A brow lift can revitalize drooping or lined foreheads, helping you look less angry, sad, or tired. Brow lifts in Monmouth County involve the removal or alteration of the muscles above the eyes to smooth lines and raise the eyebrows for a more youthful appearance. The procedure is often combined with other operations such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facelifts to improve the look of the eyes and other areas of the face.
What Is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift is a way to surgically reduce the horizontal lines often formed across the forehead, along with the vertical lines formed between the eyebrows. Also called a forehead lift, this procedure also raises saggy brows, and makes the eyebrows look youthful and alert.
Am I a Good Candidate?
While brow lifts are typically performed on patients aged 40-60 to counteract the effects of aging, anyone with lined or inelastic skin on the forehead – whether it’s caused by muscle activity or inherited conditions – is eligible. The procedure is usually performed in an office-based facility or surgery center under local anesthesia and sedation.
If you aren’t sure that you want a brow lift, try standing in front of a mirror and placing the palms of your hands to the sides of your eyes above the eyebrows. Then pull the skin back from the eyes, raising the forehead. This is approximately how the procedure will make you look.
If you are sure about getting a brow lift, you must be physically healthy and have realistic expectations regarding the procedure’s outcome. Ideal candidates are non-smokers, since smoking can negatively affect the healing process.
Your Brow Lift Consultation
During a brow lift consultation, you will discuss your cosmetic goals, complete a medical history, and have an overall health assessment with Dr. Nagy. He will assess your forehead region, and photographs may be taken. You can ask any questions you may have.
What Is a Traditional Brow Lift Like?
A traditional brow lift is performed using an incision hidden beneath the hairline (for patients with thinning hair, who are bald, or who have had previous surgery in the area, the incision will likely be moved somewhere less conspicuous). You and Michael Nagy MD, FACS will discuss the process in further detail during your consultation.
Note: Patients with very short hair may want to let it grow before surgery to better camouflage the healing scar.
BROW LIFT PROCEDURE
First, the patient’s hair is tied with rubber bands near the incision site. Then the surgeon makes a coronal (headphone-shaped) incision behind the hairline, stretching between the ears and across the top of the forehead. The incision may be placed further back or made along the skull bone joints to minimize visibility in patients with thinning hair or who are bald. Then the forehead skin is lifted, tissue is removed, muscles are adjusted and the eyebrows may be lifted. Excess skin is trimmed and the incision is closed with stitches or clips. The site is washed and the rubber bands are removed. Some surgeons will protect the stitches with gauze or bandages.
The Recovery Process
Traditional surgery patients may experience some numbness and discomfort at the incision. Numbness could be replaced by itching, which will subside within six months. Your head may need to be elevated for two to three days to reduce swelling. Bandages are removed in one to two days, and stitches or clips are taken out in two weeks. Hair near the incision may fall out or thin, but normal growth should return within weeks or a few months.
You will be on your feet and able to wash your hair in a day or two, and many patients return to work or school in 7-10 days or less. Swelling and bruising should fade by the third week.
Complications are rare and usually minor but may include temporary numbness, nerve injury, hair loss along scar edges, formation of a broad scar requiring surgical correction, infection, and bleeding.
How Much Does a Brow Lift Cost?
The cost of a brow lift may be impacted by the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fees, medical tests, and other factors. In cases where you combine your brow lift with other procedures, this can also affect the overall price.