Patients throughout the greater Orlando area visit board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Armando Soto at his Aesthetic Enhancements Plastic Surgery practice every year to receive brow lift surgery. This procedure focuses on correcting sagging upper eyelids and can even improve the appearance of bags underneath the eyes. However, brow lift surgery should not be confused with a forehead lift, as these are different procedures with varying techniques. A brow lift surgery tightens droopy skin around the eyes and brows to reduce wrinkles and fine lines while also creating a more awake and youthful appearance. Patients commonly report feeling more vibrant and confident after receiving this procedure from Dr. Soto because the results produce significant improvements.
"Bridget and Amanda made a super weird and uncomfortable procedure quite easy! I was really nervous, but their calming manner and conversation relaxed me. The Geneveve treatment was completely painless and there was no down time. My significant other thoroughly enjoys the results as well."- K.M. / Yellowpages / Jun 26, 2017
"My experience with Dr. Soto and the rest of his staff has exceeded my expectations. I got a tummy tuck and breast lift and have been extremely satisfied with my results so far."- T.P. / Healthgrades / Oct 11, 2017
"Dr. Soto and his staff have been nothing but wonderful. They answer all questions and concerns promptly. I love how kind and thoughtful everyone is. Thank you for all you guys do!"- M.M. / Healthgrades / Oct 07, 2017
"Dr. Soto and his team went above and beyond my expectations. As an out of town patient, I sought out Dr. Armando Soto's skills and visions. From my initial point of contact till now, I have felt that I have been in amazing hands. Thank you for guiding me through this process and creating a finale look that I feel great in!"- M.R. / Yellowpages / Oct 06, 2017
"My experience with Dr. Soto and his staff has been amazing. At the beginning, i was hesitant about the procedure he was recommending for me since it was different than what I thought I wanted/needed. He reassured me and explain how the results were going to be much better with the procedure and I am so glad I listened to him! My body has never looked this great, not even in my teenage years. After having two pregnancies, including a multiple twin one, I had lost confidence and my self-esteem was lower. Thanks Dr. Soto! Now I feel better than ever!"- D.H. / Yellowpages / Sep 29, 2017
The incision techniques used during a brow lift procedure depend on the severity of sagging, the skin condition, and the hairline location. There are classic incisions, which may be located on the upper eyelid, or a coronal incision, which runs from ear to ear underneath the patient’s hair. A less invasive treatment is possible with an endoscopic brow lift.
This surgical technique places the incision along the natural upper eyelid crease or the brow’s hairline. The focus is to trim away excess skin and tighten the remaining skin and underlying tissues to create a rejuvenated facial appearance. The weak tissues will be reattached to the brow bone by sutures or attached with temporary tiny hooks placed internally where the muscles will cling and heal into a new position. This treatment doesn’t simultaneously resolve any issues of wrinkles on the upper forehead.
Coronal Brow Lift
An incision that hides the scar within the hair area is the coronal brow lift. The cut is made from one ear to the other, running along a few inches above the patient’s hairline. The eyebrows are then repositioned to correct the tired, aging appearance by pulling the muscles up. With this technique, the hairline is also positioned higher. The results are typically subtle, just enough to stretch the droopy eyelids, but not lifted too severely, which would result in a shocked, wide-eyed look.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
The use of endoscopes gives way to less invasive treatments. During an endoscopy procedure, several small incisions, no longer than an inch, are made close to the hairline. A tiny camera at the end of a thin tube will be inserted to allow the surgeon to operate via a monitor. Other tubes are inserted that will perform the necessary surgical steps to correct the cosmetic problem. Sutures are placed underneath the skin to help lessen the scars. The healing from this technique is quicker compared to the classic brow lifts.
A brow lift is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. It can last between 1 to 2 hours. Patients are sent home after surgery and advised to limit movement for up to 2 days. There will be some bruising and swelling that may be present on other areas of the face, such as the cheeks. Patients will be able to go back to a normal routine within a week. Strenuous activities must be avoided as it may affect healing. It is quite normal to feel as though the face is out of symmetry, but within 3-6 months, patients will see the optimized results, and look and feel younger with a rejuvenated outcome.
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Brow Lift FAQs
Facelift vs Brow Lift?
The plastic surgeon will initially evaluate the problem areas on the face and recommend the best approach. A brow lift enhancement is confined within the upper area of the face while a facelift also improves the appearance of the lower area of the face including the chin and the cheeks. Depending on the severity of the wrinkles and the sagging, a full facelift may be a better approach.
The ultimate aim for a brow lift procedure is to give the face an appearance that is fresh and youthful. With this surgery, the plastic surgeon is an expert who ensures that results are subtle enough so that it doesn’t look surgically treated. An experienced facial surgeon will have a thorough understanding of the internal structure of the face and will create results that are natural and prevent a wide-eyed or hyper-alert look.
Is Botox A Better Option?
BOTOX is a nonsurgical cosmetic treatment that targets forehead wrinkles. While it does an exceptional job of smoothing out lines and wrinkles on the forehad and around the eyes, it does not correct drooping of the skin folds around the eyes. Depending on the patient’s case, BOTOX is worth trying initially to see if this treatment satisfies the patient’s aesthetic goals. If BOTOX does little to the cosmetic issue, then a brow lift may be considered. Many patients benefit from a combination approach using surgery and BOTOX to attain the desired outcome.
Because the incisions are made in areas that can act as concealer, often the hair or natural crease of the face, scarring is generally not obvious. The doctor will make sure that the incisions are carefully placed to minimize the effects of scarring.