We use the muscles in our faces everyday to relay our thoughts and feelings. Unfortunately, the effect of years of stress, worry, surprise and even laughter can leave a lasting impression in the form of deep lines and wrinkles. A forehead lift, also referred to as a brow lift, can not only help minimize these creases, but can improve frown lines and reposition low or sagging eyebrows.
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Simply put, a brow lift will lift the eyebrows. Sometimes, this procedure is performed in conjunction with cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in order to create a smoother facial appearance overall.
South Coast Plastic Surgery offers several types of forehead lift procedures, including minimally invasive approaches that employ inconspicuous incisions to minimize visible scars. Because each individual is different, Dr. Song will work closely with you to develop a surgical plan that best meets your needs and goals.
By assessing where volume has been lost and gravity has caused drooping or sagging, Dr. Song is able to correct the aging face by replacing volume and gently tightening specific areas.
While many other plastic surgeons may still use the “open” brow lift technique, the majority of the time, Dr. Song will perform an endoscopic brow lift.
An endoscopic brow lift procedure is performed by the plastic surgeon using an endoscope to insert a small video camera that is connected to a TV monitor outside. This allows the surgeon to see the muscles and tissues under the skin through hidden incisions. The advantage of using an endoscope is the minimally invasive nature of the surgical technique. In the vast majority of cases, scars are virtually imperceptible.
This outpatient procedure generally takes one to two hours to perform and may performed under twilight or general anesthesia. Most patients tolerate this procedure well and will only require minimal down time. Pain is minimal, but bruising and swelling often occur around the eyes. Most patients can expect to resume normal activities within a few days, return to work within a week, and resume physical activity in two weeks.