Brow Lift Surgeon
- Length: 1-2 hours
- Anesthesia: general
- In/Outpatient: outpatient
- Side Effects: swelling, bruising, blurry vision, numbness
- Risks: bleeding, infection, asymmetry, hair loss at the incision line
Return to work: 1 week
Light exercise: 1 week
Swelling completely resolves: 4-8 weeks
A sagging brow can inadvertently give you a tired, sad or angry appearance, and forehead wrinkles may make you look older than you are. Whether these traits are due to aging or simply genetic traits, they can be treated with a surgical procedure called a brow lift. Also known as forehead lift, the procedure lifts the sagging brow and smoothes wrinkles and frown lines across the forehead and between the eyes. It has an overall rejuvenating effect on the face.
Montreal plastic surgeon Arie Benchetrit has many years of experience with this procedure and encourages you to consult him for more details.
The Browlift Consultation
During your consultation, Dr. Benchetrit will ask you to identify what you don’t like about your eyebrow line or forehead. Your answer may be one of the following:
- A low or sagging eyebrow position
- Deep horizontal creases across your forehead
- Frown lines / furrows between your eyebrows or at the top of your nose
After you’ve identified what you don’t like about your facial appearance and what you hope to achieve through brow lift surgery, Dr. Benchetrit will inquire about your medical history, any medications you take and your general level of health to evaluate you as a brow lift candidate. He will then explain all of the surgical and non-surgical options (such as Botox) that can lift the brow into a more esthetic position. He will also show you “before and after” photos of brow lifts and other brow-lifting procedures so you can get an idea of what to expect.
Once Dr. Benchetrit has established that browlift is suitable for your needs, he will begin to formulate a customized treatment plan. He will also go into detail about the procedure, how you should prepare for it and what your recovery will be like. He may also make recommendations for other procedures that complement the results of browlift, such as blepharoplasty, short-scar facelift or necklift.
Vectra 3D Photography
Dr. Benchetrit is one of the very few surgeons in Canada to own the Vectra 3D photography system. This revolutionary device can take 3D photos of the face brow region and then simulate the results of the planned surgery on a computer screen. This makes it easier for the patient to make her decision and, by giving a “preview” of the final result, takes much of the worry out of the process.
During the browlift procedure, Dr. Benchetrit will make an incision in one of several locations. The “classic” browlift incision is placed across the top of the scalp, beginning above the ears and hidden within the hair-bearing scalp. However, Dr. Benchetrit rarely uses this very invasive technique as he prefers the newer, minimal scar procedures. In some cases, he may place the incision at the front of the hairline or toward the middle of the scalp. Through the incision, he is able to access the muscles that cause wrinkling and frown lines; he will remove, reposition or modify these muscles to prevent further wrinkling. Dr. Benchetrit will also remove excess skin and lift your eyebrows to a higher level.
Dr. Benchetrit’s preferred browlift technique for the past few years is the trans-blepharoplasty browlift using the Endotine implant (what a mouthful!). Simply put, this technique involves doing the browlift via a tiny incision in the upper eyelid (the same incision used for an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty). A dissolving implant called the Endotine, which looks like a tiny coat hook, is then placed on the bone below the brow and the brow is then “hung up” on the tiny hook to its desired position. The implant will dissolve slowly over the next six months and is replaced by a firm scar tissue which holds the brow up for several years.
The advantage of the Endotine technique is that, since most patients who need a browlift also need an upper eyelid tuck, the two procedures can be done at the same time through the same tiny incision that leaves almost no visible scars. Because the hairline incision is avoided, there are no visible scars in the scalp, which is especially important for men with a receding hairline, and no chance of hair loss. The Endotine also allows for precise brow elevation and correction of existing asymmetries. Finally, the post-op symptoms are much milder and the recovery much faster than with a regular browlift.
The Day of Surgery
Browlift surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis at an accredited surgical facility or at the Lakeshore Hospital. An anesthesiologist will administer medications so you sleep comfortably throughout surgery and do not feel any pain. The procedure takes one to two hours and when you wake up you will be escorted to a recovery suite to rest. After several more hours, you will need to have a loved one or caretaker pick you up from the surgical facility and drive you home to continue your recovery.
Recovering from Browlift
The brow and eyelid regions will be swollen, bruised and possibly sore after surgery. Any pain or discomfort can be controlled with oral medication prescribed by Dr. Benchetrit. Your vision may be temporarily blurry from ointment that Dr. Benchetrit applies during surgery. You should rest as much as possible in the days following surgery, keeping your head elevated. Bending, lifting and other strenuous activities are discouraged until Dr. Benchetrit advises it is safe. The swelling and bruising will disappear over time, and Dr. Benchetrit will allow you to return to work, exercise and other activities when he is happy with your healing. He will see you several times during your recovery to check your progress.
Complete recovery from brow lift varies by patient but most patients can return to work and light exercise within a week. Results are visible immediately and improve over the next two to three weeks as the swelling dissipates. The final result can take up to six months to be visible.
Why Choose Dr. Benchetrit For Your Surgery?
Dr. Benchetrit is an experienced plastic surgeon who has performed hundreds of browlifts with very good results. He is board-certified, familiar with the latest technologies and techniques, and has obtained a very high degree of satisfaction for his patients. He is also one of the few Montreal plastic surgeons who specialize in the trans-bleph Endotine browlift. Dr. Benchetrit spends a lot of time in the consultation process explaining the different options and helping the patient select the right procedure(s) for their desired result. Because his clinic offers all of the non-surgical and surgical facial procedures, Dr. Benchetrit can give you an unbiased, objective treatment plan that will fit your goals and budget. With the help of the Vectra 3D photo system, patients can “preview” the results of their surgery on a computer screen to help them decide if this is exactly what they want.
Contact Us about Browlift
Are you self-conscious about a sagging brow or wrinkles across your forehead? Learn more about browlift/forehead lift with Montreal plastic surgeon Dr. Benchetrit. Contact us today at 514-695-7450 to schedule a surgical consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Brow Lift Surgery
A: Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for a Forehead Lift:
- sagging or low position of the eyebrows, creating a tired or sad appearance
- deep horizontal creases across the forehead
- frown lines, or furrows, between the eyebrows and sometimes across the top of the nose
The face usually portrays the first visible signs of aging. Gravity and changes in eyebrow shape and position results in the brow area looking aged. Most patients requesting evaluation for a Forehead Lift or Facelift feel that their facial features do not reflect their youthful spirit and energy level. They are looking for ways to refresh and rejuvenate their appearance. There are many different variations of the Forehead Lift procedure that improve the position and shape of the eyebrow and forehead areas. Ultimately, the Brow Lift will allow you to turn back the hands of time to better reflect your youthful spirit.
If you have any questions about brow lift surgery, or other facial cosmetic surgery procedures, please contact us today at 514-695-7450.