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What to Expect Before, During, and After a Brow Lift Surgery

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If you have asymmetrical brows, a sagging forehead, or drooping eyelids, you might be interested in the benefits of brow lift surgery. 

As skin and soft tissues age, they slowly lose their overall elasticity. Brow lift surgery can restore a more youthful, rested look and undo some of the natural effects of aging and gravity. 

If you have always wondered what you would look like with a brow lift and what the surgery entails, read on to learn what you can expect before, during, and after brow lift surgery.

What Is a Brow Lift?

When forehead skin begins to sag, causing a droopy look to eyebrows, upper eyelids, and the forehead overall, many people turn to brow lift surgery to give their face a lift. 

There are two main types of brow lift methods: the classic lift and the endoscopic lift. 

With the classic eyebrow lift, a continuous cut is made starting at the level of the ears, along with the natural hairline, and down toward the top of the other ear. Your surgeon will take care to avoid any visible scar. 

During an endoscopic brow lift surgery, the surgeon makes fewer cuts along your scalp. Instead, a small scope (a thin tube with a tiny camera on the tip) is inserted into an incision during the lifting process. The surgeon will use small anchors to keep the skin in place during the procedure. 

Endoscopic brow lift surgery is less invasive than a classic eyebrow lift due to smaller incisions. And since it’s less invasive, the recovery time is shorter and the scarring tends to be less visible. 

When you consult with your surgeon, he or she will discuss these two methods with you to determine which one is best for your individual needs. 

The Brow Lift Consultation

Before you go in for brow lift surgery at Shonan Beauty Clinic, you will have a consultation with our in-house surgeon. During this consultation, you will discuss your goals for improving your appearance. You will also be going over your medical history and your current health. 

Your surgeon will look over your whole forehead but also your upper eyelids, and the muscles that hold your forehead upward. Your surgeon might ask you to make various facial expressions to gain a better idea as to where surgery might be most beneficial. 

This consultation is also the best time for you to ask all your questions about what kind of results you can expect, how much the surgery will cost you, how you can care for yourself following the surgery, and so on. 

Preparing for Your Brow Lift Surgery

During your consultation, your surgeon will have given you instructions for how to prepare for surgery. If you smoke, you will be instructed to stop during the time leading up to the procedure. You might also have to cease taking certain types of medication that might cause bleeding issues during surgery. 

Prepare your home for your post-surgery healing. Stock up on plenty of clean towels, gauze, lots of ice, plastic freezer bags for holding ice, lots of comfortable pillows for keeping your head elevated, and ointment for your incision area. 

The Day of Surgery 

The surgery itself should not take longer than a couple of hours and it is unlikely that you will need to stay throughout the night. 

Bring someone with you that is able to drive you home and hopefully stay with you for at least one night, if not two, following your surgery. 

Local anesthesia is typically used, but if you would be more comfortable sleeping through your surgery, you can ask your surgeon to put you under. 

Once the operation is complete, your incision will be stapled or stitched shut, cleansed thoroughly, and bandaged up. 

Take special care to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions regarding aftercare. 

Healing and Results Afterward

Your recovery time will depend upon the type of brow lift surgery you had. Either way, you will likely have your staples or stitches removed in about a week. 

Expect bruising and swelling post-surgery. The swelling might extend as far as your cheeks and around your eyes, but should go down in about a week. It’s important to keep your head elevated to ease this swelling. Lots of ice will help with the pain and swelling as well. 

Your surgeon will write you a prescription for painkillers. Be sure to follow the directions when taking any medication. 

Side effects in the days and weeks following surgery might include itching, tingling, and numbness. 

You will be able to return to work or school within about ten days following your procedure. 

Your surgeon will advise you to avoid vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for at least a couple weeks after surgery. 

Possible complications might include scarring, infection, or issues with eyebrow movement. Other patients have sometimes experienced a loss of sensation around the site of the incision. However, these complications are unlikely. 

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are interested in learning more about how brow lift surgery can benefit you, we invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation. We are here to walk you through the process, step by step, and make sure you are comfortable and all your questions are answered. 

Our expert surgeons have performed brow lifts on countless patients who have come away with greater confidence and a more youthful appearance, and we look forward to doing the same for you.