The forehead rejuvenation or to give it the correct procedural name, brow lift, is a procedure to raise the brow line of the forehead, the area around the eyes and the brow. It raises the soft tissue and skin making them appear fresher and tighter. This is quite a common procedure and is often undertaken in conjunction with other facial procedures such as eyelid surgery or a facelift.
As we age, the brows frequently move down as the skin and tissue become less elastic with the lower positioning of the eyebrows; making an individual look tired or even sad and angry – depending how far the brow has fallen over the years.
Like other types of surgery, it’s important to realise that there may be some associated risks. These risks include the possibility of some scarring, changes in skin sensation and the brow lift can cause temporary or permanent numbness to the top of the scalp or even to the forehead.
There is also a risk of what is known as ‘Brow asymmetry´, with one or both brows appearing to be too high on the face. This may however settle during post-surgery healing and positional problems with the brow shape or position can always be surgically corrected.
The hair line following a brow lift can appear elevated with possible hair loss at the site of the initial incision. Otherwise, normal risks of post-operative bleeding, adverse anaesthetic reaction and common infections are also possible.
During any consultation about a brow lift, your aesthetic surgeon will ask you about your medical history both past and current. You must be completely honest and open about such things and make them aware of any medication that you may be currently taking, as well as revealing any allergies you may be aware of. Your facial measurements will be carefully recorded with your eyes both open and closed alongside photographs, which will also be taken for reference and records.
You must be realistic about your expectations of such a surgery and being completely honest and open about what your reasoning is for undergoing the procedure. The more the cosmetic professional understands about you both physically and emotionally, then the more they will be able to tailor the work to your exact needs – so full and frank discussion is essential to avoid possible disappointment.
You will be advised to stop smoking to aid healing and avoid Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs and supplements that may promote an increased risk of bleeding. After the procedure, ensure that you have someone reliable such as a friend or relative to accompany you home and support you for at least the first night following the surgical procedure. However, you will be monitored closely in recovery for any untoward symptoms and be advised to rest for a few days with your head elevated to take any pressure off the sutures whilst taking pain medication and applying cold compresses to relieve localised swelling.
Any sutures will be removed after 10-14 days. It can take several weeks for the swelling and bruising to subside with separate advice for bathing and drying your hair. The brow lift may not last permanently but it could give your face a prolonged and more youthful lease of life.
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