Who is a candidate for a brow lift?
A brow lift can remarkably change the entire face with minimal recovery. As one ages the eyebrows descend and sag closing off the eyes to light. Sometimes this sagging can even limit peripheral vision. It is often done in conjunction with a blepharoplasty to rejuvenate the upper third of the face. There are a variety of techniques for achieving a brow lift:
- Endoscopic brow lift – This is by far the most common technique. With this method, small incisions are made in the scalp to gain access to the soft tissue of the forehead. A tiny camera called an endoscope is introduced through these incisions so that all vital structures such as nerves and blood vessels are kept safe. To use this technique an optimal hairline must be present.
- Pretrichial brow lift – This technique is used in those with a high hairline because it lowers the hairline at the same time it raises the eyebrows. The incision (called a trichophytic incision) is beveled so that hair actually grows through it after 2-6 months camouflaging the incision.
- Coronal brow lift – A coronal brow lift involves an incision about 4 centimeters behind the hairline. It is often utilized for those with a recessed hairline to hide the incision.
When considering a brow lift, Dr. Saxon will perform a comprehensive exam of the eyes, forehead, and hairline to tailor the surgical technique to your specific needs.
What is recovery like after a brow lift?
Recovery after a brow lift is generally quite straight forward. A compressive dressing on the forehead is placed for one week and can be removed to wash the hair and clean incisions. In the case of an endoscopic brow lift, there are only small incisions present. With other techniques, the incisions are much longer and can be kept clean by keeping the hair clean and removing any scabs. There is bruising and swelling that is worse around the eyes and cheeks from gravity pulling it down. The scalp is often numb for weeks to months and resolves over time. Most people take a week off of work to give time for bruising to subside, but patients feel well enough to do work from home throughout most of the recovery period.