Brow Lift Procedures
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Eyebrow Lift: The Basics
An eyebrow lift is also called a brow lift, a forehead lift or an eye lift. A lift adjusts the sagging skin in the upper eyelids, forehead and the eyebrows.
A cosmetic surgeon will manipulate the facial tissues and take out the portions of skin and muscle that are causing the deep frown lines and wrinkles. It is possible for a facelift, nose reshaping and an eye lift to be done at the same time.
Performing the 3 cosmetic procedures at once makes sense because then your facial contours will have the same appearance. If you only have a brow lift then the rest of your face might look older.
An eyebrow lift can be done by using a classic lift or an endoscopic procedure. Here is how each procedure works.
A classic lift applies a single continuous incision that begins at your ear level and follows your hairline up around your forehead. Your cosmetic surgeon can alter the incision so that the scar can be hidden beneath your hair. If you have a receded hairline, your surgeon can make the incision at the mid-back area of your scalp where the hair can cover the scar.
An endoscopic lift involves making a couple of short incisions within your scalp instead of a single continuous incision. The surgeon can place a tiny camera that is held inside the end of a narrow tube (scope) into an incision in order to clearly see your muscles and tissues from a screen. As the surgeon views the area, they can use a second tool that is placed inside another incision to perform the desired modifications.
The endoscopic procedure uses tiny titanium anchors to secure the damaging tissue after it has been properly modified. The anchors are miniscule but extremely strong. They can secure facial tissue for years. One of the advantages of the endoscopic method is that it is less invasive. This can result in a shorter recovery time and less scarring.
Some Things to Know Before Your Eyebrow Lift Procedure
A successful procedure depends very much upon your honesty during the consultation with your surgeon. During the consultation phase of your treatment, you’ll be asked a series of questions about your health, lifestyle, and what your ideal appearance would be.
During your consultation(s), be prepared to discuss:
What you expect from the surgery and why you desire the procedure
Any medical treatments you’ve had, medical conditions and drug allergies you may have
Use of any external substances, like medications, alcohol, supplements, tobacco, etc.
Any previous surgeries, cosmetic or other
Your genetic and family background
Other things to expect from your surgeon:
Your surgeon will discuss your options and recommended course of treatment
You’ll learn about the likely outcomes of your eyebrow lift procedure and what risks or potential complications may occur
Your surgeon will discuss the use of anesthesia during the surgical procedure
Your surgeon will make an evaluation of your overall health and whether you suffer from any pre-existing health conditions; some conditions might represent risk factors
You’ll undergo an examination
At some point in the consultative phase, you will have photographs taken for your medical record
Preparing For Eyebrow Lift Surgery
You may need to make a few temporary changes in your lifestyle to prepare for your facial surgery. If you smoke then you will probably be required to stop for several days. In addition, you might not be able to drink alcoholic beverages or take specific medications. For example, an anti-inflammatory drug such as aspirin might cause excessive bleeding and should be avoided.
You also may need to cut your hair if it is long enough to interfere with the procedure. Just a trim might be all that is required. Short hair should be grown out to make sure it can hide any possible scars.
On the day of your eyebrow lift surgery, you must shower and wash your hair with a mild shampoo. You will only be allowed to do so 48 hours after the procedure. To make changing clothes more comfortable, it will also help to wear a button-down top.
After The Procedure
You can experience some bruising and swelling that may affect your eyes, cheekbones or other areas of your face. Often the swelling disappears after a week. For 2 days or more after the procedure, it is recommended that you keep your head elevated to reduce the swelling. You may use a soft bag of ice for the swelling.
Typically, patients can go back to their normal activities within 10 days or less. Recovery time can depend on what type of procedure you had and your personal rate of recovery.
To ensure you are recovering properly, take some time off work during the first week after the procedure. Avoid strenuous activities like heavy lifting or exercise as well. You may need to take gentle walks two days after the procedure to promote blood circulation and prevent blood clotting.
Remember to take pain medication as instructed. An aftercare kit may be provided to help you change the dressing when necessary. Only use cleaning materials that are recommended by your surgeon and the team.
Make sure to follow all the instructions of your surgeon, and contact the team immediately if you experience anything unusual.
How Long Does an Eyebrow Lift Last?
The results of an eyebrow lift can last for 10-12 years. With proper aftercare, the results can even last longer. The procedure is permanent but will not stop the process of skin aging. Because of this, it’s best to refrain from activities and lifestyle habits that speed up skin aging. It will help to get a recommendation for skincare products and treatments moving forward.
Can You Still Move Your Eyebrows After a Brow Lift?
A brow lift procedure will not affect or remove muscle movement in the area. It will be difficult to express natural facial expressions with your eyebrows while there is swelling, but this will only be temporary. After 1-2 weeks, you should be able to raise your eyebrows and form facial expressions without any issues.
The surgeons and staff at the American Institute of Plastic Surgery in Plano offer the highest level of professional excellence along with a down-to-earth, caring approach. Call (972) 543-2477 to schedule an appointment.