Brow Lift Surgery Lexington KY
We probably all remember that time in life when we first looked in the mirror and started to see those unsightly horizontal lines forming across our forehead. This is one of the first signs of aging, and it can be alarming and a little stressful! A heavy brow can cause the eyebrows to sink, making you appear weary, moody, or distressed. A brow lift procedure can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of your brow and help to open up your eyes and lift your whole expression almost overnight.
A brow lift or forehead lift can help elevate and smooth the forehead in a person who genetically has a heavy brow or has begun to experience the effects of aging. If you are a patient who has been pleased with the result BOTOX® injections have given you, then a brow lift may be for you.
The goal of plastic surgery is to make you feel more confident in your own skin—and therefore in the world as well. If you think you could be happier with your appearance, please call our office today. Dr. Gerstle will be pleased to listen to your concerns and fill you in on all the options we have to help you feel great!
Brow Lift Surgery Safety
Dr. Gerstle considers the brow lift to be a very safe surgical procedure. Extremely rare side effects include permanent scarring, infection, nerve damage, or skin discoloration from excess bruising. Even more rare effects could include an elevated hairline, vision changes, or nerve damage. These problems are usually caused by an inexperienced surgeon or one using outdated techniques. Be assured that we take all precautions to minimize these risks.
It is important to stop or at least put a pause on smoking both before and after the procedure, which will aid in healing, and to stop meds that cause bleeding pre-op. Dr. Gerstle will give you instructions that you should follow to the letter.
The Brow Lift Procedure
Depending on your situation, Dr. Gerstle will either insert a small endoscope through discretely placed incisions or will perform a full incision which is hidden in the scalp to access the areas of concern. There are several different types of procedure that can be chosen depending on your particular facial structure and the amount of work needed to address your cosmetic goals. Once he has made the appropriate incisions, the brow will be smoothed and lifted, and then the skin replaced over the new, improved alignment. The procedure usually takes two hours and can be performed under sedation or general anesthesia.
Brow Lift Surgery Post Op
Patients generally can go home after spending a few hours in the recovery area and will then follow up with Dr. Gerstle in the office the next day. Regardless of your follow up schedule, Dr. Gerstle is always available by cell phone or email for any questions or concerns.
Once you’ve been given the OK to head home by Dr. Gerstle and his team, you will want to plan to take it easy. Walking or doing light activity around the house is permitted, but keep in mind that your head will be bandaged and you may have a tube placed to drain any fluid that may ooze from the incision sites. You will want to keep your head elevated for at least one or two nights. Dr. Gerstle will give you clear instructions on what medications to take for pain. You will be able to take a shower after a few days, as long as you take care not to wet or damage the incisions. Be aware of your incisions and keep facial movement or straining to a minimum so that they have a chance to heal. Itching and numbness will gradually subside.
Dr. Gerstle recommends limiting activities for the two weeks, but you may resume light exercise in about three weeks and strenuous exercise in about four weeks or more. You may return to driving after a week or two, provided that your vision is not impaired and your pain meds allow.
Swelling and bruising will gradually decrease and should be mostly cleared after about 10 days or so. You may wish to use makeup to hide any lingering bruising. It is normal to experience some bruising that might last for a few weeks.
Brow Lift vs. Eyelid Lift vs. Botox
Dr. Gerstle will be happy to discuss the various procedures available that can restore a youthful look to the eye and forehead area. Generally speaking, a brow lift improves the forehead and the area above the eyebrows. An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, addresses the area around the eyes from the cheekbone to the brow bone. There is some overlap in terms of correcting hooded, sagging skin around the upper eyelid; both procedures may improve this condition. Botox is a more cost-effective option that can smooth out wrinkling in the forehead area but cannot correct the sagging to the facial structure that comes with age.
Brow Lift Benefits
- Smooths fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead
- Remedies the horizontal and vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows (Glabellar lines)
- Enhances and opens the eye area
- Helps to lift drooping eyebrows and a sagging forehead
- Lifts hooded eyelids
- Corrects sagging skin that can interfere with vision
- Creates a youthful look for the eyebrows
The New You—Working With Dr. Gerstle
You will have a private consultation with Dr. Gerstle to discuss your medical history and your cosmetic goals. The doctor will benefit from understanding your reasons for wanting a brow lift along with the results you like to see. After performing a physical exam, Dr. Gerstle will present the options for brow types that would work for you. He will explain the procedure, anesthesia types, fees, and recovery time. He may discuss other procedures, such a facelift or implant placement, that can be performed alongside brow surgery; some patients would also benefit from other facial rejuvenation techniques such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), facelift, or neck lift. We offer an exclusive, in-office state-of-the-art “mirror imaging” system that can enhance your photos to show you what you will look like after the surgery. This tool is invaluable for giving you a reliable idea of what your results will be.
Once a surgical plan is made, we will schedule the operation to take place at one of our outpatient surgery centers.
Brow Lift FAQ
What is a brow lift?
A brow lift aims to correct deep lines in the brow and/or sagging eyebrows by surgically going beneath the skin and manually lifting the brow muscles.
Will a brow lift make my face appear “frozen”?
No. A brow lift will smooth deep wrinkles, open the eyes, and eliminate sagging. The permanently surprised or frozen looks you may have seen used outdated techniques or inexperienced surgeons. Dr. Gerstle’s long experience as a plastic surgeon gives him the ability to create a natural brow that makes you look younger.
Will I be able to move my forehead following a brow lift?
Yes. You should not experience any restriction of forehead movement after your surgery.
Is a brow lift painful?
As with any surgery, you will likely experience minor pain or discomfort. Other temporary minor effects can include itchiness, swelling, or bruising, which should resolve in one to three weeks.
How long until I can see the final results of a brow lift?
It can take as long as six months for the surgery to heal completely and for you to see the final results of the brow lift. However, you will have a very good idea at one to three months post-op.
When can I return to work?
Give yourself about two weeks to recuperate before you plan to return to work following a brow lift.
Who are the best candidates for a brow lift?
Most candidates for a brow lift are usually over 40 years old and would like to minimize the visible effects of aging. Some younger patients who have developed frown lines or a furrowed brow due to stress or muscle activity can also benefit from the procedure. Some patients will also have a brow lift done at the same time as a facelift or eyelid surgery. You and Dr. Gerstle can discuss this during your consultation and decide what the best option is for you.
Are the results of a brow lift permanent?
While your brows will continue to age along with the rest of your facial features and skin, you will have turned the clock back about ten years on the aging of your brow. Of course, no facial rejuvenation technique is immune to the effects of aging. Once the healing process is complete, the results of a brow lift can last five to ten years and can be supported by other non-surgical improvements if desired as time goes on.
What are my options if I’m not ready for surgery?
Injectables, chemical peels, and laser treatments can improve the appearance of the eye area, albeit less dramatically and less permanently than a brow lift.
Brow Lift Surgery Financing
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What our patients are saying…
Had concerns with my sagging skin under neck area-lower eyelids-shallow face. The before/after image program that dr. Gerstle used, sealed the deal in going with my procedure.
Dr. Gerstle and his nurse “susan” made my procedure so comfortable for me! Helped me meet transportation concerns, met me in the office after hours…The list truly does go on and on. These are things that I think the medical field has got away from. Thanks dr. Gerstle for putting the patient first. Big thumbs up!!! – 50 year old male. Lexington, KY
I saw Dr. Gerstle at Lexington Plastic Surgery and am so happy that I did. He gave me some options about what he thought would look good and asked for my opinion and we hashed out a plan.
So happy I did this for myself. Dr. Gerstle did such a nice job. Next year I’m going back for a tummy tuck & telling all of my friends they need to do the same. Oh, and he always gives you his cell phone # and email so you can always ask him questions! How awesome is that?! – So So So Happy I Did This for Myself! – Lexington, KY
I have had nothing but a positive experience with Dr. Gerstle and the office staff. His demeanor and bed-side manor is positive, thorough, attentive, flexible, and personal.
When I had my consultation with Dr. Gerstle for facial asymmetry due to my neurofibromatosis I was so pleased with how it went, for the first time I felt confident that the results I had always wanted could be achieved. I was overjoyed with the results after my surgery and will continue to see him for anything I need in the future. – 29 Years Old with Facial Asymmetry
After finding Dr. Gerstle, I have to admit that I was a little skeptical because he was so new but after I met him and his staff for the first time, I knew that I was in the right hands. Not only is he very intelligent and dedicated to his practice, but he has a sincere appreciation for his patients. He made me feel welcomed and confident that I would receive the results I was looking for. He took a genuine interest in what I wanted and I am very pleased with the results so far. He’s not done with me yet though so I know more fantastic results are to come. – 25 Year Old Lipo Patient – Lexington, KY
I am extremely impressed with the entire experience! Everyone is happy, helpful, and considerate.
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