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Unfurrowing the Furrows: Different Brow Lift Techniques

By tmccall on April 10, 2016

A woman outdoors smilingSome wrinkles add distinction and a sense of sophistication, while other wrinkles just make you look older. That's the fine line when it comes to facial lines, though most agree that the furrows and folds that appear on your forehead are typically not desirable.

To address these kinds of wrinkles on patients in and around Milwaukee, the team at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery is pleased to offer brow lift surgery (forehead lift). Many patients have misconceptions on what's involved with a forehead lift, and we'd like to go over these matters in greater detail right now.

About Brow Lift Surgery

Brow lift surgery is performed in order to make the lines and wrinkles of the forehead disappear. This is achieved by removing excess skin and then pulling the skin of the forehead tighter.

There are two ways that a brow lift is typically performed: a traditional/coronal brow lift and a never endoscopic method. Let's consider each of these as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

Traditional Brow Lift Surgery

A traditional brow lift surgery typically involved a single large incision made along the scalp behind the patient's hairline. Working through this large incision, a surgeon would remove excess skin, adjust the underlying structures of the forehead area, and then pull the remaining skin tighter, suturing the large incision to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

The Pros and Cons of Traditional Brow Lift Surgery

As this was the primary method of performing a brow lift, it did prove quite effective for years. That said, the disadvantages of a traditional brow lift typically outweigh the advantages.

For one, the incision itself is quite large, which meant patients would often face a longer healing period after their surgery was performed. In addition, men with receding hairlines might experience issues with visible scarring if they continue to experience hair loss or hair thinning later in life.

Endoscopic Brow Lift Surgery

Endoscopic brow lift surgery is the new and generally preferred method of performing a brow lift. Rather than a single large incision along the scalp, the endoscopic procedure involves a series of small incisions strategically placed along the hairline. Small tools are used to worth through these incisions, with surgeons again removing excess tissue, adjusting underlying structures, and tightening the remaining skin.

The Pros and Cons of Endoscopic Brow Lift Surgery

There are many advantages to undergoing an endoscopic brow lift. Since the incisions are small, patients will generally experience a much less painful and lengthy recovery period. The surgery is much less invasive, which is always a plus for patients.

In addition, the small incisions are carefully hidden so that they are difficult to see. Certainly small incisions along the hairline are much less visible than a large incision across the scalp.

Which Type of Brow Lift Would Be Best for Me?

Given what we noted above, we often feel that the endoscopic brow lift is a much more ideal procedure for patients than a traditional brow lift. During your consultation, we will go over these and other surgical options that can address wrinkles, lines, and unwanted signs of advanced age. Our goal is to make you look your very best.

Speak with Dr. Tracy McCall

For more information about brow lift surgery and how it can help you address signs of aging, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery will work with you to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

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