Brow Lift Surgery in Dallas, Texas
The position of the brow (the actual eyebrow and surrounding loose skin) has an ideal anatomical relationship with the upper eyelid, the bony orbital rim, and the hairline. In your youth, the brow rests above the orbital rim and, ideally, arcs upwards. In addition, the forehead is short and the skin of the forehead is smooth.
Typically with aging and exposure to the sun, the brow sags downward and descends toward the upper eyelid, making the eyes look hooded and heavy. This descent makes the forehead appear longer or taller. Additionally, efforts to raise a heavy brow with our facial muscles causes deep horizontal wrinkles in the forehead.
Patients generally seek improvement for the tired and heavy appearance of their eyes and face, and the brow often is a significant component of the problem. BOTOX® Cosmetic can provide a short term, limited solution for mild to moderate brow laxity (brow ptosis), but for more significant brow laxity, a brow lift can provide a more balanced solution with a much longer-lasting effect. A brow lift, or forehead lift, can reduce wrinkles, improve frown lines, and reposition the eyebrows to restore a natural and youthful appearance.
What Can Brow Lift Surgery Achieve?
Reduced Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Wrinkles and fine lines develop in all of us as we age. Deep wrinkles can become fixated on the forehead, between the brows, around your eyes, and on your upper nose. A brow lift can diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by elevating excess skin and tightening underlying tissue.
Rejuvenated Facial Structure
Your eyebrows play a central role in communicating facial expressions and emotions. When they begin to sag, the resulting position can produce an expression of tiredness or even sadness. A brow lift by Dr. Wlliam Carpenter in Dallas can elevate the brow to a normal position, restoring a youthful expression while reducing forehead frown lines.
Less Facial Laxity
Excess skin laxity around the eyes can cause the brows to sag and place excess pressure on your eyelids. A brow lift reduces tissue laxity around and above the eyes by raising the eyebrows back to their natural elevation. This will significantly improve your appearance by restoring the natural resting position of the eyebrow and tightening the skin above the eye.
What Will My Brow Lift Procedure Include?
Consultation and Anesthesia
A thorough consultation with Dr. Carpenter involves reviewing the entire face, neck, and eyes. This is done through an informative, interactive experience in a relaxed and unhurried manner. The evaluation will reveal the cause and effect of facial disharmony, and a thoughtful comprehensive surgical plan is developed.
Brow lift surgery is typically performed under twilight anesthesia or general anesthesia to minimize discomfort during and immediately after the procedure. Dr. Carpenter will explain both anesthesia options during your consultation.
The brow lift procedure that is performed is determined by the anatomy which needs correction. The surgical goal is to maximize the beneficial effect while minimizing scars. The exact procedure is chosen based on the degree of brow descent, the height of the forehead and hairline position, and thickness of the hair, particularly in the temple area.
The most commonly used techniques include:
Open Anterior Hairline Approach
This procedure is chosen in patients that need a significant brow lift but who also have a long or tall forehead with a high hairline. The result is an elevated brow and a shorter, more youthful forehead position. The resulting scar is fine and discreetly hidden within the hairline.
Open Coronal Approach
This procedure is chosen in patients that need a significant brow lift but who already have a shorter forehead and low hairline. The resulting scar is fine and discreetly hidden within the hair.
Endoscopic or Endoscopic-Assisted Approach
This procedure is chosen in patients with more moderate brow laxity who don’t require the removal of additional skin or tissue, and may have thinner hair patterns. Generally, the lift is stabilized using a tiny screw that provides a point of fixation. Scarring is minimized with this approach.
Brow lift procedures are very commonly combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures. The combination allows for a more comprehensive correction to achieve a more balanced and unified result.
Depending on the combination of facial procedures being performed and the techniques used, your recovery period can range from a few days to a few weeks. Functional recovery typically is within five to seven days, and the recovery period required to feel socially comfortable is within 10 to 20 days, depending on the exact procedure and the individual patient’s healing and recovery characteristics.
Brow lift procedures are designed to minimize scarring while providing maximum effect.
The cost for brow lift surgery will vary depending on the technique chosen, the complexity of the procedure, and the determination of additional procedures performed in conjunction with the brow lift. Costs are determined during the consultation after the surgical plan is established with Dr. Carpenter.
Brow lift surgery is performed under anesthesia. Pain medication is typically prescribed for post-op discomfort.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may be the right candidate for brow lift surgery if you have sagging brows, hooded eyelids, wrinkles, and fine lines along the forehead and between the eyebrows.
The results of your brow lift surgery will put your face back in balance with a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. Wrinkles and fine lines will be reduced.
After the healing is complete, the results from your brow lift should be long lasting. You can prolong the results of your brow lift by practicing good skin care habits and wearing sunscreen to avoid sun damage.
Brow lift surgery is performed either in-patient or out-patient and under general anesthesia or twilight anesthesia.