With age, the skin above the eyes start to droop, giving an older and tired appearance and making us look older than we are. A brow lift surgery is performed to reverse these visible effects of age and tighten the soft tissues above the eye to restore a more youthful appearance.
Brow lift surgery targets the area above the eye, opening up the eye area and giving a more contoured and youthful appearance. Most often the brow lift surgery is performed for purely cosmetic reasons but in extreme cases where drooping brows and upper eye lids affect the vision, a brow lift surgery can be a quick and simple way to improve the condition.
This procedure is carried out under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. It normally takes around two hours for the surgery. A brow lift surgery focuses on lifting the brow and tightening the muscles which get stretched with age, along with tightening any loose skin in that area and removing any excess fatty tissue.
There are two types of brow lift surgery- Open brow lift and Endoscopic lift. Depending upon your requirement, your surgeon will decide which one is best for you. In an open brow lift, the cut or incision is hidden inside your hair line or behind the hair line. Excess skin and muscles may be removed if required to lift the brow position and lessen the wrinkles on the brow. After making an incision, the surgeon carefully separates the skin from the underlying tissue. Next, the skin is stretched and stitched.
In an Endoscopic Brow Lift or minimal-scar brow lift, the surgeon inserts an endoscope (a tube with a light that is attached to a video camera) through a small incision in the hairline. The camera is attached to a television screen which allows the surgeon to work on the internal structures. Next, the eyebrows are lifted and stitched behind the hairline and the incisions are either stitched or clipped.
Is an eye Brow Lift the right choice?
Both men and women can opt for this procedure. The best candidates for eye brow lift are: –
- People with frown lines between eyes, horizontal forehead creases, or horizontal creases along the top of the nose
- People who have sagging brows due to age, or congenitally low brow
Recovery from Brow Lift surgery
There will be some swelling and bruising post-surgery which will get even with time. Refrain from applying make-up over the incisions and also do not shower or wash your hair for at least four days. 5 – 10 days after the surgery, the sutures are removed and the wounds are checked.
A follow up consultation with the surgeon who performed your surgery will be arranged after 6 weeks and also when required till you have fully recovered. Attend all post-operative appointments and it is advisable to take one to two weeks off from work and avoid vigorous exercise for 3 to 4 weeks.
What is a brow lift surgery all about?
A brow lift surgery, also known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure undertaken for the
correction of sagging eyebrows, upper eyelids and removal of forehead wrinkles.
Why is it done?
The brow-lift surgery is performed to eliminate the signs of ageing from an individual’s face, and make him look younger. This surgery also helps enhance the look on the individual’s face by making the brows more expressive and raised.
What does the procedure include?
The procedure begins with the application of anesthesia to the patient. Next, incisions are made at the back of the ear and are extended all the way to the forehead. The length and the region of the incision may differ with the need from patient to patient. Then the extra fat or skin is removed and the stitches are sutured.
Who is an ideal candidate for such a surgery?
Generally, people above the age of 40 opt for a brow-lift surgery. However, people with inherited furrows could also opt for this surgery.
How to prepare for such a surgery?
A prior talk with the surgeon will provide the patient with preparatory steps regarding the surgery like avoiding smoking or drinking alcohol. The patient may be advised to stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs, if he takes any on a routine basis.
Is the procedure painful?
Since the surgery is carried out under the effect of anesthesia, the patient will not feel any stabbing pain. However, some discomfort as a result of swelling post-operation may be felt which will be treated by the doctor from a patient to patient basis.
Are there any risks involved in a brow lift surgery?
Other than general surgical side-effects like reactions, infections, bleeding, and discomfort, risks could include damage to the nerve cells, numbness and asymmetric results etc.
Does this surgery have long-lasting effects?
The effects of the procedure are seen to last in between 10-15 years, so they are pretty long-lasting albeit not permanent.
How long does the healing take?
It may take somewhere in between 2 to 3 months for the surgical traits to fade away while in about 6 months’ time any tingling or itching sensation should completely disappear.
How is an endoscopic brow lift surgery different from a classical/open brow lift?
An endoscopic surgery involves the use of an endoscope on a thin probe. Smaller cuts are made in this surgery, which is why it leads to less scaring. In comparison, an open brow lift surgery is more invasive and is a much older technique which involves bigger sized incisions and hence more scarring.
What does the post-operation care involve?
The post-operative care may involve taking pain-killers as per the doctor’s advice, and use of ice-bags to prevent swelling. The patient may be suggested to keep the head in an elevated position for the first couple of days to prevent swelling. Ointments may be advised for scar removal. The patient must avoid heavy physical exercises for the first few weeks.
Do insurances cover this surgery?
Since certain insurance providers do not provide coverage for cosmetic surgeries, the matter should be discussed with the concerned insurance agent or company.