A forehead and eyebrow lift, also called a brow lift, can eliminate sagging skin on your forehead and eliminate the deep furrows caused by years of facial expression. As an added benefit, lifting the brow can also have the effect of making the upper eyelid look less heavy and hooded. Although brow lifts are a popular choice to counteract the effects of aging, younger people can also benefit from the procedure if they have a forehead that is set too low.
The “classic” way to perform a brow lift necessitated one long continuous incision at or above the hairline. The newer version of this procedure uses an endoscopic technique. Instead of making one long incision, Dr. Siporin makes a few short incisions at the scalp. A scope is inserted to help him visualize the tissues as he tightens the slack skin. Because the incisions are smaller, the endoscopic brow lift is far less invasive than its predecessor and recovery is much faster and more comfortable.
Brow lift surgery is performed in an outpatient surgical center under local sedation. The procedure generally takes between one to two hours.
Recovery from a Brow Lift
You’ll be given medication for discomfort. Swelling and bruising, which can also affect your cheeks and eyes, might be present. The swelling typically resolves in about a week. To help the swelling go down, you’ll need to keep your head elevated for about two days after surgery. You can also apply ice packs. Some patients may experience itching. This is temporary and short-lived.
Most patients can return to work in about a week. You should avoid vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for a few weeks after surgery.
Although complications from a brow lift are rare, they can include infection, scars, complications with eyebrow movement or numbness. Dr. Siporin will discuss these with you during your complimentary consultation.