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What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift is an operation that raises eyebrows, which have become droopy (brow ptosis). The operation may be performed in isolation or, more commonly, in conjunction with an upper eyelid blepharoplasty (an upper eyelid lift or cosmetic eyelid operation.) The signs of aging on your face start off oh-so subtly, usually on your brow and forehead. As you age, your skin begins to lose its elasticity. You also lose fat in your temples and brow area.
Factor in the sun, the wind's harsh effects and the pull of gravity, and you’ve got frown lines (vertical creases between your eyebrows), wrinkling across your forehead and heavy, drooping eyebrows. These changes can start when you are in your 30s, and may make you look angry, sad or even perplexed when you are not.
Brow lift surgery can help. A brow lift or forehead lift will return the brow to a more youthful shape and position as well as minimize the creases and wrinkles across the forehead and dramatically improve the wrinkles located between the eyebrows. In the past, brow lifts involved too much pulling, which resulted in a pulled or cat-eye appearance. Today’s brow lifts produce more natural-looking results. You will look younger and more refreshed not as if you are in a constant state of surprise.
How Is a Brow Lift Performed?
There are many types of brow lift surgery. The decision on which brow lift is right for you is based on your facial anatomy, aesthetic goals and Dr. Jaffe's opinion and style.
Brow lifts are usually done on an outpatient basis and take between one to two hours to complete. They can be performed in a hospital, in a freestanding surgical clinic or in Dr Jaffe's surgical suite. Brow lifts can be done in conjunction with a face-lift, eyelid surgery or other cosmetic surgery. Combining facial plastic surgery procedures will increase your time in surgery and your risks, but it may help offset certain costs.
Most brow lift procedures are performed with local anesthesia and light sleep sedation, but general anesthesia may also be an option. During your brow lift, your blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels should be closely monitored. You may be given an oral sedative an hour or so before your surgery to calm your nerves. Usually, you will have an intravenous (IV) line inserted into a vein in your arm or hand to administer fluids and other drugs, including anesthesia. Your hair may be gathered into sections using small rubber bands or clips. Dr. Jaffe begins by making the incisions. Incision length and placement depends on the type of brow lift you are having. The good news is that scarring after brow lift surgery is usually minimal and inconspicuous.
Dr. Jaffe gently elevates your skin and the muscles of your forehead. He will remove excess, loose skin and excess fat in the brow line, and may rearrange the muscles of your forehead. He will then lift your brow skin to its new position and close the incision with sutures or staples. Dr. Jaffe, on some occassions will use permanent sutures. Lastly, he will apply a dressing to your face and head to protect the incisions and encourage proper healing. This dressing may run from around the top of your head to under your chin. Back to Top
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