Brow lift, or forehead lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure which resolves the issue of hooded eyebrows, crow’s feet, and wrinkles on the forehead, as well as the crinkles between the eyes. The procedure can instantly shave years off and provide patients with a fresh and youthful appearance.
While Botox can be useful to treat this problem, it only provides a limited solution, and cannot remove deep wrinkles, especially the horizontal lines on the forehead. This is where the brow lift comes in.
The procedure entails multiple small incisions around the hairy areas of the temple and forehead. Using a similar principle to Botox, surgeons will manually weaken, remove or severe tiny muscles which are responsible for the anger lines, wrinkles and creases on your face. In extreme cases, longer incisions are made near the hair line to access more tiny muscles in the area.
Prior to the procedure, doctors will advise their patients to trim their hair if it’s too long as stray strands could encroach on the forehead area and make the procedure more difficult than it should be. In addition, patients should also stop taking any anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin as these types of drugs can increase bleeding. Smokers are also advised to stop in the weeks leading to and several weeks after the procedure as the presence of nicotine in the blood will make scars more prominent.
A brow lift is an outpatient procedure, and rarely takes longer than two hours, so you can go home immediately after. However, you will need someone to drive you home as you will not be in a condition to drive. At home, keep your head elevated at all times. An icepack would be handy to reduce the burning sensation you might feel from time to time during the first couple of days after the procedure.
You can forget about entertaining, as your swollen and bruised face will likely scare the neighbour’s kid away. Fortunately, the swelling will go down in a week or so – right about the time you have to return to the doctor to remove any stitches or staples.
Aside from the usual risks of infection and bleeding, about 1% of patients will have some reversible nerve damage which could temporarily affect their frowns and smiles.