Browlift: Procedure Overview
Procedure – Browlift, or forehead lift, is a facial rejuvenation surgery to correct brow sagging or ptosis. To correct the “tired” look of brow ptosis, Dr. Brown performs several different procedures: bicoronal (incision across the top of the scalp), minimally invasive endoscopic browlift using small incisions hidden in the hairline, temporal browlift to raise the outer brow through two small incisions in the hairline and browpexy, where the brow is raised through incisions in the upper eyelid. Dr. Brown, Sun City and Scottsdale plastic surgeon, will review all options with you during your consultations and will choose the procedure that is best-suited for you. When your procedure is completed, your forehead may be taped and your head may be loosely wrapped to minimize swelling and bruising. You may have a thin tube present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin.
Surgery and incisions– The operation itself takes 1-2 hours depending on what type of browlift you undergo. Most surgeries are performed in an outpatient or inpatient operating suite, under twilight or general anesthesia. Other procedures can be performed in the office with local anesthetic. Dr. Brown, Scottsdale Cosmetic Surgeon will discuss all options that are right for you during your consultation.
Before Browlift Surgery
Preparing for surgery – Tell Dr. Brown about any medical problems you have, and any problems you may have had with surgery in the past. A history of bleeding problems, nausea with surgery and high blood pressure are all important to disclose, because these are risk factors for post-surgical bleeding. You will be told which medications to stop and which to take before surgery. If you smoke, you will be asked to quit for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to surgery as well as 6 weeks after surgery. If you get sick or have any health issues in the days before surgery, please notify the office immediately to determine if we should postpone your operation.
Can I go home the day of the surgery?– A browlift can be done safely as an outpatient, and most patients will be able to go home the same day. In some cases, Dr. Brown may recommend that you spend a night in the hospital after surgery. Also, some patients may prefer to spend a night in the hospital if they have young children at home or live alone and do not have any help at home.
How much swelling or bruising can I expect? – For the less invasive browlift procedures, swelling and bruising can be so minimal that some patients look “normal” within a few days. By the end of the first few weeks, most of the swelling has gone down. By 6-8 weeks, all of the swelling has diminished.
What restrictions are there? – Generally, you can shower in 1-2 days after surgery, but you should not submerge incisions in the bath, hot-tub, or swimming pool for 2-3 weeks. The first day after surgery is usually spent lying in bed or sitting in a chair. Most patients then begin walking around the house the day after surgery. By the end of the first week, you will probably be ready to leave the house for short trips and light walks. Vigorous activities should not be performed until 6 weeks after surgery. Also, you shouldn’t do any heavy lifting (over 10 pounds) during these 6 weeks. These are only general guidelines, and Dr. Brown will give you more specific instructions at your consultation.
When can I travel? – You should wait to travel by air or long distances until after your first post-operative visit, which generally happens 5-7 days after surgery. Patients who are at high risk for developing a blood clot should not travel until instructed by Dr. Brown. Short car trips under 60 minutes can be done before the first visit. A good rule of thumb is when you are off the stronger pain medication and can get up without assistance you are ready to go for a short drive. You should not drive the car yourself, until your surgeon gives you clearance.
What if I have a problem? When should I call the office? – We always welcome calls from patients. If you have any concerns at any time, please feel free to contact us at either our Scottsdale or Sun City office. If it is an emergency, the answering service is available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays.