A brow lift adjusts the brow position and shape to create a more attractive periorbital region, also referred to as the zone around the eye. It lifts the brow to accentuate the eye and lid while at the same time effacing forehead wrinkles. The overall effect is a more a relaxed, open and youthful look.
The procedure can be performed through several different approaches. Options include a coronal (over the top of the scalp which is rarely used) access, an incision at the hairline or more commonly an endoscopic technique. The hairline also known as trichophytic or pre-trichal incision does not alter the position of the hairline but does create more temporary scalp numbness. More commonly, we use the endoscopic procedure. We were the first team in the region to adopt this method over 15 years ago. We have found that it provides an attractive and lasting result, with less numbness and minimal alteration of the hairline. Since aging involves all soft tissues, a browlift is often combined with eyelid surgery to create a more youthful result.
What is an Endoscopic Brow Lift / Forehead Lift?
An endoscopic brow/forehead Lift is a facial surgery that utilizes an endoscope (tiny camera) to change the soft tissue re-alignment of the forehead and brow line. It restores the youthfulness of the face by raising the arch of the brow as well as removing frown lines in the forehead and between the brows.
What is the Procedure Process for an Endoscopic Brow/Forehead Lift?
Like any cosmetic procedure, the first step is a consultation at least one week before the procedure. This will help determine the desired results as well as answer any questions that may come up. On the day of the procedure, anesthesia will be used to sedate the patient. While the patient is under, several small incisions will be made along the hairline and sometimes along the brow. These small incisions are usually concealed in the hairline or other areas of the face. A scope is used in the incisions to reassign the muscles, making the forehead more youthful and skin tight.
Who is a Candidate for an Endoscopic Brow/Forehead Lift?
Though many people have a little wrinkling, the best results from a brow/forehead lift are achieved by those who have excessive wrinkling and sagging of the brow and forehead. This procedure is ideal for people who want to take years off their appearance.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
What are the Benefits of an Endoscopic Brow/Forehead Lift?
A brow/forehead lift restores the youthful appearance to a sagging and wrinkled forehead. It reduces the look of lines, and makes the face look more awake and less angry. The overall change is a look of vibrant youthfulness. When compared to the traditional brow/forehead lift, the endoscopic brow/forehead lift is less invasive and leaves less scarring due to smaller and fewer incisions.
Brow Lift FAQ
How do I choose the best Brow Lift surgeon?
Trust in no one but the best for your Brow Lift procedure. The right surgeon for you will have extensive experience, years of specialized training, and an artistic eye for the form of the human face. Choose a surgeon who is Board-Certified in Facial Cosmetic Surgery; this tells you that he has exceptional expertise in his specialty, has received extensive training in procedures of the face and neck, and annually passes rigorous testing and peer evaluation. The best Brow Lift surgeon will listen to your aesthetic desires, developing a surgical plan specifically for your needs and wants.
Board-Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Peter Hilger is a leader in facial, head, and neck plastic and cosmetic surgery. He is dedicated to patient care, research, and education, currently serving as professor and Director of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of Minnesota. For the past 30 years, Dr. Hilger has been performing Brow-Lift procedures in the Twin Cities area. He is dedicated to a personalized approach and achieving the most natural appearing aesthetic results possible for each unique patient. Dr. Hilger has recently been awarded the Carter-Connolly Award as recognition as America’s Top Doctor.
Does insurance cover this procedure?
Since this procedure is elective, insurance will not usually cover it. In cases where the sagging impacts vision, insurance will cover at least part of the cost of the surgery.
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Is there any at-home preparation for the surgery?
The surgeon will discuss any kinds of preparation that will need to be done. It is best to quit smoking as soon as possible before the procedure and skip NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Both will affect clotting and healing, causing healing to take longer and causing more bruising.
Is general anesthesia needed for this procedure?
Sometimes the surgeon finds it necessary to use general anesthesia for this procedure. More often than not, though, the surgeon will use a combination of local anesthesia as well as light sleep sedation.
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