A brow lift, or forehead lift, is a procedure that removes sagging skin from the forehead and reduces wrinkles. Patients often choose brow or forehead lifts to reduce the effects of aging.
According to the American Board of Plastic Surgeons there were 42,119 brow or forehead lifts in the United States in 2014.
Choosing a Brow Lift
Patients choose brow lifts for a variety of reasons. These include:
- Reducing wrinkles and lines from aging
- Raise sagging brows
- Appear more youthful
- Tighten skin
- Remove deep creases in the forehead
- Improve vision by removing skin that droops over brows
Brow lifts will raise the forehead, eyebrows, and upper eyelids and make the face and eyes appear more youthful and alert. This procedure is often done in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures like facelifts.
Understanding the Brow Lift Procedure
Before the procedure, patients will be given local or general anesthesia. There are several different types of brow lift procedures. A standard brow lift procedure is similar to a facelift: the surgeon will make an incision along the hairline across the forehead, remove fat and excess skin, lift the forehead skin, and then close the incision.
Patients may also choose to have a less invasive endoscopic brow lift. The surgeon will make several small incisions in the scalp and insert a long thin tube with a camera on the end along with other small devices that will make alterations to the skin, muscle, and fat in the forehead.
Surgeons may also make incisions in the upper eyelid if patients prefer minimally invasive procedures. A combination of procedures may also be performed to achieve the desired result.
Patients should work with their surgeon to choose a brow lift procedure that works with their physical features, health, skin type, and their expectations regarding outcome.
The average recovery time for brow lifts is about ten days. It may take up to six months to allow for complete healing and to see the full effects of the procedure. Results will be permanent.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a brow lift in 2014 was $3,201. Most health insurance companies will not cover the cost of brow lifts because it is an elective cosmetic procedure.
Risks Associated with Brow Lifts
- Facial nerve damage/ loss of sensation in face
- Eye irritation
- Fluid accumulation
- Complications with anesthesia
- Permanent hair loss
- Dissatisfaction with results
Doctors should discuss all material risks of the procedure with the patient.
To help minimize risks, patients should know the qualifications of their surgeons as well as their track record with similar procedures. Patients should also know where the procedure will be performed.
Malpractice Claims and Brow Lifts
Plastic surgery does not always yield the expected results. A bad outcome is not always the result of malpractice. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you determine if your injuries were caused by malpractice.
If your cosmetic surgery was mishandled by a health care provider, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Gilman & Bedigian today to schedule a free consultation. The firm of Gilman & Bedigian will evaluate your case for free. You will not pay fees until you get the compensation you deserve.