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Brow Lift Surgery

Overview

With age, the skin above the eyes start to droop, giving an older and tired appearance and making us look older than we are. A brow lift surgery is performed to reverse these visible effects of age and tighten the soft tissues above the eye to restore a more youthful appearance.

Brow lift surgery targets the area above the eye, opening up the eye area and giving a more contoured and youthful appearance. Most often the brow lift surgery is performed for purely cosmetic reasons but in extreme cases where drooping brows and upper eye lids affect the vision, a brow lift surgery can be a quick and simple way to improve the condition.

The Procedure

This procedure is carried out under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. It normally takes around two hours for the surgery. A brow lift surgery focuses on lifting the brow and tightening the muscles which get stretched with age, along with tightening any loose skin in that area and removing any excess fatty tissue.

There are two types of brow lift surgery- Open brow lift and Endoscopic lift. Depending upon your requirement, your surgeon will decide which one is best for you. In an open brow lift, the cut or incision is hidden inside your hair line or behind the hair line. Excess skin and muscles may be removed if required to lift the brow position and lessen the wrinkles on the brow. After making an incision, the surgeon carefully separates the skin from the underlying tissue. Next, the skin is stretched and stitched.

In an Endoscopic Brow Lift or minimal-scar brow lift, the surgeon inserts an endoscope (a tube with a light that is attached to a video camera) through a small incision in the hairline. The camera is attached to a television screen which allows the surgeon to work on the internal structures. Next, the eyebrows are lifted and stitched behind the hairline and the incisions are either stitched or clipped.

Is an eye Brow Lift the right choice?

Both men and women can opt for this procedure. The best candidates for eye brow lift are: –

  • People with frown lines between eyes, horizontal forehead creases, or horizontal creases along the top of the nose
  • People who have sagging brows due to age, or congenitally low brow

Recovery from Brow Lift surgery

There will be some swelling and bruising post-surgery which will get even with time. Refrain from applying make-up over the incisions and also do not shower or wash your hair for at least four days. 5 – 10 days after the surgery, the sutures are removed and the wounds are checked.

A follow up consultation with the surgeon who performed your surgery will be arranged after 6 weeks and also when required till you have fully recovered. Attend all post-operative appointments and it is advisable to take one to two weeks off from work and avoid vigorous exercise for 3 to 4 weeks.

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