About Brow Lift Surgery
Brow lift surgery, sometimes known as a browplasty or forehead lift, is a popular aesthetic procedure that helps create a lifted brow appearance, which offers a refreshed look to the top area of the face. A sagging brow can frequently create a tired or angry look. A browplasty surgically corrects a sagging brow to give patients a rejuvenated overall appearance. Dr. Phi P. Nguyen is a Houston, TX plastic surgeon who has performed browplasty on both women and men to create a younger appearance. While brow lift surgery focuses on the brow itself, it may also have an improvement on the upper eyelid, Crow’s feet, and sections of the forehead. Injectable wrinkle relaxers and fillers are commonly used along with a forehead lift at MIA Plastic Surgery for best results, creating a softer and smoother look.
As we grow older, skin laxity diminishes and causes several portions of the face to droop. This is especially important in the upper face region and commonly affects women and men. When looking at yourself in the mirror, do you think you look tired or angry, or notice frown lines between the brows, or are bothered by a drooping brow? A surgical brow lift at MIA Plastic Surgery may be the right cosmetic treatment for your goals.
Plan Your Procedure
Prior to surgery, anesthesia will be used. This can be done through general anesthesia or IV sedation depending on the complexity of the surgery. The incision technique used during a brow lift is determined based on the severity of sag, whether or not the forehead is affected, and the position of the hairline. There are many approaches to consider:
Also known as the open browplasty incision, this places the incision at the top of the head behind the hairline. The open incision not only conceals scarring, it provides a certain degree of controlled lifting during the procedure. The open incision works well for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines. This is the ideal incision if you are at risk for having a receding hairline.
This incision is placed right along the hairline. A trichophytic incision allows significant lifting of the brow for patients who have a strong hairline with little risk for recession.
Lateral Brow Lift
Also known as a temporal brow lift, this technique starts the incision within the hairline just above the temples. A temporal incision allows the outer sections of the brow to be treated and is best for sagging that is present in the outer brows. A temporal brow lift also helps to treat Crow’s feet.
Endoscopic Forehead Lift
This is one of the more modern techniques used in browplasty surgery. It places several tiny incisions in the hairline and inserts the endoscope tool, which is pushed down to the area of the eyebrow to release its attachments. Through the camera of the endoscope, the brow tissue is suspended using stitches to keep the brow in its higher position.
What to Expect
Recovery following brow lift surgery varies in each patient, with the majority of post-operative discomfort and swelling reported with the open method versus the endoscopic or temporal techniques. Overall, there will be slight bruising and swelling in the upper face near the brows and possibly around the eyes. Cold compresses may help to reduce the swelling and Dr. Phi P. Nguyen advises patients sleep upright for at least 3 nights following their surgery. It is important to avoid any movement or activities that may place stress on the face. The average recovery time from this procedure is about 2 – 3 weeks. The outcome can usually be seen immediately, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance that looks softer, more alert, and with a noticeable reduction in fine lines and sagging in the upper portion of the face.
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Don't let your sagging brow to make people think you're mad, sad, tired, or angry — schedule a consultation to learn more about a brow lift with plastic surgeon Dr. Phi P. Nguyen at MIA Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. By correcting your sagging brow, you can revitalize your complete appearance, making you look younger and more refreshed. Dr. Phi P. Nguyen strives for natural-looking results; your browplasty will leave your friends and family asking if you got a haircut or new outfit, not knowing that you had cosmetic surgery.