Some of the most noticeable signs of aging occur around the eyes and brows. As we age, the brow line droops, pushing skin onto the upper eyelids and causing forehead wrinkles and creases. In effect, the eyes lose their alert, rested quality.
Facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Ahmed Abdullah offers browlift surgery to elevate the browline and correct the wrinkles and creases along the forehead. After browlift, your forehead will be smoother and tighter, and your brows will frame your eyes in a more complementary way. You will look rested, vivacious and youthful. Browlift patients from throughout the Midwest trust Dr. Abdullah to successfully improve the eye area without overcorrecting it.
You may be a suitable candidate for browlift if you have:
- Horizontal creases or wrinkles along your forehead
- Frown lines/furrows between your eyebrows
- Sagging or low brow position
Ideally, you should be in good physical and psychological health and free of any chronic medical condition that could increase the surgical risks. Dr. Abdullah will meet with you for an informational consultation, during which he will perform a physical examination and inquire about your goals of surgery. He will then draft a surgical plan that outlines how he intends to improve the brow area and what techniques he plans to use. If Dr. Abdullah notices another area of the face that would benefit from surgery, he will advise you accordingly. For example, many patients who undergo browlift surgery also consider facelift surgery or blepharoplasty.
The Browlift Procedure
Browlift is an outpatient procedure performed under anesthesia. You will sleep comfortably through surgery and return home that night to recover at home.
Dr. Abdullah begins by making an incision across the forehead, nestled either in the hairline or within the natural folds of the forehead. Through the incision, he removes excess fat and skin. He may also loosen the facial muscles that contribute to a drooping brow. Then, Dr. Abdullah pulls the remaining skin taut against the face for a tighter and smoother appearance. Finally, he closes the incisions with sutures and places surgical dressings.
Browlift may be performed using a surgical instrument called an endoscope (a small tube with a light and video camera attached to one end). The endoscope projects images of the internal structures of the forehead onto a screen in the operating room. This approach gives Dr. Abdullah great visibility of the internal structures of the forehead. It also enables him to work through several small incisions, as opposed to one longer incision. Dr. Abdullah will determine whether to incorporate the endoscopic technique into your procedure during your initial surgical consultation.
Recovering from Browlift
Dr. Abdullah will provide detailed aftercare instructions that explain how to care for the surgical incisions, how to control pain and when to return for a follow-up visit. Contact information will also be provided in case you have any questions.
Bruising and swelling are common right after browlift; these side effects will subside within a week to 10 days of surgery. Oral pain medication will help alleviate any discomfort.
During browlift recovery, it’s important to get plenty of rest and keep your head elevated. Cold compresses may reduce post-operative swelling. Avoid any bending, lifting or straining. Eat light meals and drink plenty of fluids. Gentle exercise is good for your circulation, but please refrain from any strenuous movement until Dr. Abdullah clears you.
Dr. Abdullah will schedule several follow-up visits to check your healing progress, remove sutures and let you know if you can return to work and your normal activities. Browlift patients usually recover in about two weeks.