Aging of the upper face may lead to descent of the eyebrows, which in turn can cause the eyelid and brow skin to “pile up” on the upper eyelids. To compensate for this, patients will often flex the forehead muscles to raise the brows back to their “normal” position. This is noticeable by multiple large deep furrows of the forehead. Vision can be affected in severe cases.
Dr. Vandervort performs forehead and brow lifting to put the eyebrows back in their normal position thus reducing ridges and furrows on the forehead creating a smoother, more youthful appearance. Brow lifts can typically be performed in conjunction with other surgeries.
Generally, incisions are made behind the hairline to conceal surgical scars in the hair-bearing scalp. The brows and forehead are then elevated. Newer, more advanced techniques allow us to now perform forehead lifting through small incisions in the scalp by using specialized instruments, such as an endoscope, to accelerate the healing process. This procedure typically takes about one hour.
A pressure bandage will be applied. Thus will be worn consistently for two weeks and then nightly for an additional two to four weeks. Antibiotics may be prescribed for several days to prevent infection following surgery. We will remove the sutures or staples generally within one week of the brow lift. Some bruising and swelling may occur, but will subside within a few weeks. Our doctors will prescribe eye exercises and ice compresses to help reduce swelling and regain mobility. Two weeks after surgery, you will be allowed to use eye cosmetics again. You should be able to proceed with your normal daily activities within one to two weeks following the procedure. A final evaluation may occur within several months from the initial brow lift.