While many people seek cosmetic eyelid surgery for “tired eyes,” it is often actually the position of the brow or forehead that has sagged as a result of overactive muscles in the brow and forehead region.
Heredity, or the way we age, is also a factor. A forehead lift can be performed to lift the eyebrows as well as to help reduce the wrinkles and lines along the forehead and between the brows. This helps restore a more youthful and relaxed appearance.
In the past, a brow lift required a long incision across the top of the head from ear to ear. Now, using the endoscope, we can elevate the deeper tissue and secure the brow tissue in a higher position, thus creating only 3-5 short incisions hidden in the scalp. Using this brow lift technique, we can create a softer, more tranquil and rejuvenated facial appearance, thus improving your image and self-esteem.
Two other brow lift options are available and may be right for you:
Hairline Brow Lift – A lift just inside the hairline. This procedure provides great rejuvenation while allowing Dr. Lynam to adjust asymmetrical eyebrows.
Temporal Brow Lift — A smaller version of the hairline brow lift. This procedure lifts up the lateral eyebrows.
Candidate for Brow (Forehead) Lift
The best candidates for a brow lift are healthy non-smokers with a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind. Your goals, the procedure, and the routine postoperative healing process will be explained in detail and all of your questions will be answered during your consultation. Dr. Lynam will also review your medical history to ensure you are a healthy candidate for the brow lift procedure.
The Brow Lift Procedure
Several small incisions are made along the hairline to insert the endoscope and endoscopic instruments. This allows the tissue and muscle beneath the skin to be repositioned, altered or removed, correcting the source of visible creases and sagging skin in the forehead. The image from the endoscope is displayed on a TV monitor. Local anesthetic solution is injected to reduce bleeding and bruising.
A resorbable tacking device is used to secure the brow tissue at a higher level. Sometimes, additional procedures such as fat grafting may be needed to fill in areas of deep wrinkles. The brow, or forehead lift, is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and takes 1-2 hours to perform. After the brow lift procedure is completed, your forehead and head may be loosely wrapped to minimize bruising and swelling.
Your forehead may be swollen, bruised, and sore for several weeks following surgery. It may take several months for all of the swelling to completely dissipate.
You will need to keep your head elevated at all times for several days to help minimize swelling. Some facial movements may be restricted or temporarily impaired, and you may experience some numbness. All of these are common conditions.
Make-up can be used to camouflage any bruising that remains. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling resolves and incision lines refine and fade. Vigorous exercise routines may resume 4 weeks following your surgery. You may return to work one week after brow lift surgery.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the brow or forehead lift procedure is to schedule a consultation. You will learn the reasonable expectations for the goals you wish to achieve.
“Dr. Lynam and his staff are super helpful,
knowledgeable, and efficient. They treated me
with the utmost care and understanding.”
– Brow Lift Patient