Even with rigorous effort, the aging process will eventually take hold and signs of facial aging will become visible. Among the most notable aging characteristics are fine lines, wrinkles, and creases along the forehead and between the brows. Often, no amount of over-the-counter products can remove these aging indicators. Brow lift surgery is an option for those wanting to target aging above and between the eyebrows. During brow lift surgery, the forehead skin is lifted and tightened to diminish unflattering forehead creases and furrows.
- Reduces wrinkles that develop horizontally across the forehead
- Improves frown lines and vertical creases between the brows
- Corrects sagging brows that hood the eyes
- Raises the eyebrows into a more youthful position
It is important that patients are in good physical and emotional health before opting for brow lift surgery. An ideal candidate has significant signs of aging along the forehead that he or she would like to correct and has realistic expectations of the procedure. Patients who are willing to refrain from smoking before and after surgery and are willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle and skin care routine post-surgery will benefit most from the procedure.
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Brow lift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure using a general anesthetic. Incisions are made discreetly in the scalp using an endoscopic technique for precise lifting and tightening. The procedure takes about one hour. Dr. Bonaldi will lift the forehead skin and adjust the tissues, muscles, and skin to correct visible creases and furrows along the forehead. Removable sutures or adhesives are used to secure the incisions closed. Patients will be monitored for one hour following surgery and can then return home with a designated driver.
In some situations, it is appropriate to do a limited brow lift, or so-called “lateral brow lift.” This focuses on the arch or outer portion of the eyebrows. Small incisions are made along the hairline overlying the brow. This is a limited procedure and, as such, has a very quick recovery. It can often be done in the office.
Every patient’s recovery will differ based on their individual body and healing process. Downtime is typically needed for three to four days. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for one week, and stitches will be removed after two weeks. Medications can be taken orally to alleviate any discomfort caused by swelling and bruising. Dr. Bonaldi will provide patients with specific instructions on how to care for surgical drains and sites.
Scarring will be hidden in the scalp and will fade with time. Once fully healed, patients will notice their forehead creases are smooth, their skin is tighter, and they appear less tired. They can expect to achieve overall better facial harmony with their more youthful and rested appearance. Although brow lift surgery will not halt the aging process, patients who follow a healthy skin care regimen and diet are likely to enjoy longer-lasting results.
When combined with other facial procedures, such as neck lift surgery, facelift surgery, or eyelid lift surgery, the brow lift procedure can help patients achieve an entire facial transformation that looks like a natural yet rejuvenated version of themselves.
Dr. Bonaldi is an experienced and skilled surgeon who can help you to smooth out undesirable frown lines and worry lines with brow lift surgery. Schedule your consultation today! Contact us by calling (775) 828-7400 or by filling out our online contact form.