What is a forehead and brow lift?
Forehead and brow lifts are procedures used to alleviate drooping eyebrows and diminish forehead wrinkles and frown lines. With these surgeries, incisions are hidden within or behind the hairline, and the excess skin is removed to improve brow position and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
There are many different techniques that may be employed depending on each patient’s anatomy and the severity of the problem. Dr. Sidle is highly trained and proficient in a wide range of techniques, so that he is able to offer the one best suited to your individual concerns and goals. He is skilled in performing all of the techniques described below.
What are the different kinds of forehead and brow lifts?
The Endoscopic Brow Lift
The Endoscopic Brow Lift procedure, which uses small incisions hidden behind the hairline, elevates droopy skin and heavy eyebrows. Through this approach, it is also possible to weaken the muscles that cause frown lines. We use special absorbable devices underneath the skin (not visible from the outside) to ensure that the brow stays in the correct position throughout the healing process. The Endoscopic Brow Lift is considered a “minimally invasive” approach to brow rejuvenation and is associated with no visible scars, minimal swelling, and a quick recovery.
The Tricophytic Brow Lift
The Tricophytic Brow Lift is best suited for people who not only want to raise their drooping eyebrows but are also interested in lowering their high hairlines. This approach is ideal for treating someone with a long forehead (high hairline) and heavy eyebrows. The incision runs along the border of the hairline and is nearly invisible after the healing process is complete.
The Direct Brow Lift
The Direct Brow Lift uses an incision hidden along the upper border of the eyebrow to remove a portion of forehead skin and raise the eyebrows. This may be a good option for people who do not have deep forehead lines and desire modest improvement in brow position.
The Indirect Brow Lift
The Indirect Brow Lift uses an incision hidden within an existing forehead line to remove a portion of the redundant forehead skin and elevate the brows. This is usually most suitable for people, generally men, with high hairlines and numerous deep forehead wrinkles. This approach is also good for people who have asymmetric eyebrows who wish to have them appear more symmetric.
Are there any other procedures that can be combined with a brow lift procedure?
A Brow Lift is a nice adjunct to a Facelift or Blepharoplasty when rejuvenating the face. It can easily be performed on the same day as another procedure. When you have your consultation with Dr. Sidle, he will examine you and discuss not only which type of brow lift would be best for you but also whether an adjunct procedure would be beneficial to help you achieve the best possible cosmetic outcome.
What can I expect after surgery?
You should expect some bruising and swelling of your eyelids following surgery. The bruising may take a week or two to fully resolve, but the swelling generally resolves within the first few days after surgery. Because the bruising is generally far away from your incisions (unless you also have blepharoplasty surgery), you will be able to use makeup to help camouflage the bruising.
There will be mild postoperative discomfort, which is easily controlled with pain medication that will be prescribed to you after surgery.
Along your brow lift incisions, sutures or clips are generally removed 7-10 days after your surgery. If you also have a blepharoplasty, the sutures in your eyelids are usually removed 6-7 days after surgery. Makeup along or near your incisions may be applied shortly after sutures are removed.
It is common to have some degree of temporary numbness of your scalp and forehead after a brow lift procedure. All brow lift procedures carry some risk of permanent numbness of the forehead, but this is very uncommon in the hands of an experienced surgeon like Dr. Sidle.
Why choose Dr. Sidle for forehead and brow lift surgery?
Experience Matters. As a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon at Northwestern with special expertise in rejuvenation of the eyes and face, Dr. Sidle can provide you with an individualized plan to restore a more youthful appearance to your face. Call our office for a one-on-one consultation.
More Forehead and Brow Lifts FAQs
A hairline forehead lift is a surgical procedure to raise the hairline and improve the appearance of frown lines, horizontal wrinkles, and other signs of aging in the forehead. The surgery involves removing skin and adjusting muscles and tissues to raise the position of the eyebrows and move the hairline higher on the forehead.
A forehead lift can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. The cost is related to how much skin is removed and how much fat is removed. Most forehead lifts are done by removing the excess skin, but some by eliminating fat.
The forehead lift will last around ten years. However, several factors can affect how long the procedure lasts, including how well you take care of your health. The forehead lift is a relatively minor surgical procedure; most people experience little to no complications.
A brow lift can help smooth forehead wrinkles. The surgery involves reshaping the underlying muscles and tissues and removing excess skin. This will help improve the forehead’s appearance and reduce the visibility of wrinkles.
A brow lift will not make your forehead bigger. A brow lift can help to reduce the appearance of a large forehead. It is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and tissue from the forehead and the eyebrows to improve the overall appearance of the upper fac
Technically, a brow lift is a subset of a forehead lift. A brow lift is a surgery that elevates the eyebrows, while a forehead lift is a surgery that lifts the entire forehead. Both procedures can improve the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin on the face.
There are a few surgical options for lifting eyebrows. One option is a forehead lift, which surgically removes excess skin from the forehead and raises the eyebrows. Another option is an endoscopic brow lift, which uses a small camera to guide the surgeon through small incisions near the hairline. These surgeries hide incisions within or behind the hairline, leaving minimal scarring.
An eyebrow lift is done by an incision in the hairline above the eyebrows. The skin is then lifted, and excess skin is removed. The eyebrows are then reshaped and sutured in place.
A brow lift will generally last around five years. However, in some cases, it can last for up to ten years. Factors affecting how long a brow lift lasts include the patient’s age, skin type, and how well they take care of their skin after the surgery.
The best age to get a brow lift is typically in your late 40s or 50s. The skin begins to lose some of its elasticity by this age, so the surgery results are likely to be more long-lasting.
Additionally, most people have developed some wrinkles around their eyes by this age, which a brow lift can correct.
Good candidates for a brow lift are typically people who have developed wrinkles or lines on their forehead or have sagging or drooping eyebrows. Candidates should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what the surgery can achieve.
The best way to determine whether you need a brow lift is to have a professional examine your face. You might need a brow lift if you have sagging eyebrows that make you look tired or older than you are or if your eyebrows are positioned too high or too low on your forehead. You can use a mirror to examine your eyebrows and forehead to determine if they appear to droop.
Following surgery, you may experience bruising and swelling of your eyelids. The healing process should take about one week or less to resolve both effects.
It depends on the insurance policy. Some insurance policies may cover a portion of the surgery costs, while others may not cover the surgery at all. It is best to contact your insurance company directly to find out if they will cover the cost of a brow lift surgery.
Brow lift surgery prices vary depending on the plastic surgeon you choose and on the location of the surgery. Generally, you can expect to pay between $2,000 and $6,000 for a brow lift surgery.
Yes, smoking will affect your recovery after brow lift surgery. Cigarette smoke contains toxins that can damage the tissues around the eyes, making healing more difficult and increasing the risk of complications. You should abstain from smoking for at least two weeks before and after surgery.
All post-operative instructions can be found on the Patient Resources page.