Brow Lift

People often show the first signs of aging in the brow and forehead area. A brow lift can smooth out the wrinkles, and correct drooping brows and heavy lids to provide a refreshed, younger appearance. In the past it was common to wait until after 50 to have facial cosmetic surgery, but today nearly one-third of those seeking facial rejuvenation surgery are between 35 and 50 years old. Improved modern surgical techniques can give patients beautiful natural-looking results that in turn delay the aging process. Brow lifts are often performed alone, however some patient may desire to have the procedure done in tandem with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as a facelift and blepharoplasty.

What happens during a Brow Lift Procedure?

The brow lift procedure aims to carefully weaken the muscles that cause frowning to create a youthful relaxed appearance. During your initial consultation Dr. Mang will shutterstock_150683063discuss brow lift surgical techniques, anesthesia, recovery and your expected results. He performs most brow lift procedure in 1 to 2 hours. Most often the technique that Dr. Mang uses is endoscopic surgery, in which he inserts a tiny camera through very small incisions in the scalp to facilitate the procedure.

How do I prepare for Brow Lift Surgery?

Prior to your surgery you will have a consultation with Dr. Mang, at which time he and his staff will discuss the procedure and how you should best prepare. Dr. Mang and his team are dedicated to taking the time you need to make you feel at ease, and review in detail what to expect on the day of your procedure. Make sure you wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of surgery. You should plan to take at least one week off from work to recover. However, Dr. Mang can determine this based on your personal situation.

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  • Do not take Aspirin products containing Ibuprofen for two weeks before or after surgery. These medications thin the blood, interfere with normal blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. Instead, use medications containing acetaminophen, such as Tylenol.
  • Discontinue smoking for two weeks before and after surgery. Smoking constricts small blood vessels and inhibits the healing process.
  • Avoid alcohol for two weeks before and after surgery.
  • Decreasing salt intake will help diminish swelling after surgery.
  • Drink plenty of water to help flush toxins from your body.
  • Stop taking all vitamins and herbs two weeks prior to surgery.
  • Fill you prescriptions before your surgery date, especially pain and antibiotic medications your doctor has prescribed for this procedure.
  • Arrange for someone to take you home and to assist you for 24 hours after surgery.

What to expect after surgery?

Work: It is vital to remember that recovery takes time and it’s important that you’re patient with the process. Most people can return to work in 3-5 days. If you participate in sports or are physically active, you may have to wait at least three weeks, if not longer, to resume these activities.

Discomfort: After the surgery some moderate discomfort can be expected. Pain medication prescribed by your surgeon can help minimize the discomfort. However if discomfort persists, contact your surgeon immediately.

Recovery: The recovery after a brow lift procedure takes about one week. Bruising and mild swelling may also occur but usually diminishes within one to two weeks.

Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However most patients will enjoy their final result within six to twelve months.