Brow Lift Pensacola, FL

In 2013, brow lift was the 12th most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States.*

Typical Timing/Age 45 to 65 years old.
Problem Low eyebrows (brow ptosis) due to excess forehead tissue and/or a weak frontalis muscle.
Procedure Depending on the deformity, a brow lift can be done open or closed. An open brow lift treats excess forehead skin by directly removing it. The scars from an open brow lift may be hidden above the eyebrow, at the hairline or on the top of the head within the hair. A temporal brow lift involves the removal of skin and subsequent scar placement in the temporal hair. A closed or endoscopic brow lift does not treat the problem by removing the excess skin, but rather re-suspends the excess tissue at the appropriate level. The advantage of this technique is shorter scars. The disadvantage of an endoscopic or closed brow lift is posterior displacement of hairline (moves backward, making the forehead look bigger). An advantage of an open brow lift done through an incision at the hairline is anterior displacement of the hairline (moves forward, making the forehead look smaller). A brow lift generally takes 1-2 hours. Some milder cases of brow ptosis may be temporarily treated by selective weakening of certain regions of the frontalis muscle via a “BOTOX lift.”
Goal To improve the function and appearance of the eyes by moving the eyebrows to the appropriate level.
Facility Surgery Center or Hospital
Preparation Your surgeon may want to administer BOTOX prior to a browlift to temporarily paralyze brow muscles that will place tension on the incision after surgery. Paralyzing these muscles during the healing period may improve the final appearance of scars.
Anesthesia General anesthesia
Recovery
Hospital stay Most patients go home after surgery and do not require a night in the hospital.
Positioning After a brow lift you will want to sleep with your head elevated above your heart for a few days to help reduce the swelling.
Assistance You will be able to walk around, feed and bathe yourself. Depending on your pain medication requirements, you may not be able to drive or care for others.
Walking You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.
Showering You may shower immediately following surgery, being careful to keep your head dry. You may wash your hair 48 hours after surgery.
Exercise 1 week for light exercise. 3 weeks for regular exercise.
Sex Wait 1 week because you don’t want to increase your blood pressure during the early healing period.
Work You may be bruised for 1-2 weeks. If you have a desk job you can return to work as soon as you are comfortable doing so. Most people take 1-2 weeks off of work.
Swelling Usually greatest around 3 days after surgery from which time it starts to subside. Some patients remain a little swollen for 2 months.
Bruising If present, it usually subsides by 2 weeks
Follow-up Appointments 1-3 days after surgery, 7-10 days, 3 weeks, 6 months, 1 year.
Risks & Complications Scar alopecia, asymmetry, bleeding, infection, prolonged swelling, need for revision, numbness, complications related to anesthesia.
Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque
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*Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank: Statistics 2013. (2014). Aesthetic Surgery Journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 34(1 suppl), 1S-22S.doi:10.1177/1090820X14542571

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