As we age, the area from the eyelids to the hairline can begin to sag and droop. Along with this laxity comes wrinkles – both horizontal forehead furrows and vertical frown lines between the brows. This renders a fatigued or stern appearance that can make you look and feel less attractive. Dr. Andrew Smith performs brow lift surgery, also called forehead lift, in Orange County in order to elevate the brow, and to smooth and soften the lines in the forehead.
If you live in Southern California and have forehead lift questions, request a FREE surgical consultation with Dr. Smith, or call our Irvine and Corona plastic surgery offices at (949) 653-7000.
What a Brow Lift Can Do for You
Both women and men choose brow lift surgery to fight signs of aging in the upper face. Candidates for brow lift surgery typically display:
- Eyebrows that have become heavy or droopy
- Horizontal lines and laxity of the forehead
- Vertical frown lines between the eyebrows
A brow lift reverses the appearance of fine lines and sagging, loose skin, and restores a more youthful and rested facial appearance.
Dr. Smith will make a series of tiny incisions hidden within the hairline. Through these incisions, he will elevate the brows and smooth forehead lines and wrinkles. He can even make adjustments to the tiny muscles of the forehead that cause the wrinkles, creating a permanent BOTOX® Cosmetic effect.
The approximately 1 hour procedure is usually done under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure.
Your Recovery and Beyond
You will experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort after your brow lift, but ice and prescription pain medication will help with this. You will return within 2 to 3 days for a postoperative visit, at which time your dressings will be removed and you will be allowed to wash your hair. The sutures are dissolvable, so they will not need to be removed.
Most patients take about a week off from work, and activities should be limited for the first several weeks after your surgery. Significant results should be evident at 3 to 4 weeks, but it may take several months for all swelling to resolve and for final results to be achieved.