About Brow Lift Surgery
Surgery to lift the brow (sometimes known as a browplasty or forehead lift) is a popular cosmetic procedure that helps create a raised brow appearance, producing a refreshed look to the top area of the face. A sagging brow can many times cause a person to appear tired or angry. To address this, a browplasty surgically improves the look of a sagging brow and gives patients a rejuvenated expression by removing excess skin from the forehead, then raising the eyebrows higher on the forehead. Dr. Timothy Katzen is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA who has performed browplasty on both women and men alike to create a younger look. Injectable wrinkle treatments, like BOTOX, are commonly performed along with a forehead lift at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills for the best results, creating a softer and smoother outcome.
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As we grow older, our skin laxity depletes and causes delicate areas of the face to droop. This is especially notable in the upper facial region and commonly affects both women and men. When looking in the mirror, do you seem tired or angry? Do you notice frown lines between the brows? Are bothered by the presence of a drooping brow? If any of these situations apply to you, a surgical brow lift at our Beverly Hills, CA office may be the ideal cosmetic treatment for your goals. To determine if this surgery is a good fit for you, Dr. Katzen will evaluate you during a thorough consultation.
Prior to surgery, anesthesia will be used. This procedure can be accomplished with general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the complexity of the surgery. The incision technique used during a brow lift is determined based on the severity of sag, if the forehead is affected, and the position of the hairline. There are many approaches to consider:
- Coronal Incision
Also called the open browplasty incision, this places the incision at the top of the head behind the hairline. The open incision not only conceals scarring, but it also provides a certain degree of controlled lifting during the procedure. The open incision works well for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines. This is the ideal incision if you are at risk for having a receding hairline.
- Temporal Brow Lift
Also known as a lateral brow lift, this technique starts the incision within the hairline just above the temples. A temporal incision allows the outer sections of the brow to be treated and is best for sagging that is present in the outer brows. A temporal brow lift also helps to treat Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
This is a more modern technique used in browplasty surgery. It places several tiny incisions in the hairline and inserts the endoscope, which is pushed down to the area of the eyebrow to release its attachments. Through the camera of the endoscope, the brow tissue is suspended using stitches to lift the brow in its higher position.
Dr. Katzen will go into detail to explain the positives and negatives of each approach, and he will work with you to determine which brow lift technique is better suited to your situation and goals.
What to Expect
The recovery following brow lift surgery will vary for each patient with the majority of discomfort and swelling occurring with the open method versus the endoscopic or temporal techniques. Overall, you will experience slight bruising and swelling in the upper face near the brows and possibly around the eyes. Cold compresses may help to reduce the swelling. Dr. Katzen advises patients to sleep upright for at least three nights following their surgery. It is important to avoid any movement or activities that may place stress on the face. The average recovery time from this procedure is about 2 – 3 weeks. The outcome can usually be seen immediately, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance that looks softer, more alert, and with a noticeable reduction in fine lines and sagging in the upper portion of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a brow lift or full facelift will depend on where you have sagging skin, as well as your goals. You should candidly discuss your concerns with Dr. Katzen so he can help you decide what is best for you. Many patients come in thinking they want a facelift only to discover that a brow lift would be better suited to their goals and vice versa. With his experience, Dr. Katzen can confidently help you decide on your treatment plan so you can achieve the results you want.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
There are many nonsurgical treatments, such as laser skin tightening and injectables (like BOTOX and Juvéderm) that can provide short-term improvements. However, a surgical brow lift is better if you want significant improvements and longer-lasting results. During your consultation, Dr. Katzen can go over both your surgical and nonsurgical options so you can decide which is best for you.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Katzen will go over surgical techniques during your consultation to help you understand the advantages of each. He will then help you choose the best technique for your needs and goals. Some of the factors that may influence your choice are your hairline (taking into account both your current hairline and your risk of future recession), your individual degree of skin sagging, and how much time you can devote to recovery.
Will my results look natural?
When you choose a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Katzen, your brow lift results will look natural. He will develop your treatment plan for your needs and goals so you look refreshed and younger, not tight or frozen. During your surgery, Dr. Katzen will focus on removing excess skin. The remaining skin and tissue will be smoothed so your results don't limit your facial expressions or lift your eyebrows too high.
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Don't let your sagging brow make people think you're mad, sad, tired, or angry — schedule a consultation to learn more about browplasty performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen in Beverly Hills, CA. When you address your sagging brow, you can revitalize your entire appearance and look younger and more refreshed. Dr. Katzen strives to produce natural-looking results. Your browplasty will have your friends and family saying you look bright and refreshed rather than thinking you had cosmetic surgery.