Your face portrays the first visible signs of aging, and your brow and upper face are a representation of your overall well being. When the graceful arch of your eyebrows change to one that is flat and heavy, it is time to research the options available. One way to correct your cosmetic concerns is with a Brow Lift. Also known as a Forehead Lift or Browplasty, Brow Lift surgery will create a fresher, more youthful look to your forehead and upper eye area.
A Brow Lift is a common cosmetic surgery for the face. By tightening your skin, this procedure minimizes forehead wrinkles and drooping eyebrows. The procedure also corrects the deep vertical furrows between your eyebrows. It elevates an eyebrow that may obstruct vision and remove the deep worry lines that run across your forehead. People considering a Brow Lift feel that their facial features do not reflect their youthful spirit. This procedure is a way to rejuvenate their appearance.
We know how important it is for you to feel good about yourself. Whether you want a subtle or noticeable change, Dr. Brent is here to help you regain your self-esteem.
If you have any one or combination of the conditions listed below you are a right candidate for a Brow Lift:
A Brow Lift is a very versatile procedure. Dr. Brent will explain the technique that he feels will give you the best and safest outcome. During your consultation with Dr. Brent, he will assess your:
He will use this information to formulate a surgical plan designed especially for you.
Today, there are many different variations, and as the Brow Lift continues to evolve. The procedure has changed from open techniques to short incision and endoscopic techniques.
In the past, there was only one type of Brow Lift surgery available: the Coronal Brow Lift. The coronal lift is an ear-to-ear incision. Dr. Brent performs this technique with a long incision at the top of your head. He modifies the muscles of the forehead to reflect less age. He also elevates the brows, central and lateral. The coronal lift will raise your eyebrows to make them look better.
The minimally invasive brow lifts, performed through tiny incisions next to the brow itself, are designed to reduce the angry or overly concerned appearance of your central brow, particularly your “frown lines.” BOTOX helps elevate your lateral brow and is effective at reducing frown lines. It also helps with horizontal wrinkles, but BOTOX causes the dropping of your eyebrows. BOTOX injections cannot elevate tissues the way Brow Lifts do because it will only relieve the wrinkles in your skin caused by the muscles below. While many patients are happy with BOTOX (Botulinum toxin A) injections every few months, others desire a more permanent solution, and a Brow Lift is an effective alternative.
Another Brow Lift technique uses an endoscope. An endoscope is a long, thin tube with a light on the end, attached to a video camera s fiber optic technology. Dr. Brent creates small incisions hidden behind your hairline and inserts the endoscope. By doing so, he sees and works on the various internal structures of your forehead. The repositioned tissue smooths out wrinkles, and your trimmed forehead muscles causes them to contract less. A suture or screw is then attached to hold up your brow and raise your hairline. An Endoscopic Brow Lift can be performed alone or with a facelift or Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) depending on your personal goals. For selected patients, hairline Brow Lifts can restore a lost hairline by elevating brow tissues to a more youthful level. Endoscopic Brow Lift takes about 30 to 45 minutes under local anesthesia with sedation.
The four steps during a Brow Lift procedure are:
Your relationship with Dr. Brent does not end when you leave the operating room. After surgery, you may experience swelling and bruising. Cold packs and head elevation can help. Most swelling occurs in the first 24 to 48 hours, and most bruising resolves within two weeks. You can expect to feel discomfort for a few days. Some find that mild swelling persists for many weeks, while others say it subsides within days. Prescription or over-the-counter medication can help with the pain.
Before going home, you will receive specific instructions for caring for your dressings and incisions. You will also receive medication. It is essential to follow all directions.
You will return to his office for follow up care. Dr.Brent will evaluate your progress. During the removal of dressings and drains, puffiness and discoloration may appear in sections of your face. Concealing makeup is usually permitted after the first week. It is normal to have any unevenness or temporary asymmetry. You may experience numbness to your forehead.
Removal of the stitches and straining is within a week of your surgery. It may take several months for any swelling to subside. After about six months, your incision scars to fade fully.
After recovery, you will start to see results immediately. After swelling has subsided, you will notice a more rejuvenated appearance. You will have minimized forehead wrinkles and drooping eyebrows. Your forehead and upper eye area will have a fresher, more youthful look.
If you have been struggling with a sagging brow, Dr. Brent Moelleken M.D., F.A.C.S., can turn back the hands of time with a Brow Lift. Many patients also mistakenly believe they need a facelift when in fact, they may need a Brow Lift instead. Dr. Brent Moelleken is a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. He is one of the most highly skilled surgeons in the country and has received his training at Harvard, Yale, and UCLA. Due to his commitment to patient outcomes, he has been selected as one of Vogue Magazine’s “Top 10 Plastic Surgeons in America.” Contact Dr. Brent today for a consultation.