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Brow lifts are gaining in popularity in the US, especially among women. Whether it’s caused by celebrities, social media, or aesthetic trends, the brow lift is one of the most common cosmetic procedures.

When a plastic surgeon tightens loose skin in the eyelids, forehead, and brows, it can give you a younger and more alert appearance. This can increase your self-esteem and quality of life, so a brow lift is something to consider.

Below is more information so you can decide if this procedure is for you.

Brow Lift Procedure Overview

The typical brow lift procedure can be done in various ways, but most board-certified plastic surgeons use tiny incisions hidden in the hairline to raise the brow and eliminate most lines and wrinkles.

Today, many surgeons prefer the temporal brow lift, where they make an incision in the hairline and raise the deeper tissues to provide a younger appearance.

Note that a traditional brow lift requires about a week of recovery, so you may need to take time off work. It can be a good idea to combine the brow lift with a facelift so you can have all of your recovery time done at once.

Another option is an endoscopic brow lift, where the surgeon places an endoscope under the brow, which is used to elevate the brow tissue without surgery. The advantage of this procedure is there are tiny incisions and minimal bruising and swelling.

When To Consider A Brow Lift

Sagging in the brows and forehead to some degree is a typical sign of aging, but this procedure can be a great option if you have the following issues:

  • Eyebrow position is low and drooping close to the eyes
  • You have deep creases on your forehead
  • There are furrows or frown lines across the top of the nose
  • You have extra skin hanging over your eyes

Forehead Often Shows First Signs Of Aging

When we get into our 40s, our faces tend to show the initial signs of aging. You may begin to notice that your forehead has deep lines and wrinkles; this is common because the forehead is involved in most of our facial expressions.

Over the years, the forehead muscles contract to form facial expressions, which can give your brow a furrowed and even angry look. When you look this way without intending it, others may think you are unapproachable, even if you feel happy and friendly!

But a brow lift can give you a brighter, friendlier look and make you look years younger.

Offers A Long-Term Solution

Botox and other injectables can be used for an effective non-surgical brow lift, but these are temporary solutions that must be repeated every six months or so. However, for people with minor skin wrinkles and folds in the brows and forehead, Botox can work well.

However, if you want a long-term solution for more severe wrinkles and lines in the forehead, you may want to consider a brow lift.

Brow Lift Considerations

A brow lift can be a fantastic option to lift drooping skin and smooth creases in the forehead. In addition, most patients have a high level of satisfaction with their brow lifts; one source states that 93% of patients were pleased with the results of their brow lift.

However, a brow lift is still surgery, so there are disadvantages to think about:

  • There could be visible scars, but surgeons are using new methods to minimize the incisions and possibly hide them under the hairline.
  • You may be dissatisfied with the results, and you could need revision surgery.
  • Some patients experience numbness around the incision sites that last for months or years.
  • You may lose hair around your incision sites.

Brow Lift Recovery

Most patients can go home the same day as their surgery, but you should have an adult stay with you for a day or so. You may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for a few days, but most patients find that this fades after a week at most.

You should avoid strenuous exercise for about a week, and most patients can go back to work at this time.

Book Your Brow Lift Procedure Today

Interested in a brow lift in Chicago? Dr. Placik will review your options in your free consultation, as well as go over your surgical goals. Then, he’ll help you decide if a brow lift is a good fit for you.


Author: Dr. Otto Placik

Dr. Otto Placik is a Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago, a leader in the field of body sculpting, and is recognized for his artistry in a wide range of modern cosmetic enhancements.


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