The goal of brow lift or forehead lift is to rejuvenate the appearance of the area around the eyes making the person look more youthful and refreshed. The procedure addresses drooping eyebrows and the lines and wrinkles on a person’s forehead that make them appear angry, sad or tired.
A brow lift can be performed by itself or more often, in conjunction with other procedures in order to help balance the appearance of the eyes with the rest of the face and achieve a natural result that doesn’t appear “worked on.”
If you want to improve the appearance of your forehead and eyes, you can have brow lift surgery with Dr. Adam Hamawy. Dr. Hamawy is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.
Although a brow lift will leave you looking more youthful, rested and may improve your self-esteem, it will not give you a completely different look. Before you decide to have a brow lift, think carefully about your expectations and make sure you discuss them with Dr. Hamawy.
Your Brow Lift Consultation
A forehead lift is usually performed in patients to minimize the appearance of aging. It is often performed together with a facelift to achieve a smoother appearance and/or eyelid surgery for people who have significant excess skin hanging over their upper eyelids. Some patients may believe that they need upper eyelid surgery and discover that a brow lift better suits their goals.
During your first visit, Dr. Hamawy will analyze the shape and location of your eyebrows in relation to your eyes, face and hairline. After your consultation, photographs will be taken for your medical record and additional analysis.
Be prepared to discuss any medical conditions you may have, allergies, prior surgeries, and any medications, vitamins or other supplements that you currently take. You will be asked about any conditions that may complicate the procedure such as uncontrolled hypertension or clotting problems. It is important for you to provide complete information. If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking at least 3 weeks before your surgery. Dr. Hamawy is concerned about your health and safety and depending on your medical status may ask for additional evaluations before proceeding with surgery.
You will learn about the procedure, its limitations and risks, and Dr. Hamawy will discuss your needs and concerns. He will explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you based on your examination and factors such as the degree of facial aging, your hair line, and underlying facial structures.
There are several techniques that are used for brow lifting and Dr. Hamawy will recommend the technique that will achieve the best result for you based on your individual factors. Dr. Hamawy believes that that brow lifts are individualized procedures and that no one technique is right for every patient. The incisions are discrete and hidden by the hairline. Through the incisions, Dr. Hamawy will remove parts of the muscles that cause the frown lines and wrinkling and lift your eyebrows to achieve a more pleasing appearance.
Dr. Hamawy will often use the endoscopic forehead lift technique when possible. This method is performed using an endoscope, which is a small lighted camera on a long thin tube, and working through several tiny incisions in the scalp. This minimally invasive technique leaves small incisions and has the advantage of a faster recovery and less downtime. A brow lift can be performed on its own, or at the same time as another procedure such as eyelid surgery, or neck lift surgery.
The Day of Surgery
Before surgery, you will be given medicine to lessen the anxiety and pain. You will meet your anesthetist before your procedure and he or she will answer any questions you may have about your anesthesia. The surgery by itself usually takes 2 to 3 hours. After the procedure, you will wake up in a recovery area where you will be closely monitored.
Surgery may be performed as an outpatient procedure at a certified ambulatory surgery center, or at one of several affiliated hospitals. You will need someone to drive you home and stay to help you the first few days while at home.
Some discomfort is normal after surgery but shouldn’t be severe. You may experience some headaches and initial scalp numbness. Swelling is normal and this usually settles down around the eyes and cheeks before resolving in about a week. When you are discharged, you will be given prescriptions for pain and to reduce swelling.
You will be up and walking the day of your surgery. Some patients may experience a headache the day of the procedure. Mild swelling and bruising is to be expected for a few days.
The initial numbness in the scalp and hairline is replaced by a slight burning or itching sensation before disappearing. Some hair around the incisions may temporarily appear thinner. Normal hair growth usually resumes within few weeks or months.
Your follow-up visits will usually start a few days following your surgery for a checkup and Dr. Hamawy will review activity limitations, incision care and concerns you may have. Following this visit you will return in approximately 1 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, and one year.
Be assured that your relationship with Dr. Hamawy does not end after your surgery. If you have any concerns during your recovery, or have more questions at a later time, you can always contact Dr. Hamawy.
After your initial consultation, you will be quoted a price that will include Dr. Hamawy’s fee as well as the operating room and any anesthesia fees. Financing options are available.
LENGTH?: 1-2 hours
ANESTHESIA: Local with Sedation or General
RECOVERY: Return to work: 1 week – Light exercise: 4 weeks – Swelling completely resolves: 4-8 weeks