Lifting the brow can provide some of the most dramatic appearance changes. A brow lift opens the eyes, tightens the skin of the eyelids and raises the brows to a position that restores the look of energy and wellness. Occasionally referred to as a forehead lift, a brow lift repositions the muscles to lift and tighten the area above and including the brow.
The endoscopic approach is the least invasive and the most recent technique. The procedure is performed with the use of an endoscope (a small light and camera attached to a very small cable that is connected to a video monitor). This allows Dr. Sikorski to directly see the muscles and tissues beneath the skin that need to be modified and lifted. Endoscopic brow positioning is much preferred over older open scalp surgeries. With the endoscope, only a few very small incisions need to be made and these incisions are behind the hairline. No one will see that you have had surgery because any small scars will be hidden by your hair. Dr. Sikorski prefers endoscopic surgery for a number of reasons – Less healing time, less risk of hair loss, less post-surgical numbness and less risk of infection.
Candidate for brow lifts may have one or more of the following:
- Deep furrows between the eyes
- Horizontal wrinkles on the forehead
- Sagging brows
- Asymmetrical brow height
- Tissue that hangs down at the outer part of the eyelids
An Endoscopic Brow lift can provide a younger, friendlier and more refreshed appearance to the area above the eyes. This technique provides smoother forehead skin and a more animated appearance.
What is an Endoscopic Brow lift like?
The endoscope allows a direct view of the tissues and muscles beneath the skin. In this type of surgery, about four or five small incisions are made instead of one long incision. Each of the smaller incisions is only up to 1 to 1 ½ cm’s long. Dr. Sikorski inserts the endoscope through one of the incisions. The other incisions are used to insert specialized instruments to remove unwanted tissue and to reshape the muscles in the area. Dr. Sikorski places hemaseal also called “tissel” a special skin glue under the skin to seal blood vessels and seal the brow in position, the skin to reposition or lift the eyebrows. In addition, fixation screws are may be placed behind the hairline to hold the position of the brow in place for one to two weeks. These two tiny titanium fixation screws are removed painlessly at the one week or two week post-op visit. After the procedure is over, Dr. Sikorski closes the incisions with tiny sutures. The procedure is usually done while Mission Viejo and Orange County patients are asleep under iv sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Sikorski’s dual specialty of cosmetic surgery and dermatology allows for a wide range of options from purely surgical to mini-surgical plus dermatology to nonsurgical dermatology.
Will a brow lift eliminate the need for an eye lift?
A brow lift will help make the eyes appear more open and often is the only upper face surgery needed, but some patients will need additional surgery for lifting and opening the eyes. Eyelid surgery can easily be performed at the same time as a forehead lift if you have significant skin overhang in the upper eyelids. Sometimes, Mission Viejo and Orange County patients who believe they need upper-eyelid surgery find that a forehead lift better meets their surgical goals. Dr. Sikorski will examine your facial muscle structure and recommend the correct procedure. If only one procedure is needed to accomplish the goal, you can rest assured you will understand why. Since Dr. Sikorski’s main goal is to provide her patients with a natural look, she will always be sure to advise you on the most reasonable approach to prevent an “over done” result.
What is the recovery period?
You may expect about 7 days of swelling or bruising in the lower forehead/eyelid area. Some Mission Viejo and OC patients recover more rapidly, some may take a few days longer. You will receive full pre-op and post op directions that will help you heal quickly and completely.
At what age should I contemplate brow lift surgery?
A forehead lift is most commonly performed on men and women in the 35-70 age range to minimize the visible effects of aging. However, it can also help people of any age who have developed furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscle activity. Mission Viejo and Orange County patients with inherited conditions, such as a low, heavy brow or furrowed lines above the nose can achieve a more alert and refreshed look with this procedure. Age is not a barrier to cosmetic surgery. Patients who are bald, who have a receding hairline or who have had previous upper-eyelid surgery may still be good candidates for forehead lift. Dr. Sikorski will simply alter the incision location or perform a more conservative operation.
Costs for Brow lift
Brow lift surgery is often much less expensive than most Mission Viejo and Orange County patients assume. Dr. Sikorski’s integrated accredited surgicenter in our office increases affordability by cutting out the high costs of an off site surgical suite. There are no cost over-runs or additional anesthesiologist charges for surgeries that take a little longer than expected. Please call our office for ballpark fees or make an appointment for a full facial assessment and pricing. Cosmetic Consultations are complimentary. Please call our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sikorski.
Our Surgery Center
Natural Image Cosmetic Surgery in the Mission Viejo and Orange County area is a fully-accredited, AAAHC center, with complete on-site surgery facilities. You undergo surgery, treatment and follow-up care at one location with no hospitalization required. Our highly-trained anesthesiologist ensures you receive quality care throughout your surgery. You will be attended by a Registered Nurse for the first 24 hours after returning home.
Related cosmetic surgery or non-surgical procedures
- Blepharoplasty (eyelift) to remove excessive eyelid skin or bags beneath the eyes.
- Facelift, Jowl Lift, Necklift or Liposuction to tighten and re-contour the face and/or neck
- Erbium Laser resurfacing for smoothing wrinkles and rough skin (also tightens)
- Fraxel pixilated laser for pigmentation and skin texture
- BOTOX® Cosmetic for relaxing frown and worry lines and crows’ feet
- Dermal Fillers such as JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, Restylane, Silicone droplets to fill fine lines and wrinkles
Your Consultation Visit
Enjoy a relaxing visit to our office where you can ask questions, meet our staff, take a tour of our office and surgical suite and view additional photo results of our Mission Viejo and OC patients.
Your consultation assessment is with Dr. Sikorski, not an impersonal or commissioned sales person. Fees and procedure preparations are discussed with our patient coordinator, who will detail the surgical experience with you.
Learn more about brow lift in the Mission Viejo and Orange County area. Schedule an appointment with Natural Image OC online or by phone at (949) 448-0487.