Over time, the brows can begin to droop and sag, resulting in a tired or sad expression. This is often one of the earliest signs of aging as patients begin to notice poor skin elasticity or the effects of sun damage and other factors. Thanks to advanced surgical techniques, patients can enjoy a naturally youthful appearance through a lateral brow lift. With over thirty years of experience, Dr. Rouchdi Rifai can offer Detroit area patients exceptional results.
A lateral brow lift is a specialized brow lift technique designed to address drooping or sagging eyebrows, creating a rejuvenated, youthful, and refreshed appearance. In a lateral brow lift, the outer corners of the eyebrows are repositioned. This creates a subtle yet significant change in a patient’s overall appearance. A lateral brow lift is an alternative to a forehead lift for many patients. During a consultation, Dr. Rifai will recommend which procedure is best suited to your cosmetic goals. Lateral brow lifts also pair well with other procedures to complement the anti-aging effects, including eyelid lifts, facelifts, and neck lifts.
A lateral brow lift can be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. The procedure takes about 1.5 hours to perform. First, incisions are made at the hairline above the eyebrows, near the temples. Through these incisions, the muscles that control the eyebrows are repositioned for the desired appearance. The skin is also redraped as necessary to reduce sagging or drooping. With these steps complete, the incisions are then closed using sutures.
A talented, board-certified cosmetic surgeon with more than forty years of experience, Dr. Rifai uses only the finest equipment in our clean, state-of-the-art facility. Dr. Rifai knows that taking time to listen and learn about your expectations is essential to giving you the results you want. He will answer your questions and explain the treatment options in detail. Dr. Rifai is devoted to improving the way you look, the way you perceive yourself, and the way others see you.Meet Dr. Rifai
Most patients who are concerned with the appearance of heavy or drooping brows are good candidates for lateral brow lifts. This typically includes patients between the ages of about 40-65 who notice signs of aging. However, younger patients occasionally opt for a lateral brow lift to resolve genetic drooping or heavy brows or those who simply wish to create a more elegant look. In some cases, patients who are initially interested in a lateral brow lift are better suited to a procedure such as a forehead lift. Dr. Rifai will review your symptoms and recommend your best option. Patients should also be generally healthy overall before pursuing a forehead lift. During a consultation, Dr. Rifai will review your health history.
Most patients require about a week of downtime after their brow lift surgery. While some discomfort is normal, this is typically minimal and can be alleviated with pain medication as prescribed by Dr. Rifai. Other side effects include swelling, bruising, and redness. Cold compresses can be used to alleviate swelling and bruising. Patients should wait about four weeks before returning to strenuous activity such as exercise. Dr. Rifai will monitor your healing progress through postoperative appointments.
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