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Browlift

The position of the eyebrows contributes greatly to the cosmetic appearance of the eyes and face as a whole. Gravity and age cause the brows to drop with time, creating a heavy, tired and aged appearance.

Reasons for Considering a Browlift

  • Tired appearance to the eyes
  • Deep creases in the forehead even at rest
  • Droopy appearance to the eyebrows

Procedure Description

The browlift can be performed through incisions in the scalp, the hairline or through the same incision made for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).  In some cases a fiber optic scope is used to facilitate the operation. Which approach is performed depends on the needs of the patient. Your surgeon will help you decide which technique is best for you.

  • Anesthesia: Local or general
  • Length of surgery: 45 to 90 minutes
  • Length of stay: Outpatient (home the same day)

Recovery Process and Final Result

  • Back to work: 3 to 7 days
  • Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks
  • Discomfort: Mild to moderate (anticipate 2 to 3 days of prescription pain medication)
  • Swelling: Mild to moderate; should be gone in 2 to 3 weeks
  • Bruising: Common, but should fade 2 weeks following surgery
  • Bandages: Minimal

Appearance will improve for several months following surgery, but the most dramatic results are visible in the first 2 to 3 weeks.

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