Thanks to a healthy lifestyle, you wake up each morning feeling great. You feel as young as you did 10 – 15 years ago. You eat healthy and exercise regularly, keeping your weight under control for the most part. But when you look in the mirror, you barely recognize the person looking back. Your expressions always seem worried or irritated. You feel great but look fatigued. You want to look like you feel. Perhaps today is the day you begin achieving a youthful, natural appearance.
Your skin loses elasticity as you age. Sun damage, environmental effects and gravity can affect the face, resulting in frown lines, a wrinkled forehead and drooping eyebrows. As the effects of aging take over, your face will look much older than you feel and you might even look sad, angry or fatigued even when you’re not.
A forehead lift (brow lift) is a procedure that tightens wrinkled, drooping skin on the forehead and lifts sagging eyebrows. The underlying tissue in this area is either removed or repositioned to create a smoother forehead while reducing vertical frown lines between the eyebrows. With a brow lift, patients can achieve a younger and well-rested appearance.
If you would like to address your forehead lines and wrinkles, ICLS performs multiple techniques that allow patients to find the right results. They can restore your natural, youthful expressions as well as your self-esteem. Contact us today for a consultation on a brow lift.
Your Consultation for Brow lift
During your consultation for the brow lift, your ICLS surgeon, Dr. Khanna, will perform a full physical examination. She will listen to your expectations and concerns about the procedure, and tell you what she recommends for the brow lift and why.
During your consultation, you will get a better idea of what can and cannot be done with a brow lift, leaving you with a reasonable expectation of your results.
Dr. Khanna will explain the brow lift, how it will be applied to your unique facial structure and what to expect leading up to and during surgery. The recovery process for the brow lift will be explained as well as what you can expect during healing.
It is important that both you and Dr. Khanna agree on reasonable goals and outcomes for the forehead lift.
“I went to see Dr. K because after doing extensive research. There is no denying that she is the best in her field. She studies your body and knows right away what would look best on you- all while factoring in your wishes … But the best part is that she is extremely realistic about your expected results and doesn’t “sell” herself or the procedure in any way. In fact, she encourages you to do your research and to understand what result *your* body can produce, as no two patients are the same. I felt completely confident in her, especially when I mentioned her name to other physicians who credited her as the best… The staff is beyond professional and make what could be an awkward situation completely relaxing…”
Suitable Candidates for Brow Lift
Good candidates for the brow lift include:
- Healthy individuals with no medical conditions to impair healing
- Patients with a positive outlook and realistic goals
- Patients concerned about an aging forehead that projects fatigue, worry or anger
- Individuals looking to gain self-confidence through a rejuvenation of natural facial beauty
Dr. Khanna will evaluate your facial structure and discuss what procedures may be applied to address your concerns.
What to Expect with a Brow Lift
Dr. Khanna will use a tailored approach from multiple techniques for your brow lift. Dr. Khanna believes that subtle changes to your brow will deliver a substantial transformation of the areas around your eyes and above your brow. A lateral lift of the brow will result in natural and proportioned outcomes. Your unique facial structure, your aesthetic goals and the degree of sagging will determine which forehead lift technique will be chosen. Here are some procedures that may be recommended for your brow lift:
Endoscopic Brow Lift is a technique that can accomplish effective rejuvenation. Your surgeon will make two small incisions behind the hair line. Then, using an endoscope (a special camera) and certain devices, Dr. Khanna will reposition the forehead’s muscles, lift underlying tissue and remove excess fat and tissue.
Limited Incision Brow Lift (temporal brow lift) involves a longer incision and is often performed concurrently with eyelid lift surgery. First, incisions are placed behind the hair line of each temple. Next, your surgeon will lift and reposition the tissue of the outer brow area. Through incisions made for upper eyelid surgery, they can level your frown lines while lifting the eyebrows.
Coronal Brow Lift – this technique is seldom used by Dr. Khanna because she can make needed improvements using a less invasive procedure in most cases. However, in some cases, a coronal brow lift may be required to achieve a patient’s desired outcome. Using a long incision behind the hairline, excess skin and fat are removed and the remaining skin and brow muscles are repositioned into a smoother appearance.
Brow lift is an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia in our fully accredited Oakville clinic. Your incision will be closed with sutures and removed approximately a week after surgery. You will be able to go home on the very same day as your brow lift.
Your Recovery from Brow Lift
You should expect swelling and bruising after your brow lift, but this should subside after 7-10 days. Sleep and rest with your head elevated for the first week and apply cold compresses to the treatment area to reduce swelling. You may experience numbness and itching as your forehead lift incisions heal, but this will subside too. Your bandages will be removed within a few days. You will be given detailed instructions for your brow lift recovery including when to resume your regular activities. Most patients see a substantial improvement in swelling and bruising after two weeks but others may experience prolonged bruising; of course, this bruising can usually be covered with makeup.
A typical recovery schedule includes:
- Day of surgery – light walking around the house. This will aid the healing process.
- Day 2 – 3 after surgery – you may bathe or shower, but be gentle around the stitches.
- One week after surgery – you may return to work but no strenuous activity. You may tire easily, so limit your initial schedule. Check with your surgeon if you need to cover up visible bruising.
- 1 – 2 weeks after surgery – you may resume driving if you have full mobility and are no longer taking prescribed pain medication.
- 6 weeks after surgery – you may gradually resume your workout routine under advisement from Dr. Khanna.
Financing Available for Brow Lift
At ICLS, we offer multiple payment and financing options to make brow lift surgery affordable for our patients. In addition to accepting cash and major credit cards (including Visa®, MasterCard® and American Express®) we have partnered with Medicard® and iFinance® Canada which offer healthcare financing plans designed to fit various budgets. If you are interested in financing your brow lift procedure, learn more about Medicard® iFinance® Canada below.
MEDICARD® offers an affordable way to finance your brow lift surgery and allows you to instantly obtain the care you desire. Medicard’s patient financing programs ensure you don’t delay your treatment or purchase due to cost concerns by offering you a various financing terms with convenient monthly payments.
Choosing the Right Brow Lift
It is critical for the plastic surgeon you choose to have the right qualifications and credentials. These include board certification and being in good standing with the various medical boards. It also includes education, experience and a list of satisfied patients.
Pay attention to the service level of the support team. Make sure they are compassionate, professional and considerate. This will be the staff to lean on during your recovery. Make sure you are comfortable with the entire staff.
It is important to do your research and visit the surgeon in person. It is also important to visit the facility where the surgery will take place. Go to the consultation prepared with your questions, concerns and ultimate goals written down. Don’t rush! You should make the time to get well informed.
Why ICLS for Brow Lift
Toronto’s own Dr. Julie Khanna is one of Canada’s leading plastic surgeons because she looks beyond the surgical procedure and toward the patient’s inner self to outer beauty. She notes, “Each procedure is unique to each patient. The best results come from first understanding patient needs and desires, and then providing a tailor–made solution that meets the personal expectations of that patient.”
Dr. Khanna informs her patients of the most modern approaches to plastic surgery, allowing them to make informed choices. “I’m here to educate my patients about all the options available and help them decide what’s appropriate for their lifestyle and the desired outcome.”
Helping both men and women, Dr. Khanna addresses the special concerns of her female patients. “Many of my patients prefer a surgeon who they believe understands their needs and how they feel about their bodies. We want every patient to be happy with their result and pleased by their experience here at ICLS.”
“Dr Khanna listens to what you want. She is a woman so understand our bodies and our expectations. Her staff is truly wonderful. The staff and Dr. Khanna return your emails/text messages right away with any questions you have. I would highly recommend Dr. Khanna.” ~ Oakville ON