How long has it been around? When did they start this procedure?
With a history that can be traced back to 1910 and the celebrated german surgeon Erich Lexer, the brow lift is a popular procedure all around the world. Helping patients to achieve a youthful demeanor, the brow lift has gone through many iterations, evolving along with societal beauty standards.
Until the 1990s, the gold standard for brow lift surgery was the coronal approach. This involved making an incision at the top of the head which allowed the brow to simply be lifted up. However, common issues included numbness in the skin, a loss of hair, and an elevation of the hairline.
Today, the endoscopic brow lift is the most common technique used by brow lift plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills. The procedure involves making small incisions that are used to pass an endoscope into the space between the skull and the scalp.
Using precise instruments, the brow is elevated and a fixation device is placed to secure it to the skull. This results in a natural brow elevation, both vertically and laterally.
Continue reading to learn more about brow lift surgery in Beverly Hills or contact Soma Plastics today to schedule a consultation.
What is Brow Lift Plastic Surgery?
Our Beverly Hills brow lift surgeons offer three kinds of brow lift procedures. These include:
- Endoscopic brow lift
- Hairline brow lift
- Coronal brow lift
The first method uses an endoscope (a thin tube with a camera attached) and several special instruments inserted through narrow incisions within the hairline. This method allows the tissue and muscle beneath the skin to be adjusted, eliminating creases and furrows in the forehead.
The endoscopic brow lift involves making a series of incisions behind the hairline. Using these incisions, the surgeon can insert the endoscope and view the tissue and muscles beneath the skin. Inserting another instrument through one of the other incisions, the surgeon can then lift the forehead tissue and anchor it in place with sutures or small screws.
The hairline brow lift is another approach for women with high foreheads. For this procedure, surgeons make an incision at the anterior hairline. This allows the brow to be lifted without altering the height of the front hairline. This procedure can, however, lead to a more prominent scar.
For the hairline brow lift, the incision is made between the top of the forehead and the beginning of the hairline. A small amount of skin and tissue is removed from the top of the forehead, avoiding the risk of a high hairline being pulled even further back.
Who is Brow Lift Surgery For?
Given that age is the primary cause of a brow moving down, as skin and soft tissues lose elasticity over time, many people who choose a brow lift procedure are older.
A lower brow can also result in a tired, angry, or sad appearance, while a brow lift can provide a refreshed and more pleasing appearance. This makes the procedure ideal for anyone with a low brow which is contributing to sagging eyelids.
It is important to note, however, that a brow lift does not treat forehead wrinkles or crow’s feet wrinkles. Those issues are combated by injectables or peels.
What are the advantages of brow lift surgery in Beverly Hills?
The goal of a brow lift (or forehead lift) is to correct sagging skin on the forehead and around the upper eyelids. Beyond the cosmetic advantages, brow lift surgery can also ease tension in the forehead muscles and alleviate drooping eyelids.
By raising the soft tissue and skin of the forehead and brow, the procedure can lead to a much more youthful facial aesthetic. This can help you to look more friendly and approachable if a creased forehead or a sagging brow line has given the impression of a tired or angry appearance.
Beyond eliminating the appearance of tiredness, smoothing away brow lines leads to a much happier countenance which better matches how you feel on the inside, regardless of age.
This is also a procedure that can be custom-tailored to meet the needs of each patient. This leads to more seamless, natural results. Regardless of the procedure, whether it be endoscopic or a full lift procedure, your brow lift will be designed to help you meet your own specific aesthetic goals.
The telltale signs of aging can be smoothed out by a brow lift, with both vertical frown lines and horizontal lines across the brow disappearing post-surgery, resulting in a happy, youthful, vibrant appearance.
Are there non-surgical treatments?
Radiofrequency has been used for a long time — usually for facial wrinkles and skin rejuvenation, but our study demonstrated an innovative new nonsurgical, no-downtime, radiofrequency procedure for nonsurgical brow lifts.
How is our Beverly Hills brow lift procedure performed?
Before the surgery, your surgeon will suggest either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia to ensure complete comfort during the procedure. Typically, for the endoscopic brow lift, a light general anesthetic is recommended.
An endoscopic brow lift takes approximately 45 minutes to perform, while a temporal lift takes around 25 minutes. This timeframe is for the actual procedure, not including the preparation time (which can take several hours in total).
From here, the recovery time begins. Recovery of the initial wound typically takes ten to fourteen days, but full and complete recovery can take several months.
What is involved in the recovery and aftercare?
Initial wound healing may take 10 to 14 days. Sutures or clips will be removed when it is appropriate. You should be ready to return to work and normal activity after 10-14 days. Cosmetics can help camouflage any bruising, Incision lines will fade over time the use of makeup can help to conceal any prolonged bruising. Even though you will look presentable to the public, you will find that the healing will continue for several weeks, as the swelling dissipates and incision lines to refine and fade.
It may take several months for your complete recovery. After a brow lift, your forehead might be loosely wrapped to minimize swelling. A small tube might be placed along the incision site to drain any excess blood or fluid. Following your physician’s instructions is essential to the success of your surgery. It’s important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself. Ask your doctor when it’s OK to resume daily activities, such as washing and drying your hair and bathing. Keep in mind that swelling might last several weeks. Sutures typically will be removed within seven to 10 days of surgery.
How long does it take?
Endoscopic brow lift when done typically takes about 45 minutes. The temporal lift takes about 25 minutes. This time is the actual time of the surgery by the time the patient gets in and is prepared for the procedure might take a few hours.
What are the complications?
While it is impossible to be all-inclusive here, some of the potential risks are bruising and swelling that lasts longer than expected, scars that heal poorly, numbness of the forehead, or paralysis of the forehead.
The numbness of the forehead is not uncommon in the short term. This typically recovers, in most cases within 1 year. Residual deficits after one year are much less common but can occur. Paralysis of the eyebrow occurs in about 1% of patients. The facial nerve is closely associated with the tissues dissected in brow lift surgery. Even in the most expert hands, this nerve can be injured, resulting in difficulty moving a portion of the face. In these cases, the nerve usually recovers within one year. After a brow lift, contact your doctor immediately if you have:Shortness of breath,Chest pain, Irregular heartbeats.
What can you do to speed up recovery?
Rest, elevation, and icing and apply cold compresses to relieve swelling and bruising are all important in any facial surgery of any type.Rest with your head elevated and take pain medication as recommended by your doctor. Avoid exposing your incisions to excessive pressure or motion As your incisions heal, you might experience itching and numbness, which will likely lessen over time. If your incisions are covered in bandages, your doctor will likely remove them in one to three days.
Do you need to rest up afterwards and for how many days?
Initial wound healing may take 10 to 14 days. Even though you will look presentable to the public, you will find that the healing will continue for several weeks, as the swelling dissipates and incision lines to refine and fade. It may take several months for your complete recovery.