With aging we develop horizontal wrinkles in our forehead vertical lines between our eyes. In addition, the position of our eyebrows drops and causes hooding of the eyes due to excess skin. All of these changes can give an angry and tired appearance to the face. The goal of a forehead or brow lift should be to correct these changes giving a natural-appearing result. Over correction of the brow position can give an unnatural, startled appearance and must be avoided.
A brow lift involves making five tiny incisions behind the hairline. An endoscopic, or minimal-incision brow lift, utilizes a slender endoscope, minimizing the size of the incision as well as the resulting scar. For patients with high hairlines, an incision can be made just at the hairline, maintaining the hairline position while providing all the cosmetic benefits of the brow lift. This is known as a tricophytic brow lift.
You will experience a certain amount of swelling and possibly bruising in the 10-day period following a brow lift. The staples or sutures will be removed at your one week post-operative appointment. As the incisions heal, you may experience some numbness and itching, both of which will diminish with time. Most patients are allowed to return to normal activities after one week; however, there may be further restrictions on strenuous activity for up to one month.