Brow Lift in Atlanta, GA
The eyes are one of the first areas of the face to show their age, but, unbeknownst to many, the eyebrows can influence an aged appearance just as much, if not more, than the eyes themselves. Like other parts of the face, the eyebrows can lose volume over time, causing them to fall, look puffy, and sit lower on the face. Even naturally, low brows will continue to drop.
Besides a low brow, lines and wrinkles around the brows, eyes, and forehead are common in aging.The combination of wrinkles, lines, and laxity can cause you to look unhappy, tired, or even angry (even if you are not), and a furrowed brow can make some people appear older than they are, which may lead to low self-esteem issues.
Fortunately, Dr. Brothers can remedy all of these concerns with plastic surgery. Brow lift surgery reverses the signs of aging in the brow area by reducing lines and wrinkles, restoring volume, and repositioning the brows to a more youthful position so that you look and feel your best. Led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David B. Brothers, Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta offers brow lift surgery for patients in Sandy Springs, Decatur, Duluth, and the surrounding areas.
What Is Brow Lift?
A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, addresses sagging brows and horizontal forehead lines and lines between the eyes and across the nose. It can also help alleviate crow’s-feet at the outer corners of the eyes, and in some patients, elevating the brows can reduce upper eyelid hooding. In addition, a brow lift surgically repositions low eyebrows to bring them back to a more natural point. (Eyebrows that are naturally too high are a rare occurrence.)
Most brow lift surgeries use an endoscope, a special surgical tool that has a video camera at the end. An endoscope allows incisions to be made in the hairline and the temples (sometimes in the upper eyelid crease, too), so the scars are almost undetectable. Plastic surgeons prefer to use an endoscope to perform a brow lift because it allows them to manipulate the tissue and muscle with smaller, nearly microscopic incisions.
Keep in mind that a brow lift alone may not correct all signs of aging on the forehead and in the eyes. Additional procedures, like blepharoplasty or injections of Botox, are often recommended to achieve a fully restored and youthful appearance.
Am I a Candidate for a Brow Lift?
If your upper eyelids and brows bother you and are causing an aged appearance, you may consider a brow lift. Anyone with noticeable creases on the forehead and between the eyebrows, flat brows, or low-sitting, heavy brows that cause the eyelid skin to hang over the eyes (also known as hooding) may benefit from a brow lift.
Sightly elevating the brows can create a younger, refreshed appearance and eyes that don’t look tired, sad, or mad. Plus, a brow lift can give a more refined, feminine shape to the brows.
Candidates for brow lift surgery should not smoke, be in good overall health, and have realistic expectations of their results. The best way to determine if a brow lift is right for you is to consult with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon.
How Is a Brow Lift Performed?
Brow lift surgery is relatively straightforward and takes anywhere between one and three hours. First, anesthesia is administered so that you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
Next, the incisions are made to adjust the positioning of and tighten the underlying tissues and muscles.
Your surgeon can use a few different techniques depending on his preference, degree of laxity in the brow area, and the goal you are trying to achieve. Most brow lifts employ an endoscope, which allows for smaller incisions hidden in the hairline.
Endoscopic incisions are not for everyone. For example, if your forehead is naturally high, a coronal incision may need to be made from one ear across the top of the scalp to the other ear. This type of incision allows for correction of the brows without disrupting the natural hairline. In addition, although the incision is more extensive, the incision is well-hidden under the hair.
After the brows are lifted, the incision will be closed with either dissolvable or removable sutures.
The results of the procedure will be immediately visible. However, they will continue to improve over the coming weeks as the swelling and bruising subside and the tissue and muscles settle in.
Will Incisions Need to Be Placed in Front of the Hairline?
Most patients can have the incisions placed in the hairline. If an endoscope is used, the incisions are smaller and virtually undetectable once healed.
Patients with high foreheads may require incisions to be made in front of the hairline. Bangs can help conceal the scar.
What Is Recovery Like After a Brow Lift?
Brow lift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, and you can return home shortly after the anesthesia wears off and your surgeon clears you. Your plastic surgeon will wrap your forehead and head in surgical dressings that will protect the incisions.
You will wear the dressings for one to two days, and oral pain medication alleviates any initial discomfort. Dr. Brothers will remove the sutures and staples within ten days. By that time, the majority of the swelling and bruising should subside. However, the swelling will continue to lessen over the next few weeks.
Most patients return to work and their day-to-day activities within one week.
It is also essential to keep your head elevated and sleep upright.
The final result may not be evident for a few months. However, it can also take upwards of one year or more for the scars to fade.
How Much Does Brow Lift Surgery Cost in Atlanta?
The cost of a brow lift varies by patient. After meeting with Dr. Brothers for a consultation, you will receive a detailed cost summary that explains all applicable fees. This price will include the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, medical supplies, and follow-up care.
We offer patient financing through CareCredit® and accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
Brow Lift FAQS
How should I choose my brow lift surgeon?
A brow lift provides a youthful, refreshed appearance and younger-looking eyes. However, these results are highly dependent on your plastic surgeon. This is why it is essential to select a board-certified plastic surgeon and meet with them before the procedure to determine if they are the right fit for you.
Dr. Brothers is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience in body contouring procedures.
What type of anesthesia is used for a brow lift?
If an endoscopic brow lift is performed, local anesthesia can be used. Some patients prefer general anesthesia instead. If multiple procedures are being performed, stronger anesthesia is necessary. Dr. Brothers will discuss the options with you during your consultation to determine the best choice for your surgery.
Will I have scars after my brow lift procedure?
Yes. All surgical procedures result in a scar. However, a brow lift produces small, unnoticeable scars that are well hidden in the hairline.
Initially, the scars may be more noticeable, but they will become less apparent as they fade and lighten in color. You can help minimize the visibility of the scars by keeping the incisions out of the sun and always wearing sunscreen.
When will I see my brow lift results?
The results of your surgery will be noticeable immediately and will continue to improve over time. The majority of the bruising and swelling should go away within the first ten to 14 days. However, it can take a few months for the swelling to resolve fully.
What are the risks associated with a brow lift?
All cosmetic procedures come with a degree of risk. While rare, some of these risks include:
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Blood clots
- Prolonged wound healing
Can I combine a brow lift with other procedures?
Yes. Many brow lift patients choose to incorporate additional procedures into their surgery for a harmonious and balanced look. Remember, a brow lift only addresses the eyebrows themselves and not the lower eyelids or the rest of the face.