A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a procedure aimed at enhancing the appearance of the eyebrows, reducing wrinkles and furrows on the forehead that may give a perception of anger, sadness, or worry. Additionally, it can address excessive or sagging upper eyelid skin, which can make you appear tired. In many cases, a brow lift is performed alongside a blepharoplasty to achieve a comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
The choice of surgical technique and incision location depends on both your desired aesthetic outcome and your individual characteristics as a patient. The traditional open brow lift technique involves a lengthy incision made in the scalp, where hair grows. This allows excellent access to remove excess skin, adjust the underlying muscles responsible for frown lines, and raise your eyebrows to a more youthful position. On the other hand, the minimal incision lateral brow lift requires a small incision either at the hairline or in the temporal area of the scalp with hair. This technique is particularly effective at elevating the outer part of the brow, which is commonly affected by the aging process. Another option, the endoscopic brow lift technique, has gained popularity due to its less invasive nature. It involves making only three to five small incisions in the scalp where hair grows to allow the use of an endoscope for lifting the brow. However, it may not be suitable for all patients.
A Brow Lift can provide the following benefits:
After your brow lift surgery, you will need to elevate the head for several days in order to reduce swelling. Temporary bruising and numbness may be present after surgery, however, this should fade within a few days. Bruising around the lower eyelid area may last for up to two weeks. As with ear reshaping, nose surgery and other facial procedures, medication is prescribed to help control any pain and discomfort.
At 1 week after your brow lift surgery, you return to Dr Turner’s office and your wounds are reviewed. Here, you begin to see the results of your despite some initial swelling. Dr Turner will remove any sutures present and will tell you how to care for your wound.
After a brow lift, we recommend relaxing for a week or two to allow healing. Most people are able to resume normal activities after this time. You are able to wash your hair after two days.
As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with brow lift surgery. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.
It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.
Some risks are more likely to occur than others:
Risks Associated with Surgery
• Bruising / haematoma
• Revision surgery to correct or improve outcome
Specific Risks Associated with Brow Lift Surgery
• Pigmentation changes
• Poor Scarring
During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.
Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.
Ensure you have done your research, both on your desired surgery, as well as your surgeon.
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