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Frequently Asked Questions about Brow Lift

What is brow lift surgery?
Brow lift, also referred to as forehead lift, reduces fine lines and wrinkles of the forehead that usually result as we age. Brow lifts can rejuvenate the look of the eyes by minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines and drooping brows.

Who is a good candidate for brow lift surgery?
The best candidates for brow lift are patients who are in good health, non-smokers and patients with realistic expectations about both the benefits and potential risks of brow lift surgery.

When is the right time to consider brow lift?
When aging becomes noticeable and bothersome to you, it may be the right time for you to consider brow lift surgery. The timing varies by patient. Some individuals notice the effects of aging in their 20s and 30s, whereas in others they do not become evident until their late 70s. The majority of patients choosing to have brow lift are in their 40s and 50s.

What should I expect during my initial brow lift consultation?
When you meet with Dr. Kim, you will discuss your desires and aesthetic goals. Dr. Kim may also go over other cosmetic procedures that rejuvenate the face, including facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty (eye lift), laser skin resurfacing, cheek and chin implants and fat grafting.

At your initial plastic surgery consultation, it may be helpful for you to bring a list of questions and concerns that can be specifically addressed.

Should I have facelift or brow lift?
While brow lift will reduce wrinkles and signs of aging in the forehead area, facelift can dramatically improve a patient’s facial appearance by removing excess tissue and tightening the muscles and tissues. Some patients choose to combine brow lift with facelift for optimum results.

Other facial rejuvenation procedures such as Botox, chemical peels or laser resurfacing may also be recommended.

Are the results of brow lift surgery permanent?
While brow lift will not prevent a patient from aging further over time, it will “set back the clock.” However, results may be prolonged if patients maintain their weight, avoid exposure to the sun and engage in proper skin care, keeping the skin appropriately hydrated.

What areas cannot be improved with brow lift?
Typically, brow lift improves the upper portion of the face, including the forehead, wrinkling between the brows and drooping of the brows. Brow lift will not rejuvenate the lower portion of the face.

How much pain can I expect after brow lift?
Some patients may experience some temporary numbness and discomfort around the incisions. Many patients do not feel much pain following surgery; to keep them patients comfortable, they are often prescribed oral medication to relieve any pain they may experience.

What is the recovery like after brow lift surgery?
After brow lift, the patient will be discharged home or to a recovery center with light facial dressings. Small drains may be placed, and the head should remain elevated for two to three days to minimize bruising and swelling. Patients typically look and feel confident after two weeks.

Galter Pavilion Suite 19-250
675 N. Saint Clair, Chicago, IL 60611
T: 312.695.3615 | F: 312.695.5672
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John Kim, MD
675 North Saint Clair St. #19 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 695-3615
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