Brow Lift – Forehead Rejuvenation in Austin by Dr. Malena Amato
The brows are typically one of the first areas of the face affected by aging. Their prominent role in facial expressions, gravitational descent of the brows and the forehead’s susceptibility to sun damage accelerates the aging process, leading to premature sagging. By about age 35, both men and women start to notice that their brows sit lower than they used to. This change is usually accompanied by an increase in wrinkling across the forehead and around the eyes and hooding of skin above the eyes. Though Botox and dermal fillers can effectively treat these creases in their early stages, advanced forehead laxity requires surgical care. At Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Malena Amato uses brow lift surgery to restore the brows to a youthful position and smooth frown lines.
About Brow Lift Surgery
Brow lift surgery, also known as a forehead lift, involves the tightening of the tissues that support the forehead. Sometimes, depending on the type of brow lift being performed, excess skin is also removed during this procedure. Dr. Amato frequently combines brow lift surgery with blepharoplasty to rejuvenate the upper face and restore optimal vision completely (if the patient’s vision has been impacted by eyelid ptosis) or for the ideal aesthetic result. As an experienced oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Amato is well-versed in all types of brow lifting techniques, including minimally invasive endoscopic brow lifts; her goal is to offer the best procedure with minimal scarring for each patient.
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Endoscopic surgery is an excellent choice for eligible candidates because it dramatically reduces the amount of healing time needed after your procedure. Surgery is usually performed under light IV sedation and lasts about an hour. This surgical technique also limits postoperative swelling and bruising, so most patients don’t experience noticeable discomfort after having an endoscopic brow lift. Endoscopic brow lift surgery can be performed under local anesthesia.
During an endoscopic brow lift, several short incisions are made just behind the patient’s hairline. Dr. Amato then uses a tiny camera (called an endoscope) and delicate surgical instruments to gently manipulate the position of the tissues that support the forehead. The forehead is released, then lifted and fixed into place with self-dissolving sutures or implants. As the patient heals, his or her forehead tissue will become permanently attached to their new location. Dr. Amato often offers Botox® or other neuromodulators as a compliment to the forehead lift surgery to enhance the smooth forehead and brows in their new, elevated position.
Direct brow lift surgery involves the placement of a single incision above the brow, either hidden in the brow, forehead wrinkle, or behind the hairline. Several factors determine the surgical incision site, including the thickness of brows, depth of forehead furrows, and hairline. Some brow lifts can shorten a tall forehead by removing skin. In this technique, Dr. Amato accesses and releases the patient’s forehead muscles, then tightens and repositions them using self-dissolving sutures. Excess skin may be removed before the incision is closed. Direct brow lift surgery is usually recommended for mature patients (those over age 55) who have significant skin laxity or patients with deep forehead wrinkles or a high forehead. Brow lift surgery usually takes 30 to 60 minutes under local and light IV sedation.
Dr. Amato can combine brow lift surgery with various surgical and non-surgical therapies, including blepharoplasty, mid facelift, laser resurfacing, and Botox® injections, dermal fillers, for comprehensive revitalization. Feel free to discuss all your cosmetic concerns with her during your consultation; she’ll be happy to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets all your objectives.
What is Brow Lift Recovery Like?
Recovery from endoscopic brow lift surgery is generally one to two weeks for most healing. Most patients see a reduction in swelling and bruising after just 48 hours, and very little discomfort post-operatively. We recommend taking about one week off work following an endoscopic brow lift.
Recovery from direct brow lift surgery takes 10 to 14 days on average, and patients who have a direct brow lift may notice more significant swelling and bruising. Still, recovery from direct brow lift surgery can be managed comfortably with the aid of prescription pain medication. Dr. Amato may also use special compression bandages and place a surgical drain to reduce swelling and expedite healing.
Though you’ll feel better after resting for a week or two, it’s important to understand that your face will continue to heal and adjust for a while after you have surgery. Your brows and hairline may look higher than you expected at first, but don’t worry – they will gradually settle into a more natural position throughout about six months.
Dr. Amato provides thorough, personalized follow-up care to all her patients. If at any point during your recovery you experience discomfort or have concerns, she encourages her patients to reach her directly by phone, even outside of regular office hours.
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Who Makes a Good Candidate for Brow Lift Surgery?
You may be a good candidate for brow lift surgery if you have low-set brows, heavy upper eyelids from low-set brows, and visible creases in your forehead, especially if those creases don’t respond optimally to non-surgical treatments like Botox. Another indicator that you could benefit from a brow lift is a changed expression: Do you look tired, sad, or angry all the time—no matter how happy and well-rested you are? If you do, then a brow lift may help restore an alert, vibrant look that reflects your real personality.
To have brow lift surgery, you’ll need to be in good overall health and be a non-smoker. If smoking cessation is difficult for you, ask your doctor about using a nicotine patch before and after surgery. Be prepared to provide information about your medical history, including any medications (prescription and over the counter) and supplements you take. Dr. Amato will need to review this information during your consultation to determine your eligibility for surgery. Dr. Amato may offer other nonsurgical techniques that can lift the outer brow, such as Botox or another neurotoxin. For surgery, she may ask you to stop taking certain medications (with your doctor’s permission) before surgery to reduce the risk of complications.
Is Brow Lift Surgery Covered by my Insurance?
In some instances, brow lift surgery may be covered by insurance if the brow position is extremely low and contributing to peripheral vision loss. Dr. Amato is experienced in evaluation to see if you are a candidate for medically necessary coverage.
Schedule a Consultation for Forehead Lift Surgery in Austin, Texas
If your forehead and brows are altering your natural expression and aging your face, brow lift surgery might be right for you. To learn more about this procedure, contact Austin brow-lift surgeon Dr. Malena Amato to arrange a personal consultation. When you meet Dr. Amato, she’ll listen to your concerns and create a fully individualized treatment plan that reflects your unique needs and wishes.