What is a Brow Lift?
You may have been born with gorgeous eyes that have become hidden with age. A normal aging change is sagging of the eyebrows which also causes the skin to sag, hanging over the eyelids. This detracts from the beauty of your eyes and makes you look older than you are.
If you want to bring your eyes out of hiding and restore a fresher, more youthful appearance to your entire face, you may want to consider brow lift surgery in St. Louis with Dr. John Holds or his associates. Brow lift surgery, also known as a forehead lift, reduces the signs of aging in the forehead area.
Benefits of a Forehead lift
Forehead lift surgery is a straightforward procedure that can be safely performed to:
- Reduce sagging skin of the upper eyelid.
- Make your eyes look naturally larger.
- Soften frown wrinkles between the eyes or across the top of the nose, creating a smooth forehead.
- Correct abnormalities of eyebrow shape or position.
- Create a more symmetrical look to your eyes and eyebrows.
Brow Lift Techniques
Dr. Holds specializes in three different techniques for brow lift surgery. These techniques include:
- Direct Brow Lift: Incision is at the brow line
- Endoscopic Brow Lift: Incision behind the hairline
- Pretrichial (Temporal) Brow Lift: Slightly longer incision at the hairline
Brow Lift Consultation
When you arrive at our office, you will need to provide a medical history. We need to know about any major illnesses or problems you have had, such as heart disease, hypertension, prior surgeries (especially facial surgery), etc. We also need to know your medical history, including medications or supplements that thin the blood.
Dr. Holds will ask you what bothers you about your eyelids, and he will discuss how these aging changes in your eyelids may relate to changes in other parts of your face. Eyebrow position is particularly important in brow lift surgery. He will discuss your surgical goals, talk about what is attainable, and create a plan to accomplish it. A mutual understanding of the goals, expectations, and outcomes is essential to a great result!
Preparing for your Forehead Lift
After your consultation, an examination is then performed to look for any eye conditions such as a dry eye. This could limit or alter the surgical plan and be a possible post-operative concern. As a board-certified ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), as well as an ophthalmic plastic surgeon, Dr. Holds is attuned to eye diseases and concerns. Some of the best facial and cosmetic surgeons in the area regularly refer patients to Dr. Holds because of his expertise and ability to operate safely on patients who are at higher risk for complications.
All over-the-counter pain/fever reducers (except Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are off limits for a week before eyelid surgery, as are herbal medications such as ginkgo biloba, St. John’s Wort, fish oil, flax seed oil, and vitamin E.
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Brow Lift Procedure
While you are under an anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling any pain, Dr. Holds makes tiny incisions on your scalp just above your eyebrow or beside your temples and in the scalp where your hair will hide the minimal scars. He can then lift your skin to eliminate sagging, remove wrinkles, or change the shape of your brows.
Your brow lift surgery will take about one to two hours and is done on an outpatient basis. You can go home shortly after your procedure and shampoo your hair the next day. It is a safe and commonly performed procedure in our practice. Dr. Holds and his associates have extensive experience performing brow lifts at Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Inc. in St. Louis, achieving great results for his patients.
Endoscopic Brow Elevation
This specific type of browlift utilizes an endoscope, which is a lighted optic instrument that is inserted into the hairline in a minimally invasive way, allowing the doctor to see the tissues under the skin of your forehead. As a result, only three to five small incisions need to be made behind the hairline where your hair will hide them.Dr. Holds or his associates can then elevate the skin at the hairline to lift your brows and create a very natural look without damaging any of the important muscles, vessels, or nerves. This ensures that you will have full range of motion of your forehead and will not lose important sensation as a result of your surgery.
Brow Lift Recovery
Recovery from this procedure is fast, and discomfort is usually minimal. You may experience some minor swelling, bruising, or pain, but makeup can cover any discoloration. You will also receive a prescription for pain medication in case you need it. Sutures are removed 6-8 days after surgery. The best news is that the effects of your brow lift will last for a long time, maintaining your youthful look for years to come.
Brow Lift Before and After
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“Dr Holds does amazing work. I trusted him to work on my eyes and he did not disappoint!” – Lisa H.
Can A Brow Lift Be Combined With Other Procedures?
If you also have excessive skin in your upper eyelids causing a droopy appearance, bags under your eyes, wrinkles around the eyes, or volume loss in your face that has caused drooping, you may also opt to have Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty, Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty, a Midface Lift, or Fat Transfer at the same time as your brow lift procedure.
Will Insurance Cover Brow Lift Surgery?
A brow lift procedure is frequently performed on a cosmetic basis. When there is lost peripheral vision from a severely sagging eyebrow, however, the simple, direct type of brow lift is sometimes covered on a medically necessary basis by insurance carriers.