Browlift (Forehead Lift)

The forehead and eyebrows are often overlooked when we think about the changes that occur to our faces as we grow older. As we age, the wrinkles in our forehead and between our eyes deepen and the brow descends, leading to more pronounced skin in the upper eyelids. This combination is not only cosmetically unappealing, but it can also obstruct vision and cause headaches due to the constant contraction of the forehead muscles to elevate the brow. Dr. Wudel and the team at Renew Facial Plastic Surgery will evaluate your forehead shape, skin thickness, wrinkle depth and degree of brow descent to decide which browlift technique is best suited to you.

What is the difference between and endoscopic and open browlift?

An endoscopic forehead lift is done through 5 small incisions placed in the hair.  Using specialized instruments and cameras under the skin, the brow is elevated to a more youthful position and secured in place.  This technique is good for patients with shorter foreheads, thinner skin, and mild to moderate brow descent. Patients who have thicker/heavier skin, deeper wrinkles or longer foreheads may be more appropriate for an open (trichophytic forehead lift).  This procedure is done by creating a careful incision just behind the hairline and down into the temple area on both sides.  Placing the incision in the hairline allows hair to grow through the scar, camouflaging it nicely once it has completely healed. This technique allows for removal of excess skin, correction of any asymmetry in the brows, and can allow for the removal of the frown muscles if desired.

Will insurance pay for my browlift?

In many patients, brow descent causes excess skin to accumulate over the eyes and obstructs their vision.  Simple testing can be completed to assess the degree of obstruction you have as a result of your brow descent. If the degree of obstruction meets criteria set by your insurance company the procedure will be covered under your plan.

What is the recovery like for a browlift?

Everyone recovers from surgery at a different pace, but you should expect to be off work for one week following surgery. Depending on the amount of bruising you get it may take slightly longer for any discoloration to completely resolve.  Temporary scalp numbness, tightness and swelling are normal following the procedure and will resolve over several weeks.