Forehead/Browlift Procedure Facts
The surgical goal is to restore the natural position of a sagging forehead and eyebrows and to smooth forehead wrinkles. To solve the perceived appearance of being tired, sad, or angry caused by drooping of the forehead and eyebrows. To rejuvenate the forehead and “open up” the upper eyelid.
A variety of techniques are available to rejuvenate the forehead and eyebrow. Dr. Corrado will discuss with you which procedures are best for you. He will also discuss the specific procedure chosen with you. Many times, the endoscopic forehead/browlift can be performed, allowing the procedure to be completed through tiny incisions hidden in the hairline. For patients with mild sagging of the brows, Dr. Corrado’s mini browlift may provide a more minimally invasive option to refresh your appearance. The anesthesia used would be IV sedation or general anesthesia based on patient preference. On occasion, a surgical drain may be used. It will be removed on the following morning after surgery.
Length of procedure
A forehead/browlift takes between one to two hours to perform, depending upon the type of lift. All procedures are performed in a fully accredited outpatient surgery center. Other procedures such as blepharoplasty (eye lift), mid-face lift, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or facial fat grafting may be performed at the time of surgery to complement your result.
After the procedure
Following their brow lift surgery in Philadelphia with Dr. Corrado, all patients are sent home the day of surgery and are given post-procedure instructions to follow. Overnight nursing care can be provided for the patient at an additional cost if the patient so desires. The patient will follow up the next day for a post-procedure check and removal of any drains. The patient will then follow up on the 7th post-procedure day for stitch removal.
Recovery following a brow lift
Recovery times range between one to two weeks. Patients may return to work as early as one week. Strenuous activity should be avoided for three weeks after the procedure. Bruising and swelling generally resolve within one to two weeks. There is usually some numbness (usually temporary) due to stretching of the sensory nerves in the region of the forehead. Postoperative pain is controlled with prescription pain medications, or Tylenol.