One of the most apparent signs of aging is the overly heavy look your face can take on when the brow begins to move downward on the face. This is where a brow lift can make a big difference.
Brow and forehead lift
Many individuals seek out a brow lift (forehead lift) because their “resting face” makes them appear unfriendly, tired, sad, or angry. This is often due to a heavy brow, but a brow lift is designed to counteract the effect of gravity and tighten skin in the upper third of the face. This surgical procedure helps improve horizontal wrinkles and creases across the forehead by tightening muscles and removing excess skin, and helps elevate sagging upper eyelids and eyebrows.
What a brow lift can do
- Restores the natural position of the eyebrows
- Improves the appearance of droopy upper eyelids
- Lifts and tightens excess forehead skin
- Softens horizontal forehead lines
- Improves the appearance of crow’s feet
- Elevates and re-position the brow line
Dr. Bloom’s surgical techniques for a brow lift
Depending on a patient’s unique case, Dr. Bloom employs a variety of approaches to a forehead lift.
Incisions are usually placed on the scalp within the hairline above the forehead or at the temples, but the size, number, and placement of the incisions depends on the approach used.
The use of an endoscope allows for smaller incisions, but this option may not be appropriate for all patients. The technique Dr. Bloom may use will include a direct brow lift, an indirect brow lift, a temporal brow lift, or an endoscopic brow lift. The ideal method for your needs will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Bloom.
Recovery from a forehead lift requires icing for the first 48 hours, sleeping on your back with your head elevated for 5-7 days, and only light activity for the first week. Swelling will begin to subside after the fourth or fifth post-operative day, and bruising and numbness are common during this time. Any stitches will be removed approximately one week after surgery, and you can expect to be back to normal activities within two weeks.
It can take up to six months to see final brow lift results because it takes some time for the swelling to subside. Although surgery results are long-lasting, gravity and the aging process will continue to take their toll, so it’s important to be realistic about your results.
Candidates for a forehead lift
If you’re in the Bryn Mawr and Philadelphia area and you’re considering a brow lift, you may be an excellent candidate. Those who make great patients for a forehead lift are those who:
- Dislike their “permanent” sad, angry, or tired expression
- May be struggling with vision blocked by sagging eyelids
- Are non-smokers in overall good health
- Do not have uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, or bleeding, or blood clotting disorders
- Have realistic expectations for what a forehead lift can achieve
Why choose Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery for your brow lift?
Dr. Jason Bloom and his team at Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery offer a comprehensive facial rejuvenation experience, utilizing a combination of patient-specific injectable treatments, clinical skincare, and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to achieve the best results. We are a premier facial plastic surgery practice combining expert surgeons with an injectable expert nurse and a fantastic aesthetician team. Conveniently located in Bryn Mawr and nestled in the heart of the Main Line just outside of Philadelphia, our team at Bloom Facial Plastic Surgery takes care of each patient like they are one of our own. Our mission is to deliver the most advanced cosmetic and facial surgery techniques and technologies to all patients, coupled with the highest level of outcomes in a caring and safe atmosphere.