For those interested in learning more about brow lift procedures in Houston, Texas, turn to Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Lapuerta. A triple-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lapuerta provides all the information patients need to determine whether a brow lift is the right path for them. From the initial consultation to the brow lift surgery to the post-operative appointments, Dr. Lapuerta is with his patients every step of the way. Follow our guide below for more details about eyebrow lifts in Houston.
A brow lift, sometimes referred to as a forehead lift, is a surgery that helps elevate the patient’s eyebrows and smooth the appearance of their forehead. Patients turn to this procedure to help correct sagging or asymmetrical brows, which can result from aging.
Lifting the brows can make one look more youthful, rested, and refreshed, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines. This procedure, offered by Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Lapuerta, creates a more alert and younger-looking facial appearance.
Prior to undergoing a brow lift surgery, the patient will first meet with Dr. Lapuerta to discuss their preferences, concerns, and the best course of action. During this consultation, Dr. Lapuerta will determine which brow lift technique will best meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Following this consultation, the patient and Dr. Lapuerta will meet again for a pre-operative appointment, then schedule the brow lift procedure date.
As for the day of surgery, the brow lift procedure typically takes around two hours to complete depending on the surgeon’s approach. During the brow lift surgery, Dr. Lapuerta may make incisions in various locations, such as behind the hairline on top of the head or directly above the eyebrow. The goal is to lift and elevate the eyebrows.
All brow lifts are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. Dr. Lapuerta has facilities in Houston, Katy, and Pearland, Texas.
Surgeons can choose from several techniques during a brow lift procedure. Some of the approaches are interchangeable with a forehead lift, but may be used to achieve different objectives. Based on the patient’s facial structure and goals, Dr. Lapuerta will decide which of the following surgical techniques to use.
Also known as a direct brow lift, this approach places the incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Depending on the structure of the brow, Dr. Lapuerta may make an incision at the brow hairline to complete this process. He will lift weak and sagging skin and tissue and reattach it to the brow bone. This approach does not affect the forehead and works to treat a sagging eyebrow and eyelid.
The endoscopic brow lift approach provides a subtle change in the position of the eyebrows. Dr. Lapuerta will implement several small (1-inch or smaller) incisions near the hairline of the forehead, where he will then place an endoscope (specialized camera) and use surgical tools to elevate the eyebrows. The stitches are located inside the incision to help minimize scarring. While this technique is a common approach, sometimes the results can be unpredictable.
The coronal brow lift approach places the incision lines several inches above the hairline of the head. These incisions are typically long yet still hidden by the patient’s hair. This technique repositions the eyebrows by pulling them up to offer an alert and revitalized appearance. Sometimes the surgeon will need to remove hair during the incision closure process where the skin is reattached. This particular approach does offer dramatic results, and in most cases, actually repositions the hairline higher.
Immediately following the brow lift surgery, Dr. Lapuerta will tape the patient’s forehead or wrap their head to minimize bruising and swelling. He’ll also place a small tube in the incision site to help drain blood and fluids.
Post-surgery, patients receive thorough instructions on how to care for themselves in the following weeks. During the brow lift recovery period, patients should keep their head elevated, avoid physical activity, and follow all of Dr. Lapuerta’s recommendations for a speedy recovery.
Patients can expect their brow lift results to last roughly 10 to 12 years, but in some cases, even longer.
Patients can generally return to work and resume normal activities within 10 to 14 days as the wound begins to heal. However, it is important to properly care for and protect the surgical incisions to ensure proper healing during this time.
Patients will attend several post-operative appointments, in which Dr. Lapuerta will change the dressing, remove sutures or clips, examine the incisions, and address any patient needs and concerns. These meetings are to help ensure the patient is on a successful road to brow lift recovery.
Following the surgery, some patients may feel that their new facial structure is not as symmetrical as it should be, nor how they anticipated. This is a common anxiety. Once the swelling and bruising subside, facial features will settle and take on a natural look within a few weeks. Do keep in mind that it may take several months for the optimal surgical results to take effect.
Brow lift costs will vary depending on the surgical approach and the patient’s needs. Each brow lift surgery is tailored according to how subtle or dramatic patients desire their results to be. Most patients can expect to pay between $3,500-$6,500 for this procedure. Patients can find out more about brow lift costs and pricing during their consultations.
If you’re ready to explore brow lift surgery options in Houston, Dr. Lapuerta is here to help. With more than two decades of experience in the industry, Dr. Lapuerta has performed more than 20,000 plastic surgeries. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lapuerta today to find out more about brow lifts.