Early signs of aging crop up at different ages for everyone. We each come with a unique built-in rate of aging. A passel of genetic and lifestyle factors also have their influence on us. While these early signs of aging can pop up anywhere, the forehead tends to be one of the first places as skin loses elasticity and firmness.
Horizontal lines are often the first signs of aging in the brow, followed by sagging that can result in a tired, worried, or angry expression, even when the face is at rest. For many people, these signs of aging can make them look and feel much older than they actually are. While most people don’t start considering anti-aging surgery until later in life, a brow lift for this early sign of aging can help patients restore their youthful appearance and confidence early on.
Brow lift surgery elevates the brow, rejuvenating the face by eliminating sag and lines and restoring your neutral expression by ending any case of “perma-frown”! This procedure works well for patients with only early signs of aging, as well as for patients with moderate to severe brow aging (which can even help alleviate poor vision depending on the amount of sagging present). The surgical techniques your surgeon uses will vary depending on the extent of the procedure and your wishes as the patient. Most patients who undergo successful brow lift surgery report a boost in confidence and self-esteem.
If you are considering a brow lift, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with our Medical Director Dr. Sergio Alvarez or one of his top-notch surgeons at mia Aesthetics clinic in Miami to learn about your options. The doctor will review your goals for the procedure and assess your brow to see what techniques may best achieve those goals. He will make recommendations for treatment and help you determine whether or not a brow lift is the right fit for you. During the consultation, you and the doctor may also consider any additional treatments that may be needed.
The surgeon will also use the consultation to make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. You will want to come to the meeting prepared to ask any questions you have—your consultation is valuable one-on-one time with an expert, so make the most of it.
While a brow lift can benefit patients of all backgrounds, the surgery is not a good fit for everyone. Ideal candidates for a brow lift are non-smokers, in general good health, and have sagging in the brows that affects the aesthetics of the face and/or vision. Prospective patients should have realistic expectations for the procedure and the discipline to follow all the surgeon’s instructions for pre and post-operative care to achieve optimal healing and results.
There are several surgical techniques that can be used in a brow lift. The differences mostly have to do with incision placement. Which anesthesia gets used depends on the surgical approach, but modern brow lift surgery is often performed under local anesthesia and sedation.
The possible surgical techniques that can be used include:
- Endoscopic: An endoscopic brow lift uses a tiny camera to improve surgeon visibility and allow for smaller incisions. Small (about 1-inch) incisions are made at the hairline, which allow the surgeon to work with various areas of the brow. This approach is subtle and best for patients with less advanced forehead aging.
- Direct or Mid-Forehead: The incisions for these techniques are made directly above the brows (direct) or within the furrows of the forehead (mid-forehead). This approach is rarer and used for patients with severe signs of aging.
- Coronal: Also known as an open brow lift, this incision is placed at the hairline, behind the ear. The coronal approach is most often used for women with small foreheads, as the approach can lift the hairline.
- Temporal: A more minimal approach, the temporal brow lift involves incisions at either side of the forehead, and focuses on the outer third of the brow on either side.
No matter where the incisions are placed, the main techniques of the procedure remain the same. Your surgeon will smooth and tighten the skin, adjust the muscles for more youthful placement, and make any other necessary changes before closing the incisions and putting bandages in place.
After brow lift surgery, the forehead will be swollen and bruised. Patients should plan to take at least 10-14 days off of work for initial healing (sometimes less for endoscopic procedures). During this time, patients should take it easy and keep the head elevated as much as possible. Your doctor will schedule follow up appointments to remove sutures, if necessary.
Normal activities can be resumed gradually, but strenuous activity such as exercise will be postponed for at least several weeks following the surgery. Surgeons will provide patients with detailed instructions on caring for the incisions to promote proper healing.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
Finding the right surgeon can be a challenging task but essential to getting the results you want. Choose a skilled and reputable surgeon who has the experience and dedication to give you the results you want. Beyond this, you will want to a surgeon who inspires your confidence and trust and fully grasps what it is you hope to achieve. Do your research & seek recommendations before you start consulting with experts, and meet with a few surgeons before choosing the provider who will perform your brow lift.
mia Aesthetics was found on the principle that high quality cosmetic care should be accessible to all people, and you can expect the same approach at our clinic as you would get at a high-priced boutique.
Brow Lift FAQs
What is the right age for a brow lift?
There is no “right” age for any procedure, since the pace of aging varies so much depending from person to person. Your own eyes have seen this. It’s in their mid-thirties & early forties that many people start to notice unwanted lines emerging, and these are common times to seek a brow lift. However, as long as you are a good candidate for the procedure, there are no real age guidelines on brow lift surgery.
What type of brow lift is right for me?
You and your surgeon will discuss your goals and level of aging before settling on a surgical technique. This is something you must choose with the help of an expert to guide you. Your surgeon will choose the technique that will give you the results you want while using the most minimal incisions possible.
Will a brow lift make me look “surprised”?
Many prospective patients are worried about looking “surprised” after surgery, a complication that occurs when the brow is positioned too high during brow lift surgery. Choosing a skilled surgeon will drastically reduce the chance of experiencing unwanted results or complications.
What are the risks of brow lift surgery?
As with any surgery, brow lift procedures do carry some risk, although the surgery is quite safe. Potential problems include:
- Anesthesia complications
- Asymmetry/poor aesthetic outcome
- Unfavorable scarring
- Hair loss around incisions (often temporary)
- Numbness in the forehead
- Poor wound healing
- Skin loss or discoloration
- Fluid accumulation
- Nerve injury
While these complications are rare, you can reduce your risk for experiencing problems by choosing an excellent surgeon and closely following all your care instructions.
How much scarring will there be?
All surgery produces some scarring, but brow lift incisions are strategically placed to help hide the scars. The amount of scarring will depend on the technique used, and patients should keep in mind that any scars will also fade over time.