Forehead or Brow Lift
A Cosmetic Surgery Brow/Forehead lift improves the appearance of a person’s face by restoring youth and vitality to the area above the eyes. It will minimize lines that make a person appear older, tired and sleepy.
It is most often performed with a facelift or an eye lift to provide a balanced, smoother look to the face. It can be performed on its own but this is not very common. Your surgeon will recommend what procedures would be best for your needs and goals.
An incision is usually made across the top of the head, just behind the hairline.
Forehead skin is gently lifted and portions of facial muscle and excess skin are removed. The incision is then closed with stitches or clips.
Best candidates for a Browlift
Most browlift patients are between the ages of 40 and 70. The best candidates are healthy people seeking a solution to unwanted furrows, deep forehead lines, and wish to look more alert and refreshed. Browlifts may be used in conjunction with hair transplants to treat a receding hairline or baldness; or with fat transfers to create volume; or with an eye lift or a facelift.
Preparation for a Browlift
Before you undergo a Cosmetic Surgery Brow/Forehead lift, it is important for you to discuss any medical conditions that you have and to tell your surgeon about any medications that you are taking including any herbal or other non-prescription ones. If your surgeon decides that you can have a browlift, discuss the procedure thoroughly with him or her before deciding if you want to go through with the procedure. You may still change your mind even after discussing the procedure with your surgeon.
During your consultation your surgeon will also detail the procedure, benefits and risks and answer any questions you have. The assessment with the surgeon will give you a detailed understanding of the treatment – the extent of surgery, your health evaluation, your expectations and exactly where your brow will be treated.
Your surgeon should be able to answer any questions that you have about Browlifts including questions about what to expect during and after a brow lift and the complications or problems that sometimes occur with browlifts. You may consider taking information from this website to your appointment to discuss with him.
At your consultation you and your surgeon will discuss your goals, and last queries you have and finalize the plan for surgery. From your examination, he can determine the best procedure to use, and then explain it to you in detail, including the benefits and limitations. The surgeon may also recommend a combination of the upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty or submental liposuction, for a better facial profile.
It is important to stress the importance of not smoking before an eye lift procedure. Smoking can cause problems with circulation and make complications more likely, including post-operative chest procedures. Please also note the GG Guarantee is not valid for smokers.
A browlift usually requires only local anesthesia, though occasionally general anesthesia is used. You should discuss the appropriate type of anesthesia with your doctor and the anesthesiologist. Time in surgery is about one to two hours, if it involves only a single procedure.
Before the procedure, your hair is trimmed and tied back from the area where the incision will be made. The doctor will choose the least visible area to make the incision, such as along your hairline, within the scalp, or along the natural bone structure lines on the scalp.
For this procedure, one long incision is made. The incision begins at one ear, cross the forehead region, and ends at the other ear. The forehead skin is lifted, excess tissue is removed, muscles are repositioned or removed, and the eyebrows are lifted. Extra skin in any of these areas will then be trimmed. The incision is stitched or clipped and gauze is applied. A bandage is often wrapped around the head following the procedure. Bandages may be removed within two days of surgery. Sutures are generally removed within two weeks. This method will minimize scarring as the incision is concealed within the hair.
Recovery and Post-op care
After a browlift, you may experience:
- Temporary discomfort and numbness. This is managed with medication.
- Headache. This can be a side effect from anesthesia
- Swelling. This is managed with head elevation and typically subsides within a week.
- Unusual sensations, which may include itching or lack of sensation at the incision line. This symptom normally disappears within six months.
- Hair Loss. Regrowth usually occurs in one to three months.
You will be moving around in a couple of days, but we advise you to relax for a week or so.
We provide excellent post-care support, with follow-up visits and programs to assist your recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know and we will schedule an appointment with the surgeon. View our recommendations for post-operative recovery.
Recommended length of stay on holiday
2 weeks is the surgeon’s recommendation and the guarantee period, where you will have regular check-ups.
During your recovery time we take special care of you. Depending on how you feel, you may also like to take a tour once you feel much better and the swelling has gone down a bit. Talk to us about this.
Other recommended procedures with Browlift
Many people who travel for Cosmetic surgery have more than one procedure, because of the cost advantages and also for a more balanced look.
A Forehead lift is often done with a Facelift and other skin treatments – either chemical peels or laser and eyelid surgery.
GORGEOUS GETAWAYS offers great packages for combined procedures. Contact us today for more information and a price.
Your new look
You will look refreshed and younger, with a smoother forehead skin and a more animated appearance.
Preconditions and Risks
Some patients may not be able to move their eyebrows or forehead. Additional surgery may correct this problem. Scar formation and permanent hair loss within the scar area may occur. Permanent lack of sensation at the incision line is also a rare complication. Infection, bleeding, and other minor complications are possible.
We minimize risks and complications by selecting patients carefully and always having the most skilled surgeons, physicians and nurses carry out procedures. However, despite the highest standards, complications can occur. They are rare, and most patients will not have complications, but if you have concerns about possible complications, please discuss these with your doctor.
Please read the preconditions and risks page before embarking on any surgery.
Common Q & As
If you have questions other than those listed here, please view our complete page for Q & A.
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