A brow lift takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending upon the length of the required incision, degree of brow laxity, and height of the forehead.
You will leave the office with a bulky bandage wrapped around your head that can be removed in a few days.
Postoperative pain is mild to moderate, and the typical patient will require narcotic pain medication for 2 to 3 days. Most people take 1 to 2 weeks off from work. This is more from a "social downtime" perspective rather than a pain level, as there can be residual bruising and swelling around the eyes for several weeks after the pain subsides. The brow position will often be slightly over-elevated at first. The position will settle over time as swelling subsides and the facial soft tissues relax.
Scars start as fine, pink lines that will fade over 12 to 18 months. They can be covered with makeup as early as 2 weeks after surgery. In most cases they are barely perceptible once healed.
Mini Brow Lift
A brow lift in Denver, Colorado, is intended to lift and reshape the eyebrow and skin of the upper eyelid and improve hooding at the corner of the eye. There are several different types of brow lift. Some utilize a small scope to elevate the tissues of the forehead, while others are performed with incisions of varying sizes placed at the top of the head or at the hairline.
At the Center for Cosmetic Surgery, Drs. Vath and Wolfe rely most frequently upon a "mini brow lift" with a hairline incision. The skin is elevated up off of the forehead muscles, the skin is elevated in a superior and lateral position, and the excess skin is removed. There is a direct elevation of the eyebrow and surrounding soft tissue. This technique is predictable, straightforward, and doesn't distort the hairline or place large scars at the top of the scalp. Click here to learn more about brow lifts on our Denver mini facelift site.
Dr. Wolfe and Dr. Vath can provide you with honest, reliable information to your questions about brow lift surgery. To schedule a free personal consultation, simply call 720.279.1926 or request your free consultationyour free consultation online.
Keys to Choosing Your Mini Brow Lift Surgeon
- Review many impressive before and after photos...
- Find a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery...
- Seek a surgeon who upholds the proper credentials...
- Ask if the surgeon uses only an accredited, state-of-the-art surgical facility...
- Decide, if upon meeting the surgeon, you make a connection...
There are two important reasons to spend time reviewing before-and-after pictures when considering plastic surgery. The first is to determine what procedure, if any, actually serves to improve your undesired appearance. The second is to distinguish which surgeon performs the best work.
There are many procedures discussed on the web and touted by the cosmetic surgery community and media as aesthetic dream-makers. Often, however, they are not. Be skeptical and use before-and-after pictures to determine which procedures will actually address your concerns. If an operation works well, there will be thousands of pictures demonstrating its success. If it's hard to find good before-and-after pictures of a procedure used for the problem you're trying to address, then it probably doesn't exist. Remember to be honest with yourself about your appearance when evaluating web pictures. The mirror lies. We recommend that you take pictures of yourself and set them in front of your computer while you do your research. Make sure that the "befores" look like you and then determine what procedures work. Just because the media or some web site states that fat injection to the buttocks will lift the butt, that doesn't make it so.
Second, once you've identified the best operation for you, it's easy to determine which surgeons achieve the most natural and attractive results. All people are hard-wired to appreciate natural attractiveness. Fortunately, it's easy for you to identify who can meet your highest expectations simply by reviewing before-and-after photo galleries.
Find a surgeon who specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery and performs numerous brow lift procedures per month.
Seek a surgeon who upholds the proper credentials including certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).
Ask if the surgeon uses only an accredited, state-of-the-art surgical facility. Your brow lift procedure will be performed in our AAAHC-certified Apex Surgical Facility in Golden, Colorado. Based on the latest recommendations from the Anesthesia Patient Safety Council, we prefer to use general anesthesia for our brow lift procedures. General anesthesia minimizes the risk of airway problems, ensures a comfortable experience for the patient and surgeon, and makes for an efficient procedure. At Apex, we use only board certified anesthesiologists and a staff of nurses who specialize in caring for aesthetic patients. After your brow lift procedure is complete, you will leave the facility by way of a private exit out of sight of other patients.
Decide, if upon meeting the surgeon, you make a connection with him or her and all of your questions are respectfully and sensibly answered.
Important Truths about Your Mini Brow Lift
- Eyebrow shape is more important than position and a youthful brow is not necessarily a high brow...
- Brow lifts are not a substitute for eyelid surgery, and vice-versa...
- Brow lifts do not remove all the wrinkles from the forehead...
Favorable brow aesthetics depend on a number of variables, with ethnicity, gender, and overall facial shape being among the most important. An eyebrow that looks ideal on one person may be quite out of place on another. There are several general guidelines, however.
- The medial portion of the eyebrow should be at or below the orbital rim.
- The tail of the brow should be higher than the medial brow.
- The peak of the brow should sit 2/3 of the way out along the eyebrow
When these ideals are met, the eyebrow usually looks good, even if the position is a bit low. Indeed, a quick look at the cover photos of any fashion magazine will illustrate this point. Most cover girls have relatively low, lush, well-shaped eyebrows, and this should be our surgical goal. Over-elevated eyebrows, either from surgery or Botox/Dysport, are an "across-the-room" give-away that someone has had too much work.
A host of factors contribute to aging of the brow and upper eyelid. Soft tissue relaxation, loss of subcutaneous fat, enlargement of the bony orbit, and a decrease in the elasticity of skin all contribute. In some cases, the position of the shape and the brow are significantly compromised yet the eyelid remains well preserved. These patients require a brow lift only. Conversely, the brow may be fine, with the lid being more responsible for the visual appearance of aging. A blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) may be completely corrective for these patients. Finally, the entire area may benefit from a combination of brow lift and upper blepharoplasty.
Brow lifts raise and reshape the brow and lateral eyelid. They typically do not affect the underlying musculature, and so do not remove all of the wrinkles in the forehead. In cases where wrinkles and creases are due to muscle activity, a toxin like Botox or Dysport can work wonders to smooth out the area of concern. Alternatively, if the wrinkles are fixed and due to a loss of skin quality and elasticity, some sort of resurfacing or collagen induction with a laser, chemical peel, or Derma rolling may be indicated.
Understanding Your Mini Brow Lift
A mini brow lift uses a hairline incision which does not distort the hairline or place large scars at the top of the scalp. Click here to understand more about the mini brow lift procedure.