If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your forehead, a Brow Lift may be the answer you are looking for. Dr. Kelly R. Kunkel offers forehead rejuvenation for those who are seeking to gain the beautiful appearance, and the confidence that comes with it, they've always craved. Call 817.335.5200 today to schedule your consult with Dr. Kunkel and learn more about the Brow Lift!
Brow Lift Before and After
Why Get A Brow Lift?
Low eyebrows make a person look tired, maybe even angry. Extra skin becomes noticeable in the upper eyelids. Forehead wrinkles develop from subconsciously using the muscles to elevate the brows and upper eyelids. A brow lift may be ideal in situations like this.
Can I Combine a Brow Lift with Other Procedures?
Types Of Brow Lifts Offered At Kunkel Plastic Surgery
There are several types of brow lift surgery. The technique chosen is based on the person’s physical characteristics and desires.
Hairline Brow Lift
With this type of brow lift, an incision is made immediately behind the hairline. The forehead skin is lifted off of the underlying muscle and pulled tight. The extra skin is removed, resulting in a precise, tailored elevation of specific areas of the eyebrows. This is the type of brow lift that Dr. Kunkel performs most frequently. The incisions are made in a way that allows growth of hair through the scar over several months, making it difficult to detect.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
Three to five short incisions are made just behind the hairline. An instrument called an endoscope is then placed beneath the skin. The forehead skin is lifted off the underlying tissue. The muscles between the eyebrows may be thinned or removed. The eyebrows are then lifted to their new positions.
Women who do best with this procedure are typically in their 30’s and 40’s.
The Endoscopic Brow Lift was the most common type of brow lift in the U.S. in the early 2000’s, but the Hairline Brow Lift is probably used more today.
Coronal Brow Lift
The Coronal Brow Lift is the “classic” brow lift, and was very popular in the 1970’s and 1980’s. A coronal brow lift begins by making an incision behind the hairline, going across the top of the head from one ear to the other. The scalp and forehead skin are elevated off the underlying tissue. The muscles between the eyebrows are modified to help minimize wrinkles in this area. The eyebrows are then lifted to their new positions and excess skin is removed. Typically patients who undergo this brow lift are in their 60’s or 70’s.
Direct Brow Lift
Sometimes all it takes is relatively small incisions directly over the eyebrows. The Direct Brow Lift is more common in men than women. Men tend to have thicker eyebrow hair and the scar may be less noticeable. This may be a good operation for a man in his 60’s or 70’s whose eyebrows have descended enough that his eyelids are draped over the eyelashes.
Where Does Brow Lift Surgery Take Place?
Dr. Kunkel performs brow lift surgery in a Fort Worth surgery center or hospital. The procedure usually takes a little over an hour. The patient is put to sleep under the direction of an anesthesiologist (general anesthesia). Most patients go home the same day.
What To Expect During Recovery
Some swelling and bruising are present after surgery. Bruising may be noticeable to other people for 3 to 4 weeks. The forehead skin may be numb for a while. Some patients return to work after a week or 10 days. Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks.
What Are The Risks Of Brow Lift Surgery?
Every surgical procedure includes risks. All operations, from hysterectomies to gallbladder removal to brow lifts include risks of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and poor healing. Risks more unique to brow lifts include numbness of the forehead and scalp, hair loss near the incision sites, asymmetry of brow position, and loss of movement of parts of the forehead.
Who Should Consider Having a Brow Lift?
Anyone who is dealing with an altered appearance with their forehead is an ideal candidate for a brow lift. A prominent reason why people get a brow lift performed is because their skin is not bouncing back the way it used to. As we age, our bodies start to produce less collagen and elastin; two proteins that are vital to our skin’s health. Elastin is the protein that gives our skin its elasticity. Combined with the loss in collagen, losing elastin over time is what causes the skin to sag.
Another common reason why brow lifts are done is when people have prominent wrinkles. Wrinkles are horizontal creases that appear on your forehead whenever you move your eyebrows. They are caused by a number of things, which includes natural aging, exposure to UV rays, smoking too much, and repetitive facial movements.
What Can I Expect During My Brow Lift Consultation?
To determine the best approach, your plastic surgeon will begin by assessing your current problems. They will carefully examine your face with your eyes open and closed. You may also have photographs taken, so they can create your medical record. Afterwards, you and the plastic surgeon will discuss the expectations you have from receiving a brow lift. As you converse, be sure to thoroughly explain why you want the procedure done and how you aim to look once it is completed.
Are There Nonsurgical Options for a Brow Lift?
Absolutely! If you feel that a surgical procedure is too much for your issues, there are alternatives at your disposal. Receiving Botox injections is a common, yet very effective alternative to brow lifts. It is a neurotoxin that “freezes” your muscles. More precisely, it relaxes the muscles in your forehead to give it a smoother appearance.
Bear in mind, however, you will need to have repeat sessions every three to four months to maintain the results. If you are not able to receive Botox or are not very comfortable with it, you can also consider getting a dermal filler, like Juvederm or Kybella.
How Long Will the Results After a Brow Lift Last?
A brow lift is a cosmetic procedure where the results are permanent. However,, it is worth pointing out that if you get a brow lift while you are still younger, the natural aging process does still occur. The loss of skin elasticity and collagen may cause your wrinkles to reappear and drooping of the eyebrow.