About Brow Lift Surgery
Think about the many hundreds, if not thousands, of times concentration or frustration has caused you to furrow your brows. This repeated facial movement causes permanent wrinkles. With a brow lift, also called a forehead lift, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao can smooth out facial lines to give you a younger, natural-looking appearance. A browplasty surgically improves a sagging brow to give patients a rejuvenated face by removing excess skin from the forehead while raising the eyebrows. Dermal fillers and BOTOX are commonly used along with a forehead lift at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery for best results, creating a softer and smoother look. Contact our Tucson, AZ office to learn more about this rejuvenating facial procedure.
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As we grow older, skin laxity diminishes and causes several portions of the face to droop. This is especially important in the upper face region and often affects both women and men. Patients in Tucson, AZ may require a brow lift, also called a forehead lift, if they have the following issues:
- A fatigued or irritable appearance due to a low brow position or drooping eyebrows
- Deep, horizontal creases across the forehead
- Furrows, known as "frown lines," between the eyebrows or on the upper nose
- Loose skin that hangs down and partially hides the eyes (hooding)
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rao to discuss your concerns and goals. From there, he will be able to determine your candidacy for this life-changing procedure.
Prior to surgery, anesthesia will be used. This can be done through general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the complexity of the surgery. The incision technique used during a brow lift is determined by the severity of sag, if the forehead is affected, and the position of the hairline. There are many approaches to consider:
- Traditional Incision
Also called the open browplasty incision, this places the incision at the top of the head behind the hairline. The open incision not only conceals scarring, but it also provides a certain degree of controlled lifting during the procedure. The open incision works well for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines. This is the ideal incision if you are at risk for having a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision
This incision is placed right along the hairline. It allows significant lifting of the brow for patients who have a strong hairline with little risk for recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also known as a temporal brow lift, this technique starts the incision within the hairline just above the temples. A temporal incision allows the outer sections of the brow to be treated and is best for sagging that is present in the outer brows. A temporal brow lift also helps to treat Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
This is a more modern technique used in browplasty surgery. It places several tiny incisions in the hairline and inserts the endoscope, which is pushed down to the area of the eyebrow to release its attachments. Through the camera of the endoscope, the brow tissue is suspended using stitches to lift the brow in its higher position.
What to Expect
Recovery following brow lift surgery varies in each patient with the majority of discomfort and swelling occurring with the open method versus the endoscopic or temporal techniques. Overall, there will be slight bruising and swelling in the upper face near the brows and possibly around the eyes. Cold compresses may help to reduce the swelling. Dr. Rao advises patients to sleep upright for at least three nights following their surgery. It is important to avoid any movement or activities that may place stress on the face. The average recovery time from this procedure is about 2 – 3 weeks while about 5 – 10 days away from work is required. Incision lines are typically hidden under the hair and fade with time. The outcome can usually be seen immediately, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance that looks softer, more alert, and with a noticeable reduction in fine lines and sagging in the upper portion of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a brow lift cost?
The cost of brow lift surgery will vary, depending on the technique chosen, the facility fee, anesthesia expenses, and other factors. Once your treatment plan has been created during your one-on-one consultation, an estimate of your costs can be discussed. Dr. Rao can also go over payment methods and how to find low-interest financing so your surgery is easier to afford.
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a brow lift or full facelift will depend on where you have sagging skin, as well as your goals. You should candidly discuss your concerns with Dr. Rao so he can help you decide what is best for you. Many patients come in thinking they want a facelift only to discover they really require a brow lift or vice versa. With his years of cosmetic surgery experience, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rao can confidently help you decide on your treatment plan so you get the results you want.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
There are many nonsurgical treatments, such as laser skin tightening and injectables (like BOTOX and Juvéderm) that can provide short-term improvements. However, a surgical brow lift is better if you want to see significant improvements and longer-lasting results. During your consultation, Dr. Rao can go over both your surgical and nonsurgical options so you can decide which is best for you.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Rao will go over surgical techniques during your consultation to help you understand the advantages of each. He will then help you choose the best technique for your needs and goals. Some of the factors that may influence your choice are your hairline (taking into account both your current hairline and your risk of future recession), the degree of skin sagging present, and how much time you can devote to recovery.
Will my results look natural?
When you choose a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Rao, your brow lift results will look natural. He will develop your treatment plan for your needs and goals so you look refreshed and younger, not tight or frozen. During your surgery, Dr. Rao will focus on removing excess skin. The remaining skin and tissue will be smoothed so your results don't limit your facial expressions or lift your eyebrows too high.
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Don't let your sagging brow make people think you're mad, sad, tired, or angry — schedule a consultation to learn more about brow lift surgery with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ. By correcting your sagging brow, you can revitalize your entire appearance and look younger and more refreshed. Dr. Rao strives to produce gorgeous, natural-looking results. Your browplasty will have your friends and family saying you look more refreshed rather than thinking you had cosmetic surgery.