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Temporal Brow Lift

A temporal brow lift, also known as a lateral brow lift, is an effective cosmetic procedure designed to fix sagging, folds, and small wrinkles in the brow area, forehead, and corners of the eyes. A temporal lift can also lift the skin cheeks and restore definition to the cheekbones. Individuals who are concerned with the appearance of their eyebrows may benefit from a lateral brow lift without needing to undergo an invasive procedure.

A temporal brow lift is less invasive than a normal brow lift because it targets sagging only around the eyebrows and eyes. Incisions are placed in the hairline just like for a normal brow lift, but only at the temples. Also, temporal lifts do not involve muscle reconstruction, only tightening and removal of skin. Though less versatile than a normal brow lift or endoscopic brow lift, a temporal lift is ideal for individuals who prefer something less invasive.

What is a temporal brow lift?

A temporal brow lift is a quick and effective way to elevate the outer parts of the brow. It is less invasive than a full brow lift and has a shorter recovery time. This procedure is perfect for individuals who are seeking to fix sagging near the eyebrows to lift the skin and restore definition to the cheekbones.

Who is an ideal candidate for a temporal brow lift?

An ideal candidate is a man or woman who is in good overall health and wants to get rid of wrinkles and sagging near the brow. Candidates must also have realistic expectations of what a temporal brow lift procedure can do.

How is a temporal brow lift procedure performed?

For a temporal brow lift, incisions are made at the temples behind the hairline. The excess hooded skin of the lateral eyebrow is then tightened through the small hairline incisions. In addition to removing excess skin, the outer corners of the forehead are lifted. No incisions are required in the scalp directly above the eyes. The incisions are then closed with fine sutures.

There is also a second technique called the temporal brow lift with suture suspension. It uses internal sutures to suspend the muscles and tissue near the brow. It also can be doing through same incision in the upper eyelid while having upper blepharoplasty.

How long does the procedure usually take? Is the procedure painful?

Lateral brow lifts typically take about an hour to perform under local anesthesia.

Patients may experience some discomfort or pain, which can be controlled with a low-dose prescription medication.

Will there be scars after the procedure?

Although there will be scars after the surgery, the incisions are usually well-hidden within the hairline or within a deep forehead crease.

What is the recovery period like?

Stitches are usually removed within 5-7 days after the brow lift. There will be some swelling and bruising around the eye area for a week. Patients can minimize swelling and bruising by elevating their head while sleeping after surgery, as well as avoiding blood thinners like aspirin and ibuprofen for two weeks prior to surgery. If patients experience any pain or discomfort a low-dose medication can be prescribed. There may also be temporary numbness above the scalp incisions.

Patients typically resume normal activities within a week after the procedure. Exercise can usually be resume 2 weeks after surgery, and more strenuous activity may require 3-4 weeks before comfortably resuming.