The brow is the area including the forehead and eyebrows, and only comprises the upper one third of our face, but can affect our facial expressions and overall appearance. As the brow descends with age, we unconsciously begin to raise our eyebrows to keep the brow in a more normal position. Keeping our eyebrows raised requires our forehead muscles to work, and can create wrinkles in the forehead over time. And despite our best efforts, the eyebrows may still droop, creating a tired or angry look to our faces. In some cases, the brow may droop so much that it can interfere with vision. Though some may seek out eyelid surgery to correct their vision, raising the brow will not only correct some vision problems caused by excess skin, but will also improve the appearance of deep forehead lines and tired, angry facial expressions. So while the browlift generally addresses the upper third of the face, its effects can provide a subtle change to the face overall.
A minimally-invasive approach is used to perform the browlift. Incisions are generally hidden in the hair. The surgery can cause the hairline to move back, so an incision may occasionally be placed along the hairline to avoid moving the hairline back.
Prior to surgery, the patient is evaluated in the upright sitting position and the projected position of the brow is marked. During surgery, this mark is used to ensure that the brow is lifted to the proper position.
There are various methods used to suspend the brow into its new position. Regardless of technique used, the brow heals into its new position several weeks after surgery.
What to Expect After Surgery
The sensory nerves that go to the scalp originate at the level of the eyebrows and travel back to towards the top of the scalp. While endoscopic brow lifts minimize the risk of damaging the nerves, there may be the occasional temporary numbness in the scalp after surgery. Rest assured, this will return to normal with time.
A dressing is placed around the head after surgery, and is removed after 24 hours. Bruising and swelling may occur, and may cause the upper eyelids to become swollen. This may cause some difficulty with vision impairment, but will improve as the swelling subsides.
Incisions within the hair heal well and are camouflaged. However, it is recommended that patients avoid washing their hair and avoid getting the incisions wet until 3 days after surgery.
Post-Operative Care Instructions
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