A browlift can revitalize drooping or lined foreheads.
Excess lines and drooping skin can make you look angry, sad or tired. A browlift can revitalize your brow and eye area and restore you to a more youthful looking appearance. Using minimally invasive (endoscopic) methods, browlifts involve the removal or alteration of the muscles above the eyes to smooth lines and raise the eyebrows. The procedure is often combined with other operations such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facelifts to improve the look of the eyes and other areas of the face.
While browlifts are typically performed on patients aged 40-60 to counteract the effects of aging, anyone with lined or inelastic skin on the forehead – whether it’s caused by muscle activity or inherited conditions – are eligible. The procedure is usually performed in an office-based facility or surgery center.
If you aren’t sure whether you want a browlift, try standing in front of a mirror and placing the palms of your hands to the sides of your eyes above the eyebrows. Then pull the skin back from the eyes, raising the forehead. This is approximately how the procedure will make you look.
Browlifts may be performed in one of two ways:
- Conventional incision method: where the incision is hidden beneath the hairline (for patients with thinning or receding hair, who are bald or who have had previous surgery in the area, the incision will likely be moved somewhere less conspicuous)
- Endoscopically, in which a tiny camera and instruments are inserted through a few small incisions.
Both techniques produce similar results, but Dr. Weiss is able to offer his patients the more minimally invasive and nearly scar free endoscopic approach.
ENDOSCOPIC BROW LIFT: After the patient’s hair is tied off in sections so he can visualize the scalp, Dr. Weiss makes three to five short incisions (less than an inch long) behind the hairline. The endoscope is placed in one so Dr. Weiss can see beneath the skin without having to make a large incision, while he lifts the skin and adjusts muscles through the other incisions. Once the forehead and eyebrow areas are lifted, the muscles are surgically reattached with tiny titanium anchors. The site is then washed and the rubber bands are removed.
Endoscopic surgery patients may experience some numbness, discomfort and swelling around the incisions, though there is less itching than with traditional surgery. Stitches or staples are removed in 7 to 10 days.
Following endoscopic brow lift, you will be on your feet and able to wash your hair in a day or two, and many patients return to work or school in 7-10 days or less. Swelling and bruising should fade by the end of the third week.