What is a Brow Lift?
Also known as a forehead lift, this procedure repositions low or sagging eyebrows. It can also help efface wrinkles on the forehead.
This is a highly individualized procedure. There are multiple different techniques depending on the desired result.
Brow Lift Techniques
Coronal Brow Lift
The Coronal Brow Lift is the original brow lift technique and still remains the gold standard of brow lifts. The technique involves an incision from ear to ear, lifting the forehead and removing excess skin from the scalp.
Drawbacks to this technique include a longer scar, hair loss along the scar, and sensory loss in the scalp. In addition, recovery time is often longer than the endoscopic brow lift due to the size of the incision.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
This technique is done using an endoscope (surgical video device) and special instruments placed through small incisions made within the scalp and temple hairline. This allows the tissue and muscle beneath the skin to be repositioned, altered or removed, correcting the source of visible creases and furrows in the forehead.
Since no scalp or skin is removed, this technique uses a device to hold the scalp elevated. The device is either a small screw or a plastic anchor that secured to the calvarium.
Temporal Brow Lift
In this technique, only the lateral third of the brow is lifted via incisions inside the hairline in the temple. This corrects hooding seen in the lateral third of the upper eyelid. It does not treat the middle or central brow. Since it is a smaller procedure, it can be done under local anesthesia in the office.
Pretrichial Brow Lift
In this technique, forehead skin is removed using an incision along the hairline, mostly extending along the lateral third of the superior hairline. It is not as invasive as the open coronal or endoscopic and can be done using local anesthesia in the office.
Brow Lift Results
Initial wound healing may take 5 to 10 days, at which time any sutures or clips will be removed. You will be ready to return to work and normal activity at this time. Cosmetics can camouflage any bruising that remains.
Healing will continue for several weeks as the swelling dissipates and incision lines refine and fade and it may take several months for your complete recovery.
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