Brow Lift Surgery – Meaning, Benefits, and Complications

Facial expressions are visible expressions of how we feel. A furrowed brow may make one seem angry, a sagging brow may make one appear like they are sad or tired even when they are not. Unfortunately for some people wrinkles, facial creases, and loss of firmness in the upper face may become permanent.

There are three main causes of this condition: overactive muscles in the forehead and brow region, heredity, and aging. A brow lift can restore a more relaxed and youthful appearance. Through brow lift surgery creases that develop across the forehead can be smooth. Also, improving the frown lines between the brows can be achieved. In addition, a brow lift can moderate the hooding and a heavy appearance in the upper eyelids caused by sagging brows.

Who are the preferable candidates?

  • A healthy individual is the ideal candidate for brow lift surgery.
  • The candidates should not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing.
  • It is important for the patient to have realistic goals for the surgery.
  • If the candidate smokes, they are at an increased risk of poor healing with the formation of irregular scars, and therefore it is advisable to stop smoking for several weeks before and after surgery.

Why is a consultation helpful?

A consulta para la cirugía de levantamiento de cejas will fully educate a person regarding the surgery and consists of a discussion of their goals, the options available, and the likely outcomes and potential risks or complications.

The surgeon will also describe the procedure and answer questions during a consultation the person is asked to share their expectations and personal health history. Full disclosure of the health history is important for the person’s safety. If a patient has a life-threatening illness, the physician should be informed.

How is a brow lift performed?

A brow lift is often performed in conjunction with other rejuvenating surgical procedures such as eyelid surgery to restore a more youthful appearance and firmness to the upper and lower eyelids. A facelift is also done to improve the signs of aging. Skin tone and texture can further be improved if a laser resurfacing or chemical peel is added to the brow lift procedure.

What happens after the surgery?

The plastic surgeon provides detailed instructions before the patient’s release, such as medications to apply or take, changes to watch for, and when to follow up with him or her. 

Surgery recovery process

After the brow lift surgery, initial healing may include swelling, numbness, and discomfort that can be controlled with medications. As the medications heal, they may become somewhat itchy. Sometimes, facial movement may temporarily be impaired. These are common conditions.

What are the possible complications?

  • In general, possible complications associated with a brow lift surgery include temporary hair loss.
  • Numbness within the scalp.
  • Poor healing of scars.
  • Bleeding beneath the skin called hematoma is possible.
  • Facial paralysis is extremely rare but possible.
  • An elevated hairline is also possible
  • In addition, there are risks related to the use of anesthesia.

During a brow lift surgery, the physician will instruct the patient to keep their head elevated at all times until initial swelling subsides. Instructions are given where the surgeon covers how to clean face and hair after the surgery. The natural youthful appearance and smoother and more youthful brow will be visible soon after surgery.

A return to normal activity is usually possible within a few days of surgery. After five to ten days swelling will diminish rapidly and any sutures or clips will be removed if necessary. Cosmetics can camouflage any bruising or redness that remains.

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