A browlift, also known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure that effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles and furrows on the forehead to produce a vibrant, younger-looking appearance for patients experiencing unwanted signs of aging.
This procedure is often combined with others, such as a facelift, mid-face lift, blepharoplasty or chemical peel, for optimal results. Your doctor will develop a custom treatment plan for you based on a thorough evaluation of your skin and goals for treatment.
During the endoscopic browlift procedure, several tiny incisions are made along the scalp, into which surgical instruments are inserted. The surgeon uses these instruments to lift the skin of the forehead and remove any excess fat, muscle or skin from the area. Dissolvable implants or sutures may be placed to keep the skin and muscle in place as the area heals, before the incision is stitched closed.
This procedure takes one to two hours to perform under local anesthesia with sedation, with patients able to return home the same day. Any sutures or staples can usually be removed after one to two weeks.
Recovery and Results
After a browlift, patients may experience mild discomfort, numbness and swelling, although these symptoms usually subside after a few days and can be managed with medication prescribed by your doctor. As compared to a traditional browlift procedure, patients will experience significantly less bruising, less scarring and shorter recovery times with the endoscopic procedure.
The results of the endoscopic browlift are noticeable right away, and will continue to improve as swelling and other symptoms subside. Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within one to two weeks, although physical activity should be avoided for longer. With realistic expectations, many of our patients are highly satisfied with the results of their procedure.
While a browlift is considered a safe procedure for most patients, there are certain risks associated with any type of surgery. Some of these risks may include infection, bleeding, loss of sensation, scarring or an inability to move the eyebrows or forehead. Your doctor will discuss these risks with you prior to treatment and provide you with specific instructions on how to reduce these risks and achieve successful results.