A brow lift or forehead lift is done to elevate drooping eyebrow skin. Eyebrow skin tends to droop more laterally and can give a tired appearance to the area around your eyes. There are numerous techniques to elevate the eyebrow. These include endoscopic lifts, pre- trichial forehead lift, temporal lift and coronal lift. The main difference between these is incision placement the incision for the pre-trichial forehead lift is placed right at the hairline and is used in people with long foreheads. The other incisions are placed within the hairline or even within eyebrow hairs. Surgical eyebrow lifts involved an incision either placed right at your hairline, within your hair or at the eyebrow hairs. Depending on the procedure performed, your excess skin will be removed and the muscles that force your eyebrow down will be cauterized and divided. As a fellowship trained surgeon Dr Rayess is a Tampa Bay area expert on this and will be glad to further discuss the best option for you.
Who is a brow lift candidate?
Patients who feel like there is a lot of heaviness around their eyes especially out towards the sides. Patients who are constantly plucking their eyebrows to make them appear higher because they've dropped down are likely good candidates.
What is a Botox brow lift?
A botox brow lift or non surgical brow lift involves selectively placing botox to elevate the brows. There are numerous muscles that attach to the skin around the eyebrow. The frontalis muscle which is the muscle in your forehead responsible for all the horizontal wrinkles is the only muscle that elevates the eye brow. There are several muscles that depress the eyebrow or pull it down. By selectively paralyzing the muscles that pull the eye brow down, the activity of the eye brow elevator muscle will be unopposed. This can lead to a small elevation in brow height. This is also known as a chemical brow lift. Dr Rayess is an expert at performing non surgical brow lift in Tampa.
What age should you get a brow lift?
The average age of patients undergoing a browlift is between 45-65 years. It is at this point in life that the tissue supporting the brow starts to weaken and you notice droopiness of the eyebrow and heaviness around the eye especially on the sides. A brow lift can help correct this. Most patients who undergo the procedure feel like it is worth it and are satisfied with the results.
Can a brow lift fix hooded eyes?
Depending on the cause, a brow lift can fix the hooding around the eyes. In general hooding around the eyes have 3 main causes, weakening of the internal muscle of the eyelid or ptosis, excess skin in your upper eyelid and sagging of your eyebrow. During your consultation with Dr Rayess he will analyze your anatomy and provide you with the best treatment plan for your issues. That is why it is important to see a facial plastic surgeon who only specializes in facial surgery and has spent many years learning and developing their skills in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
What is the difference between a brow lift and an eyelid lift?
A brow lift is designed to elevate the thick skin of your eyebrow that has sagged down over time and now covers your eyes. An eyelid lift is designed to surgically remove the excess eyelid skin that accumulates over time.
What is the cost of a brow lift?
The average cost of a brow lift in Tampa is $4000. This number can vary based on what technique you have, open vs endoscopic and if you've had previous surgery to the area and if the brow lift is combined with other procedures.
Brow lift incision and scar:
Dr Rayess has experience in several different brow lift techniques. During your consultation Dr Rayess will discuss your goals, evaluate your anatomy and decide with you on the ideal choice to elevate your eyebrow. Numerous factors have to be considered such as the position of the hairline and where the brow has the most sagging. Most commonly Dr Rayess likes the technique where the incision is hidden in the eye brow hair which leads to a direct approach to elevation and no visible scar. This technique will not impact the eyebrow hair follicles. It heals nicely and can get a powerful elevation of the eyebrow.
What are the risks of a brow lift?
Brow lift is a safe procedure, but depending on the technique that you are undergoing there a few risks that patients need to aware of including possible hair loss, temporary changes in sensation and asymmetric positioning of the brows postoperatively. These risks are rare, and during your consultation Dr Rayess will discuss in detail the risks specific to the procedure you will be undergoing.
What is the recovery for a brow lift?
This is not a very painful procedure for patients to undergo it. There can be some swelling for the first week afterwards as well as bruising. The patient's main responsibility during this time will be to keep their head of bed elevated and clean the incision. If you choose to undergo surgery with us you will receive a detailed booklet of post-operative instructions and these will be discussed with you multiple times. You will also be able to reach us 24/7 with any questions you may have.