All you need to know about brow lift
What is a brow lift?
A brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the signs of aging by removing excess sagging skin on the forehead and repositioning the underlying muscles and tissues.
The surgery, most often performed on people ages 40 to 60, also corrects a heavy, sagging brow, eliminates deep furrows, and restores a smoother, more refreshed contour to the upper one-third of the face.
A brow lift surgery can be done alone or with other facial procedures, such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or a face-lift.
What are the benefits of a brow lift?
A sagging skin on the forehead affects your facial expressions, making you look tired, worried, or angry.
This type of surgery helps patients enjoy a more naturally refreshed appearance as well as other positive changes:
Eyes appear brighter
People may see you as more approachable, no longer perceiving you as “angry”
Raises sagging brows
A more youthful look
Reduces the wrinkle lines that develop horizontally across the forehead, on the bridge of the nose, and between the eyes.
Replaces lost volume
Who is an ideal candidate for a brow lift?
The ideal candidate for a brow lift surgery:
Is in good physical and general health
Does not smoke
Has realistic outcomes
Does not have chronic illnesses
If you are concerned by the signs of aging in the brow region, a brow lift may be right for you.
Which types of brow lift are available?
Plastic surgeons use different techniques for brow lift surgery.
The one for you depends on your goals, anatomy, and the extent of corrections needed to achieve the desired results. There are a few types of brow lifts available:
Classic or coronal brow lift.
In this type of procedure, the makes the incision about ear level and goes across the top of the forehead to the other ear.
Excess skin, fat, and tissue are removed and the remaining skin and brow muscles are repositioned.
Depending on where your hairline is, the surgeon will work to avoid a visible scar.
Endoscopic brow lift
This procedure involves small incisions hidden within your scalp and works by elevating the brow tissue using small anchors.
For most patients, bruising is minimal and the healing time is generally faster than with a classic approach.
This is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia and is basically a scaled-back version of the endoscopic brow lift with minimal downtime.
What are the possible risks of a brow lift surgery?
As with any type of plastic surgery, the procedure has some possible risks that include:
Asymmetry in the position of the brows
Loss of hair around the incisions
Changes in skin sensation
Eye irritation or dryness
Numbness and temporary discomfort
Facial nerve injury with weakness or paralysis
Bruising that may affect the cheeks and eyes
Possibility of revision surgery
How is a brow surgery like?
Your plastic surgeon places intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Depending on the type of brow lift, your plastic surgeon will either make the incision about ear level and across the other ear or within the hairline by using an endoscope.
The incision allows the surgeon to correct the tissue and muscle beneath the skin.
Closing the incisions
Brow lift incisions typically are closed with removable or absorbable sutures, skin adhesives, or special clips.
What should I expect after a brow lift?
You should expect some degree of pain, swelling and bruising.
If your surgeon applied a dressing to the area immediately after surgery, this can come off in one to two days. If you have a drainage tube, it will be removed on the first or second day after the procedure.
You will be prompted to keep your head elevated when lying down to keep the blood flow in the area.
Other common post-op guidelines include taking pain medication, using cold compresses to minimize swelling, and avoiding strenuous activity during recovery.
What should I expect in a brow lift recovery?
You should expect two to three weeks of downtime.
Scars fade over time and in most cases, the surgeon ensures the scars follow the patterns of natural skin creases or are hidden by the hair.
Most people can return to work within two weeks days depending on which procedure was performed and your healing rate.
You should ask your plastic surgeon when to resume washing and drying your hair and bathing. Keep in mind that swelling might last several weeks.
What results should I expect from a brow lift surgery?
The results of your brow lift surgery are immediately visible.
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, the improvements of a brow lift last for years.
A healthy lifestyle will also help extend the results of your surgery. Non-smokers and people that take care of their skin have the best outcome from this procedure.
It takes three to six months for you to see the final results.
How much does a brow lift cost in the Dominican Republic?
In the Dominican Republic, a brow lift procedure costs range from 3,000 to 3,500 for an all-inclusive package that includes the recovery house, local transportation, hospital and doctor's fee, basic medication and lab test.
Airfare and insurance is not included.
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