AM I QUALIFIED TO GET A BROW LIFT?
A physically fit body is always needed for any type of surgery, as well as realistic goals. Most people who choose this surgery are between the ages of 40 to 60 years old, in order to minimize the apparent signs of aging on their face. But younger patients, especially those with early signs of furrowing and wrinkling due to stress, also undergo the forehead lift to regain their youthful appearance. Also, patients who have inherited naturally low and heavy brows and premature lines also correct these conditions using the brow lift. Bald patients and those with receding hairline who have previously undergone eyelid surgery may still qualify for this procedure – Drs. Hall and Wrye will just alter the location of the incision in order to accommodate the current condition of the balding or hairline receding.
WHERE AND HOW WILL THE OPERATION GO?
Drs. Hall and Wrye will perform the brow lift in a surgery center that is fully accredited, or inside a hospital outpatient facility. General anesthesia will be used for the operation, which will typically be completed in about one to two hours.
WHAT WILL I DO DURING RECOVERY?
There will be a significant difference between the recovery of a patient who underwent a traditional brow lift as compared to one who had the endoplastic method done on them. Numbness and temporary discomfort will be felt by those who had the classic forehead lift, and this can be minimized by following a prescription medication to be given by the doctors. Patients will be required to maintain their heads on an elevated level in order to minimize swelling. The eyes and cheeks may also experience slight swelling following the surgery – however, this should be gone after one week post-surgery. Following the numbness felt in the incision areas, itching may be experienced which may last for up to 6 months until they fully disappear. Bandages will be removed after one to two days following the surgery, and the stitches will consequently be removed after two weeks. Temporary hair fall may happen on the operated area, but normal hair growth will resume after a few weeks. No permanent hair loss will happen.
In the case of patients who underwent the endoscopic lift, numbness and swelling will also be experienced which will be controlled by prescription medication. Less itching is usually experienced among patients with this kind of lift. Staples and stitches are removed a week after the operation, and the fixation screws after two weeks.
A patient will be able to get up and move about during the first few days post-operation, but careful measures in doing activities still need to be observed. After two days, washing and shampooing of the hair is already allowed – this period of time can even be shorter for endoscopic patients. Avoid vigorous physical activity such as exercise, heavy housework, bending, sex, or anything that can pump up your blood pressure. Exposure to the sun should also be limited for the next several months. After about three weeks, the visible signs of surgery will be gone, and the bruising can be concealed using makeup. As weeks will pass, you will begin to feel better and more energized.
HOW WILL I LOOK AFTER SURGERY?
The results of the eyebrow lift procedure are generally favorable, and patients are happy with the results no matter which of the two surgical methods was applied. Patients will see just how much they have aged due to the sagging and wrinkling of their forehead just by looking at their renewed appearance post-surgery. Forehead lifts do not magically stop time for you, but you can significantly delay the aging process by undergoing this procedure and perhaps doing it again after several years. Dr. Hall and Dr. Wrye are experts in eyebrow lift surgery located in Reno, Nevada, call us now for consultation 775-284-8296.