A forehead lift or “brow lift” is a procedure that corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired. A Brow lift can restore a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes.
In a brow lift, the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping are removed or altered to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines creating a more animated appearance. The incision is hidden just behind the hairline.
Who Would Benefit From A Brow Lift?
A Brow lift can help patients of any age who have developed furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscle activity but is most commonly performed in the 40-60 age range. A more alert and refreshed look can be obtained in individuals with inherited conditions, such as a low, heavy brow or furrowed lines above the nose.
A Brow lift is often performed in conjunction with a facelift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to provide a smoother overall look to the face. In some instances, a patient who believes they need upper-eyelid surgery will find that a brow lift better meets their surgical goals.
Patients who are bald, who have a receding hairline, or who have had previous upper-eyelid surgery may still be good candidates for brow lift. Before deciding to have brow lift, you should think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Granzow at his Manhattan Beach Office.
All Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty And Risk
Complications are rare and usually minor, however, the nerves that control eyebrow movement may be injured on one or both sides, resulting in a loss of ability to raise the eyebrows or wrinkle the forehead. This complication may require additional surgery to correct the problem.
Scarring is also a rare complication. A wide scar may need to be removed so a new, thinner scar may result. Also, some patients may experience hair loss along the scar edges.
Loss of sensation along or just beyond the incision line is common, but is usually temporary. Loss of sensation may be permanent in some patients.
Infection and bleeding are very rare, but are possibilities.
You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following Dr. Granzow’s instructions both before and after surgery.