Dr. Ali Sepehr Highlights the Brow Lift Procedure
Brow lift surgery, also referred to as a forehead lift, currently accounts for approximately 10% of the surgical procedures Dr. Ali Sepehr performs at The OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. In light of its growing popularity, we recently sat down with Dr. Sepehr to highlight the brow lift procedure, as well as Dr. Sepehr’s unique approach.
Who is the ideal candidate for a brow lift?
A good candidate for a brow lift is someone who has heavy upper eyelids because of heavy brow skin sagging below the brow bone. If this heavy tissue is lifted back to its normal position, it yields a much more pleasant, youthful appearance. Additionally, patients who have “hooding” skin on the outer corner of their eyes – something that commonly contributes to crows feet – are also good candidates for a brow lift. Lifting this drooping tissue works to smooth the crows feet and enhance the results of an upper eyelid lift. For this reason, about 50% of patients receiving an upper eyelid lift will also opt for a brow lift as well.
How do you determine what techniques will be the most beneficial for each patient?
Each brow lift is truly centered around what the patient needs. Every patient is unique in the amount of inner and outer corner brow droop. During the consultation and preoperative appointment, I sit with each patient in front of the mirror, and together we determine the proper elevation and lift direction needed to attain the most pleasing appearance. The approach is definitely customized for each and every patient.
What brow lift methods and/or techniques do you utilize that help to distinguish you from other plastic surgeons?
At The OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, whether a patient ultimately gets their procedure with us or not, we lay out all the options for them. This does not just include pros or benefits of each approach, but also the potential downsides or limitations of each approach. I feel it is very important for patients to know what each approach can accomplish, as well as what it cannot accomplish. For example, we feel a lateral or temporal small incision brow lift is much longer lasting than an endoscopic brow lift, so we let people know they may not get as long lasting a result if they choose to receive an endoscopic brow lift. This is something that some plastic surgeons may choose not to reveal during a consultation, which can ultimately lead to unsatisfactory results.
What can patients expect in regard to recovery from a brow lift?
Due to the customization of a brow lift procedure, recovery is variable. Minor bruising and swelling can often be expected initially, but patients can be socially passable in as little as one week. Additionally, any discomfort following surgery can often be effectively relieved with pain medication.
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For more information on the brow lift procedure, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sepehr, please contact The OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery today.