Prior to surgery, anesthesia will be given to the patient. This can be done through general anesthesia or IV sedation depending on the extent of the surgery. The incision technique used during a brow lift is determined by the severity of sag, if the forehead is affected, and the position of the hairline. There are many approaches to consider:
- Traditional Incision:Also called the open lift incision, this places the incision at the top of the head behind the hairline. The traditional incision not only masks scarring, it provides a certain degree of controlled lifting during the procedure. The traditional incision works well for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines. This is the better technique if you are at risk for having a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision:This incision is placed right along the hairline. It allows significant lifting of the brow for women and men who have a strong hairline with little risk for recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift:Also known as a temporal brow lift, this technique sets the incision inside the hairline just above the temples. The lateral incision allows the outer areas of the brow to be raised, helping to address sagging that is present in the outer brows. The lateral technique also helps to correct Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift:This is a modern technique used in a brow lift. It places several tiny incisions in the hairline and inserts an endoscope, which moves down to the area of the eyebrow to release its attachments. Through the camera of the endoscope, the brow tissue is suspended using stitches to lift the brow in its higher position.
What To Expect
Recovery following brow lift surgery can vary, with the most discomfort and swelling occurring with the open technique versus the endoscopic or temporal approaches. Overall, there will be slight bruising and swelling in the upper face near the brows and possibly around the eyes. Cold compresses may help to decrease the swelling. Dr. Schoemann advises patients sleep upright for 3 – 4 nights following their surgery. It is important to avoid any movement or activities that may place stress on the face. The average recovery time from this procedure is about 2 – 3 weeks. The outcome can usually be seen immediately, resulting in a revived appearance that looks softer, more alert, and with a noticeable reduction in fine lines and sagging in the upper half of the face.
Refresh Your Appearance
Don’t let your sagging brow make you appear mad, sad, tired, or angry — schedule a consultation to learn more about a brow lift with double board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Schoemann at Schoemann Plastic Surgery in Encinitas. By raising your sagging brow, you can holistically improve your entire appearance and look younger and more refreshed. Dr. Schoemann strives for natural-looking results; your forehead lift will have others saying you look younger rather than thinking you had plastic surgery.
Contact Schoemann Plastic Surgery in Encinitas to schedule your consultation with Dr. Schoemann today at (760) 487-2520 or by filling out our online form.