Finally! The Mystery of a Browlift Explained
If there is one facial cosmetic surgery procedure that I feel gives the most bang for the buck on the face I would say browlift is up there at the top. The browlift is an incredibly effective procedure for rejuvenating the eyes, the eyebrows, and the forehead. It is primarily used to treat people who have brows that have fallen and become lower set on the upper face. If you were to take your hands and lift your brows (I’m sure many of you have done this to see the effects), you would see how lifting the brows not only positions the brows in a more youthful place, but in addition the upper eyelids appear fresher and younger.
This leads me to why I think that the browlift procedure is such a great option for those wanting upper facial rejuvenation. The browlift corrects those undesirable droopy eyelids also! In fact, many times when I examine people with extra skin hanging on the upper eyelids, the browlift is the procedure that will correct the problem. In these cases, the brows have descended very low and by raising them up, the eyelids go with it to create a tighter, younger set of eyes.
There are cases where the browlift will not work. For people who already have higher set brows but extra skin on the upper eyelids the upper eyelid blepharoplasty is the procedure of choice. How can you tell? Simply take your fingers and lift up your eyebrows. If they cannot go much higher, then you do not need a browlift.
So, how is a browlift done? I do what’s called an open browlift, meaning I do everything under direct vision. I feel that by doing it this way, the best results are achieved because I can really address the skin and the underlying muscle. The incision is placed just behind the hairline to camouflage the scar. And the incision is prepared such that hair will grow back after the procedure is completed. The procedure is designed to elevate the brows for a natural looking, more youthful appearance. By no means will I create the undesired chronically surprised look. This is done based on where the brows are lifted the most.
Downtime for this procedure is not very long at all. After the procedure, the pain is very minimal (from patient reports) and not much swelling or bruising occurs. I would say around 7-10 days on average for downtime. The recovery is very smooth with this procedures and complications are rare as well.
If any of this interests you, come on down for a consult about your brows! You will be glad you did it.
Thank you very much for reading. Dr Kim