Has your forehead begun to show deep wrinkles as a result of aging? For many people, the brow area is one of the first parts of the face to show lines and sagging. For people in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, double board-certified plastic surgeon Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., F.A.C.S. performs brow lifts at the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery.
WHAT IS A BROW LIFT?
Brow lifts, also called forehead lifts, can counteract this effect. During a brow lift surgery, the skin above the brows is elevated and smoothed for a refreshed and younger-looking appearance.
BENEFITS OF A BROW LIFT
Brow lift surgery helps patients achieve a fresh, smooth, youthful appearance by eliminating the wrinkles, creases and deep folds that develop on the forehead and repositioning the brow line to its ideal position. This procedure can easily take years off of your facial appearance, creating a naturally more alert look. There are several types of brow lift surgeries to accommodate individual needs, and all of them produce beautiful, natural-looking results.
IS A BROW LIFT RIGHT FOR ME?
Most residents seeking a brow lift have started to notice signs of aging, especially wrinkles on their face. They are particularly concerned about deep forehead lines or sagging brows. Many patients have already tried temporary fixes, such as injections of dermal fillers or muscle relaxants, but are looking for a long-term solution. Brow lift surgery may be right for you if you feel like your forehead appearance causes you to look angry or tired even when you aren’t. This surgery can be performed on most adults who are in good general health.
HOW INVOLVED IS THE FOREHEAD LIFT PROCEDURE?
A brow lift requires general anesthesia and approximately two hours to perform. It is performed as open surgery, requiring incisions that allow Dr. Eberle to visually sculpt the forehead tissues. These incisions are usually located along the hairline. During surgery, the skin, fat, and muscles of the forehead are trimmed, lifted and sculpted with the goal of leaving behind a smoother contour. Once Dr. Eberle’s work is done, sutures are used to close the incisions.
WHAT IS THE LATERAL BROW LIFT TECHNIQUE?
We specialize in a form of brow lift called a lateral brow lift with Endotines. The lateral brow lift technique focuses on the outer portion of the forehead and brows, near your temples. This surgery raises your eyebrows, helping you get rid of crow’s feet and make your appearance look more awake and energized. This technique uses an upper-eyelid incision and is often combined with an upper-eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). Through these incisions, a device known as an Endotine is inserted over each brow. This dissolvable device securely holds the skin, muscle and fat of the forehead in place as it heals. This technique simplifies the surgical process and enables the surgeon to more precisely control the results of surgery.
ENDOSCOPIC BROW LIFT
Unlike a traditional brow lift, which is performed through a large coronal incision that spans the width of the face, an endoscopic brow lift is performed through several small incisions along the hairline using an endoscope. An endoscope is a handheld camera with an attached probe. This handheld device feeds into a video monitor and provides Dr. Eberle with a crisp, magnified view of the tiny muscles and tissues below the skin’s surface. This allows Dr. Eberle to lift and reposition lax skin with precision and create more dramatic and natural-looking results that rival the more invasive traditional brow lift.
Once the brow and forehead tissues have been repositioned, Dr. Eberle then places a small ENDOTINE® forehead device over the incisions to hold the tissues in their new position as they heal. Conventional screw and suture-based techniques that were used to hold soft tissues in place failed to limit the amount of stretch in the tissue and focused excess tension on the surgical site. Unlike these conventional techniques, ENDOTINE® devices keep tissue stretch to a minimum, simplifying the complex fixation portion of the brow lift procedure and allowing for greater control in the adjustment of the brow’s height and contour.
In addition to being less invasive, an endoscopic brow lift provides many benefits in comparison to the traditional “open” brow lift technique, including:
Small, puncture-type hairline incisions that produce less scarring
Little to no residual scalp numbness
Reduced hair loss
Minimal discomfort, swelling, bruising, and recovery time
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY AFTER A BROW LIFT?
Most patients take 10 days to two weeks away from work. Strenuous exercise and direct sun exposure should be avoided for at least a month. During the recovery period, side effects such as soreness, tenderness, bruising, and swelling are common. Many patients also experience skin tightness or temporary numbness.
HOW MUCH DOES A BROW LIFT COST?
The price of a brow lift varies depending on the extent of surgical work being done, the surgical techniques used, and other factors. Financing is available.
WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
If you live in Fort Lauderdale or Broward County and are searching for a long-term solution to forehead wrinkles and sagging, brow lift surgery may be right for you. Contact board-certified plastic surgeon Nathan Eberle, M.D., D.D.S., F.A.C.S. at the Weston Center for Plastic Surgery today for your consultation.