The eyebrow lift is designed to improve drooping eyebrows. This condition may be one of the first signs of aging. Most people do not even realize that the eyebrow can contribute to the aged look. They simply note that their eyes seem smaller or more deeply set, or that they appear tired or look angry all the time.
Excess upper eyelid skin can be exacerbated when the eyebrows and forehead tissues begin to droop. The relaxation of these tissues may be such that the upper lids touch or overlap the eyelashes.
Eyebrow Lift Expectations
The eyebrow lift can gently lift the brow to a position that is more pleasing and relieves some of the concerns mentioned above. Sometimes the deep furrows between the eyebrows can be lessened.
Performed alone, the eyebrow lift does not remove the upper eyelid skin or fat, “crow’s feet”, wrinkles, or alter the lower eyelid or cheek. Other procedures such as eyelid surgery, mid-face lifting, facelift, chemical peeling, laser skin resurfacing, the Face Skin Care Program or Botox® injections are sometimes combined with eyebrow surgery or planned at a different time.
Getting an Eyebrow Lift
Facial plastic surgery for droopy eyebrows is designed to achieve a more rested and youthful appearance. One of the methods through which the drooping brows may be improved is a forehead lift. The incision can be hidden in the hairline, placed in front of the hairline, or performed endoscopically. The technique selected depends on the particular anatomy and condition of the patient.
If a “behind the hairline” or “in front of the hairline” technique is used, the excess skin is removed. With the endoscopic technique, skin is not usually removed. Sometimes the procedure of choice may be the direct brow lift in which the incisions are made at the top edge of the eyebrows or in a forehead crease.
In some patients the brows can be supported through a procedure performed entirely through the upper eyelid incision (transblepharoplasty brow lift) when done in combination with upper eyelid surgery.
In some cases, a combination of the above forehead-brow approaches are used. Deep sutures are sometimes used to support heavy brow/forehead tissues. Any of these procedures can be done alone or in combination with a facelift and/or other surgery. The procedure is usually performed at the clinic outpatient surgical center under twilight sedation supplemented with local anesthesia.
Meet Dr. Langsdon
Former President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Phillip R. Langsdon, MD, FACS is Professor and Chief, Division Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Oto-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. Dr. Langsdon’s career has been limited and focused entirely on Facial Plastic Surgery and he has dedicated himself to the pursuit of excellence in this field.
Your Eyebrow Lift Results
Within a few weeks most of the visible signs of the eye brow lift procedure will have disappeared. After a direct brow lift you may simply have a piece of flesh-colored tape covering the incisions or the forehead.
Incision lines may take a while to soften and lighten up because the skin in this area is relatively thick. Make-up can normally be used to camouflage the incision sites after the initial healing is complete (one to two weeks). Occasionally, a light dermabrasion is recommended for the direct brow lift incision site.
Eyebrow Lift Before and After Images
Eyebrow Lift FAQs
Various factors will affect your final price tag. Dr. Langsdon can give you an accurate cost estimate after meeting with you in person, evaluating the degree of aging you’re experiencing, and discussing your expectations for your surgical outcomes.
After your eyebrow lift, you’ll enjoy long-lasting results. Dr. Langsdon uses his skills to raise the brow area to a more youthful position. Your new, well-rested expression can last a decade or more. However, it’s essential to note that a brow lift does not halt the natural aging process. Lifestyle factors like smoking, poor nutrition, and excessive sun exposure can cause you to age more rapidly and negate the refreshed appearance that resulted from your brow lift.
Dr. Langsdon will perform this procedure while you’re anesthetized, so you won’t feel any pain during the surgery itself. Throughout your recovery process, you may feel some discomfort and a sensation of tightness throughout your forehead. If necessary, Dr. Langsdon can prescribe you pain medication, or you can manage any discomfort with over-the-counter solutions like acetaminophen or naproxen sodium.
While a brow lift repositions the forehead and makes you look less fatigued, it doesn’t address excess skin and fat on the upper and lower eyelids. A straightforward procedure called a blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, will take care of those issues. If your upper eyelid skin is sagging and obscuring your vision, you’re likely an ideal candidate for upper eyelid surgery. If you have puffy undereye bags, you may wish to consider lower eyelid surgery.
You can also choose to have an upper and lower blepharoplasty done simultaneously to give your eyes a brighter, more alert, and approachable appearance. During your consultation, ask Dr. Langsdon about combining a brow lift and a blepharoplasty if you want to address eyelid-related issues.