Subcutaneous temporal browlift under local anesthesia: a useful technique for periorbital rejuvenation

Aesthet Surg J. Nov-Dec 2010;30(6):783-8. doi: 10.1177/1090820X10386929.

Abstract

Background: Various techniques have been described for periorbital rejuvenation and correction of the ptotic brow, including the coronal brow lift, the endoscopic brow lift, anterior hairline foreheadplasty in the subgaleal, subperiosteal, or subcutaneous planes, and the subcutaneous temporal brow lift.

Objectives: The authors present results from a series of 28 patients treated with subcutaneous temporal brow lift over nearly four years.

Methods: A retrospective chart review was conducted of 28 patients who were treated with subcutaneous temporal brow lift by the senior author (JDF) between July 2003 and January 2007. All patients underwent the same subcutaneous temporal brow lift procedure under local anesthesia in an office-based setting. No combined procedures were performed on any of the patients in this series.

Results: Of the 28 patients, 27 were female and one was male; mean age was 54 years. Five patients underwent a unilateral brow lift for asymmetry and 23 patients underwent a bilateral procedure. The mean length of follow-up was 10.8 months. Scarring was minimal and rated as "good" or "excellent" by both patients and surgeon. The effectiveness of the browlift was also rated as "good" or "excellent" by all but one patient. Two patients underwent revision-one for scar revision and the other for a greater degree of lift. There were no incidences of hematoma, infection, numbness, or excessive scarring.

Conclusions: The subcutaneous temporal brow lift is an effective, reproducible, and inexpensive technique that can be performed safely under local anesthesia.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anesthesia, Local*
  • Eyebrows*
  • Female
  • Forehead
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Rejuvenation*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Rhytidoplasty / methods*
  • Subcutaneous Tissue