Brow Lift Houston
A brow lift, sometimes called a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure to smooth the skin of the forehead and lift sagging eyebrows by removal or alteration of the muscles above the eyes.
Some people choose to include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) with their brow lift, restoring a more balanced, youthful, and rested look to both the forehead and the eyes.
Brow Lift Considerations
During your brow lift consultation with Dr. Erika Sato, she will learn more about the concerns you have with your forehead and/or eyebrows in order to form a surgical plan specific for you.
Who is a good candidate for a brow lift?
You may be a candidate for a brow lift if you have lines and/or inelastic skin on your forehead, or sagging/drooping eyebrows and want to counteract the effects of aging. Dr. Sato will examine you and review your medical history in order to determine if a brow lift is right for you.
What happens during a brow lift?
A brow lift is done as an outpatient procedure in our on-site surgical facility under local anesthetic and IV sedation. Every case is different but the average brow lift takes 1-2 hours to complete.
With the conventional brow lift, Dr. Sato makes one incision stretching between the ears and across the top of the forehead behind the hairline. Then the forehead skin is lifted, tissue is removed, muscles are adjusted, and the eyebrows may be lifted. Excess skin is trimmed and the incision is closed with stitches or staples.
For an endoscopic brow lift, Dr. Sato uses 3-5 small incisions just inside the hairline. An endoscope with a camera at one end is inserted into one of the incisions. The camera directs Dr. Sato as she uses surgical instruments inserted through the other incisions to adjust muscles and tighten the skin. Temporary screws may be left in place to lift the eyebrows.
What can I expect while recovering from a brow lift?
Conventional brow lift patients may experience some numbness and discomfort along the incision. Numbness may progress to itching, which will resolve within 6 months.
Your head can be elevated for 2-3 days to reduce swelling. Bandages are removed in 1-2 days, and stitches or staples are taken out in 2 weeks. Hair near the incision may fall out or thin, but normal growth should return within weeks to a few months.
Endoscopic surgery patients may experience some numbness, discomfort, and swelling around the incisions but less so than with a conventional brow lift. Stitches or staples are removed in a week and temporary fixation screws are taken out within 2 weeks.
With both procedures, patients are able to wash their hair 2 days after the procedure and most people can return to their regular activities within 7-10 days. Strenuous activity should be avoided for 3-4 weeks.
Are you interested in a brow lift in Houston? Contact Dr. Erika Sato today for a consultation.