A brow lift is a surgical procedure that reduces wrinkles, improves frown lines, and places the eyebrows in a youthful position. Your surgeon will make an incision just above your ear and then follow your hairline up and across your forehead to your other ear. Then, the skin of your forehead can be lifted and the fat, tissue, and facial muscles in that area can be adjusted.
At A Glance: Brow Lift
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How is brow lift surgery done?
A brow lift can be performed in different ways, but they all involve an incision in or near the hairline. The incision allows your surgeon to adjust the tissue and muscle under your skin, removing visible creases and furrows in your forehead. Once the procedure is complete, your surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and skin adhesives.
What issue does brow lift surgery solve?
Brow lift surgery reduces wrinkles, improves frown lines, and places the eyebrows in a youthful position.
What is minimally invasive surgery?
A procedure that involves a smaller incision and a less-invasive technique, shortening recovery time.
Do I have options for anesthesia for a brow lift?
Brow lift surgery can be done with local anesthesia and sedation.
How do I know a brow lift is right for me?
You may be a good candidate for brow lift surgery if you are over 40 and you’re self-conscious about a drooping brow line and forehead lines and wrinkles.
How safe is brow lift surgery?
While there are risks to all surgical procedures, brow lift surgery is considered safe. You should also know that Hancock Regional Hospital has been rated one of the safest hospitals in America by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care watchdog organization; and was named the safest hospital in Indiana on the Lown Institute Hospital Index.
What are the possible side effects and complications of brow lift surgery?
Some of the possible complications and side effects of brow lift surgery include scarring, asymmetry, hair loss, numbness or loss of movement, soreness in the incision site, bruising, and swelling.
What are the possible side effects of general anesthesia?
Some of the possible side effects include nausea and vomiting, dry mouth, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, bruising (from the IV), itching, shivering and feeling cold, difficulty urinating, and sleepiness. In older patients, memory loss and temporary confusion are possible.
What are the alternatives to brow lift surgery?
Alternatives to brow lift surgery include injections, such as Botox and dermal fillers, which help create the appearance of a skin lift without the surgical procedure.
What are the risks of not having brow lift surgery?
Without brow lift surgery, your face will continue its natural aging process, and wrinkles and frown lines will become more noticeable.
What kind of outcome is typical for brow lift surgery?
Brow lift surgery has a high success rate in reducing wrinkles and creating a more youthful appearance in patients.
Consultation and Choosing A Surgeon or Surgical Team
Do I need a referral to see a surgeon for brow lift surgery?
You don’t need a referral to see a surgeon about brow lift surgery.
What should I bring to my first appointment with a surgeon?
Insurance information Medical records, including your medical history, from your primary care physician A complete list of all medications you take on a regular basis, including any over-the-counter medication Be prepared for your care team to photograph your face
Do I have to get a second or third opinion for a brow lift?
You can always get a second or third opinion, but it isn’t required.
How should I decide which surgeon’s advice to follow?
You should work with the surgeon with whom you feel comfortable, whether that’s one of our surgeons or not.
Will the surgical team know my health history?
Your health history will be compiled and available to the team before, during, and after surgery. If you’re a Hancock Health patient, we will be able to access your records within our system. If you aren’t, we will work with your doctors to get the necessary information.
Why might I have to wait to schedule brow lift surgery?
In some cases, it takes time for a patient’s body to be ready for a brow lift surgery. For example, if you have another medical issue including another surgical procedure or an illness, we might wait to perform the procedure. Your health and safety are our top priority, so we schedule surgeries when they’re best for our patients.
What happens if my symptoms get worse while I wait for my brow lift surgery?
Your surgical team will evaluate the situation and help you make a choice that’s right for you and your health. Temporary treatments might be used if your surgery is rescheduled.
Insurance & Cost
How much does brow lift surgery cost?
Consult the price transparency tool at HancockRegionalHospital.org for an idea of how much brow lift surgery might cost.
Will insurance cover my brow lift surgery?
Brow lift surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure, so it’s unlikely that insurance will cover it. To obtain an estimate of your possible out-of-pocket expenses, use our Price Estimator Tool.
Will Medicare cover my brow lift surgery?
Brow lift surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure, so it’s unlikely that insurance will cover it.
What are payment options like for a brow lift at Hancock Health?
Hancock Health is committed to helping make great care affordable for all patients. To find out more about payment options, please visit the billing and insurance FAQ page at HancockRegionalHospital.org.
Pre-op and Day of Surgery
How should I prepare for a brow lift?
Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your surgery and tell your medical team about all of the medications you are taking, including vitamins, supplements, and blood thinners. Your medical team might recommend you stop taking medications—aspirin and ibuprofen included—that make it harder for your blood to clot. If you’re a smoker, try to quit before your procedure, as smoking can delay healing.
Why can’t I eat before my brow lift surgery?
There’s a risk of aspiration, which means you’re breathing foreign objects, like food or saliva, into your lungs. This can occur because the anesthetic for your brow lift surgery can impair your body’s ability to stop the contents of your stomach from entering your lungs.
What should I expect right before my brow lift surgery?
You’ll arrive several hours before your surgery and be escorted to the preoperative waiting area. You’ll remove your clothing and jewelry, and put on a hospital gown. (Your valuables will be placed in a secure area or may be given to a family member.) You’ll sign any necessary paperwork and a preoperative nurse will take your vital signs, review your medications, and answer any questions. You’ll meet your anesthesiologist and the members of your surgery team. An I.V. (intravenous line) will be placed in your hand or arm, so medications—including general anesthesia—can be administered. If you’re using a different kind of anesthesia, you’ll receive an injection. When it’s time for your surgery, you will be wheeled into the operating suite on a stretcher.
Will I need someone to take me home after brow lift surgery?
For your safety and the safety of other motorists, you will need someone to drive you home after your brow lift surgery. If you don’t have a ride, we’ll help you arrange one.
Why are there so many people on my surgery team?
In addition to the surgeon, you have an anesthesiologist, nurses—some of them specialize in working with patients and others assist the surgeon—and support staff, who get you checked in and out, compile your records, and more. They all work together, performing their individual jobs, so the procedure is as successful as possible.
Why am I asked for my name and date of birth every time I get medicine?
It’s a safety precaution to make sure you’re receiving the medication that’s prescribed for you.
What do I need to bring to the hospital on the day of my brow lift surgery?
Anything you’ll need for an overnight stay, including a change of underwear, a sweatshirt, glasses or contacts, headphones, and your medications. You probably will not be there overnight, but it’s a good idea to be prepared.
How long does it take the anesthesia to wear off after my brow lift surgery?
It usually takes 30 minutes to an hour for local anesthesia to wear off, though the effects can last a few hours.
What will happen during my brow lift surgery?
You will be anesthetized, and then your surgeon will make incisions along or near your hairline. Your forehead will then be smoothed and your eyebrows elevated, improving the appearance of forehead creases, drooping eyebrows, hooding over the eyes, frown lines, and forehead furrows. Then the incisions will be closed, a drainage tube might be placed, and your forehead will be loosely wrapped.
When will my family be informed about how I’m doing?
Our associates will get information from the surgical team in the operating room during your surgery and keep them updated.
How long will the brow lift surgery take?
A brow lift typically takes 1-2 hours.
How long will I be under?
You will be anesthetized for the entire brow lift surgery and a few minutes after.
How long will I be in the hospital after a brow lift?
While the length of a hospital stay depends on each patient’s individual needs, patients are typically discharged within a few hours following the procedure.
What can I expect right after my brow lift?
After the procedure, you will be moved to a recovery room where you will stay until you’re ready for discharge. The amount of time you are in recovery depends on the type of anesthesia and pain medication you receive.
How will I know if the brow lift worked?
Your surgeon will discuss your procedure with you.
When will I get to talk to my surgeon after my brow lift?
You’ll be able to talk to your surgeon immediately after your brow lift procedure, while you’re in the recovery room.
How soon after a brow lift surgery will I be up and moving around?
You will be up and moving around almost immediately after the procedure, but patients are encouraged to avoid alcohol, driving, and operating machinery for at least 24 hours after the procedure and while taking pain medication.
Will I receive pain medication right after surgery?
Most brow lift surgery patients receive pain medication immediately following surgery.
How soon after my brow lift surgery can I eat or drink?
Unless otherwise instructed, you may immediately return to eating and drinking.
Will I need to fill any prescriptions or take medication after a brow lift?
Your doctor may prescribe pain medication to ease any discomfort associated with the procedure.
Recovery and Follow-Up
What will I need to do to prepare for my recovery from brow lift surgery?
Make sure you have groceries for when you arrive home from your brow lift surgery. If you live alone, you may want to arrange for a friend or family member to check in with you.
How should I prepare for my at-home recovery?
You may want to ask a friend or a relative to check on you and assist with everyday tasks for the first few days following your procedure.
If I need physical therapy or rehabilitation after a brow lift, how is that arranged?
While physical therapy and rehabilitation are not typically a part of brow lift surgery, our associates will help you arrange the postoperative care you’ll need.
Will I need any follow-up appointments or procedures?
Your doctor will likely schedule a follow-up appointment one to two weeks after your brow lift surgery.
Will there be any scarring or stitches to remove?
Your doctor will remove your stitches during your follow-up appointment. Any scarring from your brow lift will typically be covered by your hair.
What do I need to have to care for any wounds or incisions?
Your doctor will give you specific instructions, including when it’s OK to resume showering, about how to care for your incisions. But in the first few days after your brow lift surgery, your care team will likely recommend that you rest with your head elevated and apply cold compresses to relieve swelling. Your doctor might also suggest that you avoid exposing your incisions to pressure and movement.
What should I do if I have an emergency or accident after my brow lift surgery?
If you have an emergency following your procedure, call your surgeon’s office. If you’re in need of immediate emergency services, go to the nearest emergency room.
When will I be able to get back to work after my brow lift surgery?
Most brow lift patients return to work after 1-2 weeks.
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