Brow lift is a surgical procedure for repositioning the brow that sags and moves down by aging. During brow lift, shape of the brow can be modified in order to improve the appearance of brows and upper eyelids.
Who are eligible candidates for brow lift?
People with age-associated brow sagginess and excess skin in upper eyelids, and with naturally low eyebrows are eligible candidates for this surgery. Additionally, eligible candidates should be physically healthy, nonsmoking and with realistic expectations.
What are the purposes of brow lifting?
Purpose of brow lifting surgery is repositioning and reshaping eyebrows. From time to time, brow lifting surgery can be combined with other procedures like eyelid surgery depending on the patients’ expectations and needs.
What is done during brow lifting?
Brow lifting surgery is an outpatient operation with local anesthesia and patient is discharged in the same day.
A small incision is made inside hair on temporal region, an under-skin tunnel is created from here to brow region. Skin and muscles at brow level are separated from where they stick to and moved to their new position. Afterwards, brows which are moved to their new position and reshaped are determined with stitches. In eligible patients who had upper eyelid aesthetic surgery, brow lifting operation can be made by entering from the cut on natural eyelid fold.
What are the scars?
As plastic surgeons, we know the importance of cosmetic results. We make all efforts to optimize the scar size and hide it under the less seen part of lobe. In the operations on temporal region, scars are not recognized as they are hidden inside hair. In operations from upper eyelids, there are scars on the natural eyelid fold and they recover well.
Emergence of scars varies between individuals and is strongly related to person’s genetic susceptibility. Scars generally fade away slowly in time, but it is hard to guess its final size and color.
How is the recovery period? How long resting is needed? When can you continue exercising?
Brow lifting is an operation which takes around 30 minutes or 1 hour and operated with local anesthesia. For a comfortable post-surgery period and good results, it would be better to rest after the procedure. In order to reduce swelling and bruise around head and facial region to minimum, you should rest your head up for the first day and ice can be applied periodically. There may be bruises under eyes and it will recover in couples of days. There can be ache and swelling responding to medicine during first couple of days after the surgery. Many patients can go back to work within 3 or 5 days. During the recovery period, tiring physical activities should be avoided for 1 or 2 weeks after the surgery.
What are the complications of the surgery?
The complications are rare as in other cosmetic procedures, and there can be scars, asymmetry, bleeding, infection and swelling. Complications specific to brow lifting are loss of hair on cut region, weakness and asymmetry of brow moves depending on nerve damage. Your plastic surgeon will give you detailed information about the expected results including possible complications.
When will we see the absolute results of the surgery?
The results of the surgery will be seen right after the procedure. As the swellings are reduced, recovery will continue. Generally, cuts are recovered in 1 week, swelling and bruises pass. Small amount of swelling in unnoticeable amounts may continue for a few months after the surgery.