What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift, more appropriately called brow repositioning, is a procedure that is done to reposition the eyebrow to its prior location on the face. With age, it is natural for the eyebrow to slowly descend. This results in a tired and aged appearance. A brow lift can be completed via multiple different approaches. The two most common approaches are the endoscopic approach, where small incisions in the hairline are utilized; and the pretrichial approach, where an incision at the hairline is utilized. The pretrichial approach is a good option for individuals with long foreheads. Excising a portion of the forehead skin shortens the appearance of the forehead, while also repositioning the eyebrows. Repositioning the brows is particularly helpful for improving the hooding of lateral eyelid skin.
Dr. Namin’s Philosophy
Rejuvenating the appearance of the eyes is one of the most powerful procedures in facial plastic surgery. Repositioning the brows is frequently done in conjunction with upper eyelid surgery. The objective with brow repositioning surgery is to deliver a natural rejuvenated appearance and not a surprised or frightened appearance.
Brow Lift Postoperative Recovery
You will have bruising and swelling of your eyelids that will peak around 3 days after surgery and take about two weeks to completely resolve. Using ice packs or cool compresses for 20 minutes every few hours will help minimize this. Taking the Arnica Montana as prescribed will also help minimize the bruising and swelling. Beginning on the fourth day after surgery you should stop using the ice packs or cool compresses and transition to warm compresses. Gently clean the incisions as instructed twice daily and then place bacitracin ophthalmic ointment to keep the incisions moist. Use the artificial tears to prevent any dry eye during the recovery period. Dr. Namin will see you about one week after surgery for suture removal. Light exercise can be resumed one week after surgery, and vigorous exercise can be resumed two weeks after surgery. By two weeks after surgery most bruising and swelling has resolved. Plan to sleep on your back with slight head elevation (1-2 pillows for comfort) during the recovery period. Do not flex your neck or elevate your head excessively.
How Much Does a Brow Lift in St Louis Cost?
Estimate price range: $8,000 – $8,000
Brow Lift Postoperative Timeline
Day of Surgery: Dr. Namin will meet with your family or friend after the procedure is completed. You will typically spend 1-2 hours in the surgical facility after the procedure is completed. It is important that someone spends the first night after surgery with you.
Post Operative Day 1-3: Use cool compresses or ice packs for 20 minutes every few hours. This will help minimize the swelling.
Post Operative Day 4-5: You can begin using warm compresses. The swelling begins to slowly subside.
Post Operative Day 7: Return to the clinic for Dr. Namin to see you. The sutures will typically be removed at this visit.
Post Operative Day 8-14: Bruising and swelling typically resolve during this time frame.
Post Operative Week 2: Vigorous exercise can be resumed.