What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a procedure that allows you to restore a youthful appearance to the face by tightening the facial structures. This can create a rejuvenated and relaxed appearance.
Benefits of a Brow Lift
- Elevate the eyebrows to create a more youthful appearance.
- Create a more relaxed appearance.
- Minimize forehead wrinkles and creases that develop over time.
- Help minimize “frown lines.”
- Fix a low or saggy forehead.
Before the Brow Lift Procedure
Prior to a brow lift procedure at MidAmerica Plastic Surgery, you may be asked to:
- Get lab testing and have a medical assessment completed.
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications, as recommended.
- Stop smoking well in advance of surgery.
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding (if OK with your primary care physician. If not, please let us know).
- Get your pre- and post-surgery checklist.
The day of the Brow Lift Procedure
- Completed as an outpatient or with hospital stay depending on your particular needs.
- Nothing to eat or drink the day of surgery.
- You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.
Brow Lift Procedure Complications
As with any procedure there are risks. Fortunately, with a brow lift, these risks are minimal. These include, but are not limited to:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Poor wound healing
- Anesthesia risks
- Blood clots
- Correctable hair loss at the incisions
- Elevated hairline
- Facial nerve injury with weakness or paralysis
- Facial asymmetry
- Skin loss
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation or intense itching
- Changes in skin sensation
- Eye irritation or dryness
- Eyelid disorders that involve abnormal position of the upper eyelids (eyelid ptosis), loose eyelid skin, or abnormal laxness of the lower eyelid (ectropion) can coexist with sagging forehead and eyebrow structures; brow lift surgery will not correct these disorders; additional surgery may be required
- Fluid accumulation
- Pain, which may persist
- Skin contour irregularities
- Skin discoloration and swelling
- Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
- Possibility of revisional surgery
After the Brow Lift Procedure
- Recovery is patient dependent.
- After the procedure, your forehead may be wrapped in order to minimize swelling and bruising.
Dr. Ryan Diederich is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in a range of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures at Mid-America Institute of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in Glen Carbon, IL. If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon east of St. Louis, you can schedule a consultation online schedule a consultation online, or call us at (618) 288-7855 to schedule an appointment.
For more information see the American Society of Plastic Surgery topic “Brow Lift”
*This article is intended as a guideline only. This is not intended as medical advice. There are no guarantees written or implied from the information presented here. Only a consultation can provide an appropriate evaluation and discussion regarding any procedure. Refer to your physician for medical decision making and advice.