Brow lift is an operation that raises and sculpts the eyebrows and improves the appearance of the forehead. This operation is commonly combined with other operations of the face, including eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and facelift. The brow lift (forehead lift) is an important component of a balanced and natural facial rejuvenation.
Why People Choose Brow Lift Surgery
Patients may choose to have a brow lift for many reasons. Commonly, they feel that their brow position is too low and they are constantly using their forehead muscles to raise their brow into a more favorable position. Additionally, some patients have wrinkles on the forehead (frown lines) that they would like treated. Brow lift can soften wrinkles and extra skin above and around the brows.
About a Brow Lift
During a brow lift, the forehead skin is repositioned and the attachments of the brow released to allow a natural elevation and sculpting. There are many types of brow lift. The most important thing is to select the correct type of brow lift that is appropriate for the patient:
- temporal brow lift
- coronal brow lift
All brow lifts conceal the incision at or behind the hairline. The selection of an appropriate type of brow lift depends on the patient’s facial structure, amount of hair, and amount of brow elevation desired. Most patients do very well with a mini-brow or an endo-brow. Patients who have a very low brow may require the traditional (coronal) brow lift. Dr. Liu is well-trained in all types of brow lift and will help you select the most appropriate operation.
A brow lift consultation will take approximately 1 hour. Because brow lift surgery is one component of facial rejuvenation, our plastic surgeons will perform a complete facial analysis as part of the decision making process. Important considerations include assessment of the skin, facial volume, and signs of aging. Combined, these elements will determine the necessary components of a comprehensive plan for facial rejuvenation.
The goal of the consultation is for you to obtain all the information you need to make an informed decision regarding brow lift surgery. As part of the consultation, we will help you with the decision making process and answer all of your questions. We pride ourselves on building a “partnership” with you, the patient, during the consultation.
Approximately 2 weeks prior to surgery, you will have a pre-operative appointment. At this time, you will sign the surgical consent, have photos taken, and receive an information packet. The pre-operative packet includes detailed instructions for before and after surgery. It is important to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood thinning medications for at least two weeks before surgery. If you are having your operation with local anesthesia and sedation, do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the evening prior to surgery. If you are only having local anesthesia, you may eat a light breakfast.
About the Operation
Limited incision brow lift surgery (mini-brow) takes approximately 90 minutes and can be performed under local anesthesia in the office. Endo-brow, temporal brow lift, and coronal brow lift are outpatient operations and are performed at an accredited surgical facility. There is always an anesthesiologist present, whether under general anesthesia or local with sedation. Having an anesthesiologist present allows Dr. Liu to concentrate on attaining the best cosmetic result instead of dividing his attention between the operation and monitoring the vital signs of the patient.
Patients go home on the same day as surgery but should have a responsible adult stay with them for 24 hours. The recovery period is relatively rapid with most patients feeling very well by 2-3 days. Strenuous activity should be avoided for 1 week. Dr. Liu will follow you closely during the recovery period and will let you know when you can resume full activities. Swelling and bruising from brow lift surgery usually lasts around 5 days.