Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery Procedure: Brow Lift Or Forehead Lift
When looking at ourselves in the mirror, or at others for that matter, we are drawn to ones’ eyes. The eyes express how a person feels, however, as we age, how we feel on the inside isn’t always visible on aging face. Over time, the skin of the brow and muscles surrounding the eyes begin to sag, making us look tired, angry and older than we actually are. In extreme cases, these changes can even interfere with a person’s vision. If you want to look and feel refreshed and alert again while restoring a youthful appearance, a brow lift may be just right for you.
What Is A Brow Lift?
Brow lifts are most often performed on both men and women from ages 40 to 60 who are experiencing hooding of the upper eyelids and sagging and drooping of the brow.
While the brow lift will not halt the aging process, it can potentially decrease the visible signs of aging, while at the same time tightening and smoothing the muscles on the forehead and brow. In raising your eyebrows your brow lift will give you the appearance of looking more relaxed, younger and alert.
The brow lift is a beneficial cosmetic procedure that is utilized in connection with other cosmetic facial plastic surgery procedures, such as eyelid surgery and facelifts, to achieve the ultimate youthful look. The brow lift does not take long to recover from as the stitches can be removed as early as 7 to 10 days after the operation. Some patients may experience some bruising and numbness of the brow which is quite common, and will most likely disappear within a few days following surgery.
Am I A Candidate For A Brow Lift?
If you want to be considered a candidate for brow lift surgery, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Philip Solomon, Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon practicing Facial Plastic Surgery, to ensure that a brow lift procedure will actually help you achieve your desired aesthetic goals. In addition, you will need to be physically healthy. While this could include being at an optimal weight or not having a chronic disease, usually the surgeon will be most interested in whether you have had an infection or had surgery in the past two to three weeks.
The Consultation Process
When making your decision to have a brow lift, the first stop is a consultation with Dr. Solomon. During your consultation, Dr. Solomon will talk with you at length about the procedure, focus extensively on the goals you have for your appearance, and how a brow lift will be able to help you fulfill those goals. As with many other cosmetic surgeries, Dr. Solomon will also discuss your complete medical history with you, as well as any medications you are currently taking, including recreational drug use, alcohol and tobacco use, and even herbal supplements.
Dr. Solomon will carefully examine the aesthetics of your face to ensure a brow lift is the best option for you. Photographs will also be taken for review and for the purpose of computer imaging. Once Dr. Solomon has completed his examination of you, he will recommend a course of treatment, discuss the most probable results of your brow lift procedure and explain all complications that could arise from the surgery.
Preparing For Your Procedure
During the consultation, feel free to ask questions! Dr. Solomon wants your brow lift procedure to have the best results possible and for you to have a clear understanding about what to expect before, during and after your surgery. You should also discuss your feelings about the procedure. Everyone feels some anxiety about undergoing surgery, whether they’re worried about the risks or results of the procedure. If and when you start to experience these feelings, share them with Dr. Solomon. He will be happy to discuss your concerns, and help set your mind at ease.
In the days leading up to your brow lift surgery, Dr. Solomon may require a medical evaluation and some lab tests to make sure your body is fully prepared for surgery. You may also be asked to take certain pre-surgery medications or to adjust your current medications. You will also have to avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs, including aspirin, as these medications can increase bruising and bleeding during a cosmetic surgery procedure. Dr. Solomon’s priority is always your safety and the best possible outcome.
You may also want to prepare for your post-surgery recovery. Make sure you have a friend or family member available to drive you to and from your surgery. You may also want to have someone help you for the first couple days at home or until you are recovered enough to move around on your own. You should also schedule some time off work, as you won’t be able to return to work for approximately two weeks.
Brow Lift Surgery Techniques
Dr. Solomon will determine which method is best for your individual case as each as its own advantages and disadvantages. Some surgeons may recommend a coronal incision for patients with very high foreheads. The location of the coronal incision lets the surgeon lift the brow without having to change the height of the front hairline. The scar may be more visible, but it can be easily hidden within the hairline.
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Are There Any Potential Risks?
The decision to have any kind of surgery is a personal one. During your consultation, Dr. Solomon will go over the potential risks, which may include a loss of hair around the incisions or an elevated hairline, facial asymmetry, numbness or other changes to your skin’s sensation, fluid accumulation or irritation of the eyes. While any of these symptoms are unlikely in the hands of a skilled cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Solomon, there is always the remote possibility of a complication. During your consultation, Dr. Solomon will discuss these risks with you and answer any questions you may have before you proceed.
Post Brow Lift Recovery
For the first day or two, you will need to keep your head elevated. You should also avoid doing any physical activity that might be considered vigorous. You may be tempted to use ice or heat on your brow, however we ask that you refrain from doing so.
Brow Lift Surgery
While a brow lift is a minimally invasive procedure, you will still need to wait for your incisions to heal. The wounds should be fairly healed within 14 days following your
surgery and you may be able to resume your normal activities when the sutures or clips get removed.
Benefits Of A Brow Lift Procedure
While brow lifts usually produce good results, their effects can fade over time. Remember to use sun protection, including sunscreen and a large brimmed hat, to help maintain your appearance by eliminating as much damage from the sun as possible. You can also help to maximize the effectiveness of your brow lift surgery by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including keeping your weight in a healthy range and making sure to eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals.
Dr. Solomon offers a variety of options and plans for payment in order to allow patients to focus on their recovery. If you are interested in getting a brow lift, please contact us for more information. You can schedule a no-obligation consultation upon request, so that any needs or concerns you may have, medical or otherwise, can be discussed to help you make the very best decision for you.
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