What is brow lift?
A brow lift (forehead lift) is done to lift the forehead and eyebrows that have fallen over time. The shape of the eyebrow changes over time and the height of brow can also fall as we age. By restoring a youthful contour and position to the eyebrow we can help make the eyes look more open and alert. Additionally, a brow lift can help soften the deep wrinkles in the forehead by permanently affecting the muscles that are their cause. Brow lift surgery is commonly done in conjunction with eyelid or blepharoplasty surgery. It is also commonly done as a component of a larger facial rejuvenation surgery including brow lift, upper and lower blepharoplasty, and facelift surgeries for maximal results.
The direct brow lift places the incisions just above the eyebrows. This procedure is not the most commonly done but is very effective in men with heavy set brows and deep forehead wrinkles
Am I a candidate for brow lift Surgery?
Ideal patients for brow lift Surgery have heavy eyebrows and complain of a “tired” or “angry” appearance to the face. Elevation of the brow with your hands in the mirror will demonstrate the proposed effects of a browlift and can achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance. As with all of our elective procedures patients should be non-smokers, in good health, and have realistic expectations.
What types of brow lifts do you offer?
There are many types of brow lifts and each technique is chosen by each patient’s anatomy. Dr. Lozada is well trained in all types of brow lift procedures and will discuss which technique is right for you during your consultation.
What is an Endoscopic brow lift?
The Endoscopic Browlift is minimally invasive procedure that is done with a small camera which allows the access incisions for the browlift to be very small and well hidden in the hairline. Using the camera the tissues around the brows are released and lifted into a more youthful position. Muscles that cause deep wrinkles can also be directly treated with this technique. Recovery is typically quicker given the minimally invasive nature of the procedure.
What is a Trichophytic or Pretrichial brow lift?
A Trichophytic or Pretrichial brow lift is done via an incision placed along the hairline. This provides superb access to the underlying structures and gives great long term results. This technique may be chosen for patients who show early signs of hair loss or who have a high hairline already. This technique allows an open approach to the brows without making the hairline even higher. The incision is carefully closed and it heals without any visible scar.
What is a Coronal brow lift?
The Coronal brow lift places the incisions a few centimeters behind the hairline and was the most common brow lift done in the past. The surgical exposure is very good but it is not commonly performed today due to its limitations including limited fine tune control of the brow position and elevation the hairline. More minimally invasive techniques are now performed in lieu of this procedure.
What is a Lateral Temporal Lift?
A Lateral Temporal brow lift specifically addresses the position of the outer half of the eyebrow only. This procedure lifts the outer portion and more specifically the peak of the arch, into a higher more youthful position. The incisions are placed in the temporal region hidden in the hair. The tissues of the lateral eyebrow are released and then lifted into a more youthful position. Recovery from this procedure is fast as it is less invasive than other techniques.
Is brow lift Surgery painful?
Brow lift Surgery is not very painful and patients typically take very little pain medication after surgery. In the immediate post-operative period it is common to have a sensation of tightness but this goes away within the first 1-2 weeks.
Immediately After Surgery
Immediately after surgery you will have a dressing that was placed in the operating room around your head. This will stay on for the first 24 hrs! Dr. Lozada will call you on the evening of your surgery to check on you.
The First 24 to 48 Hours After Your Surgery
Dr. Lozada will see you the first day after surgery in the office to remove the dressing and check the incisions. It is your job to take it easy and let your body recover from surgery!
The First 2 Weeks After Surgery
The first two weeks after surgery will see an improvement in the swelling and bruising that can occur after brow lift surgery. Peak swelling and bruising typically occur on day 3 after surgery. After 1 week any residual bruising is easily concealed with makeup. Sutures will be removed 5-7 days after surgery in the office. There are no restrictions aside from avoiding strenuous activity and exercise for 2-3 weeks after surgery.
BROW LIFT FAQs
A dressing is placed around the head immediately after surgery and this is removed the following day in the office. Bruising and swelling are common and peak around day 3 after surgery. The extent and duration of bruising and swelling depend on the technique chosen however it is expected you can return work in 1-2 weeks. Exercise can be resumed in 2-3 weeks and approximately 75% of the healing is complete at 2 months.
Unlike non-surgical rejuvenation procedures a brow lift will give you long lasting results. The improved brow position and contour of the forehead will not diminish over months as with botox or other treatments. However it is important to note that the forehead and brow continue the aging process. Therefore this surgery allows us to turn back the clock on the aging process and give you a new more youthful starting point.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Kirk Lozada?
Dr. Lozada is a Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon and Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgeon. Dr. Lozada is committed to providing the highest quality aesthetic and reconstructive services for all his patients in Philadelphia and New Jersey. At our office a personalized treatment plan is essential and we allow sufficient time during consultation to develop a unique understanding of each patient’s desires. Dr. Lozada completed his fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and has trained with the top Facial Plastic Surgeons in Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey. Dr. Kirk Lozada is currently a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and has numerous publications and presentations in the field of facial plastic surgery. Contact the office for your consultation today!