Gravity is a tireless worker all across our bodies, but in some areas its effects are more evident than others. Take our brows, for instance. Gravity and sagging skin and support muscles can cause our forehead skin and our brows to descend. As if this wasn’t enough on its own, these changes can give the appearance that we’re either perpetually tired, sad, or angry. Who needs that?
Fortunately, Dr. Kian Eftekhari specializes in ending the misperceptions by performing brow lift surgery for his Utah patients. A brow lift addresses the sagging, elevates the support muscles, removes wrinkles, and makes other changes to rejuvenate the upper third of the face.
What is a brow lift?
Also sometimes called a forehead lift, a brow lift focuses solely on the forehead and the brows. The goal is to reverse the sagging that has bunched the skin around the brows above the eyes. Dr. Eftekhari removes or alters the muscles above the eyes to smooth lines, raise the eyebrows, and bring the tissues back up. The end result is a much improved, more alert, younger look.
Who is are the Ideal Candidates for a Brow Lift?
Most of our brow lift patients are between the ages of 50 and 65 with sagging brows and noticeable aging on their forehead skin. This surgery aims to elevate the brows, erase the lines and creases on the forehead, and eliminate any hooding that is occurring above the eyes.
Genetics can play a role in how your brows age. Some people simply are prone to more sagging and drooping in this area. And this can make people think you’re either really tired, sad, or mad most of the time. If you get asked about those things, a brow lift could be a great procedure.
How is a brow lift performed?
The development of the endoscope has really changed these procedures. Dr. Eftekhari is able to usually perform endoscopic brow lifts for most of his patients. This makes for a markedly easier recovery and minimal scarring. But for some patients, this method doesn’t allow enough tissue repositioning and trimming, and a coronal method may be necessary. He will discuss which option is right for you during your consultation.
Endoscopic brow lift
This has become the go-to method for brow lifts. Dr. Eftekhari makes three to five short incisions within the patient’s hairline. An endoscope, a tiny instrument with a camera on the end, is inserted into one of the incisions to provide visuals. This eliminates the need to pull away the entire brow skin from the support tissues to gain visual access. Dr. Eftekhari then inserts tools into the other incisions to manipulate the skin and muscles. Because of the small incisions, there is minimal scarring with an endoscopic lift.
Coronal brow lift
Also known as the “traditional” brow lift, this formerly was the only available method for this procedure. It still is necessary for some patients who need extensive skin removed. This involves a single coronal incision that runs from one ear, wraps up and around the forehead, and terminates at the other ear. The incision is hidden within the hairline. The skin is lifted away from the forehead and the underlying muscles are trimmed and repositioned as needed. If there is serious sagging, the eyebrows may be lifted.
What is the Recovery from a Brow Lift?
The initial part of your recovery is the most important, and for most patients the most tedious. For the first two or three days following your procedure, you’ll have to keep your head elevated at all times, even when sleeping. You’ll have bruising and swelling. This can migrate down into your cheeks and around your eyes. This should run its course in a week to 10 days.
Recovery is a little different depending on the method Dr. Eftekhari uses. There will be some discomfort and numbness along the long incision with a traditional lift. When the numbness resolves it will be replaced by itching along the incision that can last up to six months. Your hair along the incision can thin or fall out, but normal hair growth should resume within a few months.
Endoscopic brow lifts involve less numbness and itching along the incisions because a single continuous incision is not used.
Most patients can return to work within about 10 days, but strenuous exercise and heavy lifting that puts strain onto your face needs to be avoided for one month. You need to not allow your blood pressure to elevate to your face.
Are There Risks Involved in a Forehead Lift Procedure?
The risks are the same as with any surgery: excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, reaction to anesthesia, and possible infection, but these are very rare with this procedure. The main side effect is possible numbness across the forehead due to the repositioning of the tissues. This usually passes as the nerves adjust. Itching along the incision is standard, but it also passes within a few months.
How long will my results from my brow lift last?
The changes made by Dr. Eftekhari are permanent. For instance, if he releases the muscles creating the frown lines between your eyebrows, they will never become overly tight and recreate the problem again. Your reduction of your transverse lines is also permanent, and even if a semblance of them returns they will not be anywhere near as deep or severe again.
Of course, your brows will continue to age, and there will be some future sagging. This will never approach the way it was prior to this surgery. Your best results will last for 10-15 years, but you’ll always have rejuvenated brows.
Will a Forehead Lift Procedure Leave Scars?
If Dr. Eftekhari is able to use the endoscopic method for your surgery, your scarring will only consist of five very small incisions that are virtually unnoticeable. If he needs to use the longer coronal incision, he hides it within the hairline as much as possible.
"Dr. Eftekhari is an excellent doctor! I would absolutely recommend him to family and friends. He was very thorough in explaining everything and took the time to answer all my questions. His staff is also excellent. It was an all around great experience!" - E.O.
Schedule Your Brow Lift Consultation Today!
Interested in learning more about a brow lift/forehead lift? Call Dr. Kian Eftekhari at (801) 685-3398 to schedule your consultation today! Eyelid Center of Utah is located in Salt Lake City & serves all nearby areas.