What is a brow lift?
A brow lift is a surgical procedure designed to correct a drooping or lowered brow position, which we tend to associate with a tired or grumpy appearance. A brow lift works by tightening and raising the tissues of the forehead in order to reveal a more youthful proportion between the forehead, upper eyelids, and eyebrows. A brow lift is also called a forehead lift or browplasty.
Overview of brow musculature
What can I expect from a brow lift?
A brow lift is intended to treat those with a low position of the brow line, deep lines running horizontally across the forehead, excess skin above the eyes, and/or frown lines or furrows between the eyebrows or across the top of the nose.
Brow lift before and after
Are there different kinds of brow lifts?
There are different methods of performing the procedure, and the procedure that is best for you depends on your facial features and desired outcomes. A board certified plastic surgeon is trained to assess your unique facial structure in order to choose the most appropriate type of procedure for you. The methods of performing a brow lift include open brow lift, endoscopic brow lift, and limited incision brow lift. Dr. Forsberg most frequently performs a minimally invasive endoscopic brow lift using 3 small incisions hidden behind the hair line.
What kind of scarring is associated with brow lifts?
Generally speaking, incisions are placed where they can be well concealed – at or within the hairline, or within a forehead crease – but the exact placement of the incisions depends on the method of brow lift that is in chosen in conjunction with your board certified plastic surgeon. In an open brow lift, the incision is made across the scalp, beginning above the ears and hidden within the hair. In an endoscopic brow lift, smaller incisions are made – usually one at the top of the scalp and one near each temple. These incisions are very well hidden in the hair. With a limited incision brow life, the incisions are also made at the temples and concealed by the hairline.
Incision points of an endoscopic brow lift
Are there other procedures commonly done with a brow lift to help rejuvenate the upper eye area?
A brow lift is just one procedure that can help rejuvenate the area around the eyes. Other procedures, such as an upper blepharoplasty, may also be needed to help improve droopy or excess upper eyelid skin. Oftentimes, a brow lift is performed alongside eyelid surgery. Your board certified plastic surgeon will help you determine if one or both of these procedures is right for you.
Notice in Dr. Forsberg’s patient below, the patient had a low brow and excess skin hanging on the eyelashes. She underwent an endoscopic brow lift to elevate the brow, increasing the distance between the eyelashes and brow, and she underwent an upper blepharoplsaty in order to remove the excess eyelid skin near the eyelashes.
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