The eyes account for a large part of the expression of the human face; they project an array of emotions including happiness, sorrow arid fear. Wrinkles and deep lines as well as puffiness of the lids begin to develop with the passage of time.
Exposure to the sun and genetic predisposition can also be contributing factors. The result can be marked changes in expression causing a tired and/or older appearance. These physical changes can produce anxiety and actual visual impairment. Today, several remarkable surgical techniques, including eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and brow lift, have been developed to eliminate many of these problems.
Brow and forehead lifts are designed to raise eyebrows and reduce ridges arid furrows on the forehead, thus creating a smoother, more youthful appearance. As with blepharoplasty, this procedure is frequently done in conjunction with other surgeries.
Before Brow Lift Surgery
Prior to browlift surgery, a complete medical history is taken in order to evaluate the general health of the patient. A thorough examination of the face is made to determine the most effective surgical approach. The amount, distribution and type of excess skin to be removed is carefully noted. The cosmetic surgeon describes the anesthesia to be used, the procedure, what results might realistically be expected, and possible risks and complications. An examination by an ophthalmologist may be recommended. Preoperative directions may include the elimination of certain drugs containing aspirin in order to minimize the possibility of increased bleeding. Antibiotics may be prescribed for a few days prior to surgery to prevent infection. The areas to be excised are marked and photographs are usually taken before and after surgery in order to evaluate the final results.
The Brow Lift Procedure
A forehead and brow lift can also be performed in either a hospital or office setting using a local or general anesthesia. An incision is made across the top of the head from the front of one ear to the front of the other ear. This incision is made deep within the frontal hairline in order to hide the resulting scar. The forehead and brows are elevated and excess skin is removed. The flap is then sutured.
Following Brow Lift Surgery
Antibiotics may be continued for several days following these eye surgeries. Sutures are removed within a week. Some swelling and bruising occur but subside in a few days. The cosmetic surgeon may prescribe ice compresses and/or eye exercises to reduce swelling and regain mobility. Women may be allowed to use eye makeup ten days to two weeks after surgery but are cautioned to cleanse the area thoroughly after each use. The cosmetic surgeon determines when normal activities can be resumed; however, strenuous exercise must be avoided for several weeks following surgery.
Complications connected with forehead and brow lift are relatively few and minor: however, there are certain inherent risks connected with every surgical procedure which should be thoroughly discussed with the cosmetic surgeon. Patients can minimize complications by carefully following directions given by the cosmetic surgeon.
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Please note that plastic surgery results can vary for different patients. Every patient is a unique individual and every surgery has unique aspects. Therefore no two surgical procedures will get the exact same results - even if patients are fairly similar and even if the procedures are performed by the same Plastic Surgeon.