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Brow lift Surgery

Brow lift Surgery

AA forehead lift, also known as a browlift or browplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to elevate a drooping eyebrow that may obstruct vision and/or to remove the deep “worry” lines that run across the forehead. During a brow lift, the soft tissue and skin of the forehead and brow are raised. You might choose to have a brow lift if you have creases across your forehead or between your eyes or a low, sagging brow. A brow lift might also boost your self- confidence. A brow lift can be done alone or with other facial procedures, such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or a face-lift.

Aging typically causes the lines across the forehead and between the eyes to deepen. As skin and soft tissues lose elasticity, the distance between the eyebrows and eyelashes also shortens. The combination of low eyebrows and deep creases can make you look tired, angry or sad. A brow lift can soften facial lines, raise the eyebrows and restore a softer, more pleasing appearance. You might consider a brow lift if you have:

  • Creases across your forehead or high on the bridge of your nose, between your eyes
  • Vertical creases between your eyebrows
  • A low or sagging brow that's contributing to sagging upper eyelids

Risks

A brow lift poses various risks, including:

  • Scarring. Scarring might be visible after a brow lift.
  • Changes in skin sensation. A brow lift that involves an incision behind your hairline (coronal brow lift) can cause temporary or permanent numbness on top of the scalp.
  • Asymmetry in the position of the brows. A brow lift can result in asymmetry, with one or both of the eyebrows appearing too high. However, asymmetry typically evens out during the healing process. Persistent brow shape or position problems can be treated through additional surgery.
  • Hair problems. A brow lift can cause an elevated hairline or hair loss at the incision site. If hair loss doesn't resolve on its own, it can be treated with scar excision or hair grafting.

How you prepare

  • Review your medical history Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions. Talk about any medications you're taking or have taken recently, as well as any surgeries you've had. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications.
  • Do a physical exam To determine your treatment options, the doctor will examine and measure different parts of your face with your eyes open and closed. The doctor might also take photographs for your medical record.
  • Discuss your expectations Explain why you want a brow lift, and what you're hoping for in terms of appearance after the procedure. Make sure you understand the benefits and risks.
  • Before a brow lift you might also need to:

  • Stop smoking. Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. In addition, smoking increases the risk of tissue damage. If you smoke, your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking before surgery and during recovery.
  • Avoid certain medications. You'll likely need to avoid taking aspirin, anti- inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding.
  • Arrange for help during recovery. Make plans for someone to drive you home after you leave the hospital and stay with you for at least the first night of your recovery at home.

Before the Surgery

Before the forehead lift surgery is conducted, the surgeon examines the patient’s forehead. The surgeon provides thorough preoperative instructions, takes a detailed medical history, answers any questions the patient may have and performs a physical examination to determine the patient’s fitness for surgery. There might be some lifestyle changes the patient may have to make before the surgery. For instance, the patient may be asked to quit smoking, at least temporarily. The patient can also be asked to avoid alcohol and some medications. People who regularly take any anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin will be asked to stop it for a specified period before the surgery. These medicines are known to cause increased bleeding.

During the Surgery

The sections of hair will be held away from the surgery area. Local anaesthesia along with sedation is usually used during a brow lift surgery. At the time of the procedure, the tissues and muscles that cause the drooping are transformed to smoothen the forehead, reduce frown lines, and raise the eyebrows. After removing excess tissue, skin, and muscle, the surgeon closes the incision with stitches. The hair and face are washed to avoid irritation in the scalp skin. The treated area is enfolded with a sterile padding and an elastic bandage to avoid swelling and bleeding. After the completion of the surgery, the patient is taken into a recovery area where they are closely monitored.

After the Surgery

The patient will have sutures and dressing on the forehead for the first couple of days after surgery. The recovery time period differs from patient to patient. However, for a speedy and safe recovery process, the patient should apply ice pack to minimise swelling and take the necessary doctor-prescribed painkillers. After the surgery, doctors may also ask the patient to avoid any strenuous activities for two weeks, such as heavy weights lifting, swimming, or jogging. Moreover, patients are advised not to shower or wash hair until the bandages are removed. The patient is also required to keep the head elevated with pillows for at least two days after the procedure. After the stitches are removed, (in approximately one to two weeks), the patient can return to work or their usual routine.

Results

Though the results of forehead lift surgery are unique to each patient, one can expect to get the following benefits:

  • Better positioned eyebrows to suit the face
  • Fewer wrinkles and lines around the forehead
  • Youthful look
  • Correction of droopy or uneven eyebrows