Scowling, frowning, or too much time squinting in the sun can take a toll on the skin and muscles of your brow. They may begin to sag, making your eyes look tired. Furthermore, many people are genetically predisposed to brows that descend over time. Heavy looking brows can make you appear tired, angry and older than you are. A brow lift is not only able to improve the excess skin on the outside of your eyes, but it also positions your brows into a more aesthetically pleasing position.
Dr. David Sieber not only has extensive training in all of the latest facial rejuvenation techniques, but he also has a deep understanding of anatomy and how each element of the face interacts with one another. His goal with any brow lift surgery is to deliver a natural looking, lifted brow that will restore a rested, youthful, and brighter look to your face.
Brow lift surgery is commonly performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation surgeries such as a facelift, neck lift, and upper and/or lower blepharoplasty.
Brow Lift Improvements
A brow lift can improve:
- Excess skin on the outside of brows
- Low position of brows
- Shape of brows
- Length: 2 hours
- Anesthesia: General
- Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient unless part of a larger facial rejuvenation procedure
- Side Effects: swelling, temporary hair loss, numbness
- Recovery: 1 week
To find out more about a brow lift with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery, call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.
Brow Lift Technique
During your initial consultation, Dr. Sieber will evaluate the skin and muscles of your forehead in order to determine which brow lift technique best fits your facial anatomy as well as your desired outcome. Choosing the right brow lift technique for you will depend largely on the height and shape of your forehead. There are 3 main types of brow lift surgery:
Endoscopic Brow Lift:
In this technique, minimally invasive incisions are made within and behind your hair line. A camera is then inserted and used to guide Dr. Sieber as he releases and repositions your brow to a more optimal position. Because there are only a few small incisions, this type of brow lift is best in patients with thinning hair and/or normal height foreheads.
Hairline Brow Lift:
In this technique, an incision is made along your hair line through which your brow is repositioned. This type of brow lift is best for patients with a long forehead.
Coronal Brow Lift:
In this technique, an incision is made behind the hairline. This technique is best for patients with normal or low hairlines as there will be a slight lengthening of your forehead with this technique. Coronal brow lifts are able to offer the greatest degree of improvement in brow position.
Brow lift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure unless it’s included as part of facial rejuvenation surgery, in which case, Dr. Sieber may recommend an overnight stay. All of this will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation.
Preparing for Brow Lift Surgery
As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
Recovery from Brow Lift Surgery
After brow lift surgery, you will notice some swelling in and around your eyes. This typically resolves within 48-72 hours. Dr. Sieber recommends that his brow lift patients sleep in an upright or semi-recumbent position for the first 1-2 days following surgery to help reduce post-operative swelling. Your skin incisions will be closed with staples that are hidden within your hairline. These will remain in place for 2 weeks before being removed at your post-operative visit. If you are only having a brow lift then you can return to work within a week. You may notice some loss of sensation in your hairline and forehead. This is normal and typically resolves within the first couple of weeks to months following surgery.
Q: How do I know which type of brow lift is best for me?
A: During your initial consultation with Dr. Sieber, he will advise you on the best type of brow lift for your face and your goals. There are many factors to consider such as your gender, height of hairline, and whether the brow lift is occurring alone or as a part of facial rejuvenation surgery.
Q: I have extra skin on the outside of my brows which makes me look tired. Does a brow lift help remove that?
A: Yes! If you have excess skin on the outside of your brow, a brow lift can help remove that skin. You may need an upper eyelid lift as well. When Dr. Sieber sees you during your initial consultation, he will be able to advise you on the best treatment plan to address your needs.
Q: My hair is thinning in some areas. Will my incisions be visible?
A: Dr. Sieber takes a patient’s hairline into consideration when planning a brow lift surgery. He also takes great care to close your incisions as best as possible so that you heal with a fine scar.