A brow lift is a common procedure done to raise the position of the eyebrows. A low position of the eyebrows can make you look too serious, sleepy, angry or sad. A brow lift elevates the eyebrows to restore a refreshed, more pleasing appearance to the upper face. You may choose to have a brow lift to improve a low or “sagging” brow or to help improve on facial asymmetries and your field of vision. Commonly, a brow lift is done in combination with other procedures like an eyelid lift, temple lift or a face lift. The procedure can be done in the clinic or under anesthesia. In some instances, you may be eligible for insurance coverage of this surgery.
- Scarring along the incision line
- Temporary or permanent sensation changes in the skin
- Asymmetries in brow position between the two sides of the face
- Change in position of the hairline or hair loss
What You Can Expect
Brow lift techniques vary depending on the surgeon and your specific needs. Your doctor might use one of the following techniques:
- Direct brow lift - The incision is made directly above your brows
- Mid-forehead lift - The incision lies in a forehead wrinkle
- Hairline incision lift - The incision lies just at the hairline
- Lateral brow lift - The incision lies in the hairline on the sides of the head to lift the lateral brow
- Eyelid lift - A browpexy is performed through an eyelid lift incision
- Coronal lift - Not commonly used
After the procedure
You will have a head wrap and possibly a wound drain to wick away blood from under the skin. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for your incisions. The pain is mild and is typically controlled with over the counter medication.
The goal of surgery is to significantly improve the brow position while still making you appear natural. Please keep in mind perfection does not exist. How you heal will also affect your outcome as well, including scarring. Keep in mind that facial rejuvenation results do not last forever. As you continue to age, your facial skin will continue to age as well.
Ask your Facial Plastic Surgeon on steps you can take to minimize the signs of aging.