WHAT IS Brow Lift Surgery?
Brow lift surgery (also known as a forehead lift or browplasty) is a popular aesthetic procedure that helps to create a lifted brow appearance, which provides a refreshed look to the top portion of the face. A drooping brow can lead patients to appear angry or tired, even if they're feeling just fine. To address this, a brow lift surgically improves a drooping brow to produce a refreshed face by removing excess skin and raising the eyebrows higher along the forehead. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino has performed brow lifts on both men and women in Doylestown, PA, Bucks County, Montgomery County, and the surrounding Philadelphia areas to help them achieve a more youthful appearance. Wrinkle fillers and relaxers can be offered in conjunction with brow lift surgery at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa for ideal results since they help to further smoothen the skin on the forehead.
"Dr. Tamburrino is outstanding! He’s extremely talented in his field and I can’t praise a doctor more. I suffered a dog bite to the nose 3 years ago and he was called into the ER to repair it. His bedside manner was calming and kind as he worked on my nose. The results were great and I was left without permanent scarring. Unfortunately, I didn’t follow his advise and I kept the dog. Six months ago the same Beagle attacked me again and the injury was worse. My nose was hanging off and I had a bite above my nose between the eyes. There were three bites in Al. This time. I again requested Dr. Tamburrino at the ER--the best thing I ever did because I knew what a good job he did the first time. He took a lot of time to reconstruct my nose and stitch it back together. Both of my nostrils were torn. I was a mess! The results? I look great. I seriously l think my nose looks better than it did before any of the bites. Dr. Tamburrino somehow put the nose back together so that the stitches were on the lower side of the nostril and the scars are not visible at all. The nostrils even look equal in size. I’ve had a couple follow up appointments at his office and his staff are super friendly and accommodating as well!"- K.M. / Yelp / Oct 11, 2021
"My experience and follow-ups with Dr. Tamburrino and his staff were extraordinary. I had a negative experience with prior surgeons, but when I saw him for a facelift revision, he set clear and reasonable expectations for what we could achieve together and showed an impressive understanding and expertise in assessing my past surgery. I worked with him to develop a game plan of other procedures that would achieve the results that would make me happy. I am grateful and can genuinely say that Prestige Institute treated me with care and understanding, and that Dr. Tamburrino is one of the best!"- C.N. / Google / Oct 05, 2021
"Dr. Tamburrino is top notch and the best of the best. From my initial consult with him and his team, I felt completely comfortable and at ease. They take so much time with their patients to make sure you are 100% comfortable with any procedure you are having done. They care about their patients and want you to have the best outcome possible as if you were family. If you are looking for the best Plastic Surgeon out there, look no further then Dr. Tamburrino and his amazing team . You will not be disappointed!!"- N.W. / Google / Aug 06, 2021
"I could not be happier with my experience with Dr. Tamburrino and his staff! They made the entire process of my procedure so smooth. Every question was answered and I was very comfortable with my decision to go with Prestige in comparison to my past experiences with multiple consultations at other practices. Dr. Tamburrino was very realistic and honest in addressing my concerns, and his extensive training, experience, certifications, and attention to detail proved that I was in the right place. The results of my procedure were absolutely amazing! Better than what I had imagined. I now look in the mirror every day and get so excited and proud of what I see! I can’t thank Dr. Tamburrino, Anna, Kristen, and all of the staff at Prestige enough for how kind and accommodating they were! I’ll never look anywhere else for any plastic surgery/med spa needs!"- M.W. / Google / May 25, 2021
"The doctor took a lot of time to clearly explain my options for major surgery following a cancer-related procedure. He is very thorough and very human. I felt extremely comfortable in his care. This is all in the past now, but looking back I know I chose the right physician."- H.G. / Google / Mar 22, 2021
WHO SHOULD GET A BROW LIFT?
When looking at yourself in a mirror, do you seem angry or tired, or see deep lines between the eyebrows, or are bothered by your sagging brow? This phenomenon usually occurs because skin elasticity diminishes as we age, which causes various areas of the face to sag and hang. This is especially noticeable in the upper facial region and affects both women and men equally. If this describes your current situation, then getting a brow lift at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa may be the ideal aesthetic treatment for you. To be a candidate for brow lift surgery, you must be in good overall health. Attending a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tamburrino will help you figure out if this cosmetic procedure is right for your needs, concerns, and goals.
HOW IS BROW LIFT SURGERY DONE?
Before surgery, anesthesia will be given to the patient. This can be done using general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the extent of the procedure. The incision technique used during a brow lift is chosen based on the severity of skin sag present, whether or not the forehead will be addressed, and the appearance of the patient's hairline. Some of the techniques Dr. Tamburrino may utilize during your procedure include:
- Traditional Incision
Also known as the open lift incision, this surgical technique places the incision behind the hairline at the top of the head. The open incision not only conceals scarring, but it also provides a certain degree of controlled lifting throughout the procedure. The traditional incision works well for those with both frown lines and a sagging brow. The traditional brow lift is the preferred incision for patients who are at risk of developing a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision
The trichophytic incision is made directly against the patient's hairline. A trichophytic incision allows significant 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 places the incision inside the hairline slightly above the temples. A temporal incision allows the outer parts of the brow to be raised and works well for sagging that's present on the outer brow. It also helps to address Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
This is a more modern technique used in a brow lift. This method requires the creation of several small incisions in the hairline. From there, an endoscope is inserted, which will be maneuvered down to the area of the eyebrow to release its attachments. Using the camera of the endoscope, the brow tissue is repositioned using stitches to place the brow in its better position.
What to Expect
Recovery following brow lift surgery varies with the most swelling and discomfort occurring with the open method versus the temporal (lateral) or endoscopic methods. In general, there will be slight bruising and swelling in the upper face near the brows and sometimes near the eyes; however, cold compresses may help to reduce this swelling. Dr. Tamburrino often advises patients to sleep upright for 3 – 4 nights following their surgery. It is critical to avoid any movement or activities that may put pressure on your face.
The typical recovery period from this procedure is about 2 – 3 weeks. Your surgical outcomes can usually be seen immediately, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance that appears more alert, softer, and with a noticeable reduction in sagging skin and fine lines in the upper portion of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a brow lift or full facelift will depend on your goals and where you have excess skin. You should candidly talk about your concerns with Dr. Tamburrino so he can help you choose which treatment is best for your goals. Many patients come in thinking they want a facelift only to discover that they require a brow lift or vice versa. Using his years of experience, Dr. Tamburrino will confidently help you formulate a treatment plan to give you the results you want.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
If you're nervous about getting surgery, you may be considering one of our many nonsurgical options, including laser skin tightening and injectables (like Juvéderm and BOTOX), to provide mild improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better for longer-lasting results and significant cosmetic enhancements. During your consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will go over both your surgical and nonsurgical options to help you decide which is better for your needs.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Tamburrino will go over surgical techniques during your consultation and inform you of the advantages of each. He will then help you select the best technique for your needs and goals. Some of the factors that might influence the technique used are your hairline (taking into account both your current hairline, as well as your risk of developing a receding hairline), the amount of loose skin present, and how much time you can devote to recovery.
Will my results look natural?
If you go to a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Tamburrino, your brow lift results will be natural-looking and seamless. He will create a treatment plan to suit your needs and goals and help you appear refreshed rather than frozen or tight. When performing your brow lift, Dr. Tamburrino will focus on removing loose skin. The remaining skin and tissue will be smoothed so your results don't lift your eyebrows too high or limit your facial expressions.
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
You no longer have to let your sagging forehead make people wonder if you're sad, mad, tired, or angry. To learn about your options to address facial sagging, schedule an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Doylestown, PA. By correcting your sagging brow, you can rejuvenate your entire appearance and look more youthful and refreshed. Dr. Tamburrino strives to produce results that look natural. Your brow lift outcomes will have your friends and family commenting on your refreshed, glowing appearance!