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Brow Lift – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long will my brow lift surgery last?

Surgical times vary according to each individual and the technique used but on the average, brow lift surgery lasts approximately 1-2 hours.

What is the recovery time for a brow lift?

Recovering from your brow lift may require that you take a week or more off from work although for most patients, it is less especially for endoscopic brow lifts.

What can a brow lift do for me?

A brow lift is the surgical removal of excess fat and skin and a tightening of the muscles in your forehead area.  It can correct sagging brows or deep furrows between your eyes and although it cannot stop the aging process, a brow lift will improve the overall appearance of your face making you look younger.

What is an endoscopic brow lift?

The endoscopic brow lift technique uses an endoscope, which is a long, thin tube with a light on the end attached to a video camera.  The endoscope is inserted through several tiny incisions in your scalp allowing your surgeon to see and work on the internal structure of your forehead.

What are the benefits of an endoscopic brow lift?

Benefits of the endoscopic technique versus an open or incision brow lift include:

  • Minimal incisions with less scarring
  • A more natural and long-lasting result
  • A complete return of sensation
  • Complications from an endoscopic brow lift are infrequent

How do I know if a brow lift is right for me?

Though most men and women who undergo brow lift surgery are between 40-60 years-of-age, the procedure can offer great results in older and younger individuals as well.  Good candidates for a brow lift include healthy men and women who have deep forehead creases or frown lines causing them to have an angry, exhausted appearance.

Who should not have a brow lift?

Though brow lift surgery offers great benefits to many patients who undergo it, the procedure should to be approached with caution if you have any of the following medical conditions:

  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Blood-clotting problems
  • The tendency to form excessive scars

What will my surgeon discuss during my consultation?

Your surgeon will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.  Your physical evaluation will include an assessment of your bone structure and underlying facial tissues as well as your skin thickness, elasticity, tone, and texture.  They will also evaluate your forehead structure, the muscle activity in your forehead area, and your brow position, as well as the amount of extra eyelid skin you have and the location of your hairline.

Additional issues you should be prepared to discuss during your consultation include:

  • All past and present medical conditions
  • Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal products
  • Past surgeries
  • Any additional treatments you have received

What does a brow lift entail?

There are many variations to the brow lift procedure and the technique your surgeon chooses  for you will depend on your individual situation and aesthetic goals.

Some of the methods currently used include:

  • Coronal Incision Technique: This common brow lift technique involves using a long incision most often concealed with the hairline. The incision will begin above your ears and run along the top of your scalp. Through this incision, your surgeon will alter or remove parts of the muscles that cause your wrinkles and frown lines.  He will also remove excess skin and lift your eyebrows to improve their position.
  • Endoscopic Brow Lift: This incision option uses an endoscope for viewing which is a thin tube with a light on the end attached to a video camera.  Rather than using a long incision, the endoscope is inserted through several small incisions in the scalp for less scarring and faster recovery. In some instances, a combination of endoscopic and other techniques may be used for optimal results.

What do I need to do to prepare for surgery?

In preparation for your brow lift surgical procedure, it is important to follow the preoperative instructions given to you by your Surgeon at your consultation or pre-operative assessment which will vary slightly depending on the procedure to be performed.

Your instructions may include:

  • Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
  • The avoidance of certain medications
  • Arranging for help following surgery including a ride home and in-home care
  • Growing your hair to cover your incisions as they heal

Are there safety concerns associated with forehead lift surgery?

Though thousands of men and women undergo brow lifts each year and experience no major complications, every surgery carries some degree risk.  It is important you be well informed of any side effects when considering a brow lift and during your consultation, Your Surgeon will discuss potential complications, listen to your safety questions, and offer instructions on how to minimize any risks.

How soon will I see my results, and how long will they last?

Most people who undergo brow lift surgery are very pleased with their results although the healing, process will take time.  This means that you may not see the final results of your surgery for several months and how long your brow lift results last will depend upon a number of factors, including your genetics, skin characteristics, and the lifestyle you lead.  A forehead lift cannot stop the aging process however,  most patients are typically very happy with their facial appearance for many years following their procedure.

Will a brow lift get rid of the deep wrinkles between my eyes?

During the course of a brow lift, it is possible to disrupt the muscles that cause the wrinkles between your eyes but unfortunately, they cannot be completely eliminated.  By weakening the muscles however, the deep wrinkles are often improved.

How much pain will I have after my brow lift?

Normally, patients do not complain of significant discomfort after their brow lift. Occasionally some people describe symptoms of a headache, which is typically short-lived. The post-operative pain management prescribed by your surgeon will help reduce any discomfort.

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