About Brow Lifts
The eyebrows frame the eyes and help shape the overall look of the face. Since the eyes are one of the most important focal points of the face, aging in the region of the eyes ages the entire face as well.
Underneath the skin of the forehead is a tissue layer and a muscle layer. The muscle layer, or the frontalis muscle, holds the brows up. This muscle is used when we squint or when we exhibit a look of surprise. The tissue layer is made up of a matrix of collagen and elastin, which gives the forehead its youthful fullness.
As we grow older, the eyebrows gently start to fall, creating a look of thickness around the upper eyelid. Forehead wrinkles and deep wrinkles between the eyebrows can begin to form. The skin around the forehead can appear rough with uneven texture and color. A simple procedure called a brow lift can be performed to bring the brows near to their youthful, natural position.
Dr. Athre Discusses His Approach to the Endoscopic Brow Lift
Non-surgical Approaches to Brow Rejuvenation
The primary nonsurgical therapy addressing aging of the brows is BOTOX®. BOTOX can be used to address mild aging of the brows and forehead wrinkles by relaxing the frontalis muscle. If injected carefully, BOTOX can relax the forehead lines and elevate the brows slightly for up to 3 to 4 months per injection. BOTOX cannot be used to treat moderate or severe brow aging.
Surgical Brow Lift Process
Before a brow lift consultation in Houston at Athré Facial Plastics, patients will be asked to bring in a picture of themselves at age 20-25. This picture serves as a benchmark to customize the correct procedure to achieve the desired results. Functional, anatomical, and aesthetic goals are all reviewed to ensure a positive result. In some cases, eyelid surgery may also be performed to further “open up” the eye area.
Immediately prior to the procedure, the amount of brow lifting and the arch and contour of the eyebrow are specifically marked on the forehead. The procedure itself is normally done under general anesthesia and takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
The procedure elevates the brow by lifting the tissue and the muscle. Several brow lift techniques exist, such as the coronal brow lift, endoscopic brow lift, direct brow lift, and many others. The choice of technique is tailored to each patient after taking into consideration the patient’s anatomy, gender, natural brow shape, and background.
Brow Lift Recovery and Results
Patients are allowed to go home the same day. Incision sites are unnoticeable within about a week, and patients can return to full normal activity near the 5 to 7 day mark. Swelling should dissipate in a few weeks and your best results may take several months to completely reveal themselves.
How much does a brow lift procedure cost?
A brow lift starts at $5,000.
How long do brow lifts last?
The results of a brow lift last up to 10 years.
Are brow lifts painful?
Brow lifts are performed under general anesthesia, but post-surgery sites may seem tight or slightly uncomfortable as they heal.
Do brow lifts change your eye shape?
After a brow lift, your upper eyelid may be opened up a bit, but your eye shape will not change.
How long is the recovery period after a brow lift?
Oftentimes patients can expect to go back to work within a week after a brow lift.
“Couldn’t be any more pleased! I came in with a mindset of what I was expecting and they surpassed my expectations! His staff made me feel so comfortable along the way. Dr. Athre was so kind and makes sure you know what’s going on during the procedure. To anyone contemplating a procedure, go in for a consult and just do it!”