Getting a brow lift and going through recovery
A Charlotte, NC brow lift is particularly useful if you have horizontal creases or conspicuous frown lines on your forehead that make you look older or more tired than you feel. The operation usually involves lifting the skin up and to the sides in a pattern dictated by the individual connections between skin, bone and muscle.
If you’re planning on getting a brow lift, you should plan for at least three weeks of recovery time. If you smoke, or 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. Other things you should avoid include alcoholic beverages, aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, anti-inflammatory drugs and certain herbal supplements, since they can all increase bleeding. The recovery will go a little faster if you sleep in a lounge chair and get one of those neck pillows that people use on airplanes. This will keep your head elevated.
Revising a brow lift
Things rarely but sometimes so wrong with brow lifts. The eyebrows are instruments of subtle communication. A slight lift or furrowing of them can mean a great deal. Because of this, an operation that changes the arc and position of them too much can leave the patient looking permanently surprised or frightened, or otherwise impede his or her ability to interact with others. This is particularly a problem with the 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 straight up.
If a brow lift hasn’t lifted the eyebrows enough, a second procedure can be performed after at least six months. Reversing a coronal brow lift, either because it’s made the eyebrows too high or the hairline too high, is a lot harder and requires much greater surgical skill. This is when you want the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in the area. Fortunately, complete failures are rare. Even after three years, 63 percent of brow lift patients say they’d have the surgery again, given the choice.
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.