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Brow Lift

The forehead has a lot of pressure to look good, but it can develop wrinkles even at an early age. It also is vulnerable to having excess skin and damage from the sun. Combine these and it can lead to an aged appearance quicker than in other areas. But with a brow lift in Meridian at the Leyngold Institute for Plastic Surgery, you can see a dramatic improvement in your forehead area.

What Is a Brow Lift?

A brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that modifies the position of the forehead skin and brow area. It can be done by repositioning the skin and adjusting the tissues in the area. The brows are lifted to a higher position and reshaped to create a natural and rejuvenated look. More rested and youthful appearance helps improve your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Patients also can see additional benefits by combining a brow lift with other cosmetic procedures that we offer such as blepharoplasty and face lift. When used together, these individual procedures can bring out enhanced and balanced results that build on one another.

What Are the Benefits of a Brow Lift?

A brow lift may provide a number of benefits, including:
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the forehead area
  • Lift and reshape sagging brows to a more youthful position and appearance
  • Improve the overall look of your face
  • Help you feel better about your appearance
  • Give you a refreshed and rejuvenated look
  • Improve peripheral vision
If you are interested in a brow lift in Meridian, or any of the other cosmetic procedures we offer, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and help you determine if this is the right procedure for you.

Brow Lift Surgery FAQ

Patients frequently seek correction of droopy eyelids not realizing that the eyebrow droop is causing part or majority of the issue. Since the eyebrow decent results in appearance of fullness and excess skin in the upper eyelids patients who need an eyebrow or forehead lift nearly always present requesting upper eyelid surgery. When they relax their eyebrows to their actual position extra fullness appears in the upper eyelids.
No. Patients who request upper eyelid surgery can be divided into three groups based on recommendations for forehead lift or eyebrow lift surgery. The first group does not have droopy eyebrows or forehead and does not need eyebrow or forehead lift.

The second group has mildly droopy eyebrows and would achieve a much better result from upper eyelid surgery if eyebrow or forehead lift surgery is done at the same time. In this group of patients an internal brow lift is often recommended.

The third group of patients have moderate to severe droopiness of the eyebrows. Close your eyes and put your fingers on your eyebrows. If your eyebrows fall below the boney orbital rim then you are in the third group. This group of patients will not get a good result from upper eyelid surgery unless something is done to elevate the eyebrow or forehead. If only upper eyelid surgery is done in this group of patients, it will lower the eyebrow while raising the upper eyelid. A low eyebrow with a high eyelid makes one look angry which is never a desirable outcome from facial surgery. In this group of patients, we typically recommend a forehead lift at the same time as eyelid surgery.
This is a method of lifting the eyebrows and reduce wrinkles in the forehead with the use of an endoscope. It is a small incision and rapid recovery procedure.
One set of incision sites is made behind the temporal hairline. Another set of incisions is made behind the central hairline. The incisions are half an inch long and are nearly invisible as they heal behind the hairline. This pattern of incisions is adjusted for men with male pattern baldness and the procedure can be performed on men with very little hair.
An endoscope is a surgical instrument that has a light source and a camera built into the same device. The instrument can be inserted through small incisions allowing surgery to be performed in a less invasive fashion. In addition to its use in cosmetic surgery, this device is utilized in sinus surgery and other functional procedures such as tear duct surgery and orbital decompression.
The attachments of the soft tissues to the bone are loosened with the use of an endoscope. The brows can then be lifted and fixed in a higher and more natural position.
The endoscopic forehead lift has high patient and surgeon acceptance because it allows surgery to be done with quicker recuperation and less chance of a visible scar.
Most patients undergoing endoscopic forehead lift surgery will simultaneously have eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery typically causes more bruising and swelling than forehead lift surgery, so the recovery is limited by the three weeks it typically takes for the eyelid bruising and swelling to resolve. The small skin staples in the incision sites behind the hair are removed about two weeks after surgery without pain. Patients may shampoo the hair the day after surgery but should not scrub adjacent to the incision sites. We ask that patients avoid hair coloring or other harsh chemicals in the hair for three weeks after surgery. Many patients who have forehead lift surgery will temporarily get numbness of the forehead. The numbness typically resolves over a course of several months.
No. Both Dr.Ilya and Mark Leyngold are experts in forehead lifting procedures and understand the need for natural eyebrow appearance. Forehead lift surgery aims to reposition the droopy eyebrows to their normal anatomical position as well as reshape the brows to create an aesthetically pleasing appearance. The goal of the surgery is to reverse the look of sadness, fatigue, concern, or anger that results from malpositioned eyebrows and forehead wrinkles.
This is a method of lifting the eyebrow using the same incision used to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids.
Tissue that holds the eyebrow down is released allowing the eyebrow to move upward. Sometimes stitches are used to support the eyebrow in the higher position.
No. To remove wrinkles in the forehead one must lift the forehead as well as the eyebrows.
In our experience insurance companies will pay for eyelid surgery when it impairs vision. Some insurance companies will pay for direct brow lift. A direct brow lift involves making an incision directly above the brow. While this is an effective procedure it can leave unacceptable scars. Therefore, a direct brow lift is not our preferred method for lifting the brows.
An internal brow lift can be performed through the same incision as the upper blepharoplasty surgery, so no additional incisions need to be made. It can be performed in the office setting while an endoscopic forehead lift surgery must be performed in a surgery center. The internal brow lift is less expensive.
An endoscopic forehead lift is a facelift of the upper portion of your face while an internal brow lift just elevates your eyebrows. An endoscopic forehead lift reduces forehead wrinkles, reshapes the brow to a more natural appearance, and provides a greater lift of the eyebrow in contrast to an internal brow lift. An endoscopic lift can also lift the crow’s feet area just adjacent to the outer corner of the eyelids. In contrast to an internal brow lift, endoscopic brow lift allows correction of the downward slanting eyebrows and asymmetrical eyebrows.
These are the muscles that create vertical wrinkles in the area between the eyebrows (glabella). Patients do not like these wrinkles as they can make one look concerned, intense, or angry.
These wrinkles can be reduced by weakening the corrugator muscles with either Botox or surgery. Botox requires repeat injections but no recuperation period. Surgery is typically only performed once but requires a period for recuperation.
The incision for upper blepharoplasty surgery is used to remove the corrugator muscles.
Most patients have upper eyelid surgery done at the same time. This results in bruising and swelling that typically resolves after three weeks. Patients may also get some numbness between the eyebrows, forehead, and scalp after this procedure, and this can take several months to resolve.
All medical procedures have some risk. You should discuss the risk of complications with your doctor prior to surgery so you can make an informed decision on how to proceed. Many patients select Leyngold Institute for Plastic Surgery for their procedure because they believe that the risk of complications with cosmetic and/or reconstructive plastic surgery may be less when the procedure is performed by very experienced surgeons with specialized training and expertise in plastic surgery of the eyelids and face.
Please do not hesitate to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding surgery with Dr. Ilya or Mark Leyngold.
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Is a Forehead Lift Right for Me?

Many patients can prove to be good candidates for a forehead lift and will see great improvements by choosing it. If you are bothered by any of the following forehead issues, you may be a candidate for brow lift surgery:
  • Excess fullness in the brow area
  • Deep furrows or wrinkles between the brows and across the forehead
  • Low or sagging brows
  • Hooding, fullness, and excess skin in the upper eyelids
During your consultation, the doctor will examine your forehead and brow area. He will also ask about your goals for surgery and go over the potential risks and side effects associated with brow lift surgery. In general, brow lift candidates should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations for what brow lift surgery can achieve.

Procedure Overview

Brow lift surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, which means you will be able to go home the same day as your surgery. A typical procedure usually takes one to two hours to complete, but this can vary based on your individual plan and if you want to combine other surgeries. The type of brow lift you have will determine how your surgeon accesses the brow and forehead tissues.
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What Is the Recovery Like for Brow Lift Surgery?

Most brow lift patients report manageable discomfort and swelling after surgery, and medication can help with this. Recovery times vary based on the type of brow lift you have, but are typically pretty short, with patients taking about 1 to 2 weeks off as downtime to recover. You may experience some bruising and swelling around your eyes, which should resolve significantly within two weeks.
You will need to keep your head elevated for the first few days and avoid activities that increase your blood pressure, such as bending over or lifting heavy objects. You should be able to return to work and other normal activities within a week or two once you have your surgeon’s approval.

When Can I See Results?

Most brow lift patients see some of their results right after surgery. But keep in mind that the swelling can interfere with how your results actually look. Typically, it can take several weeks for the swelling to dissipate completely and for your final results to become apparent. Once the swelling goes down, you will be able to fully enjoy your refreshed and rejuvenated look for years to come. By keeping up healthy habits and avoiding excess sun exposure and smoking you can keep your brow lift results looking their best for as long as possible.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

You can take the first step toward building your personalized brow lift and frown line reduction treatment plan today by scheduling your consultation by phone or through our online form. You will get to meet one-on-one with one of our experienced surgeons to discuss your goals and learn if plastic surgery is right for you. Contact us today to lock in your consultation and move toward giving your forehead a youthful boost.

by Lisa D
Dr. Ilya Leyngold was recommended to us by our trusted optometrist for eyelid blepharoplasty and eyebrow lift. Dr. Leyngold is an amazing doctor with convincing credentials, great technical skills, pleasing bedside manner and a great staff of assistants. He spent some time with us discussing alternative surgical procedures and showing us before and after photos. Just a week after surgery, my husband and I already look awake, refreshed, maybe a few years younger. It is exactly what we wanted.

Before and After Photos

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3 months before and after upper blepharoplasty and endoscopic brow lift.
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