A brow-lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to elevate drooping eyebrows and minimizes the creases that develop across the forehead, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose, commonly referred to as frown lines.
What are the benefits?
A brow-lift operation is performed to reposition the skin, fat and muscles of the brow which have drooped as a result of aging, gravity and lifestyle. It is a very effective way of reversing the signs of aging. Following a brow-lift you are left with a fresher, more revitalised appearance restoring your confidence and self-esteem.
A brow lift is sometimes be performed by using an endoscope (surgical video device) and special instruments placed through small incisions made within the hairline. This allows the tissue and muscle beneath the skin to be repositioned, altered or removed, correcting the visible creases and furrows in the forehead. Correction of a low-positioned or sagging brow may be made with or without the use of an endoscope through incisions at the temples and in the scalp. The incision lines from a brow lift are well hidden within the hairline.
How long does the operation take?
Brow-lift takes approximately 2 – 2½ hours to perform.
How long do I stay in hospital?
Brow-lift requires an overnight stay in hospital and is performed under a general anaesthetic.
What can I expect afterwards?
You will experience a feeling of numbness and tension in the forehead and scalp areas, due the nerve fibres in the skin being separated during the operation. Sensation usually returns to normal but can take up to 9 months. Some people describe a very irritating itchy sensation within their forehead and scalp for a number of months, which is normal and settles down eventually. You will need to sleep with extra pillows for 3-4 days following your surgery. There will be temporary swelling, bruising, and tenderness which will resolve in approximately 10 -14 days. Pain and discomfort is minimal and well controlled with oral pain relief. You should be able return to work after 2-3 weeks. Bandages and drains are removed before your discharge. Your hair will be carefully washed and you may then return home. Over the next few days your hair should be washed daily with a gentle shampoo, obviously exercising care in the suture area.
What are the long term results?
You can expect the results of a brow-lift procedure to last between 5 and 10 years, unfortunately no cosmetic procedure can stop the natural aging process. To optimize your facial surgery you may wish to consider having a facelift combined with blepharoplasty/eye bag surgery as the face and eyes in particular do tend to show the tell-tale signs of ageing. Results following brow-lift reveal a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance but it is important to look after your skin using high factor sun protection as this will help to maintain your results.
What are the risks?
With any surgical procedure there are always associated risks. However, if your surgery is undertaken by a qualified plastic surgeon the risks are reduced, nonetheless, specific complications may occur. Such as the risk of infection which is reduced by taking preventative measures such as administering antibiotics both at the time of and following your surgery. However despite these measures mild infection is relatively common and can occur around the incision site, but usually subsides over a period of about 2 weeks.
It is important for you to examine the reasons for undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure as it is unlikely to resolve any life issues you may have. Having surgery for someone else is not the basis from which to make a decision. Cosmetic surgery will certainly boost your self esteem but you do need to be realistic about your expectations. Cosmetic surgery will lead to marked improvements but you need to be aware that the end result of your surgery can and does take time and you need to allow your body to recover.
Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. At consultation your consultant surgeon will explain your treatment fully including any potential risks and complications. Your consultation surgeon will advise you of the best strategy to address all of your needs and will also explain all aspects of your post-operative care.
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