Non-Surgical Brow Lift, Endoscopic Brow Lift Explained By Dr. Michael McCracken

The Denver plastic surgeon says a person’s forehead area often shows the earliest signs of facial aging. He descibes the results that can be achieved from a brow lift with BOTOX and a surgical brow lift.

Online PR News – 20-November-2012 – Denver, CO – Denver, CO - Some people with droopy brows undergo eyelid surgery inappropriately, according to oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Michael McCracken. “Removing eyelid skin does not fix the droopy brows, and it makes it difficult to have the brows elevated at a later date without risking poor eyelid closure,” he says. “That’s why anyone who is considering eyelid surgery or a browlift should learn about all available options to determine if a surgical or non-surgical treatment would be best.”

"Men and women can develop wrinkles and creases in the forehead area, and frown lines can form between the eyes. Sagging eyebrows can result in the eyes appearing ‘hooded’, which can cause a person to appear old, angry or tired," says Dr. McCracken. “People often try to compensate for hooded eyes by using their forehead muscle to lift the eyebrows, further contributing to forehead creasing and wrinkling.”  

That’s why anyone who is considering eyelid surgery or a browlift should learn about all available options to determine if a surgical or non-surgical treatment would be best.

"Fortunately, there are several options, both surgical and non-surgical to correct the problem," says Dr. McCracken, who practices in Parker and Boulder, CO. “Generally, a more pronounced drooping effect would require a surgical brow lift," says Dr. McCracken. “BOTOX can be very effective for milder cases. The effectiveness of BOTOX varies with each patient, and of course the injections must be repeated periodically to maintain results. In many cases, a BOTOX brow lift using advanced injecting techniques can simulate the effects of a surgical procedure." 

"A surgical brow lift can provide more dramatic results and can correct virtually any level of sagging eybrows,” says Dr. McCracken. “Results can last for many years, depending on the person’s age, lifestyle and habits.” Dr. McCracken says he can lift the eyebrows by a variety of techniques, which may involve incisions in the eyelid crease, in the eyebrow, or behind the hairline. He says that the endoscopic brow lift is a technologically advanced, minimal incision technique to help combat the signs of aging in the forehead.

The endoscopic brow lift takes about an hour and can be done without general anesthesia, on an outpatient basis. Using a fiber optic endoscope (a surgical video device) Dr. McCracken makes small incisions behind the hairline to elevate the eyebrow to a natural, youthful position while weakening the muscles that help create forehead lines and creases. “During the procedure, tissues and muscles will be repositioned or removed in order to noticeably diminish the appearance of forehead wrinkles and ‘hooding’.  In patients with a well defined hairline, the brow lift may also be done without an endoscope by making incisions just behind the hairline,” says Dr. McCracken.

"A BOTOX browlift works by placing injections to selectively weaken muscles, which changes the dynamic balance among facial muscles which are pulling in different directions," says Dr. McCracken. “Strategically placed injections create a lifting effect by relaxing the muscles that pull down on the eyebrows. With these muscles weakened, the brow lifts slightly, raising the ends of the eyebrows into a more pleasing arch and opening the eyes. The main lifting muscle of the brow creates lines when it lifts the forehead. By selectively weakening parts of this muscle, the lines are softened. The effects usually last about 3 months and may be repeated as required.”

For more information visit the website of the McCracken Eye and Face Institute: or call 720.851.6600.

About Michael McCracken, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Michael McCracken is a Denver-area plastic surgeon specializing in treating the eyes and face. Dr. McCracken is board-certified in ophthalmology and has completed specialized training in oculoplastic surgery. He is affiliated with the American Academy of Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 2011, Dr. McCracken received the prestigious American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award for his contributions to the Academy’s scientific and educational programs and to the field of oculoplastic surgery.