Forehead or Eyebrow Lift
Eyebrow has a very important role in cosmetic aspect of the face. Eyebrow position, shape, density quality and direction of hair, symmetry on both sides, and peak of eyebrow position are the important parameters which should be corrected in order to improve the aesthetic aspect of eyebrow.
Browplasty, also known as a forehead or brow lift, is a surgical procedure that aims to elevate, or "lift" a drooping brow. This procedure can be performed for either cosmetic or functional purposes as a drooping eyebrow can obstruct vision and make the person look old.
There are different kinds of browplasty procedures, which are categorized based on the type of surgical technique used. These include:
- Endoscopic forehead lift – As the term implies, this technique uses a surgical endoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube inserted through the skin of the forehead through tiny incisions. This method is preferred by patients who want to significantly minimize scarring. In this procedure, the surgeon smoothes out the loosened skin to elevate the brow and eliminate deep worry lines. As this method uses tiny incisions, patients can expect minimal bleeding and faster recovery time.
- Direct brow lift – This is typically recommended for older and male patients with male pattern baldness and thick eyebrow hair. It involves the removal of a skin segment, as well as muscles, just above the eyebrow to eliminate the appearance of drooping eyebrow. The technique requires incisions that can result to prominent scars.
- Coronal forehead lift – This technique involves making incisions not on the face but from one ear to the other to elevate the whole brow and forehead. Although it does not result in visible scarring, the technique requires loosening a large portion of forehead tissue and skin to achieve the desired results.This means that it is much more invasive when compared to other techniques such as endoscopic forehead lift.
- Pretrichial brow lift -This is very similar to a coronal forehead lift, but the incision is made on the upper forehead, near the patient's hairline, instead of from ear to ear.
- Mid-forehead lift – This is often recommended for patients with deeper wrinkles in the brow, and with eyebrows that sag over the eyes, obstructing vision. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat, and in some severe cases, some of the muscles in the forehead.
- Endotine brow lift -This is similar to an endoscopic forehead lift but uses a patented forehead fixation device (implants) without using long incisions and sutures.