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Goals of a brow lift

With age, the skin and muscles of the forehead change — stretching and sagging due to years of making facial expressions. This can cause the entire forehead and eye area to take on a heavy, drooping look, which results in a permanent expression that seems tired, sad, or angry. A brow lift (also called a “forehead lift”) is a surgical procedure that delivers a friendlier, alert, youthful appearance. The goal of this surgery is to: 

  • Improve forehead creases
  • Open up the eyes
  • Tighten loose skin
  • Lift heavy brows

Brow lift or eyelid lift?

Although many men want to improve their aged or angry-looking expression by improving the upper face area, sometimes the question arises whether a brow lift or an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) is best. Where the brow sits can have an effect on the appearance of the eyelids, which may make you think you need one surgery when you actually need the other. Or perhaps both procedures are needed. 

If your main aesthetic concern is the creases in your forehead, you may need a brow lift. And if your “heavy eyelid” look is a result of your sagging eyebrows, a brow lift will also correct that. 

However, if your “heavy eyelid” look is a result of your actual eyelids, blepharoplasty is better for your needs. The brow lift can lift the brows and open up the eyes, but blepharoplasty focuses only on the eyelids. 

If you’re unsure which is better for you — a brow lift or blepharoplasty — please feel free to schedule a consultation with us. Dr. Maercks can help determine which procedure is ideal for your needs, or if both are needed.

Surgical details, recovery, and results

Because there are many different techniques for brow lift surgery (the direct lift, the endoscopic lift, the temporal lift, etc.), surgical details will be different for each patient. During your consultation, Dr. Maercks can determine which brow lift technique is best for your unique physical traits and aesthetic goals, and he will take you step-by-step through the procedure and recovery details. In general, recovery time for a brow lift is 10 to 14 days.

Directly after the surgery is complete, your head will be wrapped in dressing to help with swelling and healing. You will need to continue wearing the dressings for a few days. You may experience a tight feeling in the treated area for a couple of days, as well as swelling and discoloration around your eyes for about one week. Bruising, numbness, headache, and nausea are also common within the first week following surgery. Dr. Maercks can prescribe medication to help manage any discomfort. Results from a brow lift are typically finalized at four months.

Why choose The Maercks Institute?

Not only is face surgery is one of the main services at The Maercks Institute; Dr. Rian Maercks is also a board-certified plastic surgery specialist. His approach to both surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures of the face and body have earned him international recognition by surgeons and patients alike, and his undergraduate training in fine arts and philosophy created the framework through which he explores the world of medicine and plastic surgery. Dr. Maercks also elevates the standard of patient care and safety in every procedure he performs. Since founding The Maercks Institute in 2009, he has changed the lives of thousands of patients. They come to him with an issue, and he determines the best way to go about solving it. He is an expert who will formulate the right treatment for your goals. If you’re interested in a brow lift, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us.

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