A brow lift surgery involves plastic surgeon creating tiny incisions in the hairline. He will lift sagging brow lines to remove deep wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
The procedure starts by administering anesthesia to the patient. This may be done as general or intravenous.
Types of Browlift Procedure
The surgeon will perform a brow lift using any one of the following methods:
- Classic Lift
- Endoscopic Lift
It involves making a continuous incision starting at the level of ears and running along the hairline, across the top portion of the head. For those with a high forehead, the surgeon may create an incision at the front of the head. This will preserve the natural hairline.
Thereafter, forehead skin is lifted. The surgeon will adjust the muscles to remove lines. Cuts are placed right under hairline to avoid visible scarring.
The process involves creating several small cuts in your scalp. Thereafter, an endoscope (small camera mounted on a tube) is inserted into one of the incisions. The surgeon will make requisite adjustments using a different instrument into a different incision. Small anchors are secured to the tissues. Since the incisions are smaller, endoscopic lift is less invasive as compared to the classic lift. It is known for minimal scarring and a shorter recovery period.
Preparing for Eyebrow Lift
Since brow lift is a surgical procedure, you need to prepare for it to ensure easier, faster and healthier recovery. The steps you take under the guidance of the medical team before surgery will enhance your overall comfort and outcome.
Here’s how you prepare for a brow lift:
Answer Questions – Make sure you answer all queries of your doctor related to medications, medical history, and allergies. Carry a list of medical conditions, allergies, and medications.
Tests – Get all preoperative tests as directed by the doctor. The tests are prescribed according to the health, age, and specific procedure. Some of the common ones include blood tests, chest X-ray, EKG (electrocardiogram) etc.
Maintain Healthy Weight – It is vital to losing excess weight prior to the surgery through a healthy diet and workout plan.
No Food and Drinks – As directed by your surgeon do not eat or drink before surgery. The doctor might cancel your surgery if you drink or eat too close to the start of surgery. This is because you can choke on stomach contents while anesthesia is given.
No Smoking – You should give up on smoking as soon as possible. Quitting for days ahead of surgical is beneficial. It will help you with the healing process.
Stop Medications – As suggested by your doctor, it is important that you start taking or completely stop medications. Usually, the directions are given for stopping ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), aspirin, blood thinners, and herbal supplements, and vitamins.
Potential Complications of a Browlift Procedure
As with every surgical procedure, brow lift also comes with its share of complications. Although rare, patients should be prepared for the following complications resulting from the procedure. It is a good idea to discuss these with the surgeon during the initial consultation session:
- Irregularities in skin contour
- Emerging sutures that are manually removed (instead of dissolving on their own)
- Issues with eyelid
- Irritation of eye
- Asymmetry of eyebrow
- Hair loss at the site of incision(s)
- Dryness of eye
- An elevated hairline (due to incision)
- Hematoma or bleeding under the skin resulting in accumulation of blood under the skin
- Injury to facial nerve leading to numbness, paralysis or weakness
- Discomfort, scarring, swelling, and pain
- Poor healing of a wound
- Loss of skin