About Brow Lift Surgery
A surgical brow lift (also called a browplasty or forehead lift) is a popular plastic procedure that helps create a lifted brow appearance, which offers a younger look to the top section of the face. A droopy brow can many times create a tired or angry appearance. A brow lift surgically improves a sagging brow to give you a rejuvenated face by removing excess skin from the forehead while raising the eyebrows. Dr. Francisco Canales and Dr. Heather Furnas are plastic surgeons in Novato, CA who have performed brow lifts on both men and women to create a younger look. Injectable wrinkle treatments, like BOTOX, are frequently used in conjunction with brow lift surgery at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato for ideal results, creating a softer and smoother look.
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As we get older, skin laxity reduces and causes many areas of the face to sag. This is especially critical in the upper face region and typically affects men and women. When looking in the mirror, do you appear tired or angry, or notice frown lines between the brows, or are bothered by a drooping brow? Brow lift surgery at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato may be the right cosmetic treatment for your needs.
Prior to surgery, anesthesia will be given to the patient. This can be done through general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the extent of the surgery. The incision technique used during a brow lift is determined based on the severity of sag, if the forehead is affected, and the position of the hairline. There are many approaches to consider:
- Traditional Incision
Also called the open lift incision, this places the incision at the top of the head behind the hairline. The traditional incision not only masks scarring, but it also provides a certain degree of controlled lifting during the procedure. The traditional incision works well for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines. This is the better technique if you are at risk for having a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision
This incision is placed right along the hairline. It allows significant lifting of the brow for women and men who have a strong hairline with little risk for recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also known as a temporal brow lift, this technique sets the incision inside the hairline just above the temples. The lateral incision allows the outer areas of the brow to be raised and helps sagging that is present in the outer brows. The lateral technique also helps to correct Crow's feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
This is a more modern technique used in a brow lift. It places several tiny incisions in the hairline and inserts an endoscope, which moves down to the area of the eyebrow to release its attachments. Through the camera of the endoscope, the brow tissue is suspended using stitches to lift the brow in its higher position.
What to Expect
Recovery following brow lift surgery can vary with the most discomfort and swelling occurring with the open technique versus the endoscopic or temporal approaches. Overall, there will be slight bruising and swelling in the upper face near the brows and possibly around the eyes. Cold compresses may help to decrease the swelling. We advise patients to sleep upright for 3 – 4 nights following their surgery. It is important to avoid any movement or activities that may place stress on the face. The average recovery time from this procedure is about 2 – 3 weeks. The outcome can usually be seen immediately, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance that looks softer, more alert, and with a noticeable reduction in fine lines and sagging in the upper half of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a brow lift cost?
It's more important to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, who can give you the results you want rather than choosing the cheapest surgeon. The cost of brow lift surgery will vary based on the technique chosen, the facility fee, anesthesia, and other factors. Once your treatment plan has been created in your consultation, an estimate of costs can be discussed. We can also go over payment methods and how to find low-interest financing so your surgery is easier to afford.
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a brow lift or full facelift will depend on where you have sagging skin, as well as your goals. You should candidly discuss your concerns with our plastic surgeons so they can help you decide what is best for you. Many patients come in thinking they want a facelift to discover they only need a brow lift and vice versa. With their experience, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas can confidently help you develop your treatment plan so you get the results you want.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
There are many nonsurgical treatments, such as laser skin tightening and injectables (like BOTOX and Juvéderm) that can give mild improvements. However, a surgical brow lift is better if you want significant improvements and longer-lasting results. During your consultation, we can go over both your surgical and nonsurgical options so you can decide which is best for you.
What technique should I choose?
We will go over brow lift techniques during your consultation to help you understand the advantages of each. We will then help you select the best technique for your needs and goals. Some of the factors that may influence your choice are your hairline (taking into account both your current hairline and your risk of future recession), the degree of skin sagging, and how much time you can devote to recovery.
Will my results look natural?
When you choose a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, your brow lift results will look natural. They will develop your treatment plan for your needs and goals so you look refreshed and younger, not tight or frozen. During your surgery, our plastic surgeons will focus on removing excess skin. The remaining skin and tissue will be smoothed so your results don't limit your facial expressions or lift your eyebrows too high.
Plan Your Procedure
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Don't let your sagging brow make people think you're mad, sad, tired, or angry — schedule a consultation to learn more about a brow lift at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato in Novato, CA. By raising your sagging brow, you can improve your entire appearance and look younger and more refreshed.