About Brow Lift Surgery
Brow lift surgery (also known as a browplasty or forehead lift) is a popular cosmetic procedure that helps create a lifted brow appearance, which offers a more youthful look to the top portion of the face. A drooping brow can often create a tired or angry appearance. This procedure surgically improves a sagging brow to create a rejuvenated face by removing excess skin from the forehead, while also raising the eyebrows. Dr. Brian Dorner is a plastic surgeon in Columbus, OH who has performed brow lift surgery on both men and women to create a younger look. Dermal fillers and BOTOX are often used in combination with a brow lift at Dorner Plastic Surgery for optimal results, creating a softer and smoother look.
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As we age, skin laxity decreases and causes various aspects of the face to begin to sag. This is especially true in the upper face region and commonly affects both men and women. When looking in the mirror, do you look tired or angry, or notice frown lines between the brows, or are bothered by a drooping brow? A brow lift at Dorner Plastic Surgery may be the right cosmetic treatment for you.
Prior to surgery, anesthesia will be administered. This can be done through general anesthesia or IV sedation depending on the nature of the surgery. The incision technique used during a brow lift is determined based on 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 brow lift incision, this places the incision at the top of the head behind the hairline. This incision not only hides scarring, it provides a certain degree of controlled lifting during the procedure. This type of incision works well for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines. This is the preferred method 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 men and women who have a strong hairline with little risk for recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also known as a temporal brow lift, this technique places the incision in the hairline just above the temples. It allows the outer parts of the brow to be lifted, and works well for sagging that is present in the outer brows. It also helps to smooth Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
This is a more modern technique used in brow lift surgery. It places several tiny incisions in the hairline and inserts a tool known as an endoscope, which travels 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 varies, with more discomfort and swelling occurring with the open approach versus the endoscopic or temporal methods. 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 diminish the swelling. Dr. Dorner advises patients sleep upright for the first several 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 rejuvenated appearance that looks softer, more alert, and with a noticeable reduction in fine lines and sagging in the upper face.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a brow lift cost?
It is more important to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Dorner, who can give you the results you want rather than choosing the cheapest surgeon. The cost of brow lift surgery will vary based on the technique chosen, the facility fee, anesthesia, and other factors. Once your treatment plan has been created in your consultation, an estimate of costs can be discussed. Dr. Dorner can also go over payment methods we accept and how to find low-interest medical financing so your surgery is easier to afford.
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a brow lift or full facelift will depend on where you have sagging skin as well as your goals. You should candidly discuss your concerns with Dr. Dorner so he can help you decide what is best for you. Many patients who come in thinking they want a full facelift discover they only need a brow lift and vice versa. With his years of experience, Dr. Dorner can confidently help you create your unique treatment plan so you get the results you want.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
There are many nonsurgical treatments, such as laser skin tightening and injectables (like BOTOX and Juvéderm), that can give some improvements. However, a surgical brow lift is better if you want significant improvements and longer-lasting results. During your consultation, Dr. Dorner can go over both your surgical and nonsurgical options so you can decide which is best for you.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Dorner will go over brow lift surgery techniques during your consultation to help you understand the advantages of each. He will then help you decide on the best technique for your needs and goals. Some of the factors that may influence your technique choice are your hairline (taking into account both your current hairline and your risk of future recession), the degree of skin sagging, and how much time you can devote to recovery.
Will my results look natural?
When you choose a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Dorner, your brow lift results will look natural. He will develop your treatment plan with the right technique for your needs and goals so you look refreshed and younger, not tight or frozen. During your surgery, Dr. Dorner will focus on removing excess skin. The remaining skin and tissue will be smoothed so your results do not limit your facial expressions or lift your eyebrows too high.
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Do not let your sagging brow make people think you are mad, sad, tired, or angry — schedule a consultation to learn more about a brow lift with plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Dorner at Dorner Plastic Surgery in Dublin. By lifting your sagging brow, you can rejuvenate your entire appearance and look younger and more refreshed. Dr. Dorner strives for natural-looking results; your brow lift will have your friends saying you look very refreshed rather than thinking you had surgery.