Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) in Chicago
Forehead lift — also known as brow lift — addresses factors in the upper face that contribute to an aged, sad or tired appearance. These factors include wrinkles, lines and eyebrows that sag (possibly hooding the upper eyelids) and are usually attributed to the effects of the aging process, genetics, sun damage, stress and gravity. During the operation, the tissues are tightened, skin is smoothed and sagging eyebrows are elevated to give the face a revitalized appearance. Dr. Robert Galiano is the forehead lift surgeon of choice for individuals seeking customized anti-aging solutions in Chicago.
Forehead Lift Benefits
Every forehead lift procedure is tailored to the individual goals of the patient. Depending on your specific area(s) of concern, your forehead lift could accomplish the following goals:
- Elevate sagging eyebrows (that possibly hood the upper eyelids)
- Smooth wrinkles, lines and creases crossing the forehead
- Smooth deep frown lines or furrows in between the eyebrows or at the top of the nose
- Remove excess skin or tissue that hangs over the eyes
During your forehead lift consultation, Dr. Galiano will examine your forehead and eyebrows and inquire about what you don’t like about the area and how you would like to look after surgery. He will look at the quality of your skin and your facial anatomy. Dr. Galiano will use this information to create a customized plan of treatment.
Brow Lift Procedure Details
Forehead lift is generally performed on an outpatient basis with anesthesia medication. The procedure can be performed alone or in combination with another facial rejuvenation procedure. Dr. Galiano can perform forehead lift a few different ways: using the open technique, the limited incision technique or the endoscopic technique. In an open brow lift, Dr. Galiano creates the incision along the hairline and, through the incision, removes fat and excess skin. He tightens the skin to smooth out wrinkles or lines. Dr. Galiano might tweak the muscles or make other surgical modifications to elevate the eyebrows. The brows are stitched into their new position and the remaining skin is re-draped over the improved eyebrow contour. Small sutures close the incision.
Limited Incision Technique
In a limited incision technique, the incisions are shorter and smaller. While the techniques are similar to an open brow lift, this approach concentrates on the sides of the forehead and corners of the eyes as opposed to the center of the forehead.
Endoscopic Forehead Lift
In an endoscopic forehead lift, Dr. Galiano creates small incisions and uses a small instrument called an endoscope (a tube with a light and video camera) to see and work on the internal forehead structures. This is considered a less invasive form of brow lift surgery.
Brow Lift Surgery Recovery
After surgery, the forehead and eyebrow area may be bruised, swollen, tender or numb. Patients must keep their head elevated and avoid any bending, heavy lifting or strenuous activity during the initial recovery. Oral medication is prescribed to alleviate any discomfort.
It typically takes about 10 for 14 days for the initial wound healing. Most patients take about a week or two off from work to recover. Dr. Galiano clears every patient to return to work, exercise and socializing.