Your Austin Forehead Lift (Brow Lift)

One of the first areas to show signs of aging or brow region. This is caused by the forces of gravity and the dynamic muscles of the forehead and eyes, both of which cause a downwarda causing a downward pull on the eyebrow.  This leads to sagging skin, wrinkles, and heaviness around the eyes. These areas start showing signs of aging even as early as the late 20s. Some individuals will describe themselves as having a constant appearance of exhaustion or concern. At the Buckingham Center, individuals can have minimally invasive forehead and eyebrow lifts to help achieve a naturally rested and youthful appearance.

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What Is A Brow Or Forehead Lift Surgery?

As the skin ages, it undergoes sagging and wrinkling due to the gradual loss of collagen and elastin. A brow lift is a surgical procedure designed to elevate and revitalize the sagging tissues in the forehead, fostering a more youthful look and enhancing facial expression. While a straightforward blepharoplasty (commonly known as an eyelid lift) suffices for some patients to achieve their desired results, others require the lifting of drooping brow tissues to effectively open up their eyes.

In the past, a brow lift used to require a long incision across the scalp that extended from ear to ear. This incision had the potential to cause scarring, hair loss, and persistent numbness in the area. These side effects deterred many patients from the potential benefits of an elevated brow.

Today, a minimally invasive endoscopic approach is the most common forehead lifting technique. This technique provides beautiful, natural-looking results with a very short recovery time. Instead of creating one long incision, the endoscopic procedure involves the creation of several smaller incisions and the utilization of special instruments to reduce the likelihood of scarring, hair loss, and residual numbness.

The Benefits Of An Endoscopic Brow Lift

The endoscopic approach for forehead lifts offers patients several benefits. Patients who choose an endoscopic brow lift can expect some or all of the following results:

  • A more awake, alert expression
  • Reduced lines and furrows in the brow
  • A more youthful, rejuvenated appearance
  • Improve brow contour and upper eyelid show
  • Improved self-confidence

The endoscopic brow lift also has the benefit of reduced swelling, bruising, and recovery time when compared to traditional forehead lift procedures.

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Who Is A Good Candidate?

Because there are several different options for surgical facial rejuvenation, it is important to know the different options and choose the procedure that suits your individual needs. Good candidates for a brow lift are men and women who have begun to notice the effects of drooping skin and muscles in the forehead. Because it can be difficult to determine whether a forehead lift or a blepharoplasty is the best option for rejuvenating the eye and forehead area, it is important to get an expert opinion from a facial plastic surgeon about which treatment is best for you.

Patients who wish to undergo an endoscopic brow lift should be in general good health and have realistic expectations for the procedure. An individual’s candidacy for this procedure will be determined during the initial consultation with one of our surgeons.

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The Brow Lift Procedure

Brow lift procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can be driven home shortly after their procedure is complete. Before the surgery, patients will be given anesthesia, which typically includes a combination of a local anesthetic and sedation to ensure safety and comfort throughout the surgery.

Once the anesthesia has been administered, the surgeon makes several short incisions in discrete locations along or within the hairline. These incisions allow the surgeon to access the tissues of the forehead. The surgeon then releases ptotic attachments of the eyebrow and secures the brow in a more youthful position. Once this process is complete, the surgeon closes the incisions and places a head wrap to be worn overnight.

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Surgical Techniques

Endoscopic

The endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive surgical technique that rejuvenates the forehead and brow area. Small incisions are made, and an endoscope may be used to visualize and release the tissues, lifting the brow and reducing wrinkles. This approach results in less scarring, a quicker recovery, and a refreshed, more youthful appearance. It is a popular choice for those seeking a less invasive facial enhancement.

Temporal

A temporal brow lift is a specialized surgical technique designed to elevate and rejuvenate the outer brow and forehead region. Incisions are strategically placed within the hairline, ensuring minimal scarring. By addressing the temporal area, this procedure provides a subtle yet impactful improvement in overall facial appearance, helping patients achieve a more youthful and harmonious look with minimal downtime. The procedure is often combined with a lower facelift to help rejuvenate the upper one third of the face.

Mid-Forehead

The mid-forehead lift is a surgical procedure tailored to address the central brow and forehead. It involves making small incisions within the forehead's natural creases or the hairline to discreetly lift and smooth the area. This technique effectively reduces wrinkles and restores a more youthful appearance to the upper face while minimizing visible scarring. This technique is preferred in those with a recessed or thinning hairline.

Your Brow Lift Consultation

Before you schedule your forehead lift at Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas, you will meet with one of our experienced facial plastic surgeons to ensure you are an appropriate candidate for this procedure. During this consultation, the surgeon asks about your goals for plastic surgery.

In addition, the doctor performs an examination of the forehead and eye area. Following the examination, the surgeon will recommend a treatment plan and may suggest a different procedure or a combination of procedures that will help you reach your goals.

Because your safety is the top priority at Buckingham Center, the surgeon will review your health history to ensure you are a good candidate. You should come to your consultation prepared to ask questions and address any concerns you may have. Our surgeon will give you everything you need to make an informed decision.

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Recovery And Downtime

Recovery and care after a browlift usually takes from one to two weeks. During this time, you may need to stay home from work and postpone other social commitments. Your surgeon will let you know when you can return to work and other activities. Some activities will be restricted during the initial recovery period, including strenuous exercise which will be able to be resumed after three weeks.

After Your Surgery

Some forehead swelling and bruising is normally present after forehead and brow lift surgery, but the degree of each varies widely from patient to patient. Do not be concerned if you have more or less than others who have undergone the same operation. Generally, most patients appear socially acceptable within 10 to 14 days after surgery.

Some numbness around the incisions is normal and will resolve in the first few weeks following your procedure. Do not let this worry you, but always ask if you are concerned. It is very important to your well-being that you follow all the instructions you receive from our office. We will check your progress regularly following surgery.

Why Choose The Buckingham Center For Facial Plastic Surgery?

When you choose the Buckingham Center for a brow lift, you are setting out on a journey with a team dedicated to your well-being. Our practice offers three facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons and our very own accredited surgical facility, all designed to offer you a top-notch experience. As the leading facial specialists in Austin, we've honed our skills through years of dedicated practice. 

We maintain the highest standards of care to guarantee your safety. Our true passion lies in nurturing long-lasting relationships with individuals like you. We are committed to providing the best care through a friendly, professional, and compassionate team. From your initial visit to the day you revel in your rejuvenated brow, anticipate a cheerful and engaging atmosphere every step of the way.

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Forehead Lift FAQs

Will I Look Surprised After Brow Lift Surgery?

Is There a Difference Between the Results of a Traditional Brow Lift and an Endoscopic Brow Lift?

Why Do I Need a Consultation Before I Can Schedule a Brow Lift?

Will an Endoscopic Brow Lift Stop Aging?

Will There Be Any Scarring?

What Are the Risks of an Endoscopic Brow Lift?

How Can I Get an Idea of How My Brow Lift Will Look After Surgery?

What’s the Best Age for an Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

How Painful Is the Procedure?

Who Is the Best Candidate for the Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

What Can I Expect During a Consultation for an Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

Where Is the Endoscopic Forehead Lift Procedure Performed?

What Type of Anesthesia Is Used for the Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

How Long Is the Actual Endoscopic Forehead Lift Procedure?

What Is the Recovery Like After an Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

How Much Time Will I Need to Take Off from Work After My Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

When Are the Stitches Removed After the Endoscopic Forehead Lift Procedure?

Where Exactly Are the Incisions Made for a Browlift? Are They Visible After Surgery?

Is an Endoscopic Forehead Lift a Less Invasive Procedure Than a Normal Forehead Lift?

Will I Look Surprised After Brow Lift Surgery?

One complication of the traditional forehead lift was often a surprised expression. This was an indication that the brow was lifted too high, producing an unnatural appearance. The endoscopic lift, when performed by a skilled facial plastic surgeon, produces a very natural expression, which means the look of surprise is not present following the procedure.

Is There a Difference Between the Results of a Traditional Brow Lift and an Endoscopic Brow Lift?

While the traditional brow lift can lift the tissues more than an endoscopic lift, this does not mean that the older techniques provide superior results. The results of an endoscopic lift are more natural, avoiding many of the aesthetic pitfalls of the older techniques.

Why Do I Need a Consultation Before I Can Schedule a Brow Lift?

Before you can undergo a brow lift, an expert facial plastic surgeon will ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure and come up with a custom treatment plan. It is also important to get to know and trust your surgeon. The consultation is an opportunity to build rapport and make sure you feel comfortable with your surgeon.

Will an Endoscopic Brow Lift Stop Aging?

No plastic surgery will stop the aging process altogether. However, a brow lift can make you look years younger and can effectively reset the aging process. Depending on when you have the surgery and your lifestyle choices, you can enjoy the benefits of a brow lift for many years.

Will There Be Any Scarring?

Most surgeries produce some type of scar, but the incisions made during an endoscopic brow lift minimize scarring. They are strategically placed in the hair-bearing scalp to reduce visibility, and because they are shorter than traditional incisions, they tend to fade better over time.

What Are the Risks of an Endoscopic Brow Lift?

As with any surgery, an endoscopic brow lift does carry some risk, although the risks are minimized when a board-certified facial plastic surgeon performs the procedure. Some risks include bleeding, infection, unfavorable scarring, hair loss, numbness, motor nerve injury, and anesthesia complications as well as the possibility of a poor aesthetic outcome. Most of these are very rare, and will be discussed by your provider at the time of your consultation.

How Can I Get an Idea of How My Brow Lift Will Look After Surgery?

Before-and-after photos from your surgeon’s past patients will give you a good idea of the kind of results you can expect. At home, you can get an idea of how a brow lift will help rejuvenate your face by lifting the skin at the sides of your forehead. Your surgeon can simulate the result during your examination.

What’s the Best Age for an Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

There is no perfect age for having an endoscopic brow lift. Any healthy adult with signs of forehead aging is a potential candidate. However, most brow lift patients are in their 40s, 50s or above. Everyone ages at a different rate, which is why it is important to consult with an expert facial plastic surgeon about what surgery is most appropriate for your needs.

How Painful Is the Procedure?

During the procedure, anesthesia will ensure that patients feel no pain. During recovery, prescribed medications can control discomfort, which is typically minimal.

Who Is the Best Candidate for the Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

Candidates for endoscopic forehead lifts are in good physical health and have realistic expectations for improving the appearance of their brow area. A private patient consultation with one of our surgeons is the best way to determine if an endoscopic forehead lift is right for you.

What Can I Expect During a Consultation for an Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

A surgical consultation with one of our three facial plastic surgeons provides an opportunity to discuss various aspects of surgical and non surgical care of the face and neck. This consultation includes a full facial analysis. With this analysis, the surgeon determines whether this procedure is ideal for you or if another procedure can best help you achieve your desired result. This consultation will also allow you to ask any other questions that you may have.

Where Is the Endoscopic Forehead Lift Procedure Performed?

The endoscopic forehead lift is often performed in our fully accredited outpatient surgery center located within the Buckingham Center.

What Type of Anesthesia Is Used for the Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

The endoscopic forehead lift is most often performed with a combination of local anesthesia and sedation.

How Long Is the Actual Endoscopic Forehead Lift Procedure?

While individual times vary based on a number of factors, the endoscopic forehead lift procedure lasts approximately 1 ½ to two hours.

What Is the Recovery Like After an Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

An endoscopic forehead lift allows for a shorter recovery time than the traditional method. There is less swelling and bruising, which usually fades in about one to two weeks. It is recommended that patients keep their heads elevated during the days following the surgery to minimize swelling.

How Much Time Will I Need to Take Off from Work After My Endoscopic Forehead Lift?

Most patients take 7 to 10 days off from work after undergoing the endoscopic forehead lift.

When Are the Stitches Removed After the Endoscopic Forehead Lift Procedure?

Stitches or staples are typically taken out within a week after the endoscopic forehead lift is performed.

Where Exactly Are the Incisions Made for a Browlift? Are They Visible After Surgery?

There are several different types of incisions for a brow lift, depending on the technique. Your surgeon will review these to determine what is best for you. This decision is largely based on your hairline location and hair thickness. These incision sites include: Direct-just above the eyebrow; mid-forehead- utilizes a forehead wrinkle line; coronal incision in or along the hair; temporal- hidden within the hair at the edge of the forehead; and endoscopic, incisions are placed in the hair. Endoscopic is the most common procedure performed today. With a receding hairline, either a mid-forehead or an endoscopic approach is most appropriate.

Is an Endoscopic Forehead Lift a Less Invasive Procedure Than a Normal Forehead Lift?

That is somewhat a matter of opinion. A traditional forehead lift is usually one in which an open incision is created either in the middle of the forehead, at the hairline, or behind the hairline. In each of those procedures, there is a longer scar, and in the latter two, there is typically numbness created behind the scar. In the endoscopic approach, the incisions are smaller and are separated from one another. This helps minimize the risk of numbness, and has less risk of visible scarring. The other forehead lifting procedures may be a good option for some patients, but we prefer the endoscopic approach.

Natural Rejuvenation In Austin

If you would like to look like a younger, more vibrant version of yourself, then an endoscopic brow lift might be the perfect solution for you. Our facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons are dedicated to giving their patients beautiful, natural results. To schedule a brow lift consultation with one of our surgeons in Austin, Texas, call 512-401-2500 today.

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