Gravity pulls down on all things, and as you age, it can do a number on your eyelids, your eyebrows, and your forehead. All of them start to sag, giving you a tired or scowling expression that can put people off, even if you’re gregarious by nature.
Fortunately, brow lift surgery gives you the option of countering gravity’s pull and makes you look and feel refreshed.
Here at Arizona Ocular & Facial Plastic Surgery, with offices in Scottsdale and Peoria, Arizona, Dr. Dustin Heringer understands how frustrating the aging process can be. He can perform a brow lift to counter some of your biggest concerns, by raising your brows, smoothing out wrinkled forehead skin on your forehead, and improving the appearance of the area around your eyes.
You can have a brow lift as a stand-alone procedure, or you can combine it with a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) to completely rejuvenate the upper portion of your face. No matter what your choice, Dr. Heringer takes an artistic, conservative approach to give you natural-looking results and minimal scarring.
The types of brow lifts
There are three basic types of brow lifts: classic, temporal, and endoscopic.
1. Classic (coronal) brow lift
The coronal lift was once the standard, but it’s fallen out of fashion as less-invasive techniques have become available. In some cases, though, it may be necessary to use this procedure to achieve the desired results.
Dr. Heringer makes a single, long incision just behind the hairline and from ear to ear. He removes excess skin, fat, and tissue and repositions the remaining skin and brow muscles to give you a more youthful appearance.
2. Temporal or limited-incision brow lift
This procedure is most commonly performed together with eyelid surgery. Dr. Heringer makes inch-long incisions just above each temple and behind the hairline, then lifts and repositions the outer brow area tissue through these incisions. Finally, working through the incisions for the upper eyelid procedure, he lifts the area between the eyebrows to smooth out frown lines.
3. Endoscopic brow lift
Now the go-to choice for brow lift surgery, the endoscopic technique is less invasive than the other two but still gives good results. Dr. Heringer makes several very small incisions (about ¾”-long each) just behind the hairline, which minimizes visible scars.
Then, using a miniature camera and very thin instruments, he repositions the muscles and lifts the underlying forehead tissue, removing excess tissue as required. The result is a natural-looking, youthful brow.
The brow lift surgery experience
Brow lifts are performed as an outpatient procedure, using either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation with local anesthesia. Because Dr. Heringer primarily uses the endoscopic technique, your brow lift surgery and your recovery time are relatively short.
Your incisions may be closed with a few sutures or staples, which are generally removed about one week after surgery.
You shouldn’t experience much pain after a brow lift, but it’s common to feel some discomfort and tightness in the forehead area. You’ll have some swelling and bruising, but they should start to diminish about 10 days after the procedure, and are typically gone at about two weeks.
What you’re left with is a beautiful brow that brightens your eyes and conveys warmth, youth, and alertness. It’s still you, just better.
If you’re unhappy with your sagging brows and a scowling look, a brow lift procedure might be just the thing for you. Contact Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery by calling one of our offices, or by scheduling a consultation online today.