Forehead Rejuvenation – Or the Brow Lift as more commonly known

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.

If you would like to find out more or to book a consultation please get in touch.

Cosmetic Surgery Abroad – The Risks Of Medical Tourism

For those thinking of getting plastic surgery, getting it done abroad may seem like an appealing option.

By travelling abroad, people can save 40 to 80 per cent on cosmetic surgery, depending on the procedure and the country; according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). But whilst choosing to have a procedure abroad might be an attractive option for many, it’s often not as smooth sailing as it sounds and can even prove fatal.

Tragic Brit Leah Cambridge, 29, died in August after suffering complications from buttock-lift surgery in Turkey. Now, another British woman has also died after undergoing Brazilian butt lift (BBL) surgery. Buttock-lifts are becoming increasingly popular as women try to achieve the ´hourglass figure´ made famous by Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj et al, but experts have warned that the procedure can carry serious complications.

Of course, cosmetic surgery both in the UK and abroad has their risks, but it´s more difficult to fix complications abroad, should they arise. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering cosmetic surgery out of the UK:

Is it safer to have plastic surgery in the UK or abroad?

No surgery is risk-free, however, if you choose to get your surgery done in the UK, then the surgeon will be able to discuss long term aftercare and be on-hand if something goes wrong. Some overseas clinics may not provide aftercare or follow up treatments.

The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPAS) encourages patients to make sure they have frequent contact with their surgeon. They stated “At BAPRAS we believe that patients should be able to see the plastic surgeon that actually carried out the operations, if there are any concerns.”

What are the risks involved in getting plastic surgery abroad?

As well as various complications that can occur during surgery, there are also risks to consider when travelling back home after having a procedure. Flying back soon afterwards can leave you vulnerable to (DVT) Deep Vein Thrombosis (when a blood clot forms in a vein, partially or completely blocking blood flow) and a Pulmonary Embolism (when a blood vessel supplying the lung becomes blocked by a clot).

BAPRAS advises waiting five to seven days to fly home after procedures such as breast surgery and liposuction, and seven to ten days after facial cosmetic surgery procedures or tummy-tucks. There is also travel insurance to consider; it’s rare that a policy will cover you in the event of something going wrong during a planned surgery, so check that you have full insurance cover before you travel.

What is medical tourism?

‘Medical Tourism’ is the term used to describe those travelling to another country to obtain medical treatment. Medical tourism, which covers all types of procedures including elective plastic surgery – is growing worldwide at an estimated rate of 15 to 25 per cent, according to research firm Patients Beyond Borders.

More specifically, the past few years have seen a rise in cosmetic surgery tourism, which is often sold as a package deal promising surgery and a holiday. Generally speaking, it’s best to approach these kinds of holiday deals with caution. Firstly, there’s the fact that vacation time and surgery just don’t go together. You’ll need sufficient time to recover after the procedure, which means avoiding lying in the sun, doing anything energetic or drinking alcohol – which are often the highly anticipated parts of the holiday experience.

The NHS advises avoiding ‘meet-and-greet evenings’ with sales-people, and instead, meeting with the surgeon who will operate on you. Also, never pay to go a hospital you’ve never seen with a surgeon you’ve never met without any real understanding of what the surgeon can provide.

Where are the most popular destinations for cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery tourism is rife, and there are a variety of places patients are currently flocking to for their procedures. In Europe, popular destinations include Poland, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Turkey. Elsewhere, cosmetic surgery is big in Brazil, Thailand, the US and Japan.

How can I minimise the risks?

First, find out as much as possible about the procedure itself. Then, you need to thoroughly do your research into clinics in your chosen country to find out if they’re regulated and have Surgeons that are fully trained and can speak English. Check online reviews and social media to gather independent feedback on the services provided by a specific surgeon or clinic.

Finally, consider the worst case scenario. You need to have a plan in place in case something goes wrong, including insurance arrangements. For further advice, BAPRAS has a handy checklist of things to consider before going abroad to have cosmetic surgery.