1. How do I know if I need a browlift or an upper eyelift?
The brow lift is designed to raise the forehead and eyebrows back to their youthful position. As a result, some of the heaviness sitting on top of the upper eyelids can be relieved, though in many cases, an upper eyelift (upper blepharoplasty) is still needed for full rejuvenation. If you feel you are making too many horizontal wrinkles in your forehead trying to raise your brow, then you may very well benefit from a brow lift.
2. What is an “endoscopic” browlift?
An endoscopic browlift is less invasive, with smaller incisions, than traditional surgery to raise the brow. Innovative techniques allow Dr. Chow to make use of instruments that can rejuvenate the forehead through incisions hidden within the hair. A telescopic camera is used to see within the small spaces created by the endoscopic instruments. In a traditional brow lift with the long coronal incision, everything can be seen directly, given the very large opening.
3. Is a browlift permanent?
Those who undergo a brow lift will have permanent improvement of their upper face. However, since the aging process does not stop, and aging will continue after the procedure, the forehead may eventually appear similar to its pre-brow lift state. This usually takes ten or more years to occur. It is important to remember that you will be ten years older as well, meaning you still look ten years younger than your actual age.
4. Will a browlift ensure that I never need Botox injections again?
During the brow lift, the corrugator muscle (which causes those “11s” between the eyebrows) can be weakened, softening these lines and relieving the need for Botox injections. Although this effect can last for years, these muscles will eventually regain their original strength, allowing them to recreate those vertical wrinkles in the brow.
5. Will a browlift get rid of the horizontal wrinkles on my forehead? What if the lines are very deep?
Because the forehead is lifted during this procedure, temporary horizontal wrinkles (ones that appear only when furrowing the brow by raising the eyebrows) generally disappear after surgery. However, when lines have become especially deep due to a variety of factors, the lines will improve, but are unlikely to completely disappear.
6. If I have a browlift, will it also lift my face?
The brow lift does not also raise the face. In order to raise other portions of the face, you will need to have a midface lift or a facelift.
7. Can I go home after surgery?
Yes, almost all patients may return home to rest after the brow lift is performed.
8. When can I go back to work?
In general, Dr. Chow recommends at least a week away from work after the brow lift. Most patients are able to return to work ten to fourteen days after the procedure. However, if your work requires strenuous physical exertion (lifting heavy objects, for example), you may require more recovery time.
9. When can I exercise after surgery?
You should rest with only light activity in the first week after surgery. After two weeks, you may begin light cardiovascular exercise (e.g., jog a half mile if you normally run 3 miles). Once three weeks have elapsed, you may resume all normal work out regimens.
10. How can I get more details about this procedure?
You can visit the Brow Lift Description page for more information.