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How Can an Eyebrow Lift?


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An eyebrow lift is a very common outpatient procedure that is performed in your cosmetic surgeon's office and usually takes less than two hours. A brow lift (as it is commonly called) can be performed under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia with deep sedation. An eyebrow lift can restore a tighter, more youthful look to the area just above the eyes, can correct drooping eyebrows, and can minimize the furrows and lines of the forehead.

With the “open" method of a browlift, the incision is hidden just inside or by the hairline across the scalp between the ears. Your surgeon lessens the appearance of wrinkles by removing selected muscles and releasing tissues, which cause the wrinkles; excess skin at the site of the incision is removed.

An endoscopic eyebrow lift differs from the open method in that your surgeon makes a few shorter incisions in the scalp rather than one longer continuous one. A small scope is inserted into one of the incisions to view the tissues and muscles. As the surgeon views the screen, necessary alterations will be made. Due to the smaller incisions, this procedure is considered to be less invasive than the open method.

Why Would I Need an Eyebrow Lift?

There are basically three reasons that prompt someone to have a browlift:

  • Frown lines caused by contraction of muscles between the eyebrows are visible.
  • Lateral fullness of the upper eyelid and lower brow caused by a gravitational descent of the forehead and brow skin over the orbital bony rim exists.
  • Transverse forehead wrinkles caused my muscle activity when raising or lowering the eyebrows are obvious.

    Browlift Surgery Complications

    The primary complication of brow lifting includes numbness; in fact, numbness in the open approach can be guaranteed behind the incision for up to 12 months and, in rare instances, for as long as two years. The temporary numbness on the forehead itself can last several weeks to several months. Itching is a healthy sign that feeling and blood supply are returning to normal. When the itching is excessively irritating, patients may require a medication such as Benadryl to help relieve this itching. Hair loss along the incision is temporary and is usually not severe.

    If you would like to learn more about brow lift surgery and find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please contact Bray Plastic Surgery Medical Center, Los Angeles, California . . Dr. Bray and his staff will arrange for your initial consultation.

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