Everyone must deal with the physical imperfections that come with age. The modern era’s industrialization increased the amount of harmful Ultraviolet (UV) radiation permeating the atmosphere and damaging your skin. Furthermore, the basic principles of gravity and repeated use cause unsightly wrinkles and creases to appear on the forehead. Fortunately, the field of cosmetic plastic surgery can reverse, or at least diminish, the angry and tired appearance of aging foreheads.
If you’re concerned about not having a say about your procedure, you can rest assured you will get the opportunity to voice any concerns during your consultation. Consultations are the first visit to see Dr. Nassif. Tell Dr. Nassif of your full medical and physical history including any current or past medications, supplements, or substance use. This is vital to Dr. Nassif’s ability to determine your candidacy for surgery.
During the consultation, you can explain how your current appearance affects your life from an internal standpoint. Many people with severe signs of aging experience depression and lowered self-confidence. Tell Dr. Nassif what you hope to accomplish through the procedure. It’s important to set realistic, attainable goals with the doctor during the consultation. Plastic surgery yields amazing results, but it’s still a science and poses some risks. As part of the consultation, Dr. Nassif will discuss the common risks of your procedure.
Risks and Complications
The risks for lifting the brow line are minimal, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports. Some of the most common risks for this procedure include the following list:
- Possible numbness of the forehead following the procedure. Part of this normal, but some may experience permanent diminished sensations.
- Some lose the ability to move the eyebrows or forehead. Often, additional procedures can correct this complication.
- Bleeding and Infection- Please see the section on Recovery for more information about these risks.
- Permanent hair loss or thinning at the scar site of the incision. In most cases, the incision will be at the edge of the hairline; therefore, no hair growth will be affected.
The Browlift Procedure
As always, you will need to fast from midnight until after your procedure and bathe with an anti-microbial soap the evening before and the morning of your procedure.
Dr. Nassif will use one of two possible methods of performing your procedure. In the classic method, the doctor will make an incision along your natural hairline to begin to the process. This will be one long, continuous incision along your hairline that goes from the tip of the upper ear to the opposing tip of the ear. Dr. Nassif will lift up the existing skin and trim away the excess. Furthermore, the doctor made need to trim the muscle beneath the forehead to give you a more natural appearance. Afterwards the physician closes the incision with the sutures. The placement of the incision can vary if you use the procedure for other purposes such as treating hair loss.
Advances in technology allow the physician to use endoscopy to perform the procedure as well. In this type of surgery, several small incisions will be made within the hairline. Often, the amount of bruising and swelling is reduced, and this procedure requires less recovery time without the risks of being placed under general anesthesia.
When you begin to awaken, you may experience some nausea or pain. Inform the medical staff because they have medication to take care of this. You will need to slowly advance your diet for the first few days after your procedure. However, if you’ve been given any specific dietary restrictions, please follow them expressly.
You’re going to look amazing, but you’ll be black and blue for about 10 days after your procedure. The doctor will place bandages around your head to reduce the amount of swelling and bleeding associated with the procedure. Dr. Nassif will prescribe pain and antibiotic medications for use after you’re sent home. Please adhere to the dosage guidelines to give you the best chance at a successful recovery.
The bandages will be removed with two to three days following the surgery. Sutures will need to remain in place for seven to ten days. Sleep with your head elevated to alleviate swelling, and refrain from excessive physical activity. Walk around several times per day to prevent the formation of blood clots in your body. Avoid getting the incision site wet for two to three days.
Browlift Frequently Asked Questions
I’m confused. I thought that a facelift included my forehead.
A facelift, or Rhytidectomy, corrects the area of the face from the eyes down. Depending on the amount of changes sought, the physician may opt to perform a separate necklift or brow-lift to acquiesce your wishes. It’s entirely possible to have all three procedures during your surgery. It will require much more time, but you can accomplish everything in one procedure. If you think you need more than a brow-lift, you can discuss your options during the consultation.
I have a receding hairline; will a forehead lift correct this?
This depends upon Dr. Nassif’s and your preferences. Many people are turning to this procedure to treat hairless and premature balding. The incisions can be made lower on the forehead in order to pull the forehead down; therefore, Dr. Nassif will lower your hairline. However, many people dislike this method due to the possibility of visible scars.
People say I look like I’m mad all the time, why is this?
Imagine what a scowl looks like; people wrinkle their forehead, tighten their eyes, and stare the recipient down. Sadly, natural aging causes this to happen, and you may be giving off an angry impression.
I’m unsure if I should get forehead work done, what is the preferred age for candidacy?
The common age group for candidates is between ages 40 to 70; however, younger people with advanced appearance of aging can benefit from this procedure. If you’re still unsure, schedule a consultation to ask Dr. Nassif directly about your candidacy.
I don’t know if I should have any work done, I don’t like the idea of being put under anesthesia. What should I do?
When you visit Dr. Nassif for your consultation, tell him your fears. Your consultation will give you an opportunity to discuss your areas of concerns and during this time, Dr. Nassif will explain your options.