A brow lift, also known as a browplasty, tightens the tissue of the forehead, slightly raising the eyebrows. This gives a youthful appearance and rejuvenates the patient’s face. Patients that have sagging eyebrows or deep horizontal wrinkles across their forehead should consider the procedure, as well as those who have extra tissue drooping around the eyelids.
Risks and Safety
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons cites the following as brow lift surgery risks:
- Anesthesia risks
- Loss of hair around the incisions
- Elevated hairline
- Eye irritation or dryness
- Facial asymmetry
- Facial nerve injury with weakness or paralysis
- Fluid accumulation
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation or intense itching
- Pain, which may persist
- Poor wound healing
- Possibility of revision surgery
- Skin loss
- Unfavorable scarring
Rare risk of deep venous thrombosis (blood clots) that can result in pulmonary embolism with chest pain, shortness of breath
Your surgeon will happily address any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your procedure prior to your surgery date.
Preparing for a browplasty is much like preparing for other cosmetic procedures. Your doctor may ask you to undergo lab tests or other blood work. Your doctor will most likely ask you to stop taking aspirin or other anti inflammatory drugs, as these can increase your chances of bleeding and bruising. You will need a friend or relative to drive you home from the procedure, as you will be sedated using anesthesia and will not be able to operate a motor vehicle for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
The procedure steps for a brow lift are as follows
Step 1: Depending on your overall health, your surgeon will administer intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Step 2: Generally there are two incision types that can be used during a brow lift – an endoscopic incision or a coronal incision. Endoscopic incisions use an endoscope (a thin tube with a small camera) to make small incisions along the hairline. This allows the source of the visible creases to be corrected. Coronal incisions are recommended for women with very high foreheads. An incision is made from ear to ear across the anterior hairline.
Step 3: Incisions made during a brow lift are typically closed with skin adhesives, removable sutures or other special clips.
Your results will appear 3-4 weeks after your procedure, as swelling and bruising go down. Your final results will be visible a few months after your procedure. Protecting your skin from sun damage will maintain your rejuvenated appearance.