Understanding Brow Lift Surgery
Plastic surgeons perform two brow lift procedures: endoscopic and classic.
Classic Brow Lifts
A classic brow lift consists of lifting the brow as a whole with a single, long incision along the patient’s hairline. Where the incision is made on the forehead depends on the patient’s facial structure and goals. Because the procedure is more involved than an endoscopic lift, classic lifts have a longer time of consultation, preparation, and surgery. Patients also experience longer recovery times on average. However, the classic procedure is effective at repairing drooping eyelids that interfere with vision — which is a health-related procedure covered by many insurance plans. One disadvantage of a classic brow lift, though, is that it can’t address wrinkles that form in hard-to-reach areas of the face.
Endoscopic Brow Lifts
Endoscopic brow lifts are a type of “scarless” facelift surgery. Compared to classic brow lifts, endoscopic lifts are less invasive and involve fewer risks of facial numbness and scarring. Patients also recover from the procedure more quickly. To perform an endoscopic brow lift, Dr. Tyrone first makes three or more discreet, one-inch incisions along the hairline. A long, slim tube fitted with a camera (the endoscope) allows Dr. Tyrone an in-depth view of the underlying facial structure area. This enables Dr. Tyrone to remove small amounts of fatty tissue to reshape the face. Because the procedure is non-invasive, endoscopic lifts are recommended for the majority of patients.
Recovery Time After Brow Surgery
Brow lifts are associated with brief recovery times, while the aesthetic effects endure long-term. If bandages are applied immediately after the procedure to protect the incisions, these can be removed one to three days later. Patients can remove any sutures 7 to 10 days after the surgery. Concerning the physical effects of the surgery, some swelling and bruising may occur in the brow and forehead areas. Such symptoms usually last for around 10 days and seldom for more than 14 days. Patients can also reduce the length and severity of their swelling with cold compresses. To avoid interrupting the healing process, patients should avoid strenuous exercise for two weeks after surgery.
About Gainesville Plastic Surgeons
John W. Tyrone M.D. Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery performs brow lifts — including endoscopic lifts — that eliminate wrinkles, frown lines, and droopy eyelids to rejuvenate facial skin and bring harmony to the facial features. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Tyrone can also pair brow lifts with facelifts, eyelid lifts, and similar cosmetic procedures. Performing multiple procedures at one time can increase the overall aesthetic benefits of cosmetic surgery. Contact Dr. Tyrone today to schedule a plastic surgery consultation.