What is a brow lift?
A brow lift (also known as a forehead lift) is a cosmetic procedure designed to reposition a low or sagging brow. A brow lift may be done to elevate a droopy eyebrow that could be obstructing your vision and/or to remove the deep worry lines that adults tend to form across their foreheads.
Why do people get a brow lift?
Men and women get brow lifts for a variety of reasons. Here is a small list of some of the more common reasons:
- Saggy eyebrow that is obstructing vision
- Display unintentional emotions – people often complain that they look mean, angry, hostile, or tired all the time
- Deep wrinkles in the forehead
Am I a candidate for a brow lift?
Once you have decided that you would like to have a brow lift, you should first investigate whether or not you are a candidate for surgery. Although one should come in for a consultation to determine whether or not surgery is an option, here are a few of the reasons patients are typically turned away from our office:
- Dr. McClellan does not perform any elective, cosmetic surgery on smokers. This is for a variety of reasons including poor wound healing and an increased risk of infection.
- Most candidates are between the ages of 40 and 70 and are in good health
What are the potential risks for getting a brow lift?
As with any surgery, there are risks involved with getting a brow lift. Here are a few of the more common risks:
- Ptosis, ectropion (your upper and lower eyelids do not meet together)
- Nerve injury
- Eye irritation or dryness
- Unusual sensations
How is a brow lift performed?
Dr. McClellan performs an endoscopic brow lift at Monongalia General Hospital under general anesthesia. The procedure is an outpatient procedure which means that you will be released the same day to go home. He makes several tiny incisions within the scalp and then inserts an endoscopic instrument which gives him a visual map of the inside of your eyebrows and forehead. Additional instruments are inserted into the tiny incisions which allow the necessary changes to be made. Fat, skin, and muscle may be removed on the forehead and eyebrows to achieve the desired results. Temporary screws or sutures are placed to hold the new position of the fat, skin, or muscle.
What can I expect for recovery?
Detailed instructions will be given to you in both written and verbal form prior to your surgery. We will see you in our office the day after your procedure for your post-operative appointment. The stitches or staples are generally removed within a week and the screws are removed about two weeks after surgery. Healing varies from patient to patient, but the final results will not be visible for several weeks.
What should I expect for my initial consultation?
For a brow lift consultation you should allow at least 30 minutes in our office. You may come about 15 minutes early to your appointment to fill out the necessary forms. During your consultation Dr. McClellan will give you more information about surgery and answer any of your questions. It is often helpful to have a list of questions that you may have or something that you need clarification on. After you meet with Dr. McClellan, you will then be escorted to Becky Miller’s office. She is our patient coordinator and will provide you with the price quote for the surgery as well as give you information about what financial options are available. As the patient coordinator, Becky makes every effort to ensure that you are ready and feel comfortable before surgery. This may include repeat visits to the office or answering any questions that you may have after your initial appointment.