Reversing the Effects of Gravity and Age
The primary objective of a brow lift (also known as forehead lift) is to elevate a sagging or flat eyebrow. By restoring a gently arched shape, the face takes on a pleasant, rested expression and the patient looks more alert and youthful. However, subtlety is of utmost importance in brow lift (as well as other facial plastic surgery procedures). In order to avoid an over-exaggerated result, it is critical for brow lift patients to select a plastic surgeon with extensive experience and recognized surgical talent, such as Dr. Mark H. Schwartz. He is a well-known brow lift surgeon who has improved the facial appearance of many overworked, fatigued New Yorkers.
Candidates for Brow Lift
Although brow lift patients tend to be aged 40 or above, anyone in good physical health with a drooping brow may benefit from this surgery. Candidates should be in good physical and mental health. Ideal candidates have specific and reasonable goals of surgery, and are able to communicate these goals clearly to Dr. Schwartz during consultation. Dr. Schwartz performs a comprehensive medical history and physical examination of the eyebrow area.
Brow lift is performed on an outpatient basis at Dr. Schwartz’s New York City plastic surgery practice. Anesthesia is used for patient comfort.
In many cases, brow lift is combined with eyelid surgery to address noticeable signs of aging on the upper and/or lower eyelids.
If Dr. Schwartz is performing a standard brow lift, he makes an incision just behind the frontal hairline, across the scalp. Through the incision, he removes excess skin and raises the eyebrows to a more youthful-looking position. He also weakens the forehead muscles causing any horizontal or vertical lines.
Alternatively, brow lift can be performed using a “limited incision” or “lateral brow” technique, which involves small incisions made carefully at the edge of the hair-bearing scalp near the temples. Instead of concentrating on the central area of the brow, the limited incision technique focuses on lifting the brow at the outer corners of the eyes.
When Dr. Schwartz is finished making the surgical modifications, he carefully closes the incisions with sutures and dresses the area.
Recovering from Brow Lift
Bruising and swelling are normal, temporary side effects. Cold compresses help minimize swelling for the first few days of recovery. Oral medication is also prescribed to alleviate any pain.
Brow lift patients are encouraged to rest and relax, keeping the head elevated, while they heal. Dr. Schwartz provides comprehensive instructions for caring for the wound. He also advises patients as to when they can return to the office for follow-up appointments.
Every patient recovers differently, but most patients go back to work, exercise and their normal routine within two to four weeks.
Schedule a Brow Lift Consultation
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