Forehead & Brow Lift

As the skin around the brow and forehead ages, or is exposed to excessive amounts of sun and wind, it can become relaxed and droopy. This produces horizontal wrinkles and vertical frown lines that can add undesirable characteristics to the face. Forehead wrinkles, for example, can create the appearance of premature aging in people as young as in their 30s. Meanwhile, frown lines can lead to sagging eyebrows that cast the face with unintended expressions such as fatigue, anger, or sadness. A brow lift performed by Dr. Tyrone, a Gainesville plastic surgeon, can reduce the unwanted effects from forehead wrinkles and frown lines to give the patient a physically younger appearance as well as a boost of self-confidence.

Who Benefits From Forehead & Brow Lifts?

Age, genetics, and the environment are all factors that cause the skin to relax and sag undesirably. Brow lifts tighten the skin around the eyebrows and above the forehead to reduce the appearance of creases and make the skin appear smoother. Any person who is in good health but has unwanted forehead wrinkles, frown lines, or drooping upper eyelids is a candidate for a forehead lift. Patients who plan to undergo other cosmetic procedures — such upper eyelid tucks or facelifts — can also incorporate this procedure to further rejuvenate their skin and harmonize facial features.

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.

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