How Long Are Lateral Brow Lift Incisions?

How long are the incisions on each side of the head for a lateral Brow Lift? How far back are they from the hair line? Thank you.

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Lateral browlift incsions

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A lateral browlift (also referred to as a temporal brow lift) is a great way to elevate the outer parts of the brow. It is usually quick, less invasive than a full brow lift, with a short recovery time.

I always place the incisions well behind the hairline in the temple area. Depending on the degree of improvement desired, incisions can be as small as 2cm.

Lone Tree Facial Plastic Surgeon

Lateral Browlift incision can be very small

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There are many versions of a lateral browlift. The key points are;

1- raising only the lateral 1/2 of the eyebrow.

2- minimal lifting of the central hairline.

3-minimal improvment of the central forhead.

4- Incisions can be oriented to create a balding area in the temple, or as I like to do, close the balding area of the temple. Obviously, I think the latter is a better choice.

5- The Coapt Endotine is also great for specific lifting.

Robert M. Freund, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Brow lift incision length

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The length of brow lift incisions vary by the type of lift, surgeon's technique, and patient's specific anatomy. The lateral incisions of brow lift generally are around the temples, sides of the head. Incision are hidden within the hair, approximately 1-2cm behind the hairline and anywhere from 2-10cm long.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lateral Browlift Incision Placed Behind the Hairline

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Occasionally patients require an isolated lateral brow lift to obtain an optimal aesthetic result following facial aging.  This procedure can usually be performed through a 2 cm incision that is placed well behind the hairline.  This operation is associated with high satisfaction rates, minimal complications and short recoveries.

Brow Lift Incisions Length

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The length of incision depends on how high the brow is to be lifted and what the surgeon is trying to accomplish. In addition, different doctors have different preferences of how long and how far back the incisions are. Incisions can vary from 1-10cm. At my practice, we typically do an incision between 2-5cm long. Keep in mind though, that all patients are different and have different needs.



Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lateral Browlift Incision

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In most cases, the lateral browlift incision is 4 to 5 cms in length, sufficient for allowing the desired manipulation of the brows, while short enough to leave a fine line scar.

Jeffrey Epstein, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lateral browlift incisions can be three inches and are blended into the hairline

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The lateral browlift incisions can be made at the hairline or behind the hairline depending upon the patient and surgeon’s choice. They are usually approximately three inches long and are blended in the hairline. The preexisting hairline will determine where the incisions are made.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Brow Lift incisions are as long as necessary to fulfill your desires

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The length of brow lift incisions depends on what you want to achieve. They can be in the temples only if you just want a little lift on the side. The higher you go, the more lift you get. Usually the incisions for endo or coronal are kept back 2+ inches from the hairline.

G. Gregory Gallico III, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon

Lateral brow lift incision

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If you are talking about endoscopic brow lifts, the incision are generally within the hair-bearing scalp, varying in position depending on the condition of the hair and the direction of vector pulling. They are usually about 1-2 cm. long. If you are talking about lifts with skin or scalp excision, the location and length will vary depending on what your surgeon is trying to accomplish.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

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