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.
It’s also worth mentioning that the best brow lift candidates have both realistic goals and a positive outlook. You need to understand, that while a brow lift can have some striking effects on your face, it is not a cure-all solution. Some men and women do opt for other procedures to be performed in conjunction with a brow lift such as facelift or eyelid surgery. This may help achieve an overall smooth and improved look.
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
The brow lift process involves pulling the skin back from around the eyes, in a lift, towards a more desirable position. There are two different techniques used to perform a brow lift. The first method is called an endoscopic incision. It consists of making micro-incisions in the skin and going in with an endoscopic camera and fine surgical tools in order to adjust the muscles and other soft tissue of the brow. The second method is called a coronal incision, which is performed by making a cut over the top of the head from one ear to the other. In both cases, the skin is then tightened by lifting it back and set into place.
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.