Browlift (Forehead Lift) in Fort Myers
As you grow older, you may notice the appearance of what we call “worry lines.” These are deep creases that cover the forehead and often portray emotions we aren’t feeling, such as worry or anger. Bright and open eyes add a youthful, energetic look to your overall appearance.
What is Browplasty?
Browplasty is just a fancy word for a forehead or brow lift. This surgical procedure lifts or elevates a drooping brow. This surgery can help both men and women look younger and feel better about their appearance.
Candidates for Brow Lift
You may be a candidate for brow lift if you meet the following criteria:
- you look perpetually tired or angry due to a low, drooping brow
- your low brows cause hooding over your upper eyelids
- you are bothered by noticeable wrinkles across your forehead or in between your eyebrows
- you are in good general health
- you do not smoke or can quit prior to surgery
- you understand the benefits and risks of surgery
- you have realistic expectations of surgery
The best way to confirm whether you qualify for brow lift is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevens.
Brow Lift Techniques
There are several different types of brow lift, but the basic technique is the same across the board. Dr. Stevens makes small incisions to loosen up the skin in order to access the underlying muscles, fat pads and tissues. Depending on the particular case, underlying tissues and excess skin are tightened and/or removed. Dr. Stevens then closes the incisions. The result is a rejuvenated appearance and smoother-looking forehead.
Traditional or open brow lift is performed through an incision along the top of the head from ear to ear. In some cases, Dr. Stevens performs minimal-incision endoscopic brow lift. He creates tiny incisions hidden in the hairline and inserts an endoscope, or a thin tube with a camera on the end, under the skin. The endoscope provides Dr. Stevens with a clear view of the internal structures of the face; he uses special instruments to make the necessary modifications.
Benefits of the endoscopic approach include the following:
- The incisions are so small and hidden behind the hairline, so it is hard to find them.
- There is no need for any alteration of your hairstyle because there is no scar to cover up.
- Healing is fast due to the minimal-incision technique.
- Your brow lift can be performed in about one hour under intravenous sedation in an outpatient surgical center.
Recovering From Brow Lift
After traditional open brow lift, patients usually take two weeks off from work to heal. Swelling, bruising, mild discomfort and a tight or numb sensation are common aftereffects. It can take up to a few months for the last bit of residual swelling to completely disappear.
The recovery from endoscopic brow lift is shorter and more comfortable than that of open brow lift. Patients are usually able to return to work and most of their normal activities within three to seven days.
Frequently Asked Questions About Brow Lift
How soon can I exercise after brow lift?
During your initial recovery, you must avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities. Gentle movement such as walking is permitted as soon as you have enough energy. More vigorous exercise is usually permitted four to six weeks after surgery, depending on your healing progress. Resuming exercise too soon into the recovery process can raise the risk of complications.
Why do I need to stop smoking before brow lift?
Smoking increases the risk of complications during and after surgery. It prevents the healing tissues from getting the oxygen and nutrients they need, which can result in poor healing, noticeable scarring and infection.
Can brow lift be combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures?
Yes. Depending on your particular facial anatomy and goals of treatment, Dr. Stevens may recommend combining brow lift with another procedure such as facelift or eyelid surgery. Combining procedures into a single operation minimizes overall recovery downtime and allows you to achieve your ultimate result sooner than if you spaced out the procedures.
When will I see results after surgery?
You should notice an improvement in the appearance of your brow and forehead as soon as a few days after surgery. As swelling and bruising resolves, the results will continue to improve. The final results should be noticeable two to three months after surgery.
How long will the results of brow lift last?
When performed by a qualified, talented facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Stevens, brow lift can produce improvements that last for many years. Gradually, the tissues and skin of the forehead and brow will start to stretch out and sag again due to the effects of the aging process; however, the brow area will always look younger than it would if surgery were not performed.
Contact a Browlift Expert
If you are ready for a more youthful-looking appearance in the area around your eyes, contact Douglas M. Stevens, M.D., at the Facial Plastic & Laser Center in Fort Myers to schedule a consultation today.