Brow Lift in Chicago, IL
Dr. Michael Epstein and Dr. Karol Gutowski are gifted plastic surgeons who offer a variety of plastic surgery procedures to residents of Chicago, the Chicagoland area, Naperville, Northbrook and surrounding communities in Illinois. In the paragraphs below, they explain the brow lift (forehead lift) procedure, how it is performed and expected recovery time.
What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift is a surgical procedure that corrects a low-positioned or sagging brow, smoothes furrows across the forehead and between the brows, and helps to restore a more youthful and relaxed appearance in the facial region between the upper eyelids and the scalp, extending to the temples.
A good candidate for this procedure is someone who is bothered by the development or presence of expression lines (or other signs of aging) in the forehead and brow region. This condition can be a result of overactive muscles in the forehead and brow region, heredity, or simply the way in which we age.
A brow lift can be enhanced with laser resurfacing or a chemical peel to further improve skin tone and surface appearance. Other rejuvenation procedures, such as eyelid surgery or a facelift, can also be performed in combination with the brow lift.
How is a Brow Lift performed?
A brow lift is an outpatient surgical procedure performed at our facility, Northbrook Plastic Surgery. A brow lift is performed through multiple incisions hidden in the hairline or through a single incision in the natural crease of each upper eyelid. Removing selected muscles and releasing tissues will lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Excess skin at the incision site will then be removed to allow re-draping of your forehead. When there is an abundance of excess skin in the forehead, a technique using a wide incision across the top of the scalp may be recommended. This procedure takes approximately 1 to 2 hours, but may vary depending on the individual.
What to expect during the recovery period:
- Discomfort is to be expected, and can be controlled with medication.
- Swelling and bruising to the affected area are normal. This will begin to fade within 1-2 weeks.
- Camouflage makeup can be applied after the initial bruising and swelling subside.
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure and use a good sunscreen.
- You may return to light activity within 2-3 days after surgery or as you feel ready.
- Full activity may be resumed 4 weeks after surgery.
Dr. Epstein and Dr. Gutowski also offer an endoscopic brow lift procedure and can discuss the various options available to you during your consultation.
Dr. Michael A. Epstein and Dr. Karol A. Gutowski have received critical acclaim for their exceptional results and advanced surgical techniques in the area of plastic surgery for residents of Chicago, the Chicagoland area, Naperville, Northbrook and surrounding communities in Illinois.
Active members of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, they have been featured on numerous television programs and quoted in dozens of newspapers and magazines nationwide. As trusted resources who are highly respected by both the media and their peers, Dr. Epstein’s and Dr. Gutowski’s training, education and surgical skills have made them two of Chicagoland’s leading and most gifted plastic surgeons. Their primary offices are located in Northbrook, Illinois with satellite offices in downtown Chicago and Schaumburg.