Get a Browlift in Chicago
If you have a drooping forehead or lines, a browlift in Naperville, Chicago, or Schaumburg can ensure you don’t look sad, tired, or angry all the time. We use both minimally invasive and traditional methods to complete browlifts that remove or alter the muscles surrounding the eyes. This creates smooth lines and can raise the eyebrows to give you a younger look. A browlift can be done at the same time as other cosmetic surgeries like eyelid surgery and facelifts, which can improve the overall look of your entire face.
Browlifts are most commonly performed for patients between the ages of forty and sixty to help fight against the negative impact of aging. However, anyone who has inelastic or lined skin in their forehead area can undergo this procedure. Browlifts are typically performed in a doctor’s office or surgical center with the use of local anesthetic in combination with sedation.
We recommend you evaluate your need for a browlift in Chicago, Naperville, or Schaumburg, IL, by facing a mirror and pulling your forehead skin to the side, starting at the sides of your head above your eyebrows. This will give you a visual of what a browlift can do for you.
Note: We suggest patients who have short hair let it grow out prior to surgery to help hide the scar as it heals.
A Traditional Browlift
To perform this procedure, the hair is tied back near the site of the incision. Our surgeon will make a headphone-shaped incision beyond the hairline. This incision will stretch from one ear to the other, across the top of the forehead. In some cases, incisions may be made further back or along skull bone joints. This minimizes scar visibility for those who have thinning hair or bald spots. The forehead skin is then lifted, the tissue is removed, the muscles are adjusted appropriately, and then the eyebrows are lifted if necessary. Any excess skin is removed, and the opening is closed using clips or stitches. We will then wash the site and remove the rubber bands used to secure the hair. We may also protect the area with bandages or gauze.
An Endoscopic Browlift
For this procedure, the hair is tied in a similar way. However, instead of one large incision, your surgeon will make between three and five incisions measuring under an inch long. We place the endoscope into one incision for visibility while your surgeon lifts the skin to make adjustments to the muscles through the remaining openings. If we must lift the eyebrows, we will stitch or temporarily screw them in place. The site will be washed, and the rubber bands removed, and the area will be covered with gauze or bandages.
Individuals who undergo a traditional browlift may feel some discomfort or numbness at the incision site. The numbness may turn into itching and will subside within six months. You may need to elevate your head for at least two to three days to eliminate any swelling. We will remove the bandages after a day or two, and any stitches or clips will be removed in about two weeks. Your hair may fall out or thin around the incision, but it will regrow normally within a few weeks or months.
Those who choose the minimally invasive version may still experience numbness and discomfort, as well as swelling near the incision sites. However, there is typically less itching. The stitches or staples will be removed in a week, while any temporary screws will be removed within two weeks.
Both procedures allow you to get back on your feet after just one or two days. You are also able to resume washing your hair in this time period. Many of our patients go back to work or school in a week to 10 days, sometimes even less. Any bruising or swelling will reduce by three weeks.
Although complications aren’t common, they can occur, and they include nerve injuries, temporary numbness, formation of a broad scar that must be surgically corrected, infection, bleeding, or hair loss near the scar.
To learn more about our Browlift procedures, please call us today to schedule an appointment.