Eyebrow and Forehead Lifts

Eyebrow and Forehead Lifts in Chicago

Age might just be a number, but it can certainly have an impact on your appearance. Like everywhere else on your body, skin laxity and diminished facial volume can lead to the development of facial wrinkles – causing men and women to look older than they are. The unwanted lines that can appear on a person’s forehead combined with sagging eyebrows can be a particularly sore point for individuals who still have years ahead of them. Rather than settling for life with these signs of getting older, consider rejuvenating your appearance with browplasty – brow or forehead lifts.

Dr. Dutton of the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago is an expert in this form of facial surgery. Call 630-574-8222 today to schedule your consultation.

The Cause of Forehead Wrinkles

To understand how brow and forehead lifts can improve your overall appearance, it’s important to understand what causes these characteristic signs of aging in the first place. Like wrinkles that appear elsewhere on your body, the development of creases and sagging skin above your eyes can be traced back to changing collagen production.

Collagen is an important building block of your body. The protein supports healthy muscle growth and is responsible for giving skin its elasticity and supports skin cell recovery. When we’re young, our body’s produce collagen at a high rate. This is what creates youthful looking facial volume and smooth skin. However, collagen production begins to slow as we get older and allowing damage caused by the sun and other external factors to have a greater impact on skin cells. At the same time, facial fat begins to diminish, causing our faces begin losing their youthful volume and start to appear to thinner. This combination of factors ultimately causes skin to lose elasticity and become more lax, creating the sagging eyebrows and forehead wrinkles we’ve come to associate with the aging process.

When it comes to treating these symptoms, patients have several options. However, only one offers long-term results – brow and forehead lift.

What is a browplasty?

Sometimes known as an eyebrow lift or forehead lift, browplasty 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.

Who is a Candidate for Browplasty?

One of the advantages of brow and forehead lift is that the procedure can be used to discreetly address nearly all wrinkles and sagging around the eyebrows and forehead. In particular, brow lift / forehead lift have been shown to improve:

  • Horizontal forehead wrinkles
  • Lines on the bridge of the nose
  • Vertical frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Sagging eyebrows

Some patients opt to have cosmetic eyelid surgery or a chin implant at the same time as a browlift/forehead lift.

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.

Recovery After Eyebrow or Forehead Lift

Like any other form of plastic surgery, patients considering this type of facial lift can expect to spend up to two weeks recovering from their procedure. During the first days after treatment, we recommend patients stay home and take it easy, keeping their head elevated and avoiding activities that require lowering their head. If any non-dissolvable sutures are used, patients will return to our Chicago plastic surgeon for removal several days after surgery.

Patients can expect to experience some mild swelling, tenderness and bruising during the first weeks following surgery. However, it is not significantly noticeable and subsides within a few weeks following the procedure. Any persistent bruising can be covered with makeup after.

Every patient will have a different surgical and recovery experience. During your consultations and pre-operative visits, 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. This attention to detail and personal care has cemented Dr. Dutton’s expertise as one of the region’s leading expert facial plastic surgeons. 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.

Learn More at the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago

Eyebrow lifts & forehead lifts are sought out by both men and women to improve their overall appearance and self-confidence. Discover how the procedure can transform your appearance – call the Rhinoplasty Institute of Chicago at 630-574-8222 and contact our Chicago plastic surgeon today for a consultation. Together, we’ll build the best treatment strategy for you!

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