Your face is the one area you cannot hide the effects of aging. You may feel perfectly rested and content only to have people tell you that you look tired or worried. This can be the result of deep furrows or sagging eyebrows, not only producing a look that does not fit how you feel, but also making you look tired, old, sad or angry. Whether to reclaim a more youthful appearance to look as good as you feel, forehead surgery or a brow lift permits you to have safe and dramatic results.
How is the Brow lift procedure performed?
Several variations of the procedure exist and your surgeon will decide which technique is best for you depending on your features and the desired result.
The bicoronal technique consists of creating a single incision from ear to ear across the top of your head. With this technique, the surgeon will remove excess skin, and therefore elevate your eyebrows to a more youthful position. Since the incision is in the hairline, it is hidden when healed.
The endoscopic brow lift procedure consists of placing a series of 2-4 small incisions in the scalp behind the hairline. Inserted into these incisions is an endoscope, a thin, elongated tube with a light and attached to a camera. This special instrument allows your surgeon to modify the muscles and achieve the proper brow position, maintained by suture fixation. No scalp skin is excised.
It is not unusual to combine a forehead or brow lift procedure with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as a facelift or eyelid surgery to complete a consistent picture of renewal.
What will I look and feel like afterward?
If there is going to be bruising or swelling, it will usually occur within the first few days. Resting with the head elevated and applying cold compresses will help to alleviate these conditions. Your physician will be able to prescribe medication to control any discomfort.
Within the first week, you will be able to resume very light activity.
Within 7 to 14 days, you may resume non-strenuous activities, skin closures will be removed, and puffiness will continue to subside.
After 4-6 weeks you may resume normal activity. Your results will continue to improve for 6 to 12 months.
Will I have to be in the hospital?
Brow lift surgery can be done in a hospital, outpatient surgery center, or in your physician's office-based surgical suite. A Brow lift is considered an outpatient procedure; therefore, you will most likely return to the comfort of your home the same day. The anesthesia for this procedure is either a local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Both methods will insure your ultimate comfort during the process.
What kind of risks are involved?
Brow lift surgery is a safe procedure that is performed on thousands of men and women each year with no major complications. As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks. Your surgeon can discuss these with you in a personal consultation.