If you have persistent wrinkles, frown lines or furrows stubbornly affixed to your forehead or brow area, you may be considering cosmetic procedures to alleviate them and restore a more youthful appearance to your face. There are temporary options like Botox and fillers that can be performed easily, conveniently and comfortably in office with minimal discomfort. You will be able to resume your normal activities immediately and the results typically last for several weeks or months. However, if you’re seeking a more permanent solution or a more dramatic result, you may want to consider a browlift procedure. This article will present you with important browlift info to help acquaint you with what to expect.
Browlifts are a common cosmetic surgery procedure that can transform your tired frown lines into a naturally rested and refreshed looking face.
Unfortunately, no one is immune to the aging process, and our foreheads can often be the first place to show the obvious signs of stress and aging. While many opt for a brow lift by itself, it can often be done at the same time as other cosmetic procedures such as a general facelift or eyelid surgery. Talk to Dr. Stephanie Teotia about your expectations to determine which procedure/s would best achieve your desired result. It’s also wise to consider why you would like facial cosmetic surgery and how it could help enhance your overall appearance and self-esteem. Our goal is to help you achieve a natural look that minimizes the signs of aging and to exceed your expectations during the procedure itself and beyond.
While any surgical procedure can have some rare but inherent risks like bleeding, bruising or infection, the browlift is a very safe and well-tolerated procedure that can either be performed in office or surgical center under mild sedation with local anesthesia. Sometimes it’s performed under general anesthesia in the hospital depending on your specific situation and the anticipated length of the procedure. Dr. Teotia will discuss these options with you and will be able to assess whether or not you will be a good candidate for this procedure.
The typical browlift recipient is anywhere between 40-60 years of age and healthy enough to undergo surgery. Dr. Teotia will ask you questions about your overall health and wellness to determine what type of anesthesia and procedure will be best suited to your unique needs. It is important to answer these questions truthfully and to carefully follow doctor’s orders before surgery. You may be required to stop taking certain medications and supplements that affect blood-clotting several days before the procedure.
There are two different approaches to the browlift: a minimally invasive endoscopic approach and a traditional open approach.
Both browlift approaches have distinct advantages and the complication rate is very low for both approaches. Your recovery period will depend upon whether you have an endoscopic browlift or a conventional open browlift.
With an open procedure, Dr. Teotia will make a discreet coronal incision on either side of your head that will continue over the top of your forehead and end on the opposite side of your head, usually symmetrically above the ears. Generally this is hidden behind your hairline so you will not see any visible scarring. However if your hairline is receding or you are bald, you may receive a mid-scalp incision that is less noticeable. Your incision will be closed with clips or stitches that will need to be removed later. Dr. Teotia will instruct you when to return to the office to have the stitches removed.
After an open browlift you can expect to have some soreness and numbness that should be well-controlled with over-the-counter pain medication and sometimes prescription medication. Dr. Teotia may also inject a long-acting local anesthetic during the procedure to help keep you comfortable as you begin to heal. During the first few days after surgery, it will be important to follow the doctor’s recommendations to manage post-operative pain and swelling. You will have to keep your head elevated as well as apply icepacks regularly to mitigate swelling. Do not expect to emerge from surgery looking instantly refreshed. Some swelling around the forehead, cheeks and eyes is completely normal and will diminish on its own after a few weeks. After you have healed and the swelling has disappeared, you can expect to notice fully appreciable results, usually about three to four weeks after surgery.
After an endoscopic procedure where several small scalp incisions have been made, you can expect some discomfort, mild numbness and mild swelling that can be easily controlled with medication and rest. After either type of procedure it will be important to rest for the first few days and listen to your body during the recovery period. Typically, patients are able to return to work in a week or two. You will need to avoid any strenuous activities including housework, heavy lifting, bending and aerobic exercise for several weeks afterward. You may also be advised to avoid prolonged sun exposure for a few months after your procedure.
After you’re healed you will enjoy your new youthful appearance. It is important that you establish a good skincare routine including consistent sunscreen application so that you are able to maintain your new look for many years to come.