What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift or rejuvenation, is a procedure that lifts the eyebrows up the forehead for cosmetic purposes.
Why get a brow lift?
Brow lifts are done to either minimize sagging skin or wrinkles in the forehead, eyebrow, and eyelid region. With time, skin loses its elasticity, which leads to the sagging that you may experience. While this is a natural process, getting a brow lift will help reduce the effects of aging and may increase your self-confidence.
Brow lifts will not tighten the cheeks or treat sagging under the eye, though you can discuss with Dr. Khan and decide if you would like to receive eyelid surgery or a facelift while also getting a brow lift.
This is a cosmetic procedure that is usually done one of three ways: The classic or coronal lift, temporal lift, or an endoscopic lift. The three different procedures all vary in the size and placement of the incisions.
The Classic or Coronal Lift: In this procedure, the surgeon will make one incision behind the hairline, going from ear to ear. Then he will adjust the skin and make any wanted changes, like removing fat or excess tissue, before suturing or clipping the skin back in place. This procedure is less common because it leaves a larger scar than the other two, though it is safely concealed in the hair. However, in some cases it may be the best option depending on what exactly the patient wants done.
The Temporal or Limited Incision Brow Lift: In this procedure the surgeon will make two incisions, about one inch each, above the temple and behind the hairline. Then, the skin and tissue is adjusted to the desired position before suturing or clipping the skin into place. Oftentimes, surgeons may choose to use this technique when also performing eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty).
Endoscopic Brow Lift: This procedure is the least invasive of the three and therefore becoming the most widely-practiced by American surgeons. The surgeon will make a series of small incisions behind the hairline. After that, he will thread a small, thin instrument with a camera on the end in order to see the muscles and tissues without pulling back the skin. He will use a different instrument to adjust the tissues and muscles to the desired position. The surgeon will then either use sutures, skin adhesives, or clips to close the incisions.
After the Surgery
After the surgery, cold compresses should be applied for 24 hours. There will be swelling and bruising that should subside after about two weeks. Dr. Khan may decide to apply a wrap or tape to reduce swelling depending on your procedure and reaction to it. You will be given either antibiotic ointment or pills for infection. For some patients a tube to help with fluid draining will be placed at an incision site. If this is the case, our surgical team will talk you through how to keep your tube clean and how to care for the surgical site.
For the first two weeks after surgery, you should keep your head elevated and you should not engage in any rigorous exercise. After ten to fourteen days, you should be able to come in and have your sutures or clips removed. If you have any concerns or any negative reactions before then, call our office at 734-419-1615 and set up an appointment.
Please never assume anything about a medical procedure. Ask lots of questions and pay attention to the answers. It is imperative that you receive qualified medical advice about any plastic surgery procedure. You should discuss your health needs at every stage of the process from the initial consultation all the way through recovery. An initial consultation with Dr. Shaher W. Khan (M.D.) will offer you an opportunity to chat about any and all of the questions you have about the process and the surgeries we offer. Dr. Khan serves the entire Detroit metro area. Call 734-419-1615 or contact us today.