If the brows have become asymmetrical, this can be corrected as well so they are even and well-matched. Deep forehead lines (the “11” lines between the brows) can also be smoothed during a brow lift.
Brow lift candidacy
While a brow lift might help with mild drooping of the upper eyelids, most patients need an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) to correct that issue. Many patients opt to get a brow lift and eyelid lift at the same time to address the entire upper portion of the face. Some patients have a face lift/neck lift along with a brow lift for a full-face rejuvenation. If these surgeries are done simultaneously, an overnight hospital stay is usually required.
The brow lift consultation
During your consultation in our Dallas office, Dr Beale will examine you and ask you a number of questions about what you dislike about the look of your eyebrows and forehead. He will then discuss the different options with you in detail so that you know what to expect from your surgery. He approaches every patient as an individual and creates a surgical plan that is customized to your needs, goals, and anatomy.
The brow lift procedure
During a brow lift in Dallas, the skin of the forehead is raised and tightened through incisions carefully hidden behind or along the hairline. Additionally, the muscles that cause frown lines between the eyebrows, called “corrugator muscles,” are removed, and the upper forehead muscle is weakened to improve the appearance of horizontal forehead creases.
The removal and weakening of these muscles will not affect your ability to move your eyebrows or forehead, however. You will still be able to make normal facial expressions, and the result will be natural-looking and not too tight.
A brow lift can often be performed endoscopically, which means that only a few small incisions hidden behind the hairline are required. Then, a tiny camera is inserted, and the surgery is performed with special surgical instruments and the aid of the camera to see inside. During those cases in which Dr Beale requires more visibility than an endoscopic technique allows, larger incisions are necessary, but they will still be hidden by your hair or just above the eyebrows. With his delicate closure technique, these incisions become virtually invisible.
A brow lift usually takes about one hour and is done with the patient under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure, however, so you may go home a few hours after the surgery, provided a friend or family member drives you home.
Recovery from a brow lift
Incisions within the hairline are closed with staples that are removed within seven to ten days. Drains may be placed underneath the scalp during brow surgery to remove excess fluid and are generally removed the day after surgery. After a brow lift, a head wrap may be used for comfort and to reduce swelling. You can further reduce swelling by sleeping on your back with your head elevated for the first week or two.
Some swelling, bruising, tightness, and discomfort are to be expected for several weeks following the procedure. Our office will provide pain medication to make your recovery easier. You should be able to return to work within seven to ten days. Avoid makeup for the first week and avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks.
You will see Dr Beale in his Dallas office for follow-up examinations to make sure you are healing well and that you are happy with your results. While the aging process cannot be stopped, the results of your brow lift should last for many years.