Description

Cosmetically corrects drooping brows, upper eyelids, and sagging skin on the forehead. It is designed to dramatically help improve the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad, or tired. A brow lift is commonly performed on patients in the 40 to 60 range, helping to minimize the visible signs of aging.

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Length

1 to 3 hours.

Side Effects

Temporary numbness, discomfort, itching, and swelling. Hair loss may occur along the scar edges. In a rare circumstance, nerves that control eyebrow movements may be injured resulting in a loss of ability to raise the eyebrows or wrinkle the forehead, additional surgery would be required to correct the problem.

Recovery

Back to work: 7 to 10 days (endoscopic patients may return earlier). Vigorous physical activity: several weeks. Prolonged exposure to heat or sun: limited for several months.

Risks

Rare possibilities of infection and bleeding. Classic lift: loss of sensation along or just beyond the incision line. If complications occur during an endoscopic lift: a surgeon will switch to the classic lift, which will result in a more extensive scar and a longer recovery period (less than 1 percent of all endoscopy procedures.)

Results

Long-lasting. It can minimize the appearance of aging for years.

 

Technology

Using the classic lift, or the conventional “open” method, a surgeon will make one continuous incision starting at ear level and move up around the hair line. The incision is usually made well behind the hairline so that the scar won’t be visible. With the endoscopic lift, instead of making one long coronal incision, a surgeon will make about 3 to 5 shorter incisions in the scalp, where a scope (pencil-like camera device) is inserted into one of the incisions. This will allow the surgeon to view the tissues and muscles from a screen. He or she will then use another instrument inserted through a different incision, where the forehead skin is lifted and the muscles and underlying tissues are removed or altered to produce a smoother appearance.

Patient Status

Outpatient – In most cases

Anesthesia

Local with Sedation
General

 

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