Brow Lift In Gainesville, FL
The effects of aging are inevitable and, in many cases, the brow and forehead are among the areas where these effects show the first signs. A combination of effects of gravity, the sun and wind, the natural aging process, and the loss of supportive structural tissues and facial volume, over time, causes our foreheads and brow areas to droop. The resulting increase in heaviness of the eyebrows can leave us appearing angry or tired, though that may not reflect how we actually feel. As a result, many patients opt to undergo a procedure known as an eyebrow lift, or forehead lift.
Our plastic surgeon in Gainesville with John W. Tyrone, MD, PLLC, Plastic Surgery provides a variety of face plastic surgery procedures designed to enhance our patients’ quality of life and self-esteem. Contact our plastic surgery office today to schedule a consultation for brow and forehead lift surgery and for more information about our available procedures.
What Is A Brow Lift?
Brow lift surgery, sometimes referred to as a forehead lift or a brow lift, is a cosmetic surgery designed to elevate the positioning of drooping or lowered brows and forehead skin, smoothing out fine lines and creases in areas both between the eyebrows and above the eyebrows. Over time and due to a wide range of different factors, the brow naturally descends, producing a sagging effect in the skin located about the eyes. Coupled with this is the simultaneous development of furrows and frown lines between the brows as well as wrinkles and creases along the forehead. This visible change can result in an appearance that makes an individual appear more tired, angry, or even older than that may actually be. A brow lift can significantly rejuvenate the areas of the upper face, effectively addressing many common, visible signs that indicate age and stress.
Through this procedure, our plastic surgeon elevate sagging eyebrows and reduce “hooding” of the upper eyelids; reduce visible signs of furrowing and creases between the eyebrows; diminish visible creases and fine lines on the forehead; and improve the overall symmetry and balance of the face. A brow lift may produce revitalizing results on its own, though this procedure may likewise be combined with eyelid surgery or a facelift for an increased degree of aesthetic enhancement to the overall face. There are multiple techniques available for the brow lift procedure, including an endoscopic brow lift, a coronal brow lift, and a temporal brow lift, as well as nonsurgical brow lift treatments.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed under anesthesia. During this procedure, our surgeon makes a series of small incisions hidden within the hairline and then inserts an endoscope, or a long, thin tube with an attached camera and light, into the skin. The endoscope allows our surgeon to view the forehead tissues and muscles in detail while making adjustments to the forehead and brows’ internal structures. The endoscopic technique uses specialized surgical instruments to gently release and elevate the brow tissue. In many cases, this procedure involves a speedy healing and recovery time as well as less bruising than that of a more classic brow lift technique. This lift is ideal for those with mild-to-moderate drooping in the brows and horizontal forehead wrinkles.
Non Surgical Brow Lift
A non surgical brow lift involves the use of cosmetic fillers, such as BOTOX®, which paralyze the muscles that cause the brows to droop and furrow. Commonly referred to as a BOTOX® brow lift, this facial rejuvenation technique involves injecting the filler into the muscles responsible for the drooping brow, fine lines, and crow’s feet, located between the eyebrows among other locations. Non-surgical brow lift procedures offer the benefits of an immediate, lifted effect as well as a minimally invasive procedure. However, the results are mild and require regularly recurring treatments in order to maintain them. For more information about available nonsurgical options and to schedule facial rejuvenation treatments, contact us.
Temporal Brow Lift
As with the endoscopic brow lift, the temporal brow lift or lateral brow lift, is also a minimally invasive brow lift technique. However, unlike other brow lift techniques, the temporal brow lift addresses the outer one-third area of the brow instead of the full eyebrow region. The temporal lift targets the areas of the forehead and brow that show the first signs of sagging above the upper eyelid. When this procedure is coupled with blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, our surgeon can reverse the visibility of drooping brows by tightening the skin located around the eyes. This brow lift technique is optimal for patients seeking a low-risk procedure that produces moderate results. Contact us for more information about this brow lift procedure.
Coronal Brow Lift
During a coronal brow lift, commonly known as a traditional brow lift or a classic brow lift, an incision is made in the skin located behind the hairline and within the scalp. Then, the skin is removed from the scalp, the surrounding muscles are loosened, and excess skin as well as fat deposits are excised from the area. Thereafter, the remaining skin is pulled downwards before the brow is sutured into a higher position. This technique procedure offers long-lasting results and does not leave behind visible scarring, as incisions are made in the scalp. The coronal brow lift is ideal for patients seeking to remediate advanced signs of drooping in the brow and deep wrinkles in the upper face region.
Brow Lift Surgery
Eyebrow lift surgery can effectively improve the appearance of a sagging, low-hanging brow as well as wrinkles between the eyebrows. However, forehead lift surgery will not change the texture of the skin. For patients with signs of sun damage, wrinkles in their mid-face and lower-face regions, irregularities in pigmentation, acne scarring, and/or age spots may benefit from combining their brow lift with skin rejuvenation procedures, such as microneedling and laser resurfacing. Patients who benefit from brow lift surgery from our board-certified plastic surgeon in Gainesville include those with low or sagging forehead skin; a hooding of the upper eyelid skin; deep, horizontal creases along their forehead; deep frown lines or furrows in the skin between their eyebrows; and those with additional or other signs of visible aging in their brow area.
Frequently Asked Questions
During brow lift recovery, the forehead may be taped or the head may be carefully wrapped with surgical gauze in order to help minimize swelling and bruising following the procedure. During the initial consultation, patients are provided with specific instructions for brow lift aftercare, which typically includes information about how to care for the surgical site, any medications to take and when to take them, specific concerns to look for in their general health or at the surgical site; and when to return for a follow-up appointment after the procedure is completed. Patients should keep their head elevated and avoid performing any vigorous, physical activity for as long as their plastic surgeon advises. Additionally, patients should avoid using ice or heat on the operated site. Some degree of swelling and bruising may occur in the brow and forehead regions. Initial wound healing may take 10-14 days. Contact our office for more information about aftercare instructions following a brow lift procedure.
If you are bothered by prominent signs of aging in the upper-third portion of your face, then we encourage you to consider undergoing a brow lift procedure. Individuals with deepend furrows or wrinkles and drooping brow skin who have lost the appearance of their normal eyebrow arches are typically good candidates for our brow lift procedure. In general, good candidates for a neck lift include healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing, with no serious preexisting medical conditions, without any active diseases, nonsmokers, and individuals who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for plastic surgery. The best way to determine whether a brow lift procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgery specialists. The risks associated with this surgery are typically minimal and significant complications are infrequent. Potential risks associated with a brow lift include adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection at the surgical site, nerve damage, hematoma, excessive bleeding, and scarring. Risks and any potential complications of the surgery will be discussed during the initial consultation with our plastic surgeon.