Eyebrow Lift

An eyebrow lift, scientifically referred to as coronoplasty, is a surgical procedure that restores the eyebrows to a more youthful position. During this procedure, excess skin and fat deposits that have collected along the brows, are excised. Deep furrows and and unnatural contours that produce a worried look can also be treated with an eyebrow lift.

Who is a good candidate for this procedure?

The aging process can cause wrinkle lines along the forehead that create a look of anger or worry no matter which emotion you are trying to convey. Furthermore, our skin loses it’s elasticity and our eyebrows droop making us look less alert and older than we actually are. Anyone who experiences the aforementioned issues is a good candidate for an eyebrow lift.

Candidacy for an eyebrow lift is also determined by your overall health. When you meet with your surgeon, they will review your medical history and make sure your body can handle this surgical procedure. Additionally, smoking will need to be ceased at least two weeks before your surgery. You must also remain smoke free during the recovery process to ensure that your body receives enough oxygen.

What the recovery from an eyebrow lift entail?

You will be tired following your surgery and it’s important that you rest. Painkillers and in some cases, antibiotics, will be prescribed by your doctor to help you deal with any discomfort you may experience post-surgery. Do not take any medications that you did not previously clear with your doctor because even some over-the-counter drugs can interfere with the body’s natural healing process. You will not be able to wash your face until two days after your surgery but then you can resume showering as usual.

Bruising and swelling is common following a coronoplasty but it usually subsides after a few days. Most people are able to return to work after a week. Some patients experience a tightness in the area as they heal and this too will fade over time.

Exercise like light walking around the house is important in the first two weeks following your surgery. After two weeks you can start incorporating more strenuous movements into your workout. After four weeks you can workout as you normally would.

What to look for in a coronoplasty surgeon

The Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS) is the only body recognized in the country. Your coronoplasty surgeon must be a member of CSAPS and board-certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Likewise, your surgeon must be experienced and trustworthy.

There are three questions you can ask potential surgeons to see if they are a good fit for your procedure:

1. How many eyebrow lifts have you performed?

2. Where did complete your training?

3. How many years have you been in practice?

What are the techniques used during a brow lift?

Depending on your needs, degree of skin elasticity, height of your hairline and brow structure, there are three techniques a surgeon can use when doing an eyebrow lift. Regardless of the technique, you will be administered anesthesia before the procedure to ensure you’re completely comfortable.

Endoscopic Eyebrow Lift: This is the least invasive eyebrow lift that can be performed. Your surgeon will make a series of tiny incisions behind the hairline. Then, using an endoscope (a small camera) and thin instruments, they will lift the underlying tissues, remove excess fat and tissue and reposition the muscles to create a youthful brow.

Temporal Eyebrow Lift: This technique is also called a limited brow lift and is usually done in tandem with eyelid surgery. During a temporal lift, incisions are made above each temple, behind the hairline. Then, your surgeon lifts and repositions the tissues in the outer brow. If eyelid surgery is being done concurrently, the area between the eyebrows is also lifted and frown lines are smoothed out.

Coronal Eyebrow Lift: This technique was once the standard brow lift performed. A coronal lift procedure involves one long incision made behind the hairline that runs from ear to ear. Then, your surgeon will excise unnecessary skin, fat and tissue before repositioning the brow muscles into a more relaxed, youthful position.

An eyebrow lift does leave a scar because incisions have to be made. Nevertheless, scarring fades over time and the incisions are generally small and hidden behind the hairline.

Eyebrow lifts allow you to appear more youthful and naturally alert. Your self-confidence may also improve as you’ll no longer be concerned with your appearance.

As soon as the swelling has gone down, makeup can be worn around the eyes and eyebrows. This is usually after about a week. You can, however, wear makeup in other areas of the face as you heal.