Your eyes and smile tell people a lot about your personality and your overall emotional state. But even when you have a beautiful smile and sparkling eyes, people may see you as tired, angry, and unfriendly. The reason for this may be that your eyebrows are sagging and drooping over your eyes and the lines on your forehead make you look like you have a permanent scowl.
A Brow Lift improves your facial expression and addresses many of the most common signs of aging that appear on your forehead and around your eyes. During this procedure, the muscles responsible for the frown lines between the eyes are weakened. A Brow Lift also lifts your eyebrows so that your eyes appear much larger and you look more friendly, open, and energetic. The most important factor when considering a Brow Lift is to ensure that you have realistic expectations of your Brow Lift procedure. Atlanta’s facial plastic surgery specialist, Dr. Maloney discusses your cosmetic goals to determine if a Brow Lift is the most appropriate procedure for you. He may recommend other procedures in conjunction with a Brow Lift to give you the best possible results.
About the Procedure
Anesthesia is required for the Brow Lift procedure. Dr. Brian Maloney may recommend intravenous (general anesthesia). The specific technique that is used depends on the extent of correction that is needed. Dr. Maloney will provide you with specific instructions for your Brow Lift surgery. The instructions let you know what you need to do the evening before and morning of your Brow Lift surgery. You also receive information about general anesthesia, as well as instructions for your post-surgical care. Dr. Maloney recommends that you have someone bring you to the facility the morning of the surgery. Someone also needs to be available to take you home and stay with you for a few days after your surgery.
The initial healing for Brow Lift surgery takes about five to ten days, after which you may resume your normal activities. Some bruising may be present, but cosmetics can be effective in hiding the remaining bruising. A few weeks after your Brow Lift, the swelling will be greatly reduced, and you will begin to see the results of your Brow Lift. Complete healing typically takes a few months. The Brow Lift procedure from Dr. Maloney generally gives you a more youthful appearance for many years. You should use sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage, which can cause new lines and wrinkles to develop in the treatment area.
Types of Brow Lifts
Cosmetics and other beauty products work well to create a youthful appearance but can only do so much when making a person look rejuvenated and rested. An increasing amount of people are opting for surgical Brow Lifts, which work to tighten the skin, reduce wrinkles, and make eyes appear larger, shedding years off of the face. For each candidate, there are many different types of Brow Lifts to consider when determining where the incision should be made, as well as the type of look it will create. It mainly depends on the hairline of each individual and the type of look they want to obtain.
- Coronal Lift: Also known as an open Brow Lift, this type of Brow Lift is the most common type with a single continuous incision made behind the brow line from the ear, which can lift the hairline a bit. This is typically the most ideal type of lift for women with a smaller forehead.
- Endoscopic Lift: This type of lift is more advanced with a small camera inserted into one of the incisions for the surgeon to view the inside tissue with ease. Incisions are made above the hairline for an advanced way to lift the brows without cutting the skin from ear to ear. It not only creates more natural looking results, but includes a faster healing time.
- Temporal Lift: Temporal Brow Lifts, also known as Lateral Brow Lifts, differ as they’re a more minimal procedure that specifically works to improve the outer one-third portion of the eyebrows for a more gentle treatment that enlarges the eyes. Local anesthesia is used for this type of Lift, often done with an endoscopic Lift for an improved look with less down time. Small incisions are made with a lower amount of risk involved.
- Trichophytic Lift: Most ideal for patients with higher hairlines, this lift involves an incision that is only four centimeters long with anesthesia during the cosmetic procedure. In this case, the hairline does not move, but rather skin is removed to elevate the eyebrows with an incision discreetly made in the hairline. Not only will Trichophytic Lifts reduce wrinkles on the forehead, but it also easily lifts the eyebrows.
Brow Lift FAQs
When will I be able to return to work after undergoing a brow lift? After your browlift procedure at Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, most patients will return to work in a week.
When will I be able to exercise after my brow lift? The brows are a difficult feature to keep up. There are seven muscles plus gravity pulling the brows down, and only one that raises the brow. Because of this, patients are cautioned to avoid strenuous activity for six weeks. Gentle walking and light activity are okay after the first week.
Are there risks or complications with the brow lift? The biggest potential is for the brow to come down. Besides the anatomy of the forehead favoring pulling down, if someone is a forceful sleeper, rubbing their face and forehead on their pillow at night can cause the brow to settle. Patients may experience temporary numbness for a few weeks to a few months.
Does insurance cover the brow lift procedure? Insurance does not generally play a role with brow lifting.
At what age can a brow lift be performed? Some people are born with low eyebrows. Most of us, however, will notice that our eyebrows will settle as we age and gravity takes charge. For these reasons, browlifting is performed on all ages of patients.
When will I be able to see the results? Results after a browlift procedure are visible immediately after the procedure. Dr Maloney prefers a natural look and not an overly elevated look on his Georgia patients.
Are the results permanent? No cosmetic procedure is permanent. Most patients will benefit from this procedure for years. Dr Maloney focuses on securing the brow to its new level at several points, thus hoping to achieve a long lasting result.
Additional Face & Neck Procedures
People from all over the greater Atlanta, Georgia area look to Dr. Maloney to help them achieve optimal health and enhanced aesthetics. The staff of the Maloney Center is well trained in the latest cosmetic surgery techniques. They strive to make sure each patient has a comfortable experience and that their individual needs are met.