Brow Lift in Chicago, IL

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About Brow Lift Surgery

Surgery to lift the brow (sometimes known as a forehead lift or browplasty) is a popular aesthetic treatment that helps create a higher brow position, providing a refreshed look to the upper area of the face. A sagging brow can sometimes cause an angry or tired appearance. A browplasty surgically corrects a drooping brow to give patients a refreshed face by eliminating excess skin while lifting the eyebrows. Dr. Saeed Chowdhry is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Oak Lawn, IL who offers browplasty for Chicago area men and women to help them achieve a more youthful appearance. Wrinkle fillers and relaxers are commonly performed along with a forehead lift at SAC Plastic Surgery for best results, producing a smoother and softer appearance.

Ideal Candidates

When you grow older, skin elasticity diminishes and causes several portions of the face to droop. This is particularly noticeable in the upper face and usually impacts both women and men. When looking at yourself in a mirror, do you seem angry or tired, or see deep wrinkles in between your eyebrows, or are bothered by your sagging brow? A surgical brow lift at SAC Plastic Surgery may be the ideal aesthetic procedure to help you achieve your goals.

Surgical Technique

Before the procedure, anesthesia will be administered. This may be done via IV sedation or general anesthesia based on the complexity of the procedure. The incision pattern created during a browplasty depends on the degree of skin sag, if the forehead is being addressed, and the appearance of the patient's hairline. Some of the different techniques that may be used:

  • Traditional Incision
    Also known as the open browplasty incision, this puts the surgical incision behind the hairline at the top of the head. The open incision not only conceals scars, but it also allows a certain amount of lift control throughout the surgery. The open incision is good for those with both frown lines and a sagging brow. The traditional brow lift is the ideal incision for patients who are concerned about a receding hairline.
  • Trichophytic Incision
    The trichophytic incision is made directly against the patient's hairline. A trichophytic incision permits more dramatic lift in the brow for patients who have a low risk for hairline recession.
  • Lateral Brow Lift
    Also called a temporal browplasty, the lateral method starts the incision within the hairline slightly over the temples. A temporal incision permits the outer sections of the brow to be treated and is best for sagging that is visible in the outer brow. A temporal brow lift also helps to treat Crow’s feet.
  • Endoscopic Forehead Lift
    The endoscopic lift is a more modern method employed during a browplasty. This method calls for multiple small incisions beyond the hairline and insertion of the endoscope, which is pushed to the eyebrows. Using the endoscope's camera, the brow tissue is repositioned with stitches to a better position.

What to Expect

The recovery period after a brow lift varies in each patient with the majority of swelling and discomfort reported with the traditional method compared to the temporal or endoscopic techniques. In general, patients feel some swelling and bruising in the upper portion of the face around the eyebrows and sometimes near the eyes. Cold compresses can help to reduce the inflammation. Dr. Chowdhry recommends patients sleep with pillows propped under their head for at least three nights after their brow lift. It is critical to avoid any activities or movement that can put pressure on your face. The typical recovery period from a brow lift is around 2 – 3 weeks. The results can often be seen right away with a refreshed appearance that seems more alert, softer, and with a visible improvement in sagging skin and fine lines in the upper portion of the face.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a brow lift cost?
It is better to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Chowdhry, who can offer you gorgeous results rather than going with the lowest price. Your costs for brow lift surgery will depend on the technique used, anesthesia, facility fees, and more. When your treatment plan is developed during your consultation, cost estimates can be made. Dr. Chowdhry will also explain payment methods and where to apply for low-interest financing to make your surgery more affordable.

Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you need a facelift or brow lift will depend on your goals and where you have excess skin. You should speak openly with Dr. Chowdhry so he can help you choose which treatment is best for your unique needs. Some patients schedule a consultation requesting a facelift only to find that they may be happier with a brow lift and vice versa. Using his experience, Dr. Chowdhry will confidently help you decide on your treatment plan that will provide you with your best results.

What about nonsurgical treatments?
You may consider a nonsurgical option such as injectables (like Juvéderm and BOTOX), which can provide short-term improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better for longer-lasting results and significant improvements. At your consultation, Dr. Chowdhry can go over both your nonsurgical and surgical choices to help you decide which is better for your needs.

What technique should I choose?
Dr. Chowdhry will explain surgical techniques at your consultation so you know the benefits and risks of each. He will then help you choose the technique that best meets your needs and goals. A few of the factors that might influence your choice are your hairline (factoring in both your current hairline, as well as your risk of developing a receding hairline), the amount of loose skin, and recovery time available.

Will my results look natural?
If you have an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Chowdhry, your brow lift will appear natural. He will create a custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals to help you appear refreshed instead of frozen or tight. When performing your brow lift, Dr. Chowdhry will concentrate on removing loose skin. The remaining tissue and skin will be smoothed so as to not lift your eyebrows too high or limit your facial expressions.

Rejuvenate Your Appearance

Do not let your sagging forehead make others wonder if you're sad, mad, angry, or tired — schedule an appointment to learn more about brow lift surgery with Dr. Saeed Chowdhry at SAC Plastic Surgery in Oak Lawn, IL. By correcting your hanging brow, you can revitalize your entire appearance and seem more youthful and refreshed. Dr. Chowdhry strives for results that look natural; your browplasty will have your friends and family saying you look more refreshed instead of thinking you had cosmetic surgery.

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