A brow lift, known as browplasty or a forehead lift, aims to combat the effects of aging by tightening the tissues of the forehead and rejuvenating the appearance of the forehead, eyebrows, and upper eyelids to a more youthful state.
Several methods for this procedure involve various length incisions in different areas and, sometimes, an endoscope. A rested, youthful eyebrow is positioned right above the orbital rim with a gradual arch, and the tail is a little higher than the medial end. As an individual ages, gravity takes its toll, and the brow assumes a flatter, more horizontal position.
For those who have inhibited facial expressions due to sagging brows, a browlift is an excellent method to rejuvenate the upper part of the face. Thousands of patients undergo a successful brow lift Miami procedure yearly and are extremely satisfied.
Avana Plastic Surgery has a team of highly qualified plastic surgeons who perform several surgical procedures that help stretch the skin of the forehead and elevate the eyebrows.
Different types of brow lift surgery
The brow lift procedure has had various technological advances in the last decade, from open techniques to shorter incisions and endoscopes. Typically, the incision for a browlift is in the scalp, but for other methods, incisions are made on the upper eyelids and forehead. The type of brow lift chosen depends on the patient's aesthetic preferences and facial features.
Endoscopic brow lift
The endoscopic technique is much less invasive, with minimal incisions made in the scalp. The surgeon uses a long, thin tube called an endoscope to see and work on various internal structures in the forehead.
Lateral Brow Lift/Temporal brow lift
Avana Plastic Surgery has an expert team of plastic surgeons who can perform eyebrow lifting through traditional endoscopic methods, where a small incision is placed on each side of the scalp above the level of the eyebrows, and an endoscope is inserted through the incisions. Subsequently, to varying degrees, the skin and muscles of the forehead are loosened to lift the eyebrow line. The skin is then tightened, surplus skin is removed, incisions are sealed, and the brow lift is completed. It is a minor procedure suitable for patients with mild and facial aging.
Classic / Coronal Brow Lift
For this technique, an incision is made along the hairline or in the crease of the forehead, where the surgeon will lift the skin from the underlying tissue. The surgeon then removes the fat and loosens the muscles. Excessive skin is trimmed away, and the remaining skin is repositioned and stitched into its new location. This technique is often called the classic, trichophytic, or coronal brow lift.
Mini Brow Lift
This technique is a hybrid of both procedures. Therefore, it is non-endoscopic but has very minimal incisions. It utilizes a small section of the coronal incision to raise the outside area of the eyebrows with direct vision and no endoscope. The scar is easily hidden under the temporal hairline, even with balding men. This technique is most effective in removing wrinkles from the corners of the eyes ('crow's feet') rather than the center of the brow.
Benefits of Brow Lift Surgery
There are many benefits to having facial surgery, including improved confidence and self-esteem. Other benefits of undergoing a brow lift include:
Improved Facial Silhouette: As we mature, underlying tissue and muscle can start to sag, eventually changing the contour of our face. A brow lift can be performed on the mid and lower areas of the face to help restore a refined look to the lower eyelids, cheeks, jawline, and neck, and liposuction may be conducted to eliminate surplus fat from the jowls and neck, achieving a youthful, smooth, and firmer appearance.
Tightens Sagging Skin: Over time, skin can lose its elasticity. During a browplasty, loose skin is trimmed, gently pulled, and tightened to restore a smoother, firmer appearance.
Tones Facial Muscles: Underneath, muscle tissues are readjusted and tightened during a browplasty. It creates less stress on the skin and provides a solid foundation to restore a smoother, firmer facial tone.
Enhanced Appearance With No Scarring: During a brow lift, incisions are kept subtle, so no one knows if the patient has undergone facial surgery unless they tell them.
Tailored to Fit the Patient's Needs: The surgeon understands that everyone's face is different; therefore, they will apply other brow lift surgery techniques to meet the patient's needs.
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Difference between Brow lift and other facial cosmetic procedures
Despite its actual name, a facelift may leave patients under the impression that it is a surgery that corrects wrinkles and aging around the whole face. However, a facelift mainly treats wrinkles on the bottom half of the face, provided that the incisions lead to the back of the ear to the neck. The brow lift aims to raise the brows to better symmetry and eliminate wrinkles along the top of the head. It specifically targets the stubborn wrinkles located in between the eyebrows. Both procedures aim to reduce aging symptoms and wrinkles by extracting excess skin; however, they differ in their target areas and how they are performed.
Summary of the procedures listed below:
Forehead Lift Forehead lifts are conducted through incisions at the scalp, hairline, ear, and neck. Several methods are available for performing this facelift, including:
Below the skin and over the muscle (subcutaneous)
Below the muscle
Below the covering layer of the bone (subperiosteal)
Face Lift Incisions can be:
Beginning with the hairline or on the scalp by way of 2-inch-long incisions (limited-open)
Longer incision which runs along the hairline or scalp (coronal)
Many micro-sized scalp incisions (endoscopic) from ear to ear
Face Lift Goals: The ultimate goal is to shorten the forehead skin and size by moving the hairline forward to eliminate a high hairline. Another primary outcome of this procedure is to "lift" the eyebrows when the forehead skin is extracted and risen.
Brow Lift Goals: The primary objective of this procedure is to elevate the eyebrows. To a limited extent, it also raises the forehead; however, it significantly differs in technique and incision from the forehead lift.
Usually, in older male patients experiencing profound wrinkles in conjunction with a receding hairline, the incisions are placed directly across the middle of the forehead only because hiding the incision in the scalp proves difficult.
Another option is above the eyebrow (a direct brow lift). Although this may seem the best or most obvious choice, it leaves a small, visible, hairless scar in sight.
The non-endoscopic technique allows for very minimal incisions (Mini-browlift). It utilizes a small section of the coronal incision to raise the outside area of the eyebrows with direct vision and no endoscope.
Brow lift Miami candidates.
Below are some reasons why patients may want to consider a brow lift:
Sagging brows resulting in a sad or grumpy expression.
Deep creases on the forehead.
Frown lines in between the eyes.
Applying makeup on the lid is difficult due to the dropping of tissues and extra creases.
As with any other cosmetic procedure, the best candidates are those in good general health, realistic expectations, and a positive attitude.
Avana Plastic Surgery recommends this type of surgery for all those men and women who have sagging eyebrows and want to improve uniformity in their face and those who do not wish to apply Botox or other temporary solutions to their face. Scheduling a consultation with a certified surgeon is the optimal approach to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the brow lift procedure.
Summary of Ideal Candidates for this procedure:
Have realistic expectations and a positive outlook.
Have experienced facial skin sagging or loss of fat volume.
Are unhappy with their facial appearance.
Not being able to correct the issue through other noninvasive techniques.
Are in good physical health and have no existing life-threatening conditions or illnesses.
Are non-smokers and non-drug users.
Your initial brow lift consultation
In the first consultation, our plastic surgeons assess your well-being while illustrating most techniques available for the brow procedure. Furthermore, they will demonstrate different surgical methods, such as the coronal forehead lift, the overall browlift, the mini brow lift, and the endoscopic brow lift.
After the patient has decided with the surgeon which method will be best for them, you will be asked to fill out all the preoperative responsibilities. It includes but is not limited to laboratory blood work, drug testing, physical examination, and previous physicals with general doctors.
We will educate the patient on the significance of discontinuing smoking before they undergo any cosmetic surgery.
It's vital to stop smoking auto in the recent past forehead lift plastic surgery. The patient will also be advised to eliminate smoking at least two to four weeks before surgery and discontinue using Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and herbal medications at least a week before surgery. The surgeon may also discuss how to calm pre-surgery anxiety.
The brow lift surgeons will explain the type of anesthesia we use for these cases, ranging from local anesthesia to sedation and general anesthesia.
Planning before a brow lift procedure in Miami
The surgeon will furnish preoperative guidelines, conduct a comprehensive medical assessment, perform a physical examination, and address any inquiries regarding the procedure.
Below are some instructions to follow before a browlift:
Cease smoking at least six weeks before the scheduled surgery date, as smoking can impede healing and elevate the risk of complications.
Refrain from specific medications and abstain from alcohol consumption.
Discontinue the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and Aspirin.
Allow your hair to grow out to help conceal any potential scars.
Arrange for transportation home and assistance during the initial post-surgery days.
Ensure all prescribed medications are filled and readily available before the surgery.
Set up a recovery area at home with ice packs, meals, and pillows to aid healing.
Some patients experience difficulty sleeping because they cannot lie on their stomach or side after this facial procedure. Therefore, doctors recommend that patients sleep on their side or back with the help of body pillows to provide adequate support until the face is fully healed. Patients may need to refrain from work for a week to recover, while others return within a few days. This all depends on the type of workload and the patient's healing progress. However, patients are prescribed pain medication to help manage any possible discomfort.
Postoperative Care and Recovery at Avana Plastic Surgery
Recovery times vary from patient to patient. Hence, the surgeon will discuss with each patient to determine the expected recovery duration and when it's appropriate to resume work and regular activities. Following the procedure, patients will receive comprehensive instructions on managing typical symptoms, caring for the incision, and recognizing possible complications.
Strict adherence to all instructions given by the doctor is of utmost importance, and being prepared to complete the entire recovery period is crucial for achieving the best possible results.
Right after your brow lift, patients should:
Apply cold packs around the head and eye area to reduce swelling for 48 hours.
Sleep on their back with the head elevated for the first week and avoid strenuous movement.
Attend the follow-up visit a day or two post-op.
Sutures will be removed about seven days post-op.
Expect tightness, discomfort, bruising, and swelling for the first few nights.
May return to work within a week but avoid heavy lifting.
Drink plenty of fluids.
May resume driving approximately two to three weeks after the procedure.
May return to everyday routines and begin exercising a month post-op.
Risks associated with a brow lift surgery
Experiencing significant risks or complications from this surgery is relatively rare. Brow lifts are usually carried out without substantial issues. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are certain complications that patients should be informed about. In the first consultation, the surgeon will thoroughly go over a list of potential results and scenarios.
Some of these potential complications include:
Reaction to anesthesia
Seroma or hematoma
Bleeding and infection
Change in sensation
To reduce the likelihood of these risks and avoid potential complications, patients must adhere to all the surgeon's instructions before and after the surgery. Doing so is essential to prevent health issues or undesirable alterations in the results.
How much does a brow lift cost?
The typical price for a brow lift in 2023, as reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is approximately $3,900. The cost of brow lift surgery can vary significantly. It's important to note that the mentioned average fee does not encompass expenses like anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other associated costs. The surgeon's price will be influenced by their expertise, the specific procedure chosen, and the geographical location of the medical office. Insurance will not cover the surgical expenses since this is a cosmetic procedure. However, it's worth noting that financing options are typically accessible to assist with payment.
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The cost of Brow rejuvenation surgery at Avana Plastic Surgery includes the following:
Surgical facility costs
Prescriptions for medications
Here at Avana Plastic Surgery, we recognize that covering the cost of a brow lift procedure may pose a challenge for some of our patients. That's why we provide a range of financing options through programs, where patients can apply for pre-approval.
If you are interested in the Brow Lift Miami life-changing procedure, call Avana Plastic Surgery. Embrace your beauty once again!
Brow Lift Miami Frequently Asked Questions
Undergoing a coronal brow lift has many advantages since this procedure achieves durable results. In addition to raising eyebrows, it reduces forehead wrinkles, rejuvenating the entire area. Despite being the most durable procedure achieving stable results, they can be lost over time as the skin in the site is being stretched, and the natural aging process, together with the force exerted by the tissues nearby, pushes the eyebrows down.
A brow lift is the most invasive of all surgical procedures to raise eyebrows. Although the scar is hidden underneath the hair, there could be a noticeable scar over the years if the hair is lost in these areas. However, it all depends on the patient's healing process. If hair falls out, scars will show. Depending on the size of the spot, it may go unnoticed or noticed. Usually, the scar area is where no hair grows, so it looks like a hairless white line. Postoperative recovery can be long, much longer than other procedures.
Local anesthesia and sedation are used, but most cases require general anesthesia. Depending on what you want to accomplish, you can discuss these things with your doctor during your initial consultation.
You can change your appearance in any direction you want. It will look aesthetically beautiful and young. Before you decide that surgery is the best option for you, think carefully about your expectations and speak with one of our plastic surgeons at Avana Plastic Surgery.
First, you will observe the presence of frontal wrinkles between the brow level and then check if the droopy eyebrows look tired.
It helps improve the appearance of wrinkles, improves the position of the eyebrows when they are down to a more youthful work, and improves the patient's visual field when associated with drooping of the upper eyelid in severe cases.
During brow lift surgery, the surgeon makes small incisions at the top of the patient's forehead so it remains concealed by the hair. It's barely noticeable.
You will need only two weeks, but many patients have returned to work in less time.
Some benefits of Natural Brow Lift Florida are that it has a faster recovery with fewer and smaller incisions and scars, minor swelling in the area, and less postoperative pain, being a closed technique.
Can the asymmetry of brows and eyes be corrected through this procedure? The brow lift aims to raise the brows to better symmetry and eliminate wrinkles along the top of the head. To determine if your asymmetry can be corrected accurately through a brow lift procedure, arrange a consultation with one of the exceptionally skilled surgeons at Avana Plastic Surgery.