Many people believe that excess skin in the upper eyelids is the main cause of an aged, droopy look in the eye area. More often, however, it’s the brow that contributes significantly to these age-related cosmetic changes. Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift can lift and rejuvenate the forehead and eye area on its own or enhance the improvements made during an upper blepharoplasty or droopy eyelid surgery.
At W Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Allan Wulc, a quadruple board-certified eye and facial plastic surgeon, is pleased to offer brow lifts to patients in Philadelphia who are bothered by signs of aging in the upper area of their face and are hoping to slow down the aging process and look years younger. Dr. Wulc often performs a brow lift as a standalone procedure or in combination with other treatments to help patients reach their specific goals.
Table of Contents
- The Definition
- What to Expect
- Schedule a Consultation
The Definition of a Brow Lift
A brow lift is a facial plastic surgery that is intended to lift drooping tissues in the forehead, reduce signs of aging, and restore a more youthful look. The brow lift often reshapes the brow without lifting it, making the eye area appear more elegant, more rested, and/or more beautiful. The procedure can be performed to enhance the appearance of the forehead and upper eyelid areas, causing the entire face to look more alert and awake. In patients with severe sagging brows, performing this procedure in conjunction with a blepharoplasty often yields optimum results. For this reason, Dr. Wulc may recommend a brow lift in addition to eyelid surgery.
Causes of Droopy Eyelids
Droopy or sleepy-looking eyelids are a common concern among both men and women. While they aren’t painful or hazardous to one’s health, they can make a person look older or even obstruct their vision. Typically, droopy eyelids are the result of aging and the weakening of the skin and muscles around the eyes. Squinting from overexposure to the elements, injuries, LASIK, long term contact lens wear or cataract surgery, and genetics may also contribute to droopy eyelids.
Benefits of a Brow Lift Procedure
There are several benefits of brow lifts that patients can look forward to. First and foremost, brow lift surgery can prevent patients from appearing tired or angry by softening folds and frown lines and resolving sagging skin. Brow lifts can also smooth away signs of aging in the upper portion of the face and get rid of sagging brows. Unlike many other cosmetic surgeries, brow lifts lead to semi-permanent results, so patients can enjoy a younger, more refreshed appearance for years to come.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Ideal Candidates for Brow Lifts
Dr. Wulc recommends a forehead lift to patients who are bothered by their tired-looking, droopy eyelids and are looking for a younger, fresher appearance. A brow lift procedure can resolve issues such as upper eyelid fullness, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles. Patients should be in overall good health, should not smoke, and should have realistic expectations for their results. Brow lifts can be performed on younger patients in their 30s and 40s or older patients in their 50s and 60s. There is no “right” age for a brow lift at our Philadelphia office. Patients age at different rates, and may seek cosmetic intervention at different points in their lives.
What to Expect During a Brow Lift Consultation
Patients who are considering a brow lift should schedule a consultation with Dr. Wulc in Philadelphia. During the consultation, Dr. Wulc will assess their brow area and listen to their concerns. If he believes they can benefit from a brow lift, he will explain the procedure in detail and answer any questions the patient may have. He will also share before and after photos of real patients who have already undergone the procedure.
Preparing for a Brow Lift
To prepare for a brow lift, patients will be asked to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin as they may interfere with the healing process. They may also be required to stop drinking and smoking temporarily to reduce the risk of surgical and recovery complications.
Our Brow Lift Procedure
Brow lift techniques vary, but our preferred forehead lift method at W Cosmetic Surgery is the endoscopic brow lift. This brow lift is performed using a small telescope (endoscope) that is inserted under the skin through a tiny incision hidden above the hairline. Typically, five incisions are made for optimal accessibility. This technique often includes minimally-invasive removal of excess upper eyelid skin and sculpture of the fat pads in the upper eyelids (upper blepharoplasty).
We use a high-definition camera to enhance all tissues and to visualize the gentle reshaping and re-contouring of the brow during the procedure. After Dr. Wulc performs a brow lift, he closes the incisions. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or with general anesthesia, according to the patient’s preferences and overall health. No dressings or drains are necessary for a brow lift procedure, as performed in our Philadelphia practice.
Recovering From a Brow Lift
In most cases, it takes between one and two weeks for patients to recover from a brow lift. While patients may be able to resume work and other daily activities after a week, we recommend they take about 10 days to two weeks off if possible so their surgical wounds have enough time to heal. This will also allow the swelling and bruising time to subside.
It is important for patients to keep their head elevated as much as possible during the first week after a brow lift as this will help to reduce swelling. Although it is important to get plenty of rest, it is generally safe for patients to engage in light activities during recovery. Moderate to strenuous activity and exercise, however, should be avoided during the first few weeks.
Dr. Wulc will prescribe a pain medication that patients can take to alleviate any pain or discomfort they may experience after surgery. Fortunately, most of the pain should subside after the initial 48 hours. When patients are ready to return to work and their other activities, they can use makeup to disguise any residual bruising. Brow lift patients should wait at least two full weeks after surgery before participating in heavy lifting, exercise, or other strenuous activity.
Dr. Wulc and staff are great. Long before he got the title of top doc, he was my top doc! Dr. Wulc has Botoxed, filled and liposuctioned me, as well as performed a brow lift and upper and lower eye lids. Dr. Ende performed my rhinoplasty. I knew Dr. Wulc was my TOP DOC from the first visit. My family members have had him do all their procedures. He is truly an artist, as well as a very skilled physician and compassionate human being.
Frequently Asked Questions About Brow Lifts
There is no ideal age for a brow lift. Someone in their late 20s and someone in their late 50s or 60s, or even their 70s, may both benefit from this procedure. A consultation is the perfect way to determine whether or not a patient is a good candidate for a facial plastic procedure such as a brow lift. If you are interested in facial plastic surgery, please call our office in Philadelphia to make an appointment with Dr. Wulc.
The results of brow lift surgery usually start to show as soon as the swelling subsides. Patients can expect to enjoy complete results within a few months.
Just like all cosmetic surgery procedures, brow lifts come with some risks. Some of these risks include excessive scarring, hyperpigmentation, numbness, blood clots, and infection. Fortunately, these risks are rare, especially when the procedure is performed by a highly skilled board certified surgeon like Dr. Wulc. Endoscopic brow lifts, in particular, involve fewer risks.
After a brow lift, patients can enjoy a younger, more relaxed appearance for many years. However, aging may eventually cause the brow to droop and necessitate the need for another brow lift down the road. No procedure can hold off signs of aging forever, but a forehead lift can rejuvenate the face and slow down further aging.
Yes. In fact, many patients opt for a brow lift and upper eyelid surgery simultaneously. These two procedures can correct sagging brows and excessive skin in the upper eyelids. A brow lift procedure may also be combined with a facelift or neck lift.
Some patients are concerned that a brow lift may make them look surprised or impact their ability to move their forehead. The reality is that modern plastic surgery emphasizes subtle and natural results and the surprised, arched look that patients fear is usually the result of older lift techniques or inexperienced surgeons. Dr. Wulc makes natural-looking results a top priority.
Patients can expect to feel some discomfort as they are recovering from a brow lift. Fortunately, pain can be relieved with medication and should resolve itself completely within a few days.
Botox is a non-surgical treatment that is designed to eliminate lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eye area. However, it does not have the ability to correct skin fold drooping around the eyes like a brow lift.
During a consultation, Dr. Wulc will assess the patient’s problem areas and recommend their ideal treatment plan. While a brow lift resolves issues in the upper area of the face, a facelift can also improve the mid and lower areas of the face. If a patient has severe wrinkles and sagging, a full facelift may be ideal.
Dr. Wulc may be able to conduct a brow lift via an upper eyelid incision so that he can conceal the scar in the upper eyelid crease. Brow lift incisions can easily be hidden, even in men that shave their heads.
Although brow lifts are more common in women, many men can benefit from them. A drooping brow can make a man appearing angry or threatening. If a man has deep creases in his forehead, a brow lift can take years off his complexion– and make him appear more friendly.
Why Choose W Cosmetic Surgery
Dr. Wulc is a quadruple board-certified surgeon with 30 years in practice who can help you look more youthful through a natural-looking brow lift. He will take the time to get to know your unique goals and design a customized treatment plan that will help you achieve them. You can expect him to answer your questions and address your concerns before, during, and after brow lift surgery.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
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Schedule a Brow Lift Consultation
Are you ready to look younger and more refreshed? If so, you owe it to yourself to schedule a brow lift consultation with Dr. Wulc at W Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia, PA. To make an appointment, please call our office at 610-828-8880 or fill out our handy online contact form. Dr. Wulc looks forward to meeting you and helping you bring your aesthetic goals to life.