How is Brow Lift Surgery Performed? What are its Implications?
As we age, lines and wrinkles naturally form near the brow region due to constant muscle movement. This makes us look older than we would like. Additionally, horizontal lines across the forehead close to the brow, or little vertical lines between the brows, can cause us to look angry, stressed, or merely unpleasant and unapproachable. Fortunately, with the help of Dr. Lee Bottem who performs brow lift surgery, you can achieve a fresh-faced, smooth, youthful appearance.
To prepare for brow lift surgery, you may want to prepare the following in advance before surgery day. Some of these prior preparations include:
-Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
-Take certain medications or adjust your current medications (consult your doctor about this)
-Stop smoking and or taking of any drugs
-Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and other supplements as they can increase bleeding and bruising
It is also important to note that brow lift surgery should be performed in an accredited surgical facility, a licensed ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital. More importantly, you should make sure that you have prior accommodations by arranging for a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery. Having a person with you to stay with you for the first night following surgery is recommended to assure your safety.
Firstly, general anesthesia is administered to render patients utterly unconscious during the procedure. Following this, an incision is made across the forehead and below the hairline. After the incision is made, the skin will be lifted in attempt to smoothen wrinkles to make it easier for the brows to be repositioned. Upon completion of repositioning any excess skin that remains is eradicated. Lastly, the incision is sealed with sutures/stitches and usually takes around 2-4 weeks to heal depending on the individual.
In regards to an Endoscopic brow lift surgery, the procedure varies slightly. Once again general anesthesia is administered to reduce the pain during the operation. Following this, however, several small incisions are made along the scalp as opposed to across the forehead. An endoscope is then inserted through the incisions, which allows the surgeon to see the impacted area (usually using a camera of some sorts to view the procedure in more detail). Using yet another instrument, the forehead skin is lifted, the brows are re-positioned, and muscle tissue causing lines are removed. Upon completion of the surgery, any excess skin is removed, and the incisions are sutured closed and are left to heal the following weeks.
Similarly to all procedures, there are pros and cons for brow lift surgery. Let us dissect both sides of the coin to determine the overall implications post surgery:
- Positive impact on self esteem and personal confidence
- Better sense of self perception
- Youthful appearance
- Life lasting results post surgery
- Can treat drooping eyebrows (impacts vision negatively)
- Reduction in facial lines
- More alert and welcoming appearance
- Some minor post surgery complications within 5 days after surgery (bleeding, swelling, minor pain)
- Minor hair loss around incision area
Safety Comes First
Ultimately, whether or not you decide to go through with brow lift surgery, it is essential to go to a place that is reputable. By doing this, you save a lot of pain and reduce the severity of unwanted scars and blemishes.
Dr. Lee Bottem is an accomplished Ophthalmologist located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He has specialized in disorders of the face, both medically and cosmetically, for many years. Along with his talented and dedicated staff members, their commitment to quality customer service and professionalism is unparalleled. It is their goal to help you obtain the best vision possible and keep your eyes both healthy and robust.