Overview of the surgery:
Lateral Eyebrow Lift corrects the drooping of the outer brow line. This technique is also known as a temporal brow lift, and addresses sagging around the outside of the eyebrow almost exclusively. Lateral brow lifts can be performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty or other procedures.
During a lateral brow lift, incisions are placed in the hairline at the temples towards the sides of the face. The lateral brow lift removes excess skin, lifting the outer corners of the forehead. Unlike a traditional brow lift, a lateral brow lift will not raise the middle of the brow, but it will somewhat alleviate crow's feet (the creasing at the outer corners of the eyes). Lateral brow lifts are ideally suited to prospective patients who are only concerned with the drooping of the ends of the eyebrow.
Duration of the operation:
The procedure normally takes about 20-30 minutes.
Post operative care:
When your procedure is completed, your forehead may be taped and your head may be loosely wrapped with a soft compressive dressing usually for 1-2 days to minimize swelling and bruising. A thin tube may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin. You may experience little or no postoperative pain for the first few days. Analgesic medications for pain and antibiotics to prevent infection will be prescribed.
Swelling in the eyelids can be profound but is usually short lived. Most patients can go back to work in about a week. Sutures or staples maybe remove at 5-7 days post op.
Possible risk and complications:
Complications are rare; however, there are risks associated with any medical procedure. Some patients may not be able to move their eyebrows or forehead. Scar formation and permanent hair loss within the scar area may occur. Permanent lack of sensation at the incision line is also a rare complication. Infection, bleeding, and other minor complications are possible.
Most brow lifts are performed under local anesthesia with sedation.
Lateral Brow Lift can be performed on an out patient basis or in the hospital under local or general anesthesia. You and your surgeon will discuss preferences.
Preparation before Surgery:
- Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
- Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
- You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
- Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
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