Eyebrow Lift: The Basics
An eyebrow lift is also called a brow lift, a forehead lift or an eye lift. A lift adjusts the sagging skin in the upper eyelids, forehead and the eyebrows.
A cosmetic surgeon will manipulate the facial tissues and take out the portions of skin and muscle that are causing the deep frown lines and wrinkles. It is possible for a facelift, nose reshaping and an eye lift to be done at the same time.
Performing the 3 cosmetic procedures at once makes sense because then your facial contours will have the same appearance. If you only have a brow lift then the rest of your face might look older.
An eyebrow lift can be done by using a classic lift or an endoscopic procedure. Here is how each procedure works.
A classic lift applies a single continuous incision that begins at your ear level and follows your hairline up around your forehead. Your cosmetic surgeon can alter the incision so that the scar can be hidden beneath your hair. If you have a receded hairline, your surgeon can make the incision at the mid-back area of your scalp where the hair can cover the scar.
An endoscopic lift involves making a couple of short incisions within your scalp instead of a single continuous incision. The surgeon can place a tiny camera that held inside the end of a narrow tube (scope) into an incision in order to clearly see your muscles and tissues from a screen. As the surgeon views the area, they can use a second tool that is placed inside another incision to perform the desired modifications.
The endoscopic procedure uses tiny titanium anchors to secure the damaging tissue after it has been properly modified. The anchors are miniscule but extremely strong. They can secure the facial tissue for years. One of the advantageous of the endoscopic method is that it is less invasive. This can result in a shorter recovery time and less scarring.
Some Things to Know Before Your Eyebrow Lift Procedure
A successful procedure depends very much upon your honesty during the consultation with your surgeon. During the consultation phase of your treatment, you’ll be asked a series of questions about your health, lifestyle, and what your ideal appearance would be.
During you consultation(s), be prepared to discuss:
- What you expect from the surgery and why you desire the procedure
- Any medical treatments you’ve had, medical conditions and drug allergies you may have
- Use of any external substances, like medications, alcohol, supplements, tobacco, etc.
- Any previous surgeries, cosmetic or other
- Your genetic and family background
Other things to expect from your surgeon:
- Your surgeon will discuss your options and recommended course of treatment
- You’ll learn about the likely outcomes of your eyebrow lift procedure and what risks or potential complications may occur
- Your surgeon will discuss the use of anesthesia during the surgical procedure
- Your surgeon will make an evaluation of your overall health and whether you suffer from any pre-existing health conditions; some conditions might represent risk factors
- You’ll undergo an examination
- At some point in the consultative phase, you will have photographs taken for your medical record
Preparing For Eyebrow Lift Surgery
You may need to make a few temporary changes in your lifestyle to prepare for your facial surgery. If you smoke then you will probably be required to stop for several days. In addition, you might not be able to drink alcoholic beverages or take specific medications. For example, an anti-inflammatory drug such as aspirin might can cause excessive bleeding and should be avoided.
You also may need to cut your hair if it is long enough to interfere with the procedure. Just a trim might be all that is required. Short hair should be grown out to make sure it can hid any possible scars.
After The Procedure
You can experience some bruising and swelling that may affect your eyes, cheekbones or other areas of your face. Often the swelling disappears after a week. For 2 days or more after the procedure, it is recommended that you keep your head elevated to reduce the swelling. You may use a soft bag of ice for the swelling.
Typically, patients can go back to their normal activities within 10 days or less. Recovery time can depend on what type of procedure you had and your personal rate of recovery.