Important Information Regarding Brow Lift Procedures

A brow lift is a surgical procedure performed to reduce signs of aging on the eyebrows and/or forehead. A brow lift is commonly performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as an upper lid blepharoplasty (or eyelift) to provide a more balanced, rejuvenated appearance to the face. To follow is some key information about a brow lift procedure.

Who is the best candidate for a brow lift?

Candidates for brow lifts generally have hooding of the outer aspect of they eyebrows that creates a sad, tired, or aged appearance. Most patients that undergo a brow lift remark that they think they look older than they feel.

What can patients expect during a brow lift consultation?

During your consultation, your oculoplastic surgeon will review your medical history, your old photographs (remember to bring these with you or send them in advance) perform a physical examination,  including an eye examination, and will discuss your aims/desired goals from this procedure. He will evaluate your facial skin, the structure of your facial bones and the overall appearance of your eyebrows and eyelids. Your oculoplastic surgeon will use this information to determine the most appropriate surgical approach, which will be explained to you in great detail. Photographs will also be taken so that you can look back after your surgery to compare your results.

How is a brow lift performed?

Traditionally, brow lift surgery involved a large incision across the top of the forehead. Advancements in technology have led to the endoscopic technique, in which only 2 small incisions are now required for most patients, just within the hairline. Scars are essentially masked within the hairline and should be barely noticeable once the wounds have healed. These shorter incisions allow for a shorter recovery time when compared to the traditional open brow lift technique. Other approaches can be used depending on your age, clinical examination findings and your general health. During your consultation, your oculoplastic surgeon will explain the exact approach he will recommend for your brow lift surgery as each procedure is highly personalized to fit the needs of individual patients.

Brow lift surgery usually takes about 1-2 hours to perform. Either intravenous sedation (‘twilight anaesthesia’) or general anaesthesia cab be used for this procedure.  Most patients undergo this surgery on a day case basis.

What is expected during brow lift recovery?

Brow lift surgery is generally an out-patient procedure, which means patients can recover in the comfort of their own homes. Swelling may be pronounced for the first 2-3 days after surgery, though this gradually dissipates within 2-3 weeks. To prevent post-operative bleeding and excessive bruising, you should refrain from bending or heavy lifting for the first few days after your brow lift surgery. It may take up to 4 months for all swelling to fully subside and for all scars to fade.  Results are usually visible shortly after brow lift surgery and continue to improve over time as swelling subsides.

Brow Lifts in Manchester

To learn more about brow lifts or other surgical and non-surgical procedures that Mr. Leatherbarrow performs, contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our clinic, Face & Eye, is located in South Manchester, not far from the airport, and you can reach us at 0161 947 2720. We look forward to hearing from you.

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