What Is a Brow Lift?
As we age, the skin on our forehead and above our eyebrows begins to sag. That slight drooping can give the impression that you’re tired, sad, even angry. But a brow lift can bring back the real you.
A brow lift softens forehead wrinkles and frown lines, tightens the skin across the brow, and gives you a more relaxed, youthful appearance.
The “coronal” brow lift involves one continuous incision across the scalp, beginning above each ear. The scarring is hidden within the hairline. Recent advances in endoscopic technology have enabled a new approach, an “endoscopic” brow lift. In this brow lift, Dr. Saltz makes a few small incisions along the scalp line and inserts an endoscope (a small camera on the end of a thin tube) into one incision and a surgical tool into another, allowing him to see exactly what he is working on. Scarring is minimal with the endoscopic brow lift.
Should You Have a Brow Lift?
If you feel that your sagging skin on your forehead and above your eyebrows is making you look old and tired, or if you’d like to erase those creases on your forehead, a brow lift could be a good solution. Good candidates for the procedure are in good overall physical health and have realistic expectations for the procedure. As with all cosmetic surgeries, you should do some research on your own before your consultation with Dr. Saltz.
Your Brow Lift Surgery
A brow lift is normally performed under local anesthetic, but if you prefer you can request general anesthetic. If Dr. Saltz is performing an endoscopic brow lift, he will make small incisions at the temples and along the scalp line. This will allow him to manipulate the tissues as needed with the visual aid of the endoscope. Obviously, an endoscopic brow lift is far less invasive than a coronal brow lift.
In a coronal brow life, a single incision is made along the hairline, spanning from ear to ear. The skin is then lifted, excess tissue is trimmed, and the skin is re-draped.
After your surgery, your forehead will be taped and bandaged. A thin tube is also inserted to drain any excess fluid. You may have temporary fixation screws to hold the elevated brow in place.
There will be swelling and bruising and it could spread down into your cheeks and eye area. This should be gone in about a week to 10 days. For the first two days after your surgery, you’ll need to keep your head elevated to reduce the swelling. Ice packs will also help with swelling.
A coronal brow lift, due to the length of the incision, will require a more involved recovery. There will be more pain, so you will receive prescription pain medication. You may also experience more itching, particularly across the incision area. This can last for a few months. Numbness or tingling can also be present, but will ease over time.
Most patients can return to work within 10 days, but must avoid vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for three or four weeks.