal incision allows the outer parts of the brow to be raised and works well for sagging that's present on the outer brow. It also helps to address Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
This is a more modern technique used in a brow lift. This method requires the creation of several small incisions in the hairline. From there, an endoscope is inserted, which will be maneuvered down to the area of the eyebrow to release its attachments. Using the camera of the endoscope, the brow tissue is repositioned using stitches to place the brow in its better position.
What to Expect
Recovery following brow lift surgery varies with the most swelling and discomfort occurring with the open method versus the temporal (lateral) or endoscopic methods. In general, there will be slight bruising and swelling in the upper face near the brows and sometimes near the eyes; however, cold compresses may help to reduce this swelling. Dr. Tamburrino often advises patients to sleep upright for 3 – 4 nights following their surgery. It is critical to avoid any movement or activities that may put pressure on your face.
The typical recovery period from this procedure is about 2 – 3 weeks. Your surgical outcomes can usually be seen immediately, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance that appears more alert, softer, and with a noticeable reduction in sagging skin and fine lines in the upper portion of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a brow lift or full facelift will depend on your goals and where you have excess skin. You should candidly talk about your concerns with Dr. Tamburrino so he can help you choose which treatment is best for your goals. Many patients come in thinking they want a facelift only to discover that they require a brow lift or vice versa. Using his years of experience, Dr. Tamburrino will confidently help you formulate a treatment plan to give you the results you want.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
If you're nervous about getting surgery, you may be considering one of our many nonsurgical options, including laser skin tightening and injectables (like Juvéderm and BOTOX), to provide mild improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better for longer-lasting results and significant cosmetic enhancements. During your consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will go over both your surgical and nonsurgical options to help you decide which is better for your needs.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Tamburrino will go over surgical techniques during your consultation and inform you of the advantages of each. He will then help you select the best technique for your needs and goals. Some of the factors that might influence the technique used are your hairline (taking into account both your current hairline, as well as your risk of developing a receding hairline), the amount of loose skin present, and how much time you can devote to recovery.
Will my results look natural?
If you go to a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Tamburrino, your brow lift results will be natural-looking and seamless. He will create a treatment plan to suit your needs and goals and help you appear refreshed rather than frozen or tight. When performing your brow lift, Dr. Tamburrino will focus on removing loose skin. The remaining skin and tissue will be smoothed so your results don't lift your eyebrows too high or limit your facial expressions.
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
You no longer have to let your sagging forehead make people wonder if you're sad, mad, tired, or angry. To learn about your options to address facial sagging, schedule an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino at Prestige Institute for Plastic Surgery in Doylestown, PA. By correcting your sagging brow, you can rejuvenate your entire appearance and look more youthful and refreshed. Dr. Tamburrino strives to produce results that look natural. Your brow lift outcomes will have your friends and family commenting on your refreshed, glowing appearance!