The upper portion of the face plays an important role in conveying emotion and expressions to others. If the forces of gravity have caused your forehead to sag as part of the aging process, you might find that you are giving off unintended signals to others. If you find that friends and family often comment that you seem tired or angry (even if you do not feel like it), it may be due to forehead laxity. This can have a significant impact on the way people perceive you.
Fortunately, a brow lift is one of the best ways to rejuvenate the upper face with surgical techniques. This procedure, also referred to as a forehead lift, will lift and smooth the forehead region, eliminating the tired or angry appearance commonly caused by the aging process.
A brow lift can have a dramatic impact on your appearance. Some of the benefits include:
- Reduction of deep furrows
- Softening or elimination of horizontal lines
- Improvement in the position and shape of the eyebrows, creating a youthful arch to the brow
- Reduction in the appearance of frown lines
In addition to these aesthetic improvements, you may also experience emotional benefits like a boost in self-confidence. By reducing the sagging and aged appearance of your brow, you can make a better impression in your personal and professional lives.
In general, most brow lift candidates are men and women between the ages of 40 and 70 who would like to achieve effective upper facial rejuvenation. You should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure. If you are a smoker, you must be willing to quit prior to your procedure and throughout the recovery since smoking can adversely impact healing. During a consultation with Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir, we can determine whether you can benefit from a brow lift or should opt for non-surgical solutions like Botox® instead.
Your plastic surgeon will customize your brow lift procedure based on your unique facial features, signs of aging, and aesthetic goals. In some instances, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir may recommend eyelid surgery in conjunction with a brow lift to open and rejuvenate the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure can also be performed at the same time as a facelift. There are generally two types of brow lift that can be performed based on your goals and anatomy.
This technique uses a few small incisions (each less than an inch long) which are hidden behind the hairline. A camera is then used to assist with the release and elevation of the forehead. The endoscopic technique offers the benefits of reduced scarring and recovery time.
This technique utilizes an incision behind the hairline that is well concealed, even when swimming or in windy conditions. Forehead skin is then removed to smooth out any furrows or wrinkles, similar to the facelift. This can require longer downtime but produces more extensive results.
The recovery process after a brow lift is relatively minor. Most patients experience very little pain following their procedure. There may be some mild swelling and bruising that may last a few days, but most patients are able to resume normal activities within a week. It is important to keep your head elevated while sleeping and take prescribed medications according to your plastic surgeon’s instructions.
Can a brow lift be done under local anesthesia?
Yes. While a brow lift can be done under local anesthesia, in most cases it is preferable to have it done under a light general anesthetic.
Does a brow lift get rid of forehead wrinkles?
Yes. When the brow is properly positioned, the muscles that lift the brow (frontal is muscles) relax, thus reducing or eliminating the transverse wrinkles in the forehead. In some cases, the frown lines between the brows can be eliminated with a brow lift as well.
Does a facelift include a brow lift?
No. They are separate procedures, but can be performed together.
Does brow lift change eye shape?
No. The shape of the eyes is not changed by a brow lift.
How do I know if I need a brow lift?
If the brow is below the level of the bony orbit of the eye or you have a flattened shape to your brow, you may be a candidate for a brow lift. Many patients feel like they have excess skin of the upper lids and need a blepharoplasty, however, when the brow is properly positioned, the lids are improved.
How long do brow lifts last?
A brow lift lasts 7 - 10 years.
How long does a brow lift last?
A brow lift lasts 7 - 10 years.
How long does numbness last after brow lift?
Numbness following a brow lift is relatively common. This can last from a couple of weeks to several months, but usually returns to normal.
Is eyebrow lift surgery painful?
While some incisional pain is common to all surgeries, most patients do not experience much pain with a brow lift. Most require pain medication for only a few days.
What age should you get a brow lift?
A brow lift should be performed when a patient demonstrates the changes that are corrected by the procedure (a low, heavy or ptotic brow). This can occur at a wide variety of ages from 30’s to 80s.
What can I expect after a brow lift?
You can expect your brow to be in a better position with better shape. You can also expect significant reduction in forehead wrinkle. Your eyes and forehead will look more youthful.
What is a direct brow lift?
A direct brow lift is performed by removing skin from above the brow.
Will brow lift cause hair loss?
In some cases, yes. There can be minimal hair loss at the incision site(s). In most cases, however, this is not detectable even in windy situations or when swimming.
Does endoscopic brow lift raise hairline?
Yes. Any technique of brow lift that places the incision(s) behind the hairline, including an endoscopic brow lift, can elevate the hairline. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to see which procedure is best for you.
Does insurance pay for brow lift?
No. A brow lift is a cosmetic procedure.
How can I lift my eyebrows?
There are several ways to change the position of the brow. A surgical brow lift is one very effective way. Non-surgical options include combinations of hair removal and recreation of the brow through techniques varying from an eyebrow pencil, to microblading, to tattooing.
How can I raise my eyebrows in one day?
The results of surgery are immediate, although there is some recovery time. Plucking, waxing, laser, threading, makeup, microblading and tattoos are all ways to change the appearance of the brow in a single day.
Is a brow lift permanent?
No. Over time, the position and shape of the brow can change. The procedure typically lasts several years before these changes are seen again.
Is eyebrow lift dangerous?
No. When performed by a qualified board certified plastic surgeon, a brow lift is a very safe procedure.
What is a mini brow lift?
In some cases, only a portion of the brow needs to be elevated. Most commonly, this is the lateral (outer) portion of the brow. This can be elevated through small incisions in the temples.
What is endoscopic brow lift?
An endoscopic brow lift is performed through small incisions behind the hairline with the aid of a camera to allow for full release of the tissues and proper elevation and shaping of the brow. The advantage to this procedure is that it leaves minimal scarring.
What is the difference between a brow lift and blepharoplasty?
A brow lift is a procedure that elevates and reshapes the brow and rejuvenates the forehead. A blepharoplasty is a procedure to improve the skin and fat of the upper and lower eyelids.
When can I wash my hair after brow lift?
You can wash your hair 48 hours after a brow lift.
How much does a brow lift cost?
A brow lift costs $7,000 - $8,000.
How much is a brow lift?
A brow lift costs $7,000 - $8,000.
The brow lift is one of the most effective ways to rejuvenate the upper face with comprehensive surgical techniques. To meet with our plastic surgeons who have over 20 years of experience in performing facial plastic surgery, contact our Phoenix office by calling or filling out our online form.