The position of your eyebrows can go a long way in determining your appearance. Brows that are higher on the face give you a youthful appearance, while low, droopy eyebrows can make you look older or unhappy. If you feel that your eyebrows are too far down on your face and give you an angry or aged appearance, a brow lift can help. The procedure elevates the brows on the face, permanently fixing their position for a more open, youthful look.
In addition to lifting the brows themselves, brow lift surgery can address forehead wrinkles and frown lines between the brows.
Eyebrow lifts can be performed in a number of ways. Traditionally, they are done by making an incision on the natural crease of the eyelid, after which our surgeons remove tissue below the brow in order to lift it higher on the face (also known as a direct brow lift). The lift can also be done with several smaller incisions near the hairline (known as an endoscopic brow lift). For more dramatic results, you can choose a coronal brow lift, where our surgeons make a large incision above the hairline and raise the entire forehead. Brow lifts generally take two hours to complete under general anesthesia.
The brow lift is often done in conjunction with a full facelift, and both procedures can be performed at the same time. It is also common to combine brow lifts with procedures on another part of the face, including rhinoplasty or cheek implants.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is recovery like? The brow lift is an outpatient procedure, and you can leave the surgery center after it is completed. A typical recovery is relatively quick for a cosmetic procedure, and you are able to resume daily activities within three to five days. It may take longer for your facial features to settle into their natural position, so don’t be alarmed if you have a slightly “startled” expression for a little while.
Will there be scarring? Scarring should be minimal and should completely disappear once the recovery period is over. If you choose a coronal brow lift, the scarring should be invisible under the hairline.
Should I choose brow lift or BOTOX? Both procedures can give your face a smoother, more youthful appearance, but there are notable differences. BOTOX cannot lift the forehead and is more suitable for fixing wrinkles than drooping or low eyebrows. However, it is a non-surgical procedure, and may be a good option if you are not yet ready to commit to surgery.