About Brow Lift Surgery
When you grow older, skin elasticity diminishes and causes several portions of the face to droop. This is particularly important in the upper face and usually impacts women and men. When looking at yourself in a mirror, do you seem angry or tired, see deep wrinkles in between your eyebrows, or are bothered by your sagging brow? A surgical brow lift at Walters Plastic Surgery can be the ideal aesthetic procedure for your goals.
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Before the procedure, anesthesia is used. This may be done under local, IV sedation or general anesthesia based on the complexity of the procedure. The incision performed in a browplasty is chosen depending on the degree of skin sagging, if the forehead is being addressed, and the appearance of the patient's hairline. Some of the different techniques that may be used:
- Traditional Incision
Also known as the open browplasty incision, this puts the surgical incision behind the hairline at the top of the head. The open incision not only conceals scars, it allows a certain amount of lift control throughout the surgery. The open incision is good for those with both frown lines and a sagging brow. The traditional brow lift is the ideal incision for patients who are concerned about a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision
The trichophytic incision is made directly against the patient's hairline. A trichophytic incision permits more dramatic lift in the brow for patients who have a low risk for hairline recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also called a temporal browplasty, the lateral method starts the incision within the hairline slightly over the temples. A temporal incision permits the outer sections of the brow to be treated and is best for sagging that is visible in the outer brow. A temporal brow lift also helps to treat Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
The endoscopic lift is a more modern method employed in browplasty surgery. This method makes multiple small incisions beyond the hairline and inserts the endoscope, which is pushed to the the eyebrow to release its attachments to the underlying bone. Using the endoscope's camera, the brow tissue is repositioned to place the brow in a better position.
What to Expect
The recovery period after a brow lift varies in each patient, with the majority of swelling and discomfort reported with the traditional method compared to the temporal or endoscopic techniques. In general, patients feel some swelling and bruising in the upper portion of the face around the eyebrows and sometimes near the eyes. Cold compresses can help to reduce the inflammation. Dr. Walters recommends patients sleep with pillows propped under their head for at least three nights after their brow lift. It is critical to avoid any activities or movement that can put pressure on your face. The typical recovery period from a brow lift is around 2 – 3 weeks. The results can often be seen right away, with a refreshed appearance that seems more alert, softer, and with a visible improvement in sagging skin and fine lines in the upper portion of the face.
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Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Do not allow a sagging forehead make others wonder if you're sad, mad, angry or tired — schedule an appointment to get more information about brow lift surgery with plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters in New Orleans and Metairie, LA. By correcting your hanging brow, you can revitalize your whole appearance and seem more youthful and refreshed. Dr. Walters strives for results that look natural; your browplasty will have your friends and family saying you look more refreshed instead of thinking you had cosmetic surgery.