Your How-To Guide on Recovering From Eyebrow Lift Surgery

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The forehead and brows are among the first places to show signs of aging. To address these areas and improve your appearance, Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ, offers cosmetic surgery to lift the brow and create a refreshed look. Dr. Sidney Starkman is a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon who can remove excess skin and raise the eyebrows to correct a drooping appearance in the upper face region. 

During your consultation, Dr. Starkman will review different brow lift techniques to help you understand the benefits and risks of surgery. Some factors that may influence your options include your cosmetic goals, degree of skin laxity, hairline, and the amount of time you can spend in recovery. To learn more about this process, we encourage you to contact Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ. 

Eyebrow lift surgery benefits 

Aging can heavily affect our facial expressions, and in some instances, make us appear tired or worried. Others are simply genetically inclined to have a heavier brow. A brow lift reduces the creases that form on the forehead and removes lines that develop over the years. Do you think you could benefit from eyebrow lift surgery? This procedure works for the following areas: 

Fine lines and creases across the forehead

Frown lines or the vertical "11" lines between the eyebrows

Sagging skin that creates a hooded effect over the eyes 

During surgery, Dr. Starkman focuses on removing extra skin while the remaining tissue is smoothed so the end results are natural and do not limit your facial expressions. When you choose a skilled facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Starkman, he will develop a personalized treatment plan that works for your facial features. He will also give you detailed information about what to expect so you will have realistic expectations about the outcome. 

Brow lift surgery incision options 

Each year, thousands of people elect to have a brow lift procedure with pleasing results. Though recovery varies for each patient, the majority of side effects are based on the incision method chosen. For all brow lift surgeries, we use twilight sedation so patients have fewer complications with less nausea and quicker recoveries. 

Traditional incision: Perfect for patients with a receding hairline, this incision is placed behind the hairline at the top of the head. This open incision allows Dr. Starkman to control the lift and conceal scarring. 

Trichophytic incision: Patients with a thicker hairline benefit from this incision placed along the hairline, allowing for a more significant lift of the brow. 

Lateral brow lift: Also known as a temporal brow lift, this incision starts within the hairline just above the temples. Dr. Starkman chooses a lateral brow lift to correct sagging in the outer brows and minimize Crow’s feet. 

Endoscopic brow lift: A modern technique that requires the use of an endoscope. Several small incisions are made in the hairline, then the brow tissue is suspended with stitches for a lift. 

The brow lift recovery process 

As a brow lift is considered an invasive surgery, the recovery time is longer than nonsurgical aesthetic treatments. Dr. Starkman will discuss aftercare with you prior to surgery so you are fully prepared for recovery. Most patients will need to rest at home for around 1 – 2 weeks in order to heal effectively. During that time, you may notice a rejuvenated appearance that seems more alert. There will also be a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles in the upper portion of the face. 

Generally, you can expect swelling and bruising in the upper part of the face and around the eyes. After brow lift surgery, we may prescribe pain medication to help you feel comfortable. The use of cold compresses can also reduce swelling and discomfort. We advise sleeping upright for three nights following surgery, and avoiding any activities that may place pressure on the face. Other tips to follow while recovering from brow lift surgery: 

Arrange for a trusted relative or friend to take care of you the first night at home.

Don’t shower or use hair products for at least 24 hours after surgery. After this, you may use gentle baby shampoo. Gently dab the area with a soft towel to dry the hair and scalp. 

Do not participate in heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for the first few weeks. However, patients are encouraged to stay mobile in order to promote circulation.

Following our aftercare instructions is essential to the success of your brow lift. During your follow-up appointment with Dr. Starkman, he can let you know when it is okay to resume activities such as bathing and using a hair dryer. Keep in mind that swelling can last for several weeks. For any questions regarding cosmetic surgery or our other procedures, please contact our Scottsdale office. 

Learn more about eyebrow lift surgery

If you’re unhappy with your sagging brow, it’s time to make a change. Start by scheduling a private consultation at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ. Our team offers cosmetic plastic surgery for the face and neck, including cheek and lip augmentation. To complement your eyebrow lift surgery, Dr. Sidney Starkman also provides nonsurgical services such as wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers. To learn more about brow lift surgery, call our Scottsdale office today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.