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When people think of overall facial rejuvenation, facelifts often come to mind. A facelift is an excellent procedure for getting a youthful makeover, but facelifts only address the area below the eyes. A brow lift, on the other hand, addresses the forehead, brows, and area around the eyes. Also called a forehead lift, it’s sometimes done as a stand-alone procedure or sometimes paired with a facelift and/or other surgical procedures. Learn more about brow lifts here.

Who benefits from a brow lift?

Brow lifts benefit those with sagging skin in the forehead, sagging brows (which often create the illusion that one is always worried or grumpy), and/or a tired look to their eyes as a result of the sagging of skin above them. The procedure lifts the upper part of the face in order to reduce sagging and the appearance of wrinkles.

Brow lift procedure

During a brow lift, your surgeon will make an incision or incisions along the scalp. The type depends on which surgery will be done. With an endoscopic brow lift, multiple small incisions are made along the hairline. There is also the coronal or classic incision, a single incision made along the scalp going from one ear to the next. Both incisions are well-hidden and placed to avoid scarring. Then, the underlying muscles and tissues are repositioned so that the entire forehead has a natural look. The procedure takes about two hours and is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day. 

Brow lift recovery

After getting your brow lift, there are some side effects associated. As with most surgical procedures, some swelling, bruising and redness may occur. Itching may occur as well, especially if your surgeon used the classic incision technique. Numbness and tingling are also common side effects.

To aid in recovery, you can use a cold pack to help reduce swelling and bruising and keep your head elevated on pillows when lying down. Your doctor may prescribe pain meds or an ointment to use to help with the itching. 

Your doctor will give you instructions on when you can resume normal activities, but general guidelines are that you can return to work within about a week to 10 days after your procedure, and can exercise and perform heavy lifting within about 4-6 weeks. 

Of course, the skill of your doctor will play a big difference in how your results turn out. Seek out a highly experienced doctor with amazing reviews like Dr. Torkian. 

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