About Brow Lift Surgery
A surgical brow lift (also called a forehead lift or browplasty) is a popular plastic surgery treatment that lifts the position of the brow, which then provides you with a younger appearance of the upper section of the face. A droopy brow can often cause you to look angry or wilted. A brow lift works to surgically correct a drooping brow to give you a refreshed face by eliminating excess skin while lifting the eyebrows. Dr. Miguel Gallegos is a board-certified plastic surgeon out of Albuquerque, NM who has completed many brow lifts on both men and women, giving them a brighter, more youthful appearance. Injectable wrinkle relaxers and fillers can also be performed in conjunction with brow lift surgery at Hermosa Plastic Surgery for ideal results, producing a smoother and softer appearance. Contact our AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery facility if you think that you could benefit from the youthful effects of a brow lift.
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As we age, the elasticity of our skin decreases and causes many areas of the face to sag. This is particularly critical in the upper face and typically impacts both men and women. When looking at yourself in a mirror, do you appear angry or tired, or see deep wrinkles in between your eyebrows? Are bothered by your sagging brow? Brow lift surgery at Hermosa Plastic Surgery can be the ideal aesthetic procedure to address your concerns and fulfill your needs. Ideal candidates for this procedure are adults who experience distaste with the droopiness of their brow and are in overall good health.
Before the procedure, anesthesia is administered to the patient. This may be done under IV sedation or general anesthesia based on the extent of the procedure. The incision performed during a browplasty is chosen, depending on the degree of skin sag, if the forehead is addressed, and the appearance of the patient's hairline. Some of the different techniques that may be used are:
- Traditional Incision
Also known as the open lift incision, this puts the surgical incision behind the hairline at the top of the head. The traditional incision not only masks scars, but it allows a certain amount of lift control throughout the surgery. The traditional incision is good for those with both frown lines and a sagging brow. The traditional brow lift is the better technique 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 women and men who have a lower risk of hairline recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also called a temporal browplasty, the lateral method sets the incision inside the hairline slightly over the temples. The lateral incision permits the outer areas of the brow to be raised, and this also helps with sagging that is visible on the outer brow. The lateral technique also helps to correct Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
The endoscopic lift is a more modern method that can be employed during a brow lift. This method involves making multiple small incisions beyond the hairline and inserts an endoscope, which moves to the eyebrow to release its attached tools. Using the endoscope's camera, the brow tissue is repositioned with stitches to place the brow in a better position.
What to Expect
The recovery period following a brow lift procedure can vary. The most swelling and discomfort is reported with the traditional technique compared to the temporal or endoscopic approaches. 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 also help to decrease inflammation. Dr. Gallegos recommends patients sleep with pillows propped under their head for 3 – 4 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 surgery 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 half of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a brow lift cost?
It is better to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Gallegos, who can give you the best results rather than going with the facility that offers the lowest price. Your costs for brow lift surgery will depend on the technique used, anesthesia, facility fees, and more. When your treatment plan is developed during your consultation, cost estimates can then be made. Dr. Gallegos will also explain payment methods and where to apply for low-interest financing to make your surgery more affordable.
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you need a facelift or brow lift will depend on your goals and where exactly you have excess skin. You should openly discuss your wants with Dr. Gallegos so he can help you choose which treatment is best. Some patients who come in wanting a facelift may find that they would fare better with a brow lift or vice versa. Using his years of experience, Dr. Gallegos will confidently help you develop your treatment plan to give you your best results.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
You may consider one of the many nonsurgical options, including laser skin tightening and injectables (like Juvéderm and BOTOX), that can provide mild, nonpermanent improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better for longer-lasting results and significant, effective improvements. During your consultation, Dr. Gallegos can go over both your nonsurgical and surgical choices to help you decide which is better for your needs, or if a combination of both could help you attain your desired results.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Gallegos can explain various brow lift techniques during your consultation so that you can be aware of the benefits. He will then help you select the technique that best matches your needs and goals. A few of the factors that might influence your choice are your hairline (factoring in both your current hairline, as well as your risk of developing a receding hairline), the amount of loose skin you have, and your available recovery time.
Will my results look natural?
If you see an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Gallegos, then your brow lift will appear natural. He will create your treatment plan for your needs and goals to help you appear refreshed rather than frozen or tight. When performing your brow lift, Dr. Gallegos will concentrate on removing loose skin. The remaining tissue and skin will be smoothed so your results don't lift your eyebrows too high or limit your facial expressions.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 3 weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
GIVE LIFT TO YOUR LOOK
Do not let your 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 board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Miguel Gallegos at his practice, Hermosa Plastic Surgery, in Albuquerque, NM. By raising your hanging brow, you can improve your whole appearance and seem more youthful and refreshed. He strives for results that look natural, and your forehead lift will have others saying you look younger instead of thinking you had plastic surgery.