An eyebrow lifting is a cosmetic operation that focuses on reducing the visible signs of aging. Since the forehead is one of the widest areas on the face, deformities and aging signs become even more easily noticeable in this area.
In time and by aging, muscles and skin get loose. Drooping creates an image of heavy, tired-looking eyebrows or angry-looking face. Usually, it makes a person look older than they are, affects the upper eyelids, and pushes them downwards in most cases.
Technically, eyebrow lift, brow lift, or forehead lift are the same. Since eyebrows are a part of the forehead, most of the muscles and neurons related to both of them underneath the skin are mutual and part of the same structure. Therefore, eyebrow lifting surgery must interfere with the muscles in the forehead.
How Is Brow Lift Surgery Done?
As with all plastic surgeries, many techniques aim to accomplish the same result. Similarly, there are many techniques to lift the eyebrows too. Some of these techniques are downright open surgeries carried out under full anesthesia. Some of them are minimally invasive methods that can be carried out in a doctor’s office or clinic environment.
The main factor is the length of the desired lift. If the eyebrows need to be lifted more than a couple of centimeters, it may be compulsory for the surgeon to resort to more invasive methods.
Chemical eyebrow lifting methods are amongst the least invasive ones. Some of the chemical methods don’t require the brows or the forehead to be “lifted.” Instead, the surgeon takes advantage of fillers to fill underneath the expression wrinkles and flatten them up. This procedure creates a more stretched look in the forehead area with fewer lines, therefore achieving a lifted forehead, eyebrows, and a younger look.
Another method for chemical eyebrow lifting is the use of Botox. Botox is a popular method in such applications lately due to its minimally invasive demand, little downtime, and application ease. Botox applications usually don’t require an expert surgeon. A well trained and experienced medical professional can competently, successfully, and safely apply Botox.
Despite its popularity, little downtime, and ease of application, Botox is one of the least permanent solutions. The chemical in Botox gets metabolized and loses its effect for 3-6 months.
Coronal or classical eyebrow lifting is one of the most invasive eyebrows or forehead lifting techniques. In this method, the surgeon removes a piece of the forehead’s skin from ear to ear. Any excess tissue and fat are also removed to obtain a more stretched look. If the surgeon deems it necessary, they can realign the muscles too. Then the surgeon attaches the lower part of the skin to the upper part. Since the excess skin is removed, flatter and stretcher look is achieved after the operation.
The specific part of the skin that will be removed, the place of the incision, and such details may differ from surgeon to surgeon or patient to patient. Surgeons usually prefer to start the incision right below the hairline to prevent causing a change in the hairline and conceal the incision.
Endoscopic eyebrow lifting is also a surgical technique, but it’s much less invasive than coronal eyebrow lifting. In this method, instead of removing whole patches or strips of skin from the forehead area, surgeons access under the skin through much smaller incisions. Through one of these incisions, the surgeon inserts an endoscope. Surgical tools are inserted through separate incisions.
After accessing the muscle tissue under the skin, the surgeon pulls muscles or groups of muscles upwards and fixes the muscle tissue with strings or hook-like tools. Sometimes wire and mesh-like tools or implants are also used for the same purpose. However, the fundamentals of the operation are the same regardless of the specifics of the tools used.
Surgeons may prefer endoscopic eyebrows lifting because it’s less invasive, minimizing the risks of open surgery and causes less downtime. Also, during an endoscopic eyebrow or forehead lifting process, the incisions are usually made above the hairline. Thus, even if scar tissue forms, the marks can be easily concealed under the hair.
As with all other cosmetic procedures, skin redness or swelling may occur after eyebrow lift. But there are some tips to shorten the recovery and downtime.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol, and using blood thinners like aspirin.
- Cold compress must be applied to the operation area to prevent or alleviate redness and swelling.
- The patients must keep their heads in an elevated position even during sleep.
- The patients should not wash their hair during the first three days after the operation.
- Do not exercise slowly or carry anything substantial during the first two weeks after surgery. Light exercise, such as low paced walking, can be done.
In addition to these recommendations, it is essential to follow the doctor’s instructions and attend to the operated area’s hygiene.
The result may change according to patients to patients. However, permanent results are rare for any cosmetic or plastic surgery. Bearing that in mind, after a successful operation, the results of most surgeries last for years, at least. The forehead is a very exposed part of the face. The skin is easily affected by the elements and external conditions like the sun, dry air, humidity, wind, etc. Sun exposure is known to affect the skin regarding wrinkles and elasticity. Therefore, it’s crucial to protect the operated area against these factors after the operation.