What is a browlift?
Browlift surgery elevates and tightens the skin surrounding the eyebrows and upper lids, reducing the lines and wrinkles of the forehead. The result is a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance providing patients with a renewed sense of self-confidence.
There are two methods of browlifts.
- Classic lift: This technique involves one continuous cut starting at ear level and going up around the hairline.
- Endoscopic lift: This method uses a special viewing instrument that allows the surgeon to view the surgical area while making only small incisions at the temples and behind the hairline on the top of the head.
A surgical method is chosen based on your anatomy and desired surgical outcome. Endoscopic procedures need smaller incisions producing less scarring and a shorter recovery period.
Who is a good candidate for browlift surgery?
A good candidate for a browlift has one or more of the following:
- Lined and furrowed brows and foreheads
- Drooping and sagging brows
- Tissue that hangs down at the lower eyelids
- Deep furrows on the forehead
For best results, patients often combine a browlift with a facelift, eyelift, laser skin resurfacing or other procedure.
What to Expect With Browlift Surgery
Specific instructions are provided to each patient on how to prepare for surgery. Some general guidelines include:
- Stop smoking for at least two to three weeks before surgery.
- Certain medications may have to be discontinued before surgery and for a period of time immediately after surgery.
- Some patients choose to let their hair grow long enough to cover the incisions and scars that result from the surgery.
Recovering After a Browlift
Even though browlifts are an outpatient procedure, anesthesia is given so you will need to arrange for transportation home. Individualized instructions are given on how to care for your surgical site, specific concerns to look for, and how to manage the swelling and bruising that accompanies the procedure.
You will be instructed to sleep in an elevated position for a few days following the surgery. Most of the swelling or bruising will subside in two to three weeks. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to manage the pain and discomfort.
Some patients experience temporary forehead numbness that resolves on its own.
Risks and Outcomes of Browlift Surgery
Every type of surgery has risks. Carefully following all pre- and post-surgery instructions helps prevent complications. Our plastic surgeons carefully review all the potential risks and side effects with you.
Some risks specifically associated with browlifts include:
- Hair loss around the scars
- Large scars, but this is rare
- The inability to raise the eyebrows or furrow the brow
In nearly all cases, these problems improve with time. If necessary, minor revision surgery may be recommended to achieve your desired outcome.