Tucson Brow Lift Surgery Information, Benefits and Risks

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What is a brow lift?

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

When is a brow lift performed?

A brow lift is often performed when a person's brow feels heavy and develops a droopy look. This surgery will not help with excess eyelid skin-consider getting eyelid surgery to correct that problem. 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 Dr. Maloney and Lindsay, the clinical coordinator. Dr. Maloney will examine you to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. He will discuss details of the surgery, show you before-and-after photos and answer any questions you may have. Lindsay will review surgical fees, financing options and answer additional questions for you.

If you choose to have surgery, you will return for another consultation about 2 weeks before your scheduled surgery. At this appointment, Dr. Maloney will review the surgical plan with you, go through consent forms, take pre-operative photographs and give you your prescriptions. Lindsay will go over surgical instructions and give you a packet of information so when you leave the appointment you will have everything you need for surgery.

How do I prepare for a brow lift?

After meeting with Dr. Maloney and choosing a surgical date for your brow lift, plan for your care and recovery after surgery. You will need to arrange a ride to and from the office the day of surgery and arrange for someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours. Plan on taking 3 days to 2 weeks off of work after surgery, 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 2 weeks before surgery. We suggest 6 to 8 weeks, but 2 weeks is the minimum. Smokers heal slower and may have wound healing problems. Smoking may require modifications to the surgical plan.

If you take aspirin or other medications that may cause bleeding, stop taking them 3 weeks before surgery because it causes increased bleeding and more bruising. If you take any diet pills (prescription or over-the-counter) or Metformin (a common diabetes medication), stop 1 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.

Take your prescribed medication 1 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 presurgical scrub. Sterile towels will be placed in position and Dr. Maloney will begin the operation.

How is a brow lift performed?

Surgery takes about 1 hour. After numbing medication is injected, Dr. Maloney will make an incision in the hairline. He will remove excess tissue to lift the lateral brow. Dissolvable sutures and staples will be put in place 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. Rest and eat a healthy, high-protein diet to help speed up recovery. You may shower the day after surgery, depending on what our office staff advises. You will return to the office for your first postoperative exam about 1 week after surgery. If you have any questions during the recovery phase, please 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 look less heavy and droopy.

What are the risks of brow lift?

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