minimize frown lines and creases
Much of our facial expression occurs in the brow/forehead region of the face, allowing us to show a broad range of emotions. Our brow position can convey sadness, anger, alertness, and even contentment. Unfortunately, as we age and our brow area begins to droop, our face might give off a sad, angry, or tired appearance regardless of our actual mood. Secondarily, as the upper facial structure droops, horizontal expression lines and vertical frown lines become more pronounced.
Bring a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above your eyes with a forehead lift (or “brow lift”). Drooping eyebrows, hooding over eyes, and furrowed foreheads can be smoothed out by removing excess tissue, altering muscles, and tightening the forehead skin. The result is a relaxed, naturally youthful appearance.
A brow/forehead lift can achieve:
- Raise sagging eyebrows that hood the upper eyelids
- Softening of horizontal brow lines
- Softening of vertical frown lines
- Softening of the wrinkle that can occur on the bridge of the nose between the eyes
- Place the eyebrows in a more alert and youthful position
A brow lift can be performed with or without an endoscope (an instrument that allows the plastic surgeon to view the muscles and tissues underneath the forehead skin). Using the endoscopic approach, small incisions are made in the hair-bearing scalp. After elevating the brow and altering underlying muscles, the area is sutured snugly in place and loose bandages are applied – and after recovery, you emerge with a more restful look.
“With my procedure, there was minimal pain, no scarring, and my face looks amazing. I look and feel refreshed and awake. Thank you to the Charlotte Plastic Surgery team for restoring my youthful eyes and my confidence!”
LENGTH: 1-2 hours.
ANESTHESIA: Usually asleep.
SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary swelling, numbness, headaches and bruising. Traditional method: Possible itching and hair loss. Pain is minimal and relieved with oral medications for the first day or two. Bruising and swelling subside in seven to 14 days.
RISKS: With any surgery, risks such as infection and blood clot exist. Our surgeons will always talk with you about potential risks specific to your procedures in your consultation. Other risks may include loss of sensation.
RECOVERY: Scars will fade considerably over time and are hidden by the hair. Back to work: Two to three days, usually sooner for endoscopic forehead lift. More strenuous activity: several weeks. Full recovery from bruising: two to three weeks. Limit sun exposure for several months.
DURATION OF RESULTS: Results can last up to 15 years.