Gravity is relentless, and its forces don’t play well with the skin and underlying support tissues on our forehead and above our eyebrows. As this area begins to sag, it can make you look perpetually tired or sad, even angry. If the sagging progresses far enough it can begin to interfere with your vision.
A brow lift with Dr. Reynolds addresses the sagging, removes wrinkles, and gives you back a younger appearance.
What is a brow lift?
A brow lift focuses on the forehead and the brows. This surgery brings the skin back up and adjusts the underlying muscles to smooth brow furrows, deep forehead lines, frown lines, and heavy, sagging brows.
Who is a good candidate for a brow lift?
There isn’t an age restriction for this procedure, but most of our brow lift patients are between the ages of 50 and 65, have sagging brows and aging forehead skin. The goal of this procedure is to elevate the brows and erase the lines and creases on the forehead.
If you’d like an easy way to get a preview of what a brow lift can do, try this. Stand in front of a mirror and take the lower palms of your hands and place them just above your eyebrows on each side of your head. Now pull those palms up and away from your eyes. This is in line with what a brow lift will do.
What are the benefits of a brow lift?
Genetics can play a big part in how our brows age. Some people simply suffer from more sagging and drooping in this area. It’s unfortunate because this aging can give people the wrong impression about you. You can appear angry, sad, or tired all the time. One too many people asking if you’re mad at them can begin to drive you nuts. A brow lift brings this area of your face back up, returning the brows to a position they were when you were younger. It can make you look more alert and will surely stop creating misperceptions.
How are brow lifts done?
Brow lifts address sagging skin and diminished muscle tone in the forehead. There are two options when Dr. Reynolds performs a brow lift. During your consultation, he’ll discuss which approach could be best. If possible, he’ll use endoscopic methods.
- Coronal brow lift — This was the sole method for performing brow lifts before the endoscope can into play. Also known as the “traditional” brow lift, this involves a single coronal incision that runs from one ear, wraps up and around the forehead, and terminates at the other ear. The incision is hidden within the hairline. The skin is lifted away from the forehead and the underlying muscles are trimmed and repositioned as needed. It’s necessary to weaken or release the muscles creating frown lines between your eyebrows. If there is serious sagging, the eyebrows may be lifted.
- Endoscopic brow lift — The endoscope has really changed the brow lift, making this method the preferred option. Three to five short incisions are made within the hairline. An endoscope, a tiny instrument with a camera on the end, is inserted into one of the incisions to provide a visual. Tools are inserted into the other incisions to manipulate the skin and muscles. Because of the small incisions, there is minimal scarring with an endoscopic lift.
What is recovery like after a brow lift?
For the first two or three days following your procedure, you’ll have to keep your head elevated at all times, even when sleeping. You’ll have bruising and swelling, and it can migrate down into your cheeks and around your eyes. This should run its course in a week to 10 days.
Recovery is a little different depending on the method Dr. Reynolds used. There will be some discomfort and numbness along the long incision with a traditional lift. When the numbness resolves it will be replaced by itching along the incision that can last up to six months. Your hair along the incision can thin or fall out, but normal hair growth should resume within a few months.
Endoscopic brow lifts involve less numbness and itching along the incisions because a single continuous incision is not used.
Most patients can return to work within about 10 days, but strenuous exercise and heavy lifting that puts strain onto your face needs to be avoided for one month. You need to try and keep blood pressure to the face down.
How long will my brow lift results last?
Your reduction of transverse and frown lines on your forehead will be permanent; they will never be as severe again. However, your brows will continue to descend with age. Your best results will be visible for 10-15 years, but your sagging will never to anywhere near as severe as it was before this procedure with Dr. Reynolds.
What are the risks with brow lift surgery?
These surgeries present the same risks as any surgery: excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, infection, reaction to anesthesia, and the like. These are rare.
How much does a brow lift cost?
The costs for these procedures can vary depending on if Dr. Reynolds is able to use endoscopic methods or not. Once he examines your forehead during your consultation, he’ll have a better idea of your needs, and we can give an estimate on your costs.
Are brow lifts covered by insurance?
These are typically deemed elective procedures and are not covered by insurance. The one exception would be if your sagging brows have begun to interfere with your vision.