As aging persists, the eyebrows can begin to droop over the eyelids and lose the natural arch that was once apparent. This can leave patients looking angry or sad even though they may not feel this way. A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, can correct drooping and lines in the forehead by moving the tissue above the eyes to a higher position and eliminating excess skin. Dr. Larry Pollack performs brow lift surgery on a regular basis at his La Jolla practice for patients who want to restore a youthful and rested appearance to their upper face
The best candidates for a brow lift procedure are typically between 40 and 65 years old and have some or all of the following conditions:
- Sagginess of the eyebrows
- Wrinkles and lines on the forehead
- Lines or deep creases between the eyebrows
A brow lift is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Dr. Pollack will determine which technique to perform based on the individual needs of each patient.
Standard (Open) Technique
An incision will be made behind the hairline along the top of the head and down to the temporal regions. The eyebrows are lifted to a more youthful position, and the forehead becomes smoother as excess skin is pulled tight and removed.
After tiny incisions are made in the scalp, an endoscope with a camera is inserted under theskin, which allows Dr. Pollack to see and adjust the small muscles in the forehead. Wrinkles and frown lines on the forehead are smoothed out, and small hooks are placed under the skin of the eyebrows to hold them in place.
When you meet with Dr. Pollack for your initial consultation, you will discuss your goals and concerns with him in detail, and he will customize the procedure to suit your needs and desires. Dr. Pollack will answer any questions that you have and make sure you completely understand the benefits as well as the risks of the procedure.
RECOVERY, RISKS, AND RESULTS
Once the brow lift is complete, the forehead will be wrapped to minimize swelling, and a tube may be placed at the incision site for draining purposes. Any pain that is present can be alleviated with medication, and most patients return to work about a week after surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities should be avoided until the incisions are completely healed.
Complications, although rare, can happen with any form of surgery. To reduce the possibility of developing complications, it is best to follow Dr. Pollack’s postoperative instructions. This will increase the likelihood of getting the best surgical outcome.
Patients are generally very satisfied with the results of their brow lift. For many, a renewed sense of self-confidence is discovered when they no longer look constantly tired or angry.
On average, the cost of a brow lift is between $3,000 and $8,000. The price can vary due to factors like the severity of the patient’s condition, the technique performed, and the facility fees.
It is unlikely that a brow lift will be covered by insurance. In general, this type of treatment is considered an elective form of cosmetic surgery.
If you are in the San Diego area and feel that a brow lift can benefit you, please call (858) 215-6143 today. Dr. Pollack is a board-certified plastic surgeon and looks forward to meeting you during your initial consultation.