Learn More About the Forehead Lift
The brow lift at Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery, also known as a forehead lift, is a powerful surgical procedure that rejuvenates the forehead, brows, and, in many cases, the upper eyelids, giving patients a refreshed, more youthful look. This is a common surgery at Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery, chosen by patients who want a more rested appearance.
Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz both use the brow lift to smooth out forehead lines and reposition the brow to counter the aging process. Striving for the most natural results, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz utilize the most advanced techniques to create facial harmony while avoiding appearing “overdone.”
Who Is a Candidate for Brow Lift?
A gradual loss of beneficial skin components combined with repetitive muscle motion over time can lead to the development of horizontal creases and vertical frown lines on the forehead. In addition, volume loss and the downward pull of gravity cause overall sagging, which can hood the eyes and create a perpetual look of tiredness or anger.
Men and women who want a more naturally pleasant expression frequently choose a brow lift to counter the effects of aging and time.
What Is the Forehead Lift Procedure?
A forehead lift is commonly performed using sedation or general anesthesia. The lift begins with application of an anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the surgery. The doctor will then make incisions to gain access to the tissues beneath the skin that cause the unwanted forehead furrows and creases. At Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz will use one of two primary techniques:
An endoscopic brow lift involves the use of a small camera and specialized instruments placed through several short incisions hidden in the scalp. This allows “endoscopic” access to the tissues of the forehead. Once lifted, the tissues are secured into their more natural position. This technique also allows the doctor to very precisely target the tissues necessary for a successful brow lift. Recovery time and scar formation are potentially reduced when using the endoscopic brow lift.
Browse our gallery of patient before-and-after photos to see examples of our results. Additional before-and-after results are also available for review at the time of consultation.
An open brow lift may be performed using incisions placed at the hairline (trichophytic brow lift) or farther up on the top of the scalp (coronal brow lift). The placement of the incision will depend upon the needs and position of the hairline in each individual patient.
Both techniques are intended to hide any resulting scar. The open forehead lift also allows for direct visualization of the forehead tissue for precise repositioning. After making necessary changes, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz will redrape the skin and suture it in place to reveal the new, smoother, more youthful contours.
The selection of an endoscopic or open brow lift technique depends on the nature of facial aging, patient’s hairline, and forehead size and shape. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz will work with you to choose the method that will give the greatest access to the tissues in question while leaving the least amount of evidence a lift was performed.
In all, the procedure should take from one to three hours.
Talk to the Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery team to determine which brow lift technique would be best for you.
Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz are dual board certified surgeons.
Brow Lift Recovery
Brow lift patients will experience some bruising and swelling after their surgery, but these effects will fade within the first one to two weeks. The incisions typically take at least 10 days to heal, with recovery and recuperation lasting two weeks. Patients typically feel comfortable returning to work and other daily life activities after seven to 14 days, depending upon the technique used.
Results of a brow lift are visible immediately after the procedure, with the ultimate outcome apparent once the swelling and bruising fade.
Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz will give you specific post-surgery instructions, including care, proper medications for preventing infection and minimizing discomfort, the timeline for removal of bandages and sutures, and the appropriateness of makeup.
Procedures to Complement a Brow Lift
Patients who are not yet ready to choose surgery may opt for other treatments. In many cases, BOTOX® can result in a “chemical brow lift” by relaxing the muscles that tend to pull down the brow. In addition, BOTOX® can be used to relax forehead muscles to prevent the appearance of horizontal forehead wrinkles for months at a time.