Information on Brow Lift Surgery

Ageing decreases skin elasticity which causes the brow to droop and gives the face an old and tired look

Brow lift surgery is often performed on those people who wish to rejuvenate and freshen their facial appearance. As we get older the skin on the face can start to lose elasticity and this can mean that the skin will sag and droop around the eyes, mouth and jaw line.

Brow lift surgery can help to tighten the skin, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and remove the “hoods” that can appear over the eyes and make them look tired and old.

This surgery is often combined with eye bag removal surgery.

The skin above our eyes can start to droop as we get older, and cause the ‘hood’ effect. This makes eyes look tired and the face look aged. Brow lift surgery is a simple procedure carried out to lift the area directly above the eye, opening it up and making the face look younger. It involves lifting the brow itself and tightening the muscles which have been stretched over time, as well as tightening any loose skin in the area and reducing excess fatty tissue.

It will increase overall self-confidence and self-esteem and leave you looking more youthful and rejuvenated.

It is also beneficial for correcting the asymmetry of the forehead and eyebrows.

This procedure requires an overnight stay in hospital and the recovery is 10 – 14 days. There are two different types of brow lift surgery (open brow lift and endoscopic brow lift).

Brow lift procedure can be combined with other surgical procedures for an overall aesthetic look.

The surgery consists in raising the brows and lifting the eyelids giving a more open, brighter and fresh look. The operation is performed under general anaesthetic and normally takes 1½ -2 hours to complete.

The technique used depends on your facial structure, skin condition and the hairline.

An incision is made from ear to ear, either along or slightly behind the natural hairline.

The forehead skin is teased away from the underlying tissues and the muscles reduced or released. Eyebrows are lifted and the incision is then either stitched or clipped.

This operation normally takes 1½ hours to complete.

This procedure is more refined than the open brow lift. Between 3 – 5 small incisions, each less than 2.5cm long are made in the scalp.

The surgeon inspects the underlying tissues using an endoscope – which is a small flexible tube with a tiny camera at one end – inserted into one of the incisions.

Muscles are then removed and tightened. The eyebrows are lifted and held in place with stitches, or temporary screws behind the hairline. The incisions are either stitched or clipped.

This operation normally takes two hours to complete.

There are many reasons why people choose to have brow lift surgery, but it’s primarily if drooping eyebrows are giving the face a tired or sad appearance and making you look older

Severe cases of drooping brows can affect vision. A fleshy brow, or one that is naturally lined, can sometimes give the face an overly severe or aggressive look.

Here are some of the main benefits that can be derived from a brow lift surgery:

  • The forehead is lifted so that there is a more rejuvenated look for the eyebrows and forehead
  • The wrinkles on the forehead are minimized
  • Asymmetry of the eyebrows and forehead is corrected
  • Ability to have a natural facial expression after the surgery
  • Increase in self esteem

If you have the following physical characteristics then considering a brow lift may be a good idea

  • sagging or a low positioned eyebrows that give you a tired or sad appearance
  • frown lines or furrows located across the top of the nose or sometimes between the eyebrows
  • deep horizontal creases across the forehead

WHAT IS THE SUITABLE AGE FOR A BROW LIFT?

Men or Woman who are aged forty to sixty usually have the brow lift surgery.

CAN A BROW LIFT BE PERFORMED ON BOTH MEN AND WOMEN?

A brow lift is not only exclusive to men. Women can also have a brow lift surgery.

DO YOUNG PEOPLE ALSO HAVE BROW LIFT SURGERY?

Sometimes younger people with inherited traits like low brows go through the brow lift surgery. Younger people who have gone through a lot of stress and exhibit deep frown lines may go through this surgery also.

The final decision will be made between you and your plastic surgeon. The procedure is most suitable for those patients with a drooping brow causing

At your plastic surgeon consultation you will need to discuss your expectations – the results will be far more successful if this is agreed with your surgeon beforehand.If you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your plastic surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation.
Your plastic surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.

The plastic surgeon will visit you in your room and draw marks around the areas to be treated. He will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have.

The operation normally takes 1-2 hours to complete. The brow lift procedure is performed under general anesthetic requires an overnight stay in hospital.

Your plastic surgeon will advise how long to stay off work – usually between one and two weeks. You will need to sleep upright for one week after your brow lift surgery to reduce the swelling.

Avoid styling products and wash your hair daily with baby shampoo and clean dry suture areas thoroughly.

You will have to attend the follow up post surgery appointment to care for your wound and see your cosmetic surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well.

You will have your own personal nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

There will be numbness in the area operated on and some swelling. Patients will experience discomfort but this can be easily alleviated through prescription medication from the surgeon.

The surgeon may also advise you to keep your head elevated for two to three days so that the swelling is controlled.

The bandages from the surgery are also removed one to two days after the brow lift.

Sutures and metal clips are removed after two weeks. The scars from the surgery will fade over a period of three to six months. During this time, you will have to visit your surgeon regularly for check ups and progress reports.

You will be on your feet after a few days and you may even return to work after two weeks. You should avoid strenuous exercise and exposure to the sun for about three weeks to a month. Recovery time may also vary from patient to patient depending on physical fitness.

It is important that your decision to have a plastic surgery procedure is considered carefully.

There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your plastic surgeon will talk through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have. This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery so that the plastic/cosmetic surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.

Our nurses advise you consider the following questions before your surgery:

What are my child care and post surgery sleeping arrangements?

Do I have necessary post-operative garments?

How long will the effects of treatment keep me away from my usual activities?

At what stage will I be able to judge the results of treatment?

How long do the results last?

When can I return to work?

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN YOU GET HOME AFTER A BROW LIFT?

One of the most important things you must do is to find someone to bring you home after the surgery. You may be partially handicapped after such procedure.

ARE YOU GOING TO EXPERIENCE DISCOMFORT AFTER THE SURGERY?

You may experience numbness and some swelling. In order to address any further discomfort, your surgeon will prescribe certain medications.

Your surgeon will advise you to keep your head elevated in order to control the swelling. You may have to do this for two to three days. After this period, the bandages from your head are removed. Sutures and metal clips are removed after around two weeks.

IS THERE GOING TO BE SCARRING AFTER THE BROW LIFT SURGERY?

There will be scars after the brow lift surgery. These scars will fade over the next three to six months. You must visit your surgeon regularly for check-ups and progress reports.

WHEN WILL I BE UP AND ABOUT ONCE AGAIN?

You can be up and about after one to two days although it is advisable to take things easy. Your surgeon will give you guidelines on how to resume normal activity. As a general rule, you must allow your body to heal, get plenty of rest, and avoid any strenuous activity for the first few days.

WILL I BE ABLE TO TAKE A BATH AFTER THE SURGERY?

You will be able to wash and shampoo your hair after five days or right after the bandages are removed.

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITIES?

You must ask your surgeon when you can return to normal activities. As a rule of thumb, you must avoid participating in any strenuous exercise. You must also avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Recovery will vary from patient to patient but on average, it will take two to three weeks to completely recover from the surgery.

WHEN WILL I BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO WORK?

Patients may be able to return to work after a week or two, depending on their ability to heal and recover.

Initially you should have a detailed consultation at Profile Perfection to discuss the different types of procedure options available to you. Together we can discuss the options of which surgeons are specialised in this type of procedure and organise a consultation with the surgeon.

Once all of your questions and queries have been answered and you are ready to go ahead with the procedure we can start your journey You will have a high level of support from beginning to end.

Having a procedure can be very daunting and you may feel that you do not know which procedure will be best for you. Which surgeon should I pick? Who will answer all of my questions when I get worried? What questions should l ask the surgeon?

At Profile Perfection we will support you and your decision, guiding you from the initial consultation all the way through to recovery.

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