Brow lift uses incisions behind the scalp or in front of the hairline to lift the sagging brow, soften the forehead creases, and eliminate the “11” lines between the brows. Occasionally, it is combined with other procedures such as eyelid lift and dermal filler or fat graft injection for additional rejuvenating effects.
Brow Lift FAQ:
- Question: Am I a good candidate for the surgery?
Answer: The ideal patients should be healthy, non-smoker, and have realistic goals and expectations. Hence, the surgery entails a strict patient selection process to avoid risks and to deliver satisfying results.
- Q: What are the preparations involved?
A: A good rule of thumb is to avoid blood-thinners (aspirin and some herbal supplements and vitamins) and tobacco products; and to achieve one’s optimal health through lifestyle changes and/or medications.
- Q: Does it result in visible scar?
A: While brow lift comes in several variations, all efforts are made to ensure that the resulting scars are behind the scalp or exactly along the hairline for their optimal concealment. Simply put, a properly executed procedure should not result in visible reminders of plastic surgery.
- Q: Is it possible to perform brow lift at the same time as other facial rejuvenation surgeries?
A: Yes. In fact, brow lift is routinely combined with eyelid lift, fat graft, or some type of facelift. Nevertheless, it remains in the patient’s best interest to keep the operation under six hours to minimize bleeding and surgical trauma.
- Q: What are the risks involved?
A: Poor healing, less than optimal scar appearance, residual sagging, surprised or unnatural look, infection, and bleeding are some of the risks. However, a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs the surgery on a regular basis can avoid or at least control these risks through proper patient selection, surgical execution, and close monitoring during the initial healing stage.
Serious complications are extremely rare when the surgery is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.
- Q: How long is the recovery period?
A: Recovery differs from patient to patient; however, “social recovery” or looking presentable in public typically happens after 10-14 days.
- Q: Can Botox serve as a feasible alternative?
A: Yes, provided the patient only has mild brow descent and accepts that she will need 3-4 “touch-ups” every year. But for individuals who want longer lasting effects and/or have significant soft tissue laxity, brow lift remains a better method than any type of non-surgical procedure.