Endoscopic Brow Lift (Forehead Lift)

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What is a brow lift?

This is a procedure that helps correct the heaviness located on the lateral side of the upper brow.  It helps open and lighten up the upper eyes.

At what age am I a candidate for a brow lift?

There is no specific age that is ideal for any procedure.  When you have concern about the heaviness of your brow, or if it effects your upper eyelids (even after eyelid surgery), you should see a plastic surgeon.  He or she would discuss your options.

Will my insurance cover a brow lift?

Brow lifts may be considered cosmetic or medically necessary.  Your insurance will determine whether it’s medically necessary based on supporting documentation you gather and your surgeon submits.  At your first consult, your surgeon should provide you with a list of all the necessary documentation you’ll need to gather to submit to insurance.

How is it done?

Traditionally, brow lifts were done with an incision that went from ear to ear.  With the help of endoscope, it can now be performed through 4-5 small 1 inch procedures in the hair line.

What type of anesthesia is used?

The procedure can be safely performed with either general or local with sedation.

How long is the recovery?

Most patients experience some bruising and swelling.  Pain is usually minimal.  With a few exceptions, most patients are comfortable going out in 10-14 days.  Occasionally, bruising and swelling can remain for longer.  You may resume full activity in 4 weeks.

What are some of the potential complications of brow lifts?

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Unfavorable Scarring
  • Brow Asymmetry
  • Premature Recurrent Brow Drooping
  • Permanent Irreparable Nerve Injury

 

Surgical Procedures | Surgical Procedures of the Face