Brow Lift & Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial Cosmetic Surgery Philadelphia

brow lift surgery in bryn mawrAt some point, almost all men and women notice heaviness around the eye area. Sagging, drooping eyelids may be thought the primary problem in many cases. However, board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. John Lee explains to patients that the real culprit is often the brow. With specific technique, brow lift surgery can have a dramatic, positive effect on the appearance of the eyes – and the entire face. Brow Lift Blepharoplasty & Ptosis Surgery paired with Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty (removal of excess eyelid skin) Surgery or Ptosis (droopy eyelid) Surgery is perhaps the most cosmetically affective procedures for maximum overall visual change. Many patients complain of droopy eyelids when the brow is actually the real issue. There are many techniques for raising the eyebrows in Brow Lift Surgery. Visit Dr. Lee in Bryn Mawr today to discuss your facial cosmetic surgery options. Read more about blepharoplasty and facial cosmetic surgery here, on John Lee, MD, FACS's blog!

Brow Lift or Blepharoplasty

Brow lift surgery lifts the brows and the forehead. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that focuses on the upper or lower eyelids. This procedure may be appropriate for those who have excess skin on the upper eyelid, but whose brows sit nicely on the forehead. If blepharoplasty is performed when the brows sit low on the forehead, the end result may be unsatisfactory. During your consultation with Dr. Lee, a thorough examination of brow position and skin laxity will help you determine which procedure is right for you. In some cases, the brow lift and blepharoplasty are complementary procedures.

What to Expect

Brow lift surgery may be performed in one of two ways, to either lift the lateral brow or lift the entire forehead, also called an upper facelift. The overall procedure typically takes no more than two hours to complete. Depending on the extent of your procedure, your brow lift may be performed in our Bryn Mawr office with local anesthetic and sedative medication, or in a surgery center. Anesthesia may not put you “out” for your procedure, but you will feel completely comfortable and calm. Any post-operative discomfort that you experience can be managed with pain-relieving medication prescribed by your physician.

Brow Lift Surgery Methods

Three different methods are used by Dr. Lee for his Brow Lift and Facial Plastic Surgery patients:

Dr. Lee's patients, Brow Lift Surgery Photos: Brow Lift Surgery Photo

Brow Lift Surgery Photo

Brow Lift Surgery Photo

  •  First, for those interested in a less invasive procedure, a lateral brow lift can be achieved by making a small incision in the hairline above the lateral brow. The suture brow lift is effective for moderate amount of lateral brow droop. The scar is well hidden by the hair. A suture is passed from the lateral brow to the scalp to pull the brow. This may be combined with a coronal brow lift which removes tissue in the hair line to elevate the brow. This procedure archives a lateral brow lift and improves eyelid heaviness. This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and can be performed in the office. The recovery time is usually less than one week.
  • Second, an endoscopic brow lift is effective for elevating the entire forehead. An endoscopic brow lift is one of the most cosmetically appealing procedures. This procedure elevates the entire forehead and brow by making small incisions in the hairline. The forehead is then elevated and secured to a higher position. This procedure will lift the top half of the face. The procedure takes approximately two hours and recovery takes approximately one week. It can be thought of as a face lift for the upper face. Small incisions are made along the hair line to lift and sustain the entire forehead.
  • Lastly, a direct brow lift involves making an incision just above the eyebrow and removing an ellipse of tissue. Suturing the wound will result in elevating the eyebrow. Although this method is effective, it leaves a prominent scar and is therefore used on patients who are not concerned about scarring. This procedure is often used for patients with facial paralysis or trauma.

Recovering from Brow Lift Surgery

The final outcome from brow lift surgery will become evident over the course of a few weeks. Initially, some swelling and bruising should be expected. This may be managed with gentle compression wrapping recommended by Dr. Lee, or with the periodic application of ice during the first few days after surgery. It is important to be patient with your recovery and to assess results only after swelling has subsided. A follow up visit is scheduled about a week after the brow lift in order to remove sutures, if necessary, and assess the progress of recovery. Within two weeks, most patients are able to fully resume their normal activities. If you want to lift a drooping brow, you have options. Some patients turn to Botox or dermal fillers to rejuvenate the eye area. In some cases, this may be appropriate. However, brow lift surgery achieves natural looking results that can last a lifetime, rather than a few months. Because facial aging occurs at a different rate in all people, there is no way to predict whether or not a repeat procedure may be needed years down the line. Doctors recommend that patients take good care of their skin and wear sunscreen every day to minimize the effects of sun damage and age, prolonging the results from precision surgical technique. A heavy brow can make you seem angry, tired, and unfriendly. Reveal your true self! Schedule your consultation for brow lift surgery with Dr. John Lee. Want to see our patient's brow lift results? Please view John Lee, MD, FACS's Before and After Gallery.