The brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the appearance of forehead lines and wrinkles as well as a drooping brow. The brow lift revitalizes the forehead area, restoring a more youthful appearance by smoothing wrinkles and elevating the eyebrows. The procedure may be performed on its own or in combination with other procedures such as a facelift or eyelid lift. Good candidates for the brow lift include healthy patients who are looking to improve the appearance of a drooping brow and/or forehead and frown lines. Dr. Kulak takes great care not to elevate the eyebrows too high to avoid the creation of unnatural appearing brows.
Dr. Kulak performs the brow lift at one of the INOVA system hospitals, which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital. The surgery usually taken an hour to complete and may be performed with MAC (monitored anesthesia care) or general anesthesia.
The brow lift is most often performed as an endoscopic procedure in which about four small incisions are made behind the hairline. It is occasionally necessary, primarily in male patients, to make a longer incision hidden inside of a deep forehead line or, for patients with high hairlines, to combine the endoscopic approach with a small incision along the hairline (pre-trichial). Once the incisions are made, the muscles above the eyes are incised, thus smoothing frown lines, and the brow is elevated. The incisions are then closed and a bandage may be applied to the forehead.
Bruising and swelling are common after the brow lift and will begin to fade within a week or so. Swelling can be reduced by keeping the head elevated as much as possible for the first few days. Discomfort tends to be minimal with the endoscopic approach, though pain medication can be prescribed if necessary. Bandages may be removed within a day or two, and the stitches or staples are usually removed within a week. Most patients can return to work in about a week, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for about two weeks.
Q – What is a brow lift?
The brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a plastic surgery procedure which smoothes forehead lines and wrinkles and elevates drooping eyebrows in order to revitalize the forehead area. The brow lift may be performed on its own or with other procedures like an eyelid lift or facelift.
Q – Is a brow lift right for me?
If you are healthy and looking to improve the appearance of a drooping brow and/or forehead and frown lines, you may be a good candidate for a brow lift.
Q – What does a consultation for a brow lift entail?
During a consultation for a brow lift, Dr. Kulak will perform a routine examination, take a thorough medical history and discuss your goals. All aspects of the brow lift procedure will be explained including the technique, the anesthesia, the facility, the recovery, the risks, the costs and so on.
Q – Where is the brow lift surgery performed?
Dr. Kulak performs brow lifts at INOVA system hospitals which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital.