A brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that can help lift drooping or hooded
eyebrows and smooth out lines on the forehead. A brow lift is sometimes
done in conjunction with a face lift and/or blepharoplasty (eye lid surgery).
Anyone concerned about horizontal lines on the forehead or drooping eyebrows
could benefit from this procedure. Most patients start noticing this at
age 40. The brow should be positioned right above the upper orbital rim.
If your brow is hanging below that point and you are unhappy with your
appearance (often having a “tired” look), you may be a great
candidate for a brow lift.
Prior to Surgery
The most important step in this process, as with any cosmetic surgery,
is the consultation with your surgeon. Have an open, honest conversation
with your doctor about your expectations so that both of you can make
the right decision for your individual needs. The doctor will review all
the pre and post-surgery instructions with you during this appointment.
This procedure usually takes one to two hours. It is done as an outpatient
surgery with general anesthesia. The incision is made in the hairline
between the ears and the skin and muscles are pulled back to help minimize
those lines on the forehead and around the eye area. The hairline typically
will hide the scar.
You will have a more youthful, rested appearance after a brow lift. Your
eyes will be more open, and you will look and feel more vibrant and refreshed.
Most patients will experience swelling, bruising, numbness and possible
headaches. These symptoms are all temporary. You will be advised to rest
the first day after surgery and most likely return to normal activities
after just a week or two. Medication for pain may be advised as well as
cold compresses to help with swelling. You may also be advised to keep
your head elevated for the first few days post-surgery.