BENEFITS OF BROW LIFT SURGERY
Loss of skin elasticity and the appearance of static lines are an inevitable sign of aging - often displaying themselves right across your forehead. Plus at least 50 percent of the apparent problem with the upper eyelids is due to brow sag, also known as brow ptosis. Permanent brow furrows and lines across the upper part of the nose in conjunction with sagging skin around the eyes often result in men and women looking sad, mad or tired.
Fortunately, advances in cosmetic surgery allow for several solutions to this problem. For fine lines on the forehead or a slight lift of the brow, products like Botox can make a significant impact allowing you to revive your youthful appearance. However, Botox cannot repair sagging skin. For deep lines and sagging skin, a forehead lift is the only way to permanently rejuvenate your look.
BROW LIFT / FOREHEAD LIFT
The terms forehead lift and brow lift are often used interchangeable because they are in fact the same procedure. A brow/forehead lift is a surgical procedure that can be performed as an outpatient procedure either under local or general anesthesia.
By surgically lifting and tightening the skin & muscle, a brow lift:
Eliminates brow furrows (known as the 1’s)
Releases wrinkles between the eyes above the nose
Smoothes the fine lines and deeps lines across the forehead
Lifts the brow for a more youthful appearance, enhancing the appearance of the eyes
One of the biggest concerns amongst patients interested in a brow lift or forehead lift is surgery resulting in a “surprised look”. When skillfully performed by Dr. Smiley, your surgery will result in a smooth forehead and a nicely refined appearance of the eyelid and orbital skin. Facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a brow lift, are intended to enhance your appearance- making you look more youthful and rested rather than changing what you look like.
BEFORE YOUR BROW LIFT
In addition to all of the standard precautions that you must take prior to surgery, including no smoking, caffeine, Tylenol or any type of blood thinners, you will also be required to visit your eye doctor to be sure that you do not have any underlying silent eye diseases like glaucoma, which can be aggravated by the surgery. Dr. Smiley will provide you with a complete list prior to your procedure.
BROW & FOREHEAD LIFT TECHNIQUES
Medical advances have allowed surgeons to specialize is several different techniques for brow lift procedures. Depending on the amount of excess skin present and the result your aim to achieve, Dr. Smiley will recommend the ideal brow lift technique for you. He will discuss your options with you in great detail during your complimentary consultation.
Endotine Forehead Lift (Minimally Invasive)
Endotines are low profile soft tissue fixation devices utilizing Multi-Point technology to securely hold lifted muscle and tissue in place. They are 60% smaller than standard fixation devices and their ultra thin design allow for less visibility, less sensitivity and absorption. This technique is favorable among patients and surgeons alike because it is minimally invasive, requires little down time and allows for simple readjustments if necessary.
To perform an endotine forehead lift, small incisions are made and the endotines are carefully positioned and fixated to achieve the desired result. This requires no metal screws or sutures which can cause wound irritation or pinched hair follicles causing hair loss. Forehead endotines are bioabsorbable, so no additional surgery will be required to remove the soft tissue fixation device.
Endoscopic Brow Lift (Minimally Invasive)
The term endoscopic refers to a technique where tiny cameras are used to view inside the body. An endoscopic brow lift uses these tools to create a desirable result by leaving as little scars as possible. Several small incisions are made along the top of hairline, skin and tissue are then tightened internally using small precise surgical tools. Excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed using either removable or absorbable sutures.
Coronal Brow Lift
The principles of all brow lifts are similar in that the tissue and skin on the forehead is lifted and muscles are tightened to give you a smoother more rejuvenated, well rested appearance. The coronal brow lift is more invasive than that of an endotine or endoscopic forehead lift, but may be necessary to achieve the result you desire. An incision is made across the top of the head from ear to ear (as pictured to the right). The skin on the scalp is then lifted and muscles are tightened before suturing the incision closed. In some cases clips will be used to hold everything in place and are typically removed after about a week.
Subcutaneous Forehead Lift