A browlift is a surgical procedure that is performed to raise the level of the eyebrows. The eyebrows and eyelids interact with each other and create the harmony of the upper face. A low set brow can make a person appear to be upset, stern and tired. A brow that is TOO high can make one appear to be surprised.
Who is a candidate?
Picking the right candidate does require some experience. Some patients may benefit from an eyelid lift by itself, but the classic mistake is to not treat the underlying problem which is the low set brow. Performing just a eyelid lift in someone with a low set brow can actually worsen the problem. Patients with a low set brow and excess skin of the upper eyelid may be great candidates for a combined procedure. Those with very deep forehead wrinkles or frown lines may also benefit if botox and fillers can no longer do the trick. Patients may be chronic Botox users that are continuously trying to get a “chemical browlift” but are getting less and less results. At this point, only a surgical correction can give the desired outcome.
During your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Arslanian and his staff and have the opportunity to discuss your individual situation as well as your concerns and aesthetic goals. Dr. Arslanian will will take a detailed history and perform a complete examination of your face, eyes and brow. Photos will be taken to help Dr. Arslanian point out certain things and explain his approach to browlift. If you are deemed a good candidate, he will discuss the various options for browlift and make sure you are happy with your decision. He will also show you photos of other patients before and afters to help determine what you are looking to achieve. After answering all your questions, you will then sit down with the surgical coordinator to discuss timing, pricing, and any other questions you might have.
The traditional technique involves a coronal incision which is one that goes across the top of the head from ear to ear. The great thing is that the incision is well hidden and the technique can be very powerful in terms of creating a nice lift. This is great in patients that have a normal low hairline with no evidence of premature balding.
This is a great technique that allows for lifting of the brow but through multiple smaller incisions hidden in the hairline. A camera is used to visualize the important structures and perform the lift without having to make a larger incision.
This technique is done using an upper eyelid incision and in conjunction with an upper eyelid lift. Dr. Arslanian is able to access the brow area through the incision in the upper eyelid and then secure the brow into a higher position. The technique is not as powerful as the other techniques but is advantageous as it requires no additional incisions.
You will go home the same day of surgery and rest. You will be given pain medicine to help with the first week. You will likely have some bruising and swelling that lasts for a couple weeks. Stitches and/or staples would be removed at 7-10 days.
Patients can expect their results to be immediate. The brows may be overly high initially to compensate for the fact that they will typically fall a small amount after surgery. This may occur over the course of a few days or a few weeks.
The price of a browlift procedure will depend on the extent of the patient’s condition and whether or not they will require any additional procedures to achieve their desired results. Please schedule a consultation in order to get a customized quote.