At his facial plastic surgery practices in Dallas and Frisco, Texas, Dr. Kenkel performs brow lift surgery, sometimes called forehead lift, on women and men who want to look younger, happier, and more relaxed. As we age, there are two forces that act to give our brows a sagging or droopy appearance. We’re all familiar with gravity and its effects. What you may not know is that loss of fat volume in this area creates a “deflated” appearance, leading to the impression that the brow is lower than it actually is. Regardless of its cause, the appearance of a heavy, low or poorly shaped brow can make us look tired and/or older.
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Am I a good candidate for a brow lift?
There is no ideal age for a brow lift, but most patients are between the ages of 40 and 60. It can help patients of any age open their upper eyelids and change the appearance and shape of the brow. The goal is to achieve a more alert and refreshed appearance, not an overdone or startled look, simulating the appearance our patients had 10-15 years ago.
It is not uncommon to perform a brow lift at the same time as a facelift. This allows for a more homogenous rejuvenation to the areas around the eyes and face. This is particularly important for the transition of the lower eyelid and cheek. These structures are harmonious and often need to be addressed at the same time. Likewise, the upper eyelid and brow are evaluated together. One’s appearance in this area can be impacted by one or both. Patients who have lost some or most of their hair are still candidates for a brow lift. Incisions may be placed in alternative areas, such as a crease in your forehead. The details and incision options will be reviewed with you on your first visit with Dr. Kenkel. The most common area where Dr. Kenkel places his brow incision is within the hair and he most commonly uses a more limited incision which is about 2 inches long.
As with any surgery, it is important to think about your expectations and goals for the procedure. These will be addressed with Dr. Kenkel on your first visit.
What should I expect from my brow lift consultation?
During your consultation, you will learn about the surgery, including its limitations and risks, and discuss your needs and concerns. This will help Dr. Kenkel understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved. There are 3 things that tend to occur to the face throughout the aging process:
- Sun damage and superficial changes to the skin from the elements
- Loss of volume in the face
- Sagging or drooping in the skin
Dr. Kenkel will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone. He will review what he feels would be the best approach for you, the recovery involved, and what the risks and benefits are. After your consultation, a photographer will take photographs for your medical records. You’ll then meet with Dr. Kenkel’s coordinator to discuss scheduling and the cost of surgery.
Dr. Kenkel will review your medical history and check for conditions that may cause problems during or after the procedure. These include uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars. You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. You should provide information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries, and current medications. It is important for you to provide complete information. If you decide to proceed, Dr. Kenkel may have you see your primary care physician for appropriate medical clearance prior to surgery.
A Passion for Facial Plastic SurgeryJeffrey Kenkel, MD, FACS
At the apex of an accomplished career, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel is enthusiastic about turning his focus exclusively to facial plastic surgery and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. Known for creating understated yet remarkable results, Dr. Kenkel ranks among the best plastic surgeons in the greater Dallas area.
- Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery, UT Southwestern
- D Magazine, Best Doctors in Dallas 10+ years
- Past president, The Aesthetic Society
- Past president of Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons
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How is a brow lift performed?
Because of individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from brow lift surgery. Dr. Kenkel will select the surgical technique that he feels will obtain the best outcome for you, based on your goals and desires.
The incision preference tends to depend on how long your forehead is and how much hair you have. It may be concealed within the scalp hair, at the junction of the scalp hair and forehead and in rare occasions, even within the forehead itself.
Dr. Kenkel will review which brow procedures will be most beneficial for you and allow you to achieve the results you are expecting.
Regardless of the type of procedure, the scalp incisions will be closed with sutures and the area will be washed. Gauze and an elastic bandage may also be used for a few days after the procedure.
What happens the day of brow lift surgery?
Your brow lift surgery will be performed in a hospital or outpatient facility, under general anesthesia or conscious sedation. Oral medications are administered for your comfort and to lessen anxiety if need be. You may be required to stay overnight in the hospital depending on the extent of your surgery. The surgery generally takes 1 to 1.5 hours to complete, depending on the technique used. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home from the surgical facility and to stay with you at least the first day following surgery. Our patient care document offers instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking, and smoking. If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. Dr. Kenkel will review your medications with you. He often has you see your primary care physician or internist prior to surgery to make sure you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure.
What is brow lift recovery like?
Recovery tends to vary depending on what type of procedure you undergo. A traditional forehead lift is a larger procedure and may be associated with more pain and numbness than an endoscopic procedure. Regardless, these are controlled with oral pain medication. The area around your eyes is very sensitive to swelling. You should anticipate some swelling and even some bruising in this area. Keeping your head propped up often helps decrease this to some degree. This gradually improves over the first week.
You will experience a number of different sensations during your recovery, ranging from numbness to hypersensitivity. As the swelling subsides, itching may become an issue. It may take up to 6 months for these types of sensations to go away. Your sutures will be removed between 7 and 10 days.
Some of your hair around the incision may fall out and may temporarily be a bit thinner. Normal growth will usually resume within a few weeks or months. Permanent hair loss is rare. Pain at the incision site is usually minimal but can be controlled with medication, if necessary.
What should I know about my brow lift results?
The incisions for your brow lift are placed in areas that conceal the scar well, but you will have a scar. Dr. Kenkel will review with you where these incisions are during your consultation.
You may experience some loss of sensation during your recovery. This is typically short-lived and gets better with time. In some cases, it can be permanent.
A forehead lift can give you a rejuvenated look for many years after your surgery. Patients often state they look more rested.
How many visits will I have after brow lift surgery?
You will usually return in 3 to 4 days following surgery, then in 7 to 10 days for suture removal. During your postoperative visits, Dr. Kenkel will discuss further postoperative activity and concerns you may have. Following this visit, you will return in approximately 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and one year and then every year thereafter.
How much does a brow lift cost?
At the time of your initial consultation, you will be quoted a price that includes Dr. Kenkel’s fee as well as surgical and anesthesia fees. Fees are due at least 3 weeks prior to your surgery. Checks, money orders, cash, and credit cards may be used for payment. A $500.00 deposit will reserve a specific time and date for your surgery.
Request a Consultation
Men and women looking for a brow lift specialist in Fort Worth, Frisco, or throughout the Dallas area choose Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel. You can meet personally with the board-certified plastic surgeon by requesting a consultation online or by calling his office at (214) 645-3112 to set up your appointment.