Brow Lift & Forehead Reduction
- Length: 1–5 hours (this applies to all facial procedures)
- Anesthesia: IV Sedation
- In Patient/Out Patient: Out patient
- Potential Side Effects/Risks: Bruising, numbness, swelling, muscle and nerve weakness
- Principal Benefits: More youthful, alert appearance
When the brow line begins to droop below its youthful position, many individuals start to notice the formation of forehead wrinkles, creases, and various other signs of aging. For many men and women, brow lift surgery can be an effective procedure for rejuvenating the appearance of the upper third of the face. Designed to lift a sagging brow line and remove excess skin, a brow lift performed by plastic surgeon James E. Vogel, MD can address key aging symptoms with long-lasting, natural-looking results.
Benefits of Brow Lift Surgery
Brow lift surgery offers the following benefits:
- Reduce hooding above the upper eyelid
- Restore youthful eyebrow elevation and arch
- Smooth and relax overactive muscles between the eyebrows
- Lift, smooth, and remove excess skin
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases along the forehead and brow line
Brow lift surgery offers the most comprehensive level of improvement of an aging brow line when injectable dermal fillers and other non-surgical options can not adequately treat visible aesthetic concerns. Typically, this determination is made when skin laxity along the forehead becomes moderate to severe. At this stage of facial aging, excess skin must be removed and the brow line surgically lifted in order to smooth forehead wrinkles and regain the youthful contour of the brow.
The Brow Lift Procedure
Dr. Vogel places the initial incisions for brow lift in front of the hairline to preserve the patient’s natural forehead proportion. Through these incisions, he releases tissue and musculature, and he carefully elevates the brow line to achieve a natural looking and balanced cosmetic result. He is conservative in repositioning the brow line to avoid an “overdone” appearance. Lastly, Dr. Vogel smooths and lifts the forehead skin and removes any excess before placing sutures. Each brow lift procedure is customized to meet the individual needs and goals of the patient.
Brow Lift Recovery
Recovery after brow lift surgery varies based on each patient’s unique concerns. Typically, recovery takes about seven to ten days. During this time, patients may experience mild discomfort, however, with proper after-care, any symptoms should be easily managed and resolve quickly. Initial results of the procedure will generally be apparent soon after surgery and usually continue to improve as any post-surgical discoloration and swelling dissipates.
Brow Lift Results
The smoother, lifted results of a brow lift can be quite rejuvenating to the overall facial appearance. After undergoing the procedure, many patients report that friends and co-workers say they suddenly look more content and well-rested. Dr. Vogel’s goal is always to strive for results that improve, not change, the way his patients look. Brow lift can be combined with other facial procedures, such as eyelid lift or facelift, to accomplish more comprehensive enhancement.
Non-Surgical Brow Lift
For patients who are not yet ready to undergo brow lift surgery but desire cosmetic enhancement to rejuvenate the forehead and brow line, Dr. Vogel may perform a non-surgical brow lift. Non-surgical brow lift uses a combination of BOTOX® and other injectable treatments to smooth the appearance of the forehead and create a more youthful-looking brow line. Results of non-surgical brow lift are temporary, and injectable treatments must be repeated periodically to maintain results.
Forehead Reduction is a very popular procedure for people who feel the size of their forehead is too large. This procedure and examples are detailed in the Hair Line Lowering portion of this site.
Contact Our Practice
For more information about brow lift surgery, or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Vogel, contact our practice today.