Tucson Brow Lift Surgery Information, Benefits and Risks

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What is a brow lift?

A brow lift is a surgical procedure that repositions the lateral brow to give it a more pleasing and youthful appearance.

When is a brow lift used?

A brow lift can be performed when the brow feels heavy and develops a droopy look. A brow lift will not help with excess eyelid skin. Consider getting eyelid surgery for that. A brow lift is often used in conjunction with eyelid surgery or a facelift.

What is involved at a consultation for a brow lift?

When you come in for your initial consultation, you will meet with both Dr. Maloney and Lindsay, the clinical coordinator. Dr. Maloney will examine you to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. He will also discuss details of the operation, show you before and after photos and answer any questions you may have. Lindsay will then review surgical fees, financing options and answer additional questions. If you choose to have surgery, you will return for another consultation about two weeks prior to your operation. At this second appointment Dr. Maloney will review the surgical plan with you and go through consent forms, take pre-operative photographs and give you your prescriptions. Lindsay will go over all of your surgical instructions and give you a packet of information so when you leave you are ready for surgery.

How do I prepare for a brow lift?

After meeting with Dr. Maloney and choosing a surgical date for your brow lift, you should plan for your care and recovery after the operation. You will need to arrange a ride to and from the office that day. You should take three days to two weeks off of work for this operation depending on the type of work you do (speak to Lindsay, Dr. Maloney’s Clinical Coordinator for additional information). If your employer requires paperwork for time off, please obtain it ahead of time and bring it to our office. If you smoke, you must quit a minimum of two weeks before surgery. We suggest 6-8 weeks, but two weeks is the minimum. Smokers heal slower and can have wound healing problems. If you take aspirin or other medication that causes bleeding, you should stop taking it three weeks before surgery because it causes increased bleeding and therefore more bruising. If you are taking any diet pills (prescription or over-the-counter) or Metformin (a common diabetes medication) you should stop one week prior to surgery to avoid anesthesia risks.

At your pre-operative consultation with Dr. Maloney you will be given your prescriptions. Get these prescriptions filled before surgery so they are at home when you need them. You should also start taking a stool softener if you are taking a significant amount of the pain medication as narcotic pain medication can make you constipated.

You should take your prescribed medication one hour prior to your surgical time. You will need someone to drive you to and from your procedure because of the medications you will be taking. After you arrive, we will bring you back to the procedure room where Dr. Maloney will mark the surgical site and make final preparations for the procedure. You will then relax on the surgical table and we will clean your face with a pre-surgical scrub. Sterile towels will be placed and Dr. Maloney will begin the operation.

How is a brow lift performed?

The operation takes about one hour. After numbing medication is injected, Dr. Maloney will make an incision in the hairline. From here, he can remove excess tissue to lift the lateral brow. Dissolvable sutures and staples will be placed and you will be ready to go home.

What should I expect after a brow lift?

Sleep with your head elevated for the first few days to help with bruising and swelling. You should rest and eat a healthy diet high in protein to speed up recovery. You may shower the day after surgery depending on what our office tells you. You will return to the office for your first post-operative exam about one week after surgery. If you have any questions during the recovery phase, please do not hesitate to call our office any time, day or night.

What are the benefits of a brow lift?

After the procedure your lateral brow will be in a more appropriate position. Your brow will also look less heavy and droopy.

What are the risks of brow lift?

A brow lift has both aesthetic and health risks, and it is the patient’s personal decision whether the benefits outweigh those risks. Common risks include scars, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, excessive firmness, or changes in skin sensation. There are also more uncommon, complicated risks such as deep vein thrombosis for a patient who chooses to go to sleep. For a full list of risks, go to plasticsurgery.org.