A browlift elevates the forehead and the heaviness of the upper eyelids. It can also help to minimize wrinkles between the eyebrows and forehead. Incisions can be either coronal (in the hairline along the top of the head), or anterior (within the hairline at the forehead/hair interface). A browlift can also improve ptosis (drooping of the brow). This procedure can be combined with a facelift and upper or lower blepharoplasties to help with complete facial rejuvenation.
Browlifts can be performed under monitored or general anesthetic. The surgery takes approximately 1.5 hours and is followed with a short stay in our recovery room as needed. Patients are discharged from our clinic with a dressing along their incision that wraps around their head. The dressing should stay in place for 48 – 72 hours at which time it can be removed and the patient may shower and wash their hair. Appropriate incision care will be reviewed with the patient and caregiver prior to discharge. Once home, patients should position themselves with their head elevated and use regular ice packs to their forehead and eyelids to help minimize swelling and bruising.
Sutures or staples are removed in office 10 days post-op.
Complications are rare, but may include temporary numbness, nerve injury, alopecia (hair loss) along the incision, infection or bleeding.
Dr. Smith will typically see patients 3 months post-op to assess their result and take photographs.