Brow/Forehead Lift Cleveland

Brow LiftAs we age, the brow and/or forehead often starts to droop which can lead to negative changes such as forehead wrinkles or a heavy looking brow. This results in a tired, unhappy or angry look, as well bunching of loose tissue resulting in a change to the shape of the eyes. 

Multiple surgical procedures are available to correct these problems to include coronal, pretrichail, endoscopic and temporal brow lift. The decision on which type of procedure to use is determined during the initial consultation. Factors such as hairline position, hair type, degree of lift needed, individual facial characteristics of the patient as well as the patient’s desired results will help in determining which procedure is right for you.

Always striving for the natural appearance, Dr. Parry adheres to the philosophy of a balanced approach to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery  

Brow/Forehead Lift Goals

  • Open and restore the natural shape of the eyes
  • Eliminate an unhappy or angry look
  • Removal of excessive skin bunching and repositioning of the skin and muscles
  • Smooth forehead wrinkles  
  • Restore balance between the upper and lower face
  • Brighten overall appearance of the patient

Types of Brow/Forehead Lifts  

Coronal Brow Lift:  

The coronal brow lift is an ideal brow/forehead lift performed on patients with low hairlines. The incision is hidden in the hair and extends from just above the ear to the opposite ear.  This procedure allows for a very natural look with long lasting results.

Advantages

  • Unlike endoscopic techniques which suspends excess tissue, the coronal brow actually removes excess tissue resulting in a very natural look with longer lasting results
  • Longer lasting results versus endoscopic approach
  • Can be performed either in an office setting or the operating room     

Disadvantages

  • Temporary numbness will present behind the incision for 6 months 
  • Higher cost, secondary to longer operating time vs endoscopic technique  
  • Cannot be used in patients with high hairlines      

Ideal Candidate 

  • Patients with low hairlines

Pretrichial Brow Lift

The pretrichial brow lift is the only brow/forehead lift that actually lowers, not raises, the hairline and is ideal for patients with high hairlines who desire a fuller look to their hair. The incision is carefully designed to follow the hairline in its natural course making it inconspicuous. 

Advantages

  • Lowers the hairline in patients with high foreheads
  • Unlike endoscopic techniques which suspends excess tissue, the coronal brow removes the excess tissue resulting in a very natural look
  • Longer lasting results versus endoscopic approach
  • Can be performed either in an office setting or the operating room     

Disadvantages

  • Temporary numbness will present behind the incision for 6 months
  • Higher cost, secondary to longer operating time vs endoscopic technique  

Ideal Candidate       

  • Patients with high hairlines

 Endoscopic Brow Lift 

Endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive technique which utilizes a series of smaller incisions and endoscopic cameras to allow for precise visualization. The endoscopic procedure is best suited for individuals with minimal drooping and sagging since it only suspends tissue without actually removing it.     

Advantages

  • Minimally invasive
  • Smaller incisions
  • Can be performed either in an office setting or the operating room     

Disadvantages

  • Unlike both the coronal and pretrichial techniques which remove the excess tissue, the endoscopic techniques only suspend the excess tissues; the coronal brow removes the excess tissue resulting in a very natural look with longer lasting results
  • Higher risk for asymmetrical results

Ideal Candidate       

  • Patients with minimal drooping and sagging since its only suspends tissue   

Temporal/Lateral Brow Lift

The temporal brow lift is a limited brow lift that addresses sagging and loose lateral brow skin. The incision is hidden along the temporal hairline. This procedure is often used to touch up a previous brow/forehead lift. 

Ideal Patient

  • Patients who cannot undergo a full brow lift such as men with baldness

FAQs

How much downtime can I expect?

Sutures are removed between post-operative days 4 to 7. Follow up care will continue over the course of the following year. Most patients can return to work in 5 to 7 days.

How much swelling and bruising?

Most patients will experience some swelling and bruising which can last from 3 to 14 days depending on the type of brow lift performed. The patient’s adherence to the post-operative instructions will also have a direct impact as well. Most bruising can be temporarily camouflaged with make-up.

How much pain will I experience post-operative?

Post-operative pain is minimal. Most patients only require over the counter pain relievers or mild prescription pain medications prescribed by Dr. Parry.  

When can I go back to work or exercise? 

The majority of patients can return to work in 5 to 7 days. To achieve the best results exercise should be avoided for 2 to 4 weeks after the procedure. Dr. Parry will personalize a recovery schedule for each patient.

How long does a browlift surgery take and what is the cost? 

The time can range from 1 to 2 hours depending on the type of browlift performed. Cost is dependent on type of brow lift and whether its performed in the office setting versus the operating room. 

Can I have other cosmetic procedures performed at the same time as my brow lift?

Yes, often patients will elect to have additional procedures such as a facelift, rhinoplasty and/or eyelid surgery to save downtime and provide optimal results depending on the patient’s goals.

Will people know that I have had a browlift or have scars? 

Dr. Parry is a gifted and highly experienced double board certified, fellowship trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He always strives for a natural and balanced approach versus an overdone plastic look.  Dr. Parry uses his surgical expertise in conjunction with post-operative care to ensure the scares are virtually invisible.       

Will I be left with a “surprised” look after surgery?

A surprised look is the result of removing or suspending the tissue to aggressively, as a result the brows are elevated beyond their anatomical location. There are many physicians performing forehead surgery without the proper fellowship training, or board certification to perform these procedures, unfortunately, this leads to disastrous results. When performed by a highly trained and skilled surgeon, such as Dr. Parry, who is double board certified and fellowship trained there is an extremely low risk of an overly elevated lift resulting in a “surprised” look following surgery.

How long will a brow lift last?

There are many factors that will determine how long the results of the surgery will last to include the type of brow lift, the health of the patient and the patients level of commitment to the post-operative care. The goal of this procedure is to return the patient to a more youthful appearance, turning back their clock 10-15 years. You will continue to naturally age but you should always appear 10-15 years younger than your chronological age. 

What is better a browlift or fillers and injectables? 

A browlift will result in a more dramatic result secondary to the repositioning of the underlying tissue and removal of excess skin than fillers or injectables. The results of a surgical browlift can last 10-15 years versus the temporary short-term results of fillers and injectables. Often fillers or injectables are used in conjunction with a browlift to achieve the best results. During your consultation with Dr. Parry, he will help you decide the best approach to achieving your goals. 

Have more questions?

During your consultation Dr. Parry will be able to discuss a Cleveland browlift in greater details.  Contact us today to arrange for your Cleveland facial plastic surgery consultation

Always trust your face to a double board certified, fellowship trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon