Brow liftsManaging the recovery after a brow lift

If you have horizontal creases or frown lines on your forehead that make you look older or more tired than you feel, a brow lift can help you look a lot younger and more energetic. Most surgeons do this by lifting the skin up and to the sides in a pattern dictated by the individual connections between skin, bone and muscle, as shown by endoscopic viewing.

If you’re planning on getting a brow lift, you should plan to spend at least three weeks recovering. If you take nicotine in any other form, you should stop doing so at least two weeks before the surgery, because nicotine constricts blood vessels and slows the healing process. You should also stop taking alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, anti-inflammatory drugs and certain herbal supplements. The recovery will go faster if you sleep in a lounge chair and get a neck pillow to keep your head elevated.

When a brow lift needs revision

As is generally the case with plastic surgery, brow lifts have a high chance of success. Even after three years, 63 percent of brow lift patients say they’d have it done again, given the choice.

But things do sometimes go slightly wrong. Because every twitch of the eyebrow can convey a subtle meaning, changing how the brows interact with the rest of the face even slightly can have a surprisingly large impact. It can leave a patient looking permanently surprised or frightened, or otherwise impede his or her ability to communicate his or her emotional state. Old-fashioned hairline or coronal brow lift, in which the surgeon just cuts out a slice of skin below or in the middle of the scalp and lifts the forehead directly up, sometimes led to this problem.

It’s a lot easier to do this if the problem is that the brow lift hasn’t lifted the eyebrows enough — just wait six months and perform another brow lift. It’s much harder, and takes a lot more skill, to reverse a coronal brow lift. Fortunately, modern endoscopic brow lifts are made with greater precision, and are much less likely to produce bad results.

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon

The best person to go to for a brow lift or eyebrow lift in Charlotte, NC is Dr. Sean Freeman. He has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has done nothing but facial plastic surgery and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. He was one of the first doctors in the United States to do an endoscopic brow lift. Make an appointment with his office today, or request an online consultation to get a discount on the consultation fee.

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