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What is a Brow Lift?

A Brow Lift goes by many names including Forehead Lift or Browplasty. A Brow Lift defies the aging process, lifting and tightening the soft tissues of the forehead to restore a more youthful appearance, not only to the forehead, but upper eyelids and eyebrows as well.

The aging process tends to lower the eyebrows and lengthen the forehead. In the process, the eyebrows can be seen crowding the upper eyelids resulting in loose upper eyelid skin and a more tired, closed appearance of the eyes. The sides of the eyes and temples usually also get droopy and form wrinkles and skin folds.

Dr. Rachel is a quadruple board-certified cosmetic surgeon with expertise in Brow Lift Surgery. A Brow Lift is often combined with other surgeries such as Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) and Facelift to improve the look of the eyes and other areas of the face. Dr. Rachel often performs these procedures together at the same time.

Brow Lift Surgery Related Procedures

Is a Brow Lift Right for Me?

You may be a good candidate for a Brow Lift if you wish to correct any of the following issues:

  • Droopy or low eyebrow position creating a tired appearance
  • Deep horizontal creases across the forehead
  • Frown lines or furrows between the eyebrows or across the top of your nose
  • Excess skin or fatty tissue hanging over your eyes
  • Inability to apply makeup on the upper eyelid because the surface area has been concealed by drooping tissues

Brow Lift Surgical Techniques

Endoscopic Brow Lift

The endoscopic Brow Lift involves treatment of the forehead through several tiny incisions within the hairline. The forehead and eyebrow tissues are repositioned, and the incisions are closed.

Traditional Brow Lift Surgery

Involves placing incisions in the scalp along the hairline, and, when appropriate, in the forehead or eyebrows. This technique allows Dr. Rachel to lift and reposition the forehead, eyebrows, and tissues. Incisions are then closed.

Brow Lift Recovery

Swelling and bruising can occur immediately following a Brow Lift. Often the swelling and bruising can affect parts of your face that were not directly addressed, including your cheeks and eyes. The swelling should start to subside a few days after the procedure and be resolved a week or two after your surgery. For at least two days after the surgery patients are advised to keep their heads elevated and gently apply ice packs to help ease the bruising and swelling.

After just a few short weeks following your Brow Lift Surgery, patients will notice a significant decrease in swelling, bruising, or other visible side effects and the results will be much more apparent, ultimately resulting a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.

Your Brow Lift will be performed in Dr. John D. Rachel's surgery center located in North Shore.

Dr. Rachel is a superb and skilled surgeon. There are few if any doctors that have the high regard that Dr. Rachel has for his patients. His surgical skills are surpassed by none.

Brow Lift Surgery FAQ

  • Am I a good candidate for a Brow Lift?

    No matter when the signs of aging appear on your forehead, a Brow Lift or Forehead Lift helps people of all ages appear more relaxed and youthful, although most candidates are between the ages of 40 and 60 years old.

  • What’s the difference between a Brow Lift and an Upper Eyelid Surgery?

    A Brow Lift elevates the brows but doesn’t touch eyelid skin. An Upper Eyelid Surgery removes skin of the lids reducing the amount of skin between brown and lash, but it doesn’t change the brow position or shape.

  • How can I tell if I need an Upper Eyelid Lift or a Brow Lift?

    The following would suggest you need a Brow Lift if there is “hooding” of the upper lid that extends past the end of the eye towards the crow’s feet. If your brow has lost its arch. If your brow is within your eye socket. But if your eyebrow has a nice arch or is at the height that you want it to be, then an Upper Eyelid Surgery may be what you need. But these distinctions are often subtle, and it is hard for a patient to know for sure without seeing a cosmetic surgeon.

  • Will a Brow Lift get rid of the deep lines on my forehead?

    The reason people develop the deep horizontal forehead lines is that they are trying to raise their brows. Once their brows are elevated, there is less of a need to lift the eyebrows. A Brow Lift does not get rid of those lines, but it dramatically reduces them. Neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport may be helpful for residual lines.

  • Will a Brow Lift get rid of the deep lines on the sides of my eyes (crow’s feet)?

    A Brow Lift will not eliminate crows feet, but the effect of raising the brows often softens them. Hooding that goes beyond the end of the eye into the crows feet is significant reduced if not eliminated.

  • Will a Brow Lift keep me from ever needing neurotoxins again?

    The need and frequency for neurotoxins is greatly reduced with a Brow Lift, and sometimes it is eliminated. The answer is different for each patient and depends upon the severity of their lines and what will be corrected with their Brow Lift.

  • How long does a Brow Lift last?

    Brow Lift surgery provides long-lasting correction to an aged appearance. Many patients see pleasing results that can last for years. However, Brow Lift surgery cannot halt the natural aging process, and your rejuvenated appearance will continue to age naturally after the procedure.

  • How soon can I go back to work?

    When you feel ready to do your job is highly individualized. So long as your work doesn’t involve straining and heavy lifting, you can expect to be back to work after three or four days. Some people go back even sooner, and many work from home the next day.

  • When can I drive?

    You can drive when you are off of all narcotic pain medication and feel totally unrestricted by your discomfort.

  • When can I travel by airplane?

    Brow Lift patients can travel by airplane about a week after surgery.

  • When can I resume exercise?

    Typically, 2-3 weeks without exercise is recommend. Light walking is beneficial starting the day of surgery.

  • What are the risks of Brow Lift Surgery?

    As with any surgical procedure, potential risks include:

    • Bleeding
    • Bruising
    • Numbness/Weakness
    • Scarring
    • Unsatisfactory Results

 

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