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Brow Lift (Forehead Lift)

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The position of your forehead can have a dramatic impact on your appearance overall. If your eyebrows and forehead begin to droop, it can make you look perpetually tired, angry or much older than you feel. In extreme cases, the sagging brow can lead to hooding over the upper eye, which can obstruct your field of vision. In addition, you may notice the formation of creases around the forehead and between the eyebrows, even earlier than you see signs of aging start to make an appearance in other areas of the face.

A surgical brow lift raises the eyebrows to a natural, more youthful position, diminishing lines and creases on the upper face at the same time. The result is a refreshed appearance that makes you look more awake and energetic, restoring your confidence at the same time. Dr. Yu offers different brow lift techniques to patients in his San Antonio office so he can tailor your procedure to the level of correction you need.

Benefits of an Eyebrow Lift

A brow lift offers a variety of potential benefits in a single surgical procedure:

  • Lift the position of the brow to create a more youthful profile in the upper face
  • Smooth away horizontal wrinkles across the forehead and vertical lines between the eyebrows
  • Raise the line of the eyebrows to open the eyes and refresh the appearance
  • Remove hooding over the eyes that produce a tired look and improve the line of vision
  • Eliminate excess skin and unwanted fat and tissue interfering with the contour of the upper face
  • Dr. Yu can provide superior results with a brow lift alone, but can also combine this procedure with eyelid surgery, a facelift or another anti-aging treatment to produce even more dramatic results.

Candidates for a Brow Lift

If you are in good health and a nonsmoker, with a desire to turn back the clock on your upper face, a brow lift might be the right option for you. It is important to have realistic expectations of what you will look like after surgery and commit to caring for your skin afterward to maintain your positive results as long as possible. There is a recovery process after a brow lift, so you will need to take time off to allow your body time to heal fully after surgery.

Options in a Brow Lift

There are two ways Dr. Yu can perform a brow lift:

Endoscopic Brow Lift

Most patients can undergo the endoscopic technique, which involves much smaller incisions and special instruments that perform the necessary correction with less trauma overall. The recovery after an endoscopic procedure tends to be quicker and more comfortable, with excellent results for the right patient.

Traditional Brow Lift

This procedure may be recommended for patients in need of more correction. Incisions are longer, but Dr. Yu will hide them within the hairline so visible scarring is minimal. Recovery takes more time, but the results can be more dramatic and longer-lasting overall.

Procedure Details and Recovery Basics

San Antonio Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Yu performs his brow lifts using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure will likely be performed on an outpatient basis at a nearby hospital to ensure your comfort and safety throughout. Your recovery will vary somewhat based on the technique used for your surgery, but most patients can return to non-strenuous activities within about one week.

When your forehead starts to show signs of aging, it can affect your entire appearance. Contact Dr. Kenneth Yu Plastic Surgery at (210) 876-6868 today to find out if a brow lift is the right choice for you.

*This content was reviewed by Dr. Kenneth Yu, a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in head and neck surgery (otolaryngology). His practice — Dr. Kenneth Yu Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery — proudly serves the San Antonio and Austin communities.