With aging, there is a descent of the muscle, supporting tissue, fat, and skin of the face. As the skin and supportive tissue of the forehead begin to lose their strength, the eyebrows can become heavy and begin to droop. This can result in a sad, tired or angry appearance. It can also contribute to wrinkling across the forehead and between the eyes and a hooded appearance to the eyelids. Many patients come in pushing their eyebrows up to where they used to be, or where they think they should be to give themselves a younger appearance. A forehead lift or brow lift is a good option to reposition the eyebrows, giving the forehead and upper eyelids a more youthful, rejuvenated look. Forehead lifts can often be overdone, resulting in a surprised look. We prefer a subtle, more natural appearance.
Each patient will be carefully examined to determine the best way to approach the forehead lift. Your surgeon will then decide if a direct (over the brow or midforehead), pretrichial (hidden in the hairline) or endoscopic (through multiple small incisions in the scalp) approach is best. You will feel well within the first two or three days but will have some bruising and swelling, which may take up to two weeks to resolve.