The forehead is an essential component to evaluate when appraising facial rejuvenation. Whereas the facelift addresses the lower two-thirds of the face, a browlift/forehead lift focuses on the upper one-third. When a forehead sags, the eyebrows descend and push the upper eyelid tissues downward onto the eyelashes. Women often seek advice about upper eyelid lifts so that they can apply makeup without smudging. They are surprised when plastic surgeons demonstrate that a forehead lift will correct part, or sometimes all, of their upper eyelid problems, often eliminating the need for upper eyelid corrective surgery. The deep furrowing on the forehead and the frown lines between the brows are also improved with browlifts. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, can perform browlift (forehead lift) surgery to address these concerns and help you achieve your goals with natural-looking results.
Browlifts are performed on an outpatient basis. There are various methods that plastic surgeons utilize. Dr. Okamoto will describe the options available and advise the best for your needs during the initial consultation.
In most cases, Dr. Okamoto will utilize the coronal browlift surgical technique. Incisions for this type of browlift surgery are usually made behind the hairline, which helps to conceal scars and generally make them unnoticeable. Immediate improvement can be accomplished, which becomes more natural over the next few months.
This treatment can be performed as a standalone procedure or be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as eyelid surgery, facelift, or fat injections, to further enhance results.
Recovery depends upon the degree of bruising and swelling caused by the surgery. For some, it can be as little as a week to ten days, but a more conservative guideline is three weeks. Head elevation facilitates the healing process. Strenuous exercising should be avoided during the first two weeks.
Dr. Okamoto will explain all aspects of the browlift procedure and answer any questions you may have during the initial consultation. If this procedure is a good option for your needs and goals, he will create a customized treatment plan designed to meet your expectations.
All of the subjects in the Facelift Gallery have had Forehead Lifts as part of their makeovers. Please refer to our before and after photos for examples.
Although it is not possible to achieve results that will last nearly as long as what a surgical browlift can accomplish, there is a non-surgical alternative to this procedure that may be ideal for some patients who are considering less invasive options for upper facial enhancement. BOTOX® Cosmetic/Dysport® injections can benefit individuals who are interested in smoothing out forehead creases and frown lines between the brows. This injectable treatment is very popular for these concerns; however, please note that the results of a “browlift with BOTOX® injections” or a browlift with Dysport® are temporary, and follow-up treatment every three-to-six months will be necessary to maintain the effects. Also, no injectable treatment is capable of lifting a sagging brow, or reducing lines and creases in this area with results as long-lasting as a browlift.
Another non-surgical procedure that may prove beneficial to some patients is called Ultherapy®. This treatment involves the application of ultrasonic energy to the skin, which can help provide a subtle “lifting” effect to the eyebrow areas. Ultherapy® can be a good option by itself, or combined with BOTOX® Cosmetic/Dysport® injections.
Dr. Okamoto will be happy to answer your questions and help determine whether a surgical browlift or a non-surgical treatment will be the better option for your needs and goals.
For more information on browlift (forehead lift) procedures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eric Okamoto, please contact Fremont Plastic Surgery today.
*Individual results may vary