A brow lift procedure, alternatively called a forehead lift, is an operation to improve the aesthetics of the upper one third of the face. The goal is to lift or reshape the brows to a more desirable position and contour. As with all plastic surgeries it is important to pay attention to the individuals age, ethnicity, gender and unique facial features to deliver a natural looking result that compliments the other facial features.
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A brow lift is usually performed with the fiberoptic endoscope through small incisions hidden within the hairline so there are no scars. The procedure is undertaken with the use of a fiberoptic endoscope so the underlying anatomy can be visualized by Dr. Frankel while he is manipulating and lifting the tissues. Once Dr. Frankel is satisfied with the changes, the tissues are secured to maintain their new positions.
A brow lift can be done alone or with other facial procedures, such as blepharoplasty or a facelift. Often times Dr. Frankel finds that performing these procedures together allows for the optimal balance and aesthetics.
DR. FRANKEL’S NOTES
“I prefer to think of this operation more as a brow reshaping rather than brow lifting. Using the fiberoptic endoscope allows me to alter a few specific muscles and attachments in order to render a subtle softening of appearance.
I customize the technique I employ for each individual and try to render the outcome that the patient desires and that we agreed upon preoperatively. After a successful brow lift, the patient should look more serene rejuvenated.”
– Andrew Frankel, M.D.
Before and after
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
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Preparation & Expectations
Our office will provide a comprehensive plan for how to prepare for surgery and a list of and vitamins, herbs or medications to avoid in the days and weeks before your procedure. You will also need to stop smoking before and after surgery as it inhibits healing.
Length of surgery
Every surgery is different based on the individual and the surgery requirements. A typical endoscopic brow lift takes two hours to complete.
Swelling begins to subside after a couple days, and bruises around the eyes fade after a week or two.
Staples in the scalp are removed on the eighth day. The brows might seem too high initially, but as the swelling abates and the wounds contract they begin to settle in their desired position somewhere around four months. Patients often find that they can return to work and other normal activities within eight days.
Detailed postoperative instructions will be provided. In general, patients will ice their forehead for the first forty eight hours and sleep with their head elevated for two weeks. Showering is usually permitted after three days.