The upper third of the face is defined as the forehead, brow, and upper eyelids. While less well known to patients, a Brow Lift is the most appropriate procedure to produce dramatic improvement to this important aesthetic unit.
A properly executed Brow Lift raises and separates furrowed and drooping eyebrows and smoothes the forehead to create a more youthful appearance. Good technique and judgment will avoid a surprised look or an overly elevated hairline.
This procedure can be performed in conjunction with other surgeries such as facelift or browlift.
For a Coronal Brow Lift, an incision is generally made across the top of the head from the front of one ear to the front of the other ear. The forehead and brows are elevated and excess skin is removed. The flap is then sutured. Patients with a high forehead have an incision placed at the hairline to help reduce the forehead height. Patients without excessive brow droop or with thinning hair may benefit from an Endoscopic Brow Lift. In this procedure, the lift is performed through several small scalp incisions with the aide of a video telescope and special long instruments. Dr. Wigod will discuss the merits of each technique and suggest the most appropriate one for you.
Patients are usually discharged to home on the day of surgery. Swelling, bruising and weakness may occur, but should improve within a few weeks. There may be long lasting numbness behind the incision. Patients may wash their hair on the second day after surgery. Most patients return to regular activity in one week. Sutures are generally removed in one to two weeks.