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Browlift Surgery

Would I Benefit From Browlift Surgery?

Simply stated, if you look into the mirror and don't like the appearance of your forehead and upper-eyelid area, you could be a good candidate for Dr. Kaplan's Modified Browlift Surgery. Are you concerned about any of the following age-related changes listed below?

  • Deep lines or wrinkles across your forehead
  • Loose skin in your brow (forehead)
  • Heaviness over your eyelids
  • Lines between your eyes (glabella lines)
  • One brow is higher than the other (unilateral browlift surgery)
  • People say you look tired, sad or even angry when you aren't


What is a Browlift?

A browlift is a surgical procedure that addresses the furrows and lines between the eyes (an area referred to as the glabella), deep lines in the forehead, and a sagging brow which may create heaviness over the upper eyelids.  Most often these changes are age related. These changes may cause one to look sad, tired or angry even when that's not the case.

Genetics may play a role in how soon in life the changes become evident. You may look at photos of your mother or father in their early 20s and notice that heaviness in the upper eyelid is evident even at this young age.  This usually indicates that you may want to have browlift surgery earlier (maybe late 20s or 30s) to keep your youthful appearance.

Dr. Kaplan performs a Modified Browlift, his unique approach that, unlike other Browlift surgeries, does not affix screws, leaves the hairline in place and avoids incisions along the hairline.  Dr. Kaplan's browlift surgery involves only three tiny incisions, which are well-hidden in the hair. Dr. Kaplan's unique Modified Browlift surgery technique safely and effectively addresses these unwanted visible age-related changes in the upper one-third of the face.

What Dr. Kaplan's Browlift Surgery Accomplishes

  • A rejuvenated appearance to your forehead, brow and eye area (upper 1/3 of your face)
  • A more youthful, rested, natural appearance
  • No more sad, tired or angry appearance
  • Relaxation of the muscles which create those unwanted frown lines


Anesthesia

Dr. Kaplan's modified browlift surgery is usually performed under MAC (Monitored Anesthesia Care) anesthesia in our state-of-the-art AAAHC certified operating room suite.  All of the required monitoring, aesthetic delivery and emergency equipment are present.  A board-certified anesthesiologist is present throughout the operation as (s)he administers and monitors the anesthetic. Anesthesia will be discussed during your pre-operative appointment.

After you are made totally comfortable and are asleep, Dr. Kaplan will make tiny incisions, well hidden in the hair.  These will be placed in three different areas and are about ½ to 1 inch in length.  Using endoscopic instruments, Dr. Kaplan will lift the muscle and underlying tissue off the brow and then carefully tighten the muscle and other tissue.  This will lift sagging skin and soften/remove the wrinkles and lines in the forehead.  Often he will weaken the muscle that is between the eyes (called the corrugator) to soften or remove the vertical lines that appear between the eyes.  He does not use screws in his technique. 

After your Browlift Surgery:

  • Sleep on your back with your head elevated.
  • You will wake up with dressings (compression bandages) on your head. These are generally removed the first day after your surgery.
  • Dr. Kaplan will prescribe oral pain medication to manage any discomfort you may experience.l
  • Sutures or staples will be removed within 7 to 10 days.
  • Swelling and bruising are to be expected, but are usually greatly reduced within  5-7 days.
  • Be sure to keep your follow-up appointments as scheduled.