Forehead Lift (Brow Lift)

Forehead Lift (Brow Lift) Las Vegas

A forehead lift (brow lift) is a common procedure used to smooth and reduce the lines in the forehead. With age, the upper third of the face from the tissue just above the upper eyelids to the hairline can begin to descend and wrinkles can develop not only horizontally across the forehead, but also between the eyebrows, giving one a tired or even sometimes angry appearance. This procedure reverses this appearance, restoring a more youthful, rested countenance.

The Consultation

Doctor Parker will evaluate you for the forehead lift in the context of evaluating your facial aesthetics in their totality. This evaluation involves examining your upper and lower eyelids, your mid-facial aging, your neck, and your skin itself in addition to what is going on with your forehead. No one area of the face can reasonably be viewed in a vacuum, without consideration of the adjacent areas and the overall balance of your features. An important issue to discuss is the status of your hair growth (or loss). Hair treatments, such as bleaching and permanent wave applications can adversely affect the health of the hair follicles. Meticulous attention to the manner in which the scalp is closed, either with an open or endoscopic approach, is of critical importance in achieving a cosmetically attractive outcome.

During his examination, Dr. Parker is also looking at the symmetry of your brows, the position of your brow with respect to your bony socket, and how you animate your forehead during conversation. Particularly expressive individuals will often carry their eyebrows in an asymmetrical posture. This cannot be corrected surgically and should be appreciated prior to surgical intervention.

After discussing his findings and the approach he would recommend.

Pre-Procedure

Two weeks prior to your operation, you will need to discontinue medications which can lead to surgical complications. You will meet with Dr. Parker and his nurse for a second visit, during which any remaining questions regarding the operation are answered. You will then be asked to sign a surgical consent which gives the doctor your permission to carry out the procedure of forehead lift.

Specific instructions regarding the date and time of your procedure will be given to you in writing. You will need to arrange for an escort to drive you to and from our surgical center on the day of the operation and for the first post-operative visit. You should wear loose fitting clothing that will wash easily in the event they are soiled. Do not wear jewelry, contact lenses, or bring valuables to the operating room. Remove all body jewelry from pierced body parts; this can interfere with the procedure and may represent a safety threat to you because of the use of electrocautery during the procedure. DO NOT SHAVE your scalp prior to surgery; this may increase your risk of infection. Appropriate shaving will be done on the morning of your procedure. Perms and bleaching should be avoided for two weeks prior to and two weeks after your brow lift.

The balance of your surgical fee is due at this pre-operative visit. You will receive prescriptions for preventative antibiotics to decrease your risk of infection and a narcotic analgesic for post-operative pain relief.

The Forehead Lift Procedure

On the morning of surgery, you will be greeted by a nurse. Dr. Parker will need to draw lines on your face and scalp to provide him with guidelines during your procedure. Your hair will be minimally shaved appropriate to the approach used and otherwise gathered into bundles with rubber bands.

The forehead lift typically takes about an hour, and a dressing will be placed around your entire head. After an appropriate period of observation in our recovery room, you will be discharged into the company of an adult. Patients cannot be discharged into the company of a minor or to a taxi service. If you have no one to provide you with assistance, our office can make arrangements for medical transport at an additional charge. Out-of-town patients should plan to stay locally for approximately 5 days.

Recovery Period

You will most likely feel like sleeping for the rest of the day. Often, patients do develop a headache from the tension placed on their scalp. Dr. Parker uses a long-lasting local anesthetic block to provide a measure of pain relief for several hours after surgery, but it will be necessary for you to take pain medication for about 3-5 days afterwards. You will not be able to wash your hair until after your first post-operative visit. You should plan to apply ice compresses to your eyes to diminish swelling and bruising. You should anticipate some swelling and bruising around the eye area, which typically resolves in under 2 weeks.

You will be seen the day after your surgery, and your dressings removed. You will then be allowed to wash your hair. You will return for removal of wound clips on day 5 or 6.

Most patients return to work at one week or less. Final results are usually evident at 3-6 weeks, though there may be some minimal swelling which needs to disappear over the first three months.

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