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Is a brow lift the same thing as a forehead lift? i always thought they were the same, because the descriptions i've read have been similar for both. recently i saw a description for a brow lift that seemed to be lifting only the brow area, not the whole

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Dr. Richard Arden
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Depending : Depending on where the incisions are placed, scars may be more or less visible, and yield access and have effects upon different areas. For instance, a direct brow lift, either performed at the upper eyebrow hairline or within the supratarsal crease, essentially repositions just the brow to a higher level and takes up some of the excessive skin redundancy of the upper eyelid.This approach is often used in cases of facial paralysis as part of a treatment plan to restore facial symmetry. A mid-forehead lift has been used to raise both brows typically (can be done unilaterally), places the incision in an already existent crease for better camouflage, and exerts its effect on the brow and lower forehead. Endoscopic, pretrichial, and bicoronal approaches have their effects on the brow complex with increasing potential for scar visibility.Pretrichial and bicoronal approaches offer good control of brow position and can treat laxity/wrinkles of the forehead but typically require skin excision to get rid of redundant tissue.Endoscopic approaches are more minimally invasive with respect to scarring and typically are used for brow repositioning.
Dr. Michael Edwards
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
A : A browlift and a forehead lift should mean the same thing as long as you are referring a surgical procedure.
Dr. Benjamin Cilento
Facial Plastic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes... : Yes... Most people use the terms interchangeably... However, inside these terms there are many types of brow lift/forehead lifts... Hope this helps cheers.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: These terms are the same. That being said, there are several varieties of the operation, ranging from endoscopic to limited incision temporal approach to coronal incision, etc. I think that accounts for the differences you refer to.

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