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Brow Lift in Birmingham

Facial expressions are an effective form of nonverbal communication. As we age, our eyebrows can begin to fall and sag. A low, saggy eyebrow position can give the false impression that you are angry or sad. A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, works to eliminate wrinkles and signs of aging while lifting the eyebrow position slightly higher on the forehead. A brow lift is often credited with helping an individual appear more “bright-eyed,” youthful, and alert. For women, elevating the brow position can also help manage upper eyelid skin redundancy, allowing for greater ease with makeup along the eyeshadow space.

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What Can a Brow Lift Do for Me?

Lift Sagging Brows


Sagging eyebrows often give the impression that a person is angry or sad. A forehead lift works to lift the brow into a slightly higher position on the forehead, allowing for a more alert look. Lifting your eyebrows can help eliminate the look of persistent anger and give a rejuvenated appearance to the area around the upper eyelids, as well.

Eliminate Wrinkles


As people age, horizontal wrinkles and deep creases often develop on the forehead. A brow lift helps eliminate these wrinkles and allows for a smoother forehead. When the skin and tissue are tightened, this smooths out the skin and eliminates any forehead wrinkles and fine lines.

Improve Confidence


Visible signs of aging on the face can impact a person’s self-confidence. A brow lift works to reduce forehead wrinkles and lift the brows to create a more youthful, alert appearance. A brow lift can increase a person’s overall confidence by addressing aging concerns in this region.

What Does a Brow Lift Involve?

Anesthesia


Brow lift surgery is performed in a fully accredited operating suite at our office here in Birmingham. Depending on your needs, the procedure is done under IV sedation or general anesthesia. This will ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure. A newer, completely scarless procedure called the Gliding Brow Lift (GBL) can be performed under straight local anesthesia in selected patients.

The Incision


Generally, brow lift surgery is performed using either an endoscopic or temporal access technique. With these techniques, short incisions are made along or within the hairline in regions concealed by hair growth. Both endoscopic and temporal brow lifts leave far less extensive scarring than the traditional brow lift (coronal brow lift), where one large incision is made across the entire central scalp or hairline.

Repositioning and Lifting the Eyebrows and Removing the “Frown Lines” Between the Eyebrows


Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will insert an endoscope (a small, specialized camera) and other special instruments to lift and reposition the brow. Temporal brow lifting procedures allow for removal of small quantities of skin while purely endoscopic brow lifting procedures do not remove any skin but secure and elevate the brow position with internal sutures and fixation techniques. These two techniques (endoscopic and temporal) can often be combined and individualized to provide customized results designed for a person’s unique anatomy. With the endoscopic technique, the small muscles that create the frown lines between the eyebrows can be weakened, so in some cases, neurotoxins such as BOTOX® Cosmetic may no longer be required. The skin is left smoother from this procedure.

 

When the brow is lifted, skin and tissue are tightened to eliminate wrinkles and excess saggy skin.

Closing the Incision


Your surgeon will then close the incisions and wrap your head with bandages. These bandages will protect your incision sites while you are healing.

Have More Concerns About Your Brow Lift?

Recovery


After brow lift surgery, patients may experience bruising and swelling around the eyes and forehead. Numbness at the top of the head may also occur. This should subside in two to three weeks. Prescription pain medication can be taken to combat the discomfort. Please avoid any strenuous activity and continue to rest for at least two weeks.

Scars


Because the incisions are so small, the endoscopic technique allows for minimal scarring. There will be small scars where the incisions are made. Scarring is expected to be completely concealed with hair, and scar appearance will fade over time.

Cost


The cost of brow lift surgery in Birmingham varies among patients. The cost depends on the surgeon’s professional fee, length, and complexity of the surgery, anesthesia fees, and the technique used.

Schedule a consultation to receive a financial plan based on your needs and goals for the procedure.

Pain


Patients are asleep throughout the procedure and will not feel any pain. Patients may develop some discomfort at the incision sites after surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe you medication that will combat the pain. Alternatively, some patients choose to rely on over-the-counter pain medication, such as TYLENOL®.

Frequently Asked Questions About Brow Lift Surgery

Brow lifts are beneficial for men and women looking to improve the aesthetic look of their forehead. Men’s brows should be a little flatter with women’s brows peaking in the outer half and the tail of the brow higher than the inner part. Brow lifts are typically performed on patients between the ages of 35 and 75. You may be a good candidate for a brow lift if:

  • You are in generally good health
  • You have realistic expectations of your results
  • Do not smoke

Brow lifts are beneficial for men and women looking to improve the aesthetic look of their forehead. Men’s brows should be a little flatter with women’s brows peaking in the outer half and the tail of the brow higher than the inner part. Brow lifts are typically performed on patients between the ages of 35 and 75. You may be a good candidate for a brow lift if:

  • You are in generally good health
  • You have realistic expectations of your results
  • Do not smoke

Since brow lift surgery is performed under anesthesia, you will need to plan to have someone drive you home. Please plan to take time off of work to rest and recover. Before surgery, it is important to stop smoking and taking medications that thin the blood (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, NSAIDs, and some herbal supplements). Consult your surgeon regarding which medications can affect your surgery.

A brow lift is commonly performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). To address aging considerations that are not only limited to the forehead, a brow lift and eyelid lift are performed together to more comprehensively address both brow position and upper eyelid skin excess laxity, possibly creating a more impactful result. Patients may also wish to address concerns with their lower face or midface with a facelift or neck lift to address skin aging considerations along these regions.

A brow lift is a generally safe procedure with minimal risk involved. However, some risks come with any surgery. These risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Loss of hair around the incisions
  • Scarring
  • Pain
  • Nerve injury (virtually always temporary)

Most insurance plans do not cover brow lift surgery as it is elective. However, financing options are available at Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery if needed. Please contact the office for more information.

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