Getting a Brow Lift (Sydney): 4 Things You Need to Know
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Published by TOP4 Team
Over time, wrinkles and lines form on your forehead, making you look older than you actually are. These lines can also make a person look angry and/or unapproachable.
Through the surgical procedure known as a brow lift, Sydney residents can eliminate these lines and wrinkles and have their brow lines repositioned for a more youthful appearance.
If you are keen on undergoing this procedure, here are four important things that you need to know.
How the procedure is done
There are two types of brow lift procedures that are performed by plastic surgeons: the traditional brow lift and the endoscopic brow lift.
In a traditional brow lift, general anesthesia is administered to the patient before an incision is made on the forehead of the patient, just below the hairline. After the incision has been made, the surgeon will lift the skin in order to smoothen the wrinkles and reposition the brows. The surgeon may also remove excess skin before sealing the incision.
In an endoscopic brow lift, the plastic surgeon makes several small incisions on the patient's scalp. After making the incisions, the surgeon will insert an endoscope to be able to see the area that is being treated. Through the use of an instrument, the surgeon will lift the forehead skin, reposition the brows and muscle tissues. After that, any excess skin will be removed prior to closing the incisions.
Who's an ideal candidate?
Typically, patients who undergo brow lift surgery are aged between 40 and 50 years old. There are, however, patients well below these ages who undergo the procedure due to the hereditary nature of their condition.
The ideal candidate for this procedure is someone who is relatively healthy, does not smoke, and has realistic goals.
What are the risks and benefits?
The procedure can enhance one's looks and self-confidence while restoring youthful appearance. It can be used in conjunction with other procedures like face lifts and eyelid surgery. Results can last up to 10 years and the incisions made are hardly noticeable.
Be aware that the procedure has a few potential risks and side effects including infection, allergic reactions to anesthesia, hair loss, scarring, and difficulty in moving the brows.
During recovery, you may experience side effects like itching, swelling, bruising, numbness, pain, discomfort and even tiredness.
Recovery periods will vary from one patient to another. However, it is essential to follow the instructions of your surgeon in order to facilitate faster healing and eliminate complications.
Typically, a patient will be asked to wear bandages for several days. You will have to wait for the removal of the bandages before you can wash your hair or shower. The head should be kept elevated while lying down for at least two days. You will also be asked to apply an ice pack to minimise the swelling. Your doctor will prescribe an ointment for the incision areas, as well as pain killers.
Typically, stitches are removed one to two weeks later and you may return to work after 10 days.
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