What is a brow lift?

There are cases when patients want to have a brighter, younger, and more relaxed look, but not the extensive surgery and recovery that often comes with a full on facelift. In these cases, patients in Columbus, OH ask for a brow lift procedure, which is able to give them many of the same benefits while concentrating efforts on the area of the face that shows the most obvious signs of aging—the creased and wrinkled forehead. A brow lift is also called a forehead lift and is an effective method for reducing the austerity of the lines that develop on the forehead or in between the eyebrows. During this procedure, the brows may also be repositioned so they do not sag, often resulting in hooded eyelids. Raising the eyebrows consequently gives the patient a keener, more distinct appearance.

How is a brow lift performed?

To prepare a patient for a brow lift procedure, our office usually administers general anesthesia, or local anesthesia with sedation. Incisions for this procedure may be done in one of two ways:

  • Incisions within the patient’s hairline will be made, enough to allow an endoscope to be used during the surgery. With the endoscope, muscles and tissues underneath the skin can be repositioned or removed to correct the source of wrinkling on the forehead.
  • Incisions on the patient’s temples may also be used to perform a brow lift, and are often used with smaller incisions on the patient’s upper eyelids to help reduce frown lines along the bridge of the nose or in between the eyebrows.
  • A coronal brow lift is used to target specific areas in the brow area. An incision between the ears, running across the scalp, makes it possible for the forehead to be lifted by trimming excess skin from the patient’s scalp.

How soon will I see the results?

The results of a brow lift are often seen gradually because it takes about 5 to 10 days before the wounds start to heal, and a few weeks more for the swelling and bruising to completely disappear.

Are there risks about brow lifts that I should know about?

All types of surgical procedures will have associated risks. With brow lifts, a thorough consultation with Dr. Dorner is advised so that you are fully aware of the possible risks that the procedure has including scarring, blood clots, hair loss at the incision sites, irritation, edema, pain at the treatment sites, swelling, bruising, skin irregularities, or infection. These are all potential drawbacks of the procedure and, although unavoidable, they may be managed with proper preventive care.