An eyebrow lift or forehead lift is a way to smooth forehead wrinkles and reposition drooping eyebrows for an overall more youthful appearance. Depending on your particular aesthetic goals for the surgery, there are a number of different techniques that can be used. For this reason, a successful outcome is dependent on the skill of your plastic surgeon.
Dr. Dutton, director of the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago, is an expert in facial plastic surgery, having been Division Chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He is also double-board-certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has written numerous peer-reviewed articles in the field.
In some cases, a minimally invasive procedure called an “endoscopic browlift” can be performed. In other cases, Dr. Dutton advises a bicoronal, tricophytic, direct, or mid-forehead lift. His goal for all patients is to provide a safe surgery and natural-looking result.
Benefits of an Eyebrow Lift/Forehead Lift
- Horizontal forehead wrinkles
- Lines on the bridge of the nose
- Vertical frown lines between the eyebrows
- Sagging eyebrows
The Browlift/Forehead Lift Procedure
After a thorough examination, Dr. Dutton will devise a surgical plan that will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Depending on his determination, the incisions might be placed directly within the eyebrow, hidden in a forehead crease, or hidden in the scalp.
The endoscopic method involves making very small hidden incisions in the hairline and using an endoscope to delicately tunnel under the forehead and elevate the brow. If necessary, the tunnel can be made deeper into the cheek to elevate sagging tissues and highlight the cheekbone in what is called an “endoscopic mid-face lift.”
You may be under general anesthesia during your surgery or under a local anesthetic with sedation. During the surgery, any excess skin and tissue is removed, and the skin and muscles are tightened, the brows lifted, and the tissue sutured in the new placement for a younger look.
Eyebrow Lift/Forehead Lift Recovery
You can expect to need approximately 10-14 days for recovery. If any non-dissolvable sutures are used, they will be removed within a few days. Dr. Dutton will explain what you can expect after your surgery and will give you complete post-operative instructions, including when you can return to work and exercise.
There will be some mild swelling, tenderness, and bruising, but in most cases, it is not significantly noticeable. Bruising can be covered with makeup.
Don’t trust your eyebrow lift/forehead lift to anyone except an expert facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Dutton not only performs complex facial reconstructions, but he has taught facial plastic surgery techniques to other physicians. You can count on him for a safe, optimal result.