A brow lift, or forehead lift, is an effective and discreet treatment method for a variety of the signs of facial aging. It may be useful in the treatment of sagging eyebrows, deep forehead creases and frown lines between the eyebrows.
The brow lift is an excellent way to provide a more youthful appearance for those who feel that the upper portion of their face does not match the level of energy that they feel. It may also be useful for younger adults who may have developed these conditions as a result of inherited traits or a high level of stress.
When to Consider a Brow Lift
Ideal candidates for a brow lift are healthy individuals who are informed about the risks and possible outcomes of the procedure. A brow lift may be able to treat:
- Low or sagging eyebrows
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Furrows across the top of the nose
- Deep forehead creases
Some factors may contribute to decreased healing speed following the procedure, including smoking, certain medical conditions, and various medications or supplements. Speak with your doctor prior to the procedure to ensure the best healing outcome.
What are the steps of the brow lift procedure?
The brow lift procedure begins with intravenous sedation or general anesthetic for patient comfort. Though the techniques of a brow lift are continually evolving, the standard technique involves a single coronal incision, made just behind the hairline. Other possible incision locations may include the forehead or the upper eyelids. The tissues of the forehead are adjusted within these incisions, and excess skin and tissue is removed. The tissues are fixed in place surgically and the incision is closed, using fine sutures for minimal scarring.
How long does recovery take following the procedure?
A dressing may be applied immediately to the incision areas to minimize swelling and decrease bruising. Tubes may be used to drain any fluid that builds up during the healing process. Elevation of the head may be recommended, and ice packs suggested to further decrease swelling. Results may not be immediately apparent, but should become more clear as swelling begins to subside over the next few weeks. Makeup may be worn after the first week, at which time the stitches are typically removed. The area should be protected from sun and impact for the next few months to ensure proper healing.
Is there scarring from a brow lift?
The incisions for a brow lift are purposely placed in the hairline for minimal visibility, and made as small as possible. Fine sutures are used for the least possible scarring. Incision lines are often barely noticeable, and will continue to fade for up to six months.
How will I feel after the procedure?
Due to the adjustment of tissues, there may be a feeling of tightness in the forehead as a result of natural swelling during healing. This discomfort should only last a few days, and may be treated with prescription medication as necessary. Additional discomfort should fade as the swelling subsides and the area continues to heal.
Are there any possible complications?
A brow lift carries a relatively low possibility of complications compared to other procedures, but some rare situations such as asymmetry or irregular scarring may occur. As with most other surgical procedures, there is a very low chance of complications such as bleeding, infection or poor wound healing. All of these risks will be discussed in depth during your consultation.
Learn More About Brow Lifts in Tampa
For more information about a brow lift, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Mosiello, contact our office at 813-631-1500. For patients in the Tampa Palms area, our office is conveniently located in New Tampa near Wesley Chapel.