Traditional Midbrow Lift
The traditional midbrow lift is a type of brow lift that involves an incision in the forehead crease which allows for easier concealment of scarring. This technique allows for precise lifting of the forehead and placement of the eyebrows.
Traditional Midbrow Lift
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About the Procedure
The traditional midbrow lift is a surgical procedure used to create a more refreshed, youthful appearance in the upper third of the face region. Removing excess sagging skin around the forehead and repositioning underlying muscle and tissue creates this effect. This leads to a sizable correction of a heavy or sagging brow and restores a more youthful contour to the upper third of the face. Similar to a direct brow lift, the incision is made on the forehead for precise lifting instead of hidden in the hairline. The procedure ranges in cost from $4000-$7000. To begin the procedure, an incision is made into an existing forehead crease. This allows for selective skin excision and precise lifting of the brow. The incisions are traditionally 3 cm above the nasal root, which is the indentation of the nose in between the eyes.s. The skin above the incision is undermined for approximately 1.5cm, allowing for skin removal during the closure. A horizontal weakening of the forehead muscle may be achieved with superficial horizontal cuts. This allows the release of deep creases. The incision is then closed and an excision of excess skin is made. The lower flap is pulled up allowing for redundant skin excision. The skin is then sealed with sutures. To finish the operation, anti-tension strips are applied and the forehead is dressed with a protective bandage.
Brow lifts, through various techniques, rejuvenates the face above the eyes by removing excess sagging skin, and repositioning underlying muscles and tissues. Brow lifts can "lift" sagging brows, eliminate deep furrows and smooth the forehead area skin.
What to Expect
The traditional midbrow lift involves an incision in the forehead crease which allows for precise lifting and easier concealment of scarring. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a traditional midbrow lift.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Do not smoke for 4 weeks before and after the surgery
- Do not drink any alcohol for 2 days
- Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours before surgery
- General or local anesthesia with sedation
- Release of deep brow creases
- Excision of excess skin
- Advancement of forehead skin
- Suture closure and bandages
Following a traditional midbrow lift, the forehead will be swollen. Sleep in an elevated position to reduce swelling. Cool compresses may be used but do not place directly on incisions. Avoid strenuous activity. Postoperative dressings will be removed after 3 days, stitches after 6, and anti-tension strips after 9 days. The brow may appear overcompensated after surgery but will relax during recovery. Most patients can return to normal activity in 2 weeks but recovery may take several months.
The ideal candidate for a midbrow lift are patients with thick forehead creases where an incision can be hidden well and men with male pattern baldness, so as not to further recede the hairline.
Not Recommended For
A midbrow lift is not recommended for patients without deep forehead creases to camouflage the postoperative scar. Midbrow lifts are also not recommended for patients with low frontal hairlines.
Side effects from a midbrow brow lift may include scarring, numbness, and altered sensation of the forehead.