What can a Brow Lift do for you?
A Brow Lift (BrowLift) or "Forehead Lift" has the ability to minimize wrinkles across the forehead, reduce the lines near the bridge of the nose between the eyes and improve frown lines. The goal of a Brow Lift or "Forehead Lift" is to rejuvenate the brow area for a more youthful refreshed look.
If you are looking to reduce years off the age of your face, a Brow Lift may be the right procedure for you.
What to discuss with your surgeon
When thinking about Brow Lift surgery, it is important to have realistic expectations and to discuss those ideas with your doctor during the consultation. In addition to your aesthetic expectations some key topics to discuss with your doctor regarding Brow Lifts include: why you would like to have a Brow Lift, your medical history, surgical history, and the usage of certain medications, supplements, vitamins, alcohol, tobacco and drugs, as these can all have affects on your surgery.
In addition, your surgeon may also discuss other procedures to perform in conjunction with a Brow Lift to provide the best aesthetic facial rejuvenation results. These procedures include: Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) to aid in bringing a more youthful look to the eyes, a FaceLift to help rejuvenate the mid to lower face and neck areas, and sometimes laser skin resurfacing to reduce sun damage. Your doctor and medical staff might also take pictures, measurements, and use computer simulated facial morphing technology to help you see possible outcomes and benefits of your Brow Lift.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend an Endoscopic Brow Lift. This is a minimally invasive version of the classic Brow Lift which also removes excess tissue, alters forehead muscles and tightens forehead skin.
What happens after you meet with your surgeon?
After you have discussed a Brow Lift with your doctor, you will most likely speak with the patient care or surgical coordinator to decide on a day and time for your Brow or "Forehead" Lift surgery and receive a quote. Make sure your doctor has addressed any questions you may have regarding the Brow Lift. Many practices will perform Brow or "Forehead" Lifts either within a nearby hospital, accredited office-based surgery center or an ambulatory surgery center outside of the office.
You should leave your doctor’s office with a solid understanding of the procedure, step by step instructions on what to do the night before and morning of your Brow Lift, post-operative care instructions, and consents to sign and return regarding anesthesia and your facial rejuvenation procedure(s). Before your Brow Lift you should arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you following the procedure, for at least the first night. Sometimes there are post-op care facilities specifically for plastic surgery patients.
Once you book the date for your Brow or "Forehead" Lift you may be asked to get certain lab work performed, receive a medical evaluation from your internist or surgeon, stop smoking prior to your Brow Lift, and to discontinue the use of aspirin, herbal supplements, and other drugs that may increase bleeding.
What to expect after surgery?
After your Brow Lift, your head may be wrapped and Forehead taped to reduce any swelling and bruising. It is important to follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing after a Brow or "Forehead" Lift. Doing so will also help you get the best aesthetic results from a Brow Lift.
It usually takes about five to ten days following a Brow Lift for initial wound healing to finish. After initial wound healing, the sutures or clips used in a Brow or "Forehead" Lift may be removed by the doctor and staff. There may be some initial bruising, but cosmetics do a great job camouflaging any bruising. Most brusing will subside within three to four weeks. Several weeks after your Brow Lift, healing will continue and swelling will go down. Incision lines from a Brow or "Forehead" Lift will improve and fade as the months go by. The incision technique for a Brow Lift or "Forehead" Lift is meant to be hidden by the hair.
Side-Effects, Risks and Complications
The risk of serious complications from "Forehead" Lifts are uncommon. The most common side-effects are headaches for the first 24-48 hours, mild pain and discomfort, bruising around the eyes or cheeks, numbness or itching near the incision area lasting up to 6 months and feelings of numbness or dryness in the eyes. In very rare cases, hematoma (underskin bleeding), infection or a correctable impairement of eyelid function can occur following a "Forehead" Lift. If you are considering a Brow or "Forehead" Lift, your surgeon or one of their staff will personally address the benefits and any risks of complications.
As time passes the results of your Brow Lift or "Forehead" Lift will look better and better. Depending the nature of your Brow or "Forehead" Lift, the results can range from very subtle to dramatic. To maintain your new look it is important to minimize sun exposure. Sun protection can go a long way in helping to maintain your rejuvenated appearance.