Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift is a surgical procedure designed to minimize wrinkles and other signs of aging that may be inherited traits or simply a part of the natural aging process.
Brow lifts are often performed alongside other cosmetic procedures, such as neck lifts or dermal fillers, to provide a well-proportioned and evenly balanced facial appearance. This procedure may be an effective treatment for patients of all ages, including younger adults who wish to adjust a genetically low brow or atypically deep frown lines.
While typically performed on adults who are showing advanced signs of aging, this procedure may be appropriate for adult patients of all ages due to a combination of genetics and stress.
The brow lift procedure is designed to bring a more youthful appearance to the face, and counteract the results of gravity and decreasing skin elasticity. Facial changes that can be made include:
Ideal candidates for this procedure are non-smoking individuals in good physical and emotional health. For optimal outcome, it may be helpful to stop taking aspirin and certain herbal supplements prior to the procedure.
Either intravenous sedation or a general anesthetic is applied prior to the start of the procedure. In a traditional brow lift, an incision is made from ear to ear that is hidden behind the hairline. The forehead skin is tightened and any excess skin is removed, giving the surgeon great control over the eventual shape and size of the forehead.
Alternatively, an endoscopic surgical tool may be used through smaller cuts within the hairline. The underlying tissue is adjusted, the skin tightened, and the excess skin removed. This method is less invasive, but it is more suited for procedures which require less facial adjustment. In either method, the incisions are closed using sutures, skin adhesives, surgical tape, or specially designed clips.
Immediately following the procedure, the forehead will be bandaged and taped to ensure stability. The head may be wrapped to minimize the effects of bruising and swelling. Excess fluid and blood accumulation may be drained by a small tube inserted prior to bandaging.
The wounds should heal within 5-10 days, at which time it will be possible to return to a normal schedule. The complete diminishment of swelling may take several weeks, and the incision lines may require several months to fade to their final appearance. The recovery period for the endoscopic procedure is often slightly shorter due to the decreased size of the incisions.
For more information about brow lifts, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Trent J. Fogleman and Dr. Paul F. Benien, Jr., contact our Oklahoma City office at 405-691-3111. Our office is located at 9617 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73159, just minutes from Will Rogers World Airport. Service areas include: Oklahoma City, Tuttle, Edmond, Norman, Moore, Tulsa, Midwest City, Lawton, Yukon, Stillwater, Mustang, Shawnee, Blanchard and Elk City, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.
Dr. Fogleman and Dr. Benien create elegant, natural results with each surgical procedure or non-surgical treatment they perform. "Quality outcomes," as they say. Their goal is not to make their patients look different – they strive to make them look better, never overdone or obvious.