What is a forehead and brow lift?
Forehead and brow lifts are procedures used to alleviate drooping eyebrows and diminish forehead wrinkles and frown lines. With these surgeries, incisions are hidden within or behind the hairline, and the excess skin is removed to improve brow position and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
There are many different techniques that may be employed depending on each patient’s anatomy and the severity of the problem. Dr. Sidle is highly trained and proficient in a wide range of techniques, so that he is able to offer the one best suited to your individual concerns and goals. He is skilled in performing all of the techniques described below.
What are the different kinds of forehead and brow lifts?
The Endoscopic Brow Lift
The Endoscopic Brow Lift procedure, which uses small incisions hidden behind the hairline, elevates droopy skin and heavy eyebrows. Through this approach, it is also possible to weaken the muscles that cause frown lines. We use special absorbable devices underneath the skin (not visible from the outside) to ensure that the brow stays in the correct position throughout the healing process. The Endoscopic Brow Lift is considered a “minimally invasive” approach to brow rejuvenation and is associated with no visible scars, minimal swelling, and a quick recovery.
The Tricophytic Brow Lift
The Tricophytic Brow Lift is best suited for people who not only want to raise their drooping eyebrows but are also interested in lowering their high hairlines. This approach is ideal for treating someone with a long forehead (high hairline) and heavy eyebrows. The incision runs along the border of the hairline and is nearly invisible after the healing process is complete.
The Direct Brow Lift
The Direct Brow Lift uses an incision hidden along the upper border of the eyebrow to remove a portion of forehead skin and raise the eyebrows. This may be a good option for people who do not have deep forehead lines and desire modest improvement in brow position.
The Indirect Brow Lift
The Indirect Brow Lift uses an incision hidden within an existing forehead line to remove a portion of the redundant forehead skin and elevate the brows. This is usually most suitable for people, generally men, with high hairlines and numerous deep forehead wrinkles. This approach is also good for people who have asymmetric eyebrows who wish to have them appear more symmetric.
Are there any other procedures that can be combined with a brow lift procedure?
A Brow Lift is a nice adjunct to a Facelift or Blepharoplasty when rejuvenating the face. It can easily be performed on the same day as another procedure. When you have your consultation with Dr. Sidle, he will examine you and discuss not only which type of brow lift would be best for you but also whether an adjunct procedure would be beneficial to help you achieve the best possible cosmetic outcome.
What can I expect after surgery?
You should expect some bruising and swelling of your eyelids following surgery. The bruising may take a week or two to fully resolve, but the swelling generally resolves within the first few days after surgery. Because the bruising is generally far away from your incisions (unless you also have blepharoplasty surgery), you will be able to use makeup to help camouflage the bruising.
There will be mild postoperative discomfort, which is easily controlled with pain medication that will be prescribed to you after surgery.
Along your brow lift incisions, sutures or clips are generally removed 7-10 days after your surgery. If you also have a blepharoplasty, the sutures in your eyelids are usually removed 6-7 days after surgery. Makeup along or near your incisions may be applied shortly after sutures are removed.
It is common to have some degree of temporary numbness of your scalp and forehead after a brow lift procedure. All brow lift procedures carry some risk of permanent numbness of the forehead, but this is very uncommon in the hands of an experienced surgeon like Dr. Sidle.
Why choose Dr. Sidle for forehead and brow lift surgery?
Experience Matters. As a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon at Northwestern with special expertise in rejuvenation of the eyes and face, Dr. Sidle can provide you with an individualized plan to restore a more youthful appearance to your face. Call our office for a one-on-one consultation.
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