A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is performed to restore a more youthful appearance to the upper face. It is designed to adjust the position of eyebrows, smooth forehead wrinkling, and tighten excess skin. A brow lift rejuvenates the eyes to give patients a rested, younger look.
What causes eyebrow aging?
Aging, the loss of skin elasticity, and the effects of gravity can all cause the eyebrows to sag. In addition, these factors may cause wrinkles to deepen between the eyes or on the forehead. Fortunately, all of these issues can be addressed through a brow lift.
Who Can Benefit From a Brow Lift?
The ideal candidate for a brow lift is a healthy individual who does not have any medical conditions that could increase the risk of surgery or impair healing. He or she should be interested in restoring aging skin around the eyebrow area and have realistic goals as well as a positive outlook on the procedure.
How to Prepare for Brow Lift Surgery
Prior to the surgery, you will meet with Dr. Beaty for an initial consultation. The consultation will include a thorough aesthetic evaluation of the brows and upper face and videoimaging. We will also review your medical history. You will be directed to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs and stop smoking well in advance of the procedure.
What Happens During Brow Lift Surgery
Dr. Beaty often recommends endoscopic brow lifts. This technique is less invasive and typically results in a shorter healing time. Instead of making one long incision, Dr. Beaty will make three to five shorter incisions in the scalp where an endoscope (camera device on the end of a thin tube) is inserted into one of the incisions. This will allow Dr. Beaty to view the tissues and muscles on a television monitor.
Other endoscopic instruments will then be inserted into another incision to gently lift the forehead and remove or alter the underlying tissues.
In certain cases where the hairline needs to be modified, Dr. Beaty may use a coronal or pre-trichial approach, which uses a longer incision hidden within the hairline.
What To Expect From the Recovery Process?
Although most patients experience minimal pain after the procedure, Dr. Beaty will prescribe medication to ease any discomfort associated with the healing process. He also recommends applying a cold compress for 48 hours following the brow lift. Lastly, patients will need to keep their head elevated for a couple of days after the procedure.
Surgical clips will be removed one week following the surgery and full recovery will occur within two-three weeks after the procedure.
What Types of Results Can Brow Lift Patients Expect?
Although a brow lift will not stop the aging process, the effects of a brow lift can last for many years after the procedure. It’s important to note that following up with Dr. Beaty and consideration of adjunctive procedures as well as life-long sun protection are important steps to maintaining your results.
Learn More About Brow Lifts in Alpharetta or Midtown Atlanta
Dr. Beaty can help you restore a refreshed and natural appearance to your upper face through brow lift surgery. Call (770) 727-1824 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an initial brow lift consultation with Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery today.