BROWLIFT / FOREHEAD LIFT / ENDO BROWLIFT
Browlift surgery rejuvenates the forehead and the position of the eyebrows. Ageing in this area is associated with sagging of the eyebrows, wrinkling of forehead skin and hooding of the upper eyelids. Excess skin develops over a shrinking facial bone structure.
There are two basic types of rejuvenation surgery:
- Open surgery involving visible skin incisions (Direct Browlift and Coronal Forehead Lift)
- Closed surgery using telescopes through small scalp incisions behind the hairline (Endo Browlift)
REASONS FOR SURGERY:
Dr Wallace performs these operations for the following reasons:
- To lift and rejuvenate sagging eyebrows and forehead
- To reduce forehead wrinkles
- To reduce hooding of the upper eyelids
- To reduce ‘crow’s feet’
RISKS OF SURGERY:
This surgery is associated with a low risk of complications. The specific risks of a Browlift surgery of which you should be aware are:
• Infection is very rare. A true infection is associated with throbbing pain, redness and swelling. Contact Dr Wallace promptly if any of this happens.
• Bleeding beneath the skin is uncommon. It is important not to be taking Aspirin™ or other ‘blood thinners’ at the time of surgery
• Thickened scar formation is very unusual
• Forehead numbness due to nerve injury is a small risk. The numbness is usually temporary but can last for some months.
General Anaesthesia is the routine for this operation. Anaesthetic sleep time is approximately 90 minutes followed by 45 minutes in the Recovery Room.
Dr. Wallace performs a Browlift via an incision directly above the eyebrow hairline on each side; he performs a Coronal Forehead Lift via an incision across the top of the head behind the hairline; and he performs an Endo Browlift via two very small incisions behind the scalp hairline on each side.
The surgery can excise excess skin, elevate drooping skin and remove overactive wrinkle-forming muscles. The particular procedure is chosen and tailored to the individual. All incisions are closed with a combination of dissolving stitches under the skin, surface skin stitches and tape.
An overnight stay in hospital usually follows this surgery. Dr Wallace reviews you in the morning and then an office appointment is scheduled for one week post-op and most patients take this week off work. At this first visit, any bruising or swelling will have largely disappeared although some may persist for a week or two more. Dr Wallace recommends follow-up visits in the office at 3, 6 and 12 months post-op.
Browlift surgery is often combined with other procedures such as Blepharoplasty.
The vast majority of patients will be delighted. The change is often dramatic and the discomfort of surgery a minor inconvenience.