The Brow Lift
Individuals who are looking to improve a sagging brow or deep forehead furrows may be good candidates for a browlift. Most patients range in age from forty to sixty-five, though the surgery can be performed at other ages. To see how you might benefit from a forehead lift, place your hands at the outside edges of your eyes just above your brows and gently raise the skin upward. As with all forms of cosmetic surgery, patients should be realistic in their expectations of the outcome and they should be in good health. During your consultation, Dr. Donath will help you to decide if the browlift is right for you and, if necessary, he can recommend additional surgery to help you achieve your desired look. For instance, a browlift may be combined with blepharoplasty or a face lift to provide a harmonious rejuvenation.
Forehead Lift Procedure
IV sedation, twilight anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used for the browlift. The procedure can be performed with a traditional approach or as an endoscopic procedure. With the traditional approach, the incision is made just behind the hairline running across the top of the head. For the endoscopic approach, several small incisions are made behind the hairline. Working through the incisions, loose skin will be tightened and the excess removed, thus improving forehead wrinkling and a drooping brow. If necessary, part of the muscle responsible for frown lines may be removed. The browlift typically takes one to two hours to complete.
Bandages applied after surgery are usually removed within one to three days. Patients may experience some temporary discomfort which can be controlled with prescription medication. Some numbness and itching may also occur along the incisions as they heal. Swelling and bruising are common during the first ten days after surgery and can be alleviated with cold compresses and by elevating the head. Make-up can be used to camouflage any prolonged bruising. The stitches are usually removed within seven to ten days. Most patients are able to return to work within one to two weeks after the browlift, though rigorous activities may be prohibited for a longer period of time.