Brow Lift and Eyelid Surgery
Brow Lift and Eyelid Surgery
In addition to the numerous other services we offer at Forma Plastic Surgery, our plastic surgeons can help interested patients look and feel more youthful with a brow lift or an eyelid lift. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly-trained, board-certified plastic surgeons.
Brow Lift Procedure
A brow lift, or forehead lift, is a surgical procedure that minimizes the creases across the forehead and on the bridge of the nose (frown lines). A brow lift will also reposition a low or drooping brow and lift saggy upper eyelids to provide a younger, more-refreshed appearance.
Brow Lift Consultation
Individuals who are interested in learning more about a brow lift or eyelid lift surgery should consult a board-certified plastic surgeon. During this visit, the plastic surgeon will evaluate the patient by asking questions about the patient’s past medical or surgical history, the medications or supplements he or she might be taking, and the motivation for seeking surgical intervention. Model candidates are those healthy, non-smoking individuals who are starting to experience wrinkling, creasing, or sagging skin on the brow and forehead. Once a patient is determined to be appropriate, the surgeon will evaluate the patient’s facial structure and surgical goals to decide what techniques might be most suitable for the patient. The plastic surgeon will explain in detail what this procedure can and cannot correct in order to make sure that the patient has realistic goals and expectations. During his or her consultation, a patient will also learn about probable outcomes and any potential risks or complications associated with a brow lift procedure.
Brow Lift Procedure
A brow lift is typically an outpatient surgical procedure that takes fewer than two hours. During the procedure, the plastic surgeon will make an incision above the hairline. Next, the plastic surgeon will reposition, alter or remove the tissue and muscle beneath the skin. Then, the skin is pulled tight to smooth out any creases or wrinkling on the forehead. Finally, the incisions are closed. There are many different techniques that can be used to perform a brow lift. The plastic surgeon will recommend the best choice for each individual patient.
Brow Lift Recovery and Results
After the procedure, the patient’s head will be loosely wrapped to minimize bruising and swelling. A thin tube may be placed to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect beneath the skin. Patients are advised to get plenty of rest after the surgery and to keep their head elevated for a few days after the procedure. This will also help to lessen the bruising and swelling. Initial healing from this surgery can take between five and seven days. During this time, the sutures or clips may be removed. The plastic surgeon will prescribe medications to help alleviate some of the discomfort. After several weeks, the swelling should diminish and over the course of a few months, the incision lines should fade. It is important to continue to use UV sun protection to minimize any further sun damage. It is important to carefully follow all of the post-operative orders that the plastic surgeon has given to ensure the smoothest recovery possible.
An eyelid lift, also known as a blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the upper and/or lower eyelids. As we age, our skin elasticity lessens and we may develop fat deposits around this eyes; this can make us look old, tired, and even angry. Our highly-trained, board-certified plastic surgeons utilize advanced techniques that can give you a more youthful, natural looking appearance.
Eyelid Surgery Consultation
Individuals interested in eyelid surgery should consult with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. During this visit the plastic surgeon will evaluate the patient by asking questions about the patient’s past medical or surgical history, the medications or supplements they might be taking, and the motivation for seeking surgical intervention. Ideal candidates are those healthy, non-smoking adults who suffer from baggy or droopy eyelids. Individuals with certain eye conditions such as glaucoma, dry eyes, or other medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes and hypertension may be directed accordingly. The plastic surgeon will explain in detail what this procedure can and cannot correct in order to make sure that the patient has realistic goals and expectations. During his or her consultation, a patient will also learn about probable outcomes and any potential risks or complications associated with this type of surgery.
Eyelid Lift Procedure
An eyelid lift is generally an outpatient surgical procedure that takes one to two hours to perform depending on the number of lids. The plastic surgeon will make incisions along the upper and lower eyelids, disguising them in the natural folds of the lids. Next, the plastic surgeon will divide the skin from the underlying fat and muscle. A bit of the fat may be removed and the excess skin and tissue are trimmed. Finally, the plastic surgeon will close the incisions with very fine sutures. There are many techniques used to perform an eyelid lift; the plastic surgeon will make specific recommendations for each individual patient.
Eyelid Lift Recovery and Results
After the procedure, a patient may experience temporary swelling, bruising, dry eyes and discomfort that can be controlled with pain medication, cold compresses, and ointment. The plastic surgeon will advise the patient to keep his or her head elevated for several days and to use eye drops as needed. The sutures will be removed after several days, and patients are usually able to return to work and normal activities approximately ten days after surgery. Over the next several months, the scars should fade nicely. It is important to follow the post operative instructions given by the plastic surgeon to ensure the smoothest recovery possible.