What is a brow lift?
A brow lift, or a forehead lift, is a cosmetic procedure that improves the appearance of the forehead, eyebrows, and the area around the eyes by lifting the skin and soft tissue in the forehead and above the eyebrows.
A brow lift can be done at the same time as a rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, or facelift procedure.
Why get a brow lift?
As we age, our skin and soft tissues lose their elasticity and can make the expressions on our faces appear angry, tired, or sad even when we’re feeling our best. A brow lift can raise the eyebrows to reverse these issues and give a revived, naturally pleasing appearance.
A brow lift can further lift sagging on your upper eyelids if you have a low brow that’s contributing to it.
After speaking with a plastic surgeon you may discover that a different surgery could answer your needs better than a brow lift. Sometimes patients who felt they needed upper eyelid surgery found out that a forehead lift would be a better option for them.
Your consultation is a two-way interview. It’s recommended to write down all the questions you can think of and bring it with you. It’s also encouraged to write down the answers to your questions and take notes of all relevant details.
Come prepared with;
- Your complete medical history
- A list of all medications
- Your goals for your appearance
All these factors will help your surgeon to determine how to approach your surgery. Your surgeon will evaluate your entire forehead region including your upper eyelids. He or she may also ask you to make a few faces.
Types of surgery
Your consultation will help you and your surgeon come to a conclusion on which procedure will provide your desired results.
A coronal Lift is the most common procedure. Once under anesthesia, your surgeon will either make an incision at ear level or at your hairline, going across your forehead and ending at your other ear. Your skin will be lifted and any excess tissue and fat will be removed, and muscles will be realigned. Your eyebrows will be placed at a higher level and excess skin is trimmed away to ensure the revitalized look to your face.
An Endoscopic Lift is a minimally invasive procedure. This procedure includes small incisions within the hair and requires fiberoptic equipment to raise the soft tissue of the brows. Often times bruising is minimal and healing time is fast.
A Temporal Lift is an even farther dialed back minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in your cosmetic surgeon’s office under local anesthesia. This procedure requires slightly larger incisions than an endoscopic lift and is most commonly performed in combination with eyelid surgery. This is a great option if you desire a significant change in the upper eyelids as well as frown lines.
What to expect
A brow lift is typically done as an outpatient procedure with either general or local anesthesia. The duration of your surgery depends on the type of procedure, whether another procedure is being done at the same time and the expertise of your plastic surgeon. Your incision will be secured with either sutures or staples and will ordinarily be removed about a week after surgery.
You can expect to feel minimal pain and some tightness around your eyebrows, as well as bruising and swelling for the first 10 days after surgery.
Recovery time is definitely on a case-by-case basis. Most patients can return to their sedentary job in one week. If you’ve chosen to have more than one procedure done, it will be a longer recovery time by comparison. Patients can resume physical activity after 2-4 weeks, with the surgeon’s approval.
Is a brow lift for me?
Qualifications to be a great candidate for a brow lift is fairly simple and is widely understood across most surgeries. You must:
- Be physically healthy
- Be a nonsmoker
- Have a positive outlook and realistic goals
A brow lift can take 5-10 years off of a person’s appearance, it will not make a 40-year-old patient suddenly look 20 again. And the effects of the surgery are not permanent. When the procedure is done by an accredited plastic surgeon, it will last for many years to come. However, it is impossible to stop the aging process. A patient must be willing to lead a healthy post-surgical lifestyle in order to maintain results. Wearing sunscreen, eating a healthy diet, and avoid smoking will keep your skin looking its best.
What is a brow lift?
The goal of a brow lift is to tighten excess skin, raise the eyebrows, and modify drooping eyelids. If you’re considering a procedure such as this one, schedule a consultation with Dr. Finkel today. She will help you discover which procedure will allow the absolute best results to match your goals.
Meet your cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Rimma Finkel
From Consult to Confident
The beauty of what Dr. Finkel does for her patients each and every day; helping you find your lost confidence. Dr. Finkel’s specialties include reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the breast, cosmetic surgery of the face and body, body contouring and other types of reconstructive surgery.
For patients seeking non-surgical options, she offers injectables including Botox, Restylane, Radiesse, and Juvederm.
A Female Physician You Can Trust
As one of the only female physicians in the greater Phoenix area, Dr. Rimma Finkel offers a unique view to her patients. The office environment is purposefully relaxed and worry-free to put her patients at ease while making an important decision.
Most importantly your safety and comfort will always be her first priority. So come in for a consultation. Don’t let yourself be held back from your full potential any longer.
Dr. Finkel’s Medical Background
Dr. Rimma Finkel, MD is a Plastic Surgeon serving the entire Phoenix metro area. She has offices in Chandler and Phoenix and often travels to the Banner in Glendale as well. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 2001, she trained in General Surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center until 2006 and then in Plastic Surgery at the University of Louisville. Upon completion of these programs in 2008, Dr. Finkel started her own private practice, Dr. Rimma Finkel, MD PLLC. Dr. Finkel has been recognized as a top breast reconstruction surgeon in Gilbert.
Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon Chandler
Dr. Finkel is double board-certified in Chandler cosmetic surgery. She also has multiple professional memberships to back it up. Her professional memberships include:
American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
American Association of Plastic Surgeons
American Board of Plastic Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons