The effects of aging can appear in the forehead area in the form of deep horizontal lines, heavy brows, and “frown lines.”
A brow lift is designed to address these changes, restoring a smooth, lifted and youthful facial appearance.
With age, lines and wrinkles inevitably develop on the forehead, and the surrounding tissues begin to droop. These effects can create a perpetually angry, stressed or unpleasant expression. By subtly elevating the brow and smoothing away any wrinkles, it’s possible to take years off your appearance. A brow lift can also be done as part of a facelift surgery as well.
Technological advancements allow us to use significantly smaller incisions when performing a brow lift. Rather than a single lengthy incision, we can create a series of small cuts to perform surgery with an endoscope (a thin tube with a camera attached) and tiny surgical tools.
The benefits of an endoscopic approach when compared to a traditional brow lift include:
In addition, the endoscopic brow lift is beneficial for patients with alopecia, and associated with a relatively comfortable and fast recovery.
Our plastic surgeons utilize an endoscopic approach whenever possible. The procedure is done under general anesthesia, which means you will be unconscious throughout the experience. Once you are sedated, we will create several small incisions along the scalp.
We will then insert an endoscope in one of the openings, which will allow the surgeon to visualize your underlying structures on a television screen in the operating room. Using small surgical tools, we will lift the forehead skin, reposition a drooping brow, and smooth away lines and wrinkles. To complete the procedure, we will trim away excess skin and close the incisions.
Once your surgery is complete, we will apply bandages to protect the area. These can be removed within two days. You will need to return to the office in two weeks to have your stitches removed.
Swelling and bruising in the treatment area is normal and should improve within one week. In the meantime, keep your head elevated to minimize these effects and ensure optimal healing.
Most patients considering a lift, have a droopy brow and fullness of the lateral upper eyelids. For these individuals, the procedure can elevate sagging tissue, and improve transverse forehead lines, glabellar creases and transverse folds at the root of the nose.
In general, the best San Diego brow lift candidates are between 40 and 50 years of age and just beginning to notice the signs of aging in the forehead area. To qualify for this procedure, you need to be in good general health, able to recover from surgery, and with realistic expectations regarding what a brow lift can accomplish.
A brow lift is a transformative procedure that can restore a more youthful overall look. To begin planning your procedure, please contact our Del Mar or Coronado office today and schedule a consultation.