Individuals naturally show certain expressions by moving their facial muscles, particularly on the forehead. However, over time, wrinkles and lines remain on the forehead, causing a person to look old, unpleasant, or permanently worried. Brow lift surgery, also referred to as a forehead lift, is an excellent method of achieving a smooth, beautiful, youthful-looking appearance. There are two different types of brow lift procedures available, including a classic brow lift or an endoscopic brow lift. Both provide exceptional results, however, recovery may differ slightly. Before undergoing brow lift surgery, you will meet with a qualified surgeon to determine whether you are a good candidate, and which approach is right for your specific case. It is important that you know what to expect from any cosmetic procedure, including what the outcome will be, and what recovery is like before beginning. Knowing the facts is the first step in deciding if a treatment will suit your needs. The next step is finding a qualified plastic surgeon for a consultation.
Side effects generally subside after several weeks to one month, and are much less evident with an endoscopic brow lift. Patients typically experience some side effects, such as:
- Pain or general discomfort
Your doctor will inform you of proper aftercare instructions to follow during the recovery period. You should only go to a board-certified surgeon with experience performing brow lift surgeries in order to best avoid serious complications. Recovery times vary from patient to patient; however, for a safe and speedy recovery process you can expect to:
- Wear bandages for a couple days after procedure
- Wait until bandages are removed to shower and wash hair
- Keep head elevated with pillows for at least two days after procedure
- Apply ice packs to minimize swelling
- Apply any doctor-prescribed ointment to incision areas to help minimize scarring
- Take any doctor-prescribed pain killers as instructed
- Avoid any strenuous activities for up to two weeks after the procedure, such as exercise, heaving lifting, or sex
- Stitches will be removed after approximately one to two weeks
- Return to work or your normal daily routine after 10 days or so
After a few weeks, patients will notice a significant decrease in swelling, bruising, or other visible side effects and results will be much more apparent. In addition to looking better, patients will feel better and more like themselves at that time. Once you have completely healed, you will enjoy your new, revitalized, and refreshed appearance. The forehead will look naturally smooth and wrinkle free; and the repositioned eyebrows will allow the face to appear brighter and more appealing. As the incisions are made behind the hair line, there will be no visible scaring once healed.
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Consult a Brow Lift Specialist near You
If you're thinking about having a brow lift procedure, your first step should be to consult with a qualified surgeon who can give you realistic expectations of what to expect from the surgery. Locate a physician in your area who is skilled and experienced in brow lift surgery.