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Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) Surgery Risks And Safety

Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) Surgery Risks And Safety

Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) Surgery Risks And Safety | Beverly HillsAny surgery procedure involves a certain degree of risk. However, in the case of brow lift cosmetic surgery, these risks are very low. 

Still, it is important for the patient to discuss their health history and personal aesthetic goals prior to proceeding with a brow lift. At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will inform them about the potential risks and advantages of the procedure. 

It will be necessary for the patient to sign consent forms stating that they comprehend the risks and are willing to proceed with the surgery. For this reason, it is prudent for the patient to have an in-depth consultation and understand the associated risks prior to making a final choice. 

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides brow lift to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

 

List of Potential Risks

In rare cases, a forehead lift may potentially cause the below mentioned post-op complications:

  • Poor response to anesthesia
  • Bacterial infection
  • Unwanted scarring
  • Hair loss in the incision area
  • Rigid brows or forehead muscles
  • Nerve damage (permanent or temporary)
  • Deep vein thrombosis 
  • Skin loss 
  • Brow or facial asymmetry
  • Numbness or other skin sensation changes 
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Elevated, higher hairline
  • Eye dryness or irritation 
  • Eyelid issues
  • Uneven skin contour 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Hair loss at the eyelashes 
  • Noticeable or irritated sutures
  • Dissatisfaction with the cosmetic results
  • Need for revision surgery

 

Side Effects

Brow lift plastic surgery is likely to cause a few side effects that usually resolve within a few days. The typical post-operative side effects of this procedure are as follows:

  • Inflammation
  • Tingling Bruising
  • Itching
  • Numbness
  • Pain or general discomfort
  • Tiredness

Mild inflammation may remain for a few weeks but usually necessitates no special treatment. In the initial 48 hours after the surgery, patients should use ice therapy to minimize the inflammation. 

 

Risk Minimization

Prior to receiving forehead lift surgery, the patient will have a meeting with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine their candidacy as well as which brow lift technique is appropriate for them. Ideally, patients should work with a board certified plastic surgeon for brow lift plastic surgery.

Board certified surgeons usually adopt advanced surgical techniques, follow the best medical practices and top-notch standards, pursue ongoing education, and follow the latest safety protocols. On their part, the patient should follow the surgeon’s pre- and post-op guidelines in a dedicated manner to minimize their risk of complications.

In case the patient smokes, they should be especially careful to avoid smoking for a few weeks before and after the procedure as instructed by the surgeon. Patients with a history of elevated scars or blood clotting should also inform the surgeon about these issues. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for forehead lift surgery.

 

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Questions to Ask Your Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) Plastic Surgeon

Questions to Ask Your Brow Lift Plastic Surgeon | Beverly HillsA successful consultation process is a foundation for every plastic surgery procedure. The consultation involves a one-on-one discussion with the surgeon, where the patient will have the opportunity to clarify any concerns. 

Prior to making a final decision about brow lift surgery, the patient should openly ask questions to get the most from their consultation.

There are certainly no ‘wrong’ questions to ask at the time of the consultation, but there are some vital questions that the patient should ask prior to a brow lift surgery. The surgeon will spend time answering all the questions in-depth to enable them to make a well-considered choice.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides brow lift to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities. 

 

Questions about the Procedure

Some essential questions that a patient may ask the surgeon regarding brow lift or forehead lift cosmetic surgery are:

  • Will you undertake my brow lift using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia?
  • How long will it take to complete the procedure? How painful will the surgery be?
  • What medical tests or precautions will I need to take before my brow lift surgery?
  • How long will it take for me to recover, and will it be painful?
  • When can I resume work following the brow lift?
  • Is there a risk of complications or side effects with brow lift plastic surgery?
  • Will there be any noticeable scarring after the healing is complete?

 

Questions about the Surgeon

In case the patient is meeting the surgeon for the first time or is undecided about the choice of surgeon, they should ask the following questions to understand more about the surgeon’s professional background:

  • Do you have board certification in plastic surgery?
  • Do you have exclusive experience in the field of facial plastic surgery procedures?
  • Will you undertake my brow lift procedure personally?
  • Can I see you during every appointment at your office pertaining to my brow lift procedure?
  • Will I receive the forehead lift surgery at an accredited surgical center, a hospital, or a private surgical suite?
  • Do you have staff privileges at a local hospital(s)?
  • In the event of an emergency, is your practice suitably equipped to manage it?
  • In case I am unhappy with the outcomes, would you undertake a revision procedure?
  • Which other cosmetic surgery procedures do you undertake?

 

Questions about the Costs

 

  • What are the estimated costs of brow lift surgery in my case?
  • Does the cost estimate include the surgical venue expenses and anesthesiologist’s charges?
  • What amount of post-op expenses will I likely incur?
  • Will I have to pay additionally for my post-op office appointments?
  • In case I choose to undergo brow lift along with other treatments such as a facelift or an eyelid lift, will the procedure be more cost-effective?
  • Are there any circumstances where the costs of brow lift surgery may be covered by medical insurance?

 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for forehead lift surgery.

 

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What should you expect during a consultation for a brow lift?

Brow Lift

What to expect during a consultation for a brow lift | Beverly HillsA brow lift plastic surgery corrects the effects of aging around the brows and forehead. This procedure also makes the soft tissues of the forehead tauter to develop a more youthful contour to the eyebrows, upper lids, and forehead skin. 

There are many brow lift techniques that involve different incision lengths in multiple areas, and at times, using an endoscope. 

During the pre-operative consultation, the patient will have a chance to share their cosmetic needs with the surgeon. The surgeon will evaluate the prospective patient as a candidate for a brow lift and inform them about what this procedure can realistically achieve for them.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides brow lift to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.

 

Key Aspects of the Consultation Process

The surgeon will recommend an appropriate brow lift technique upon understanding the patient’s goals. Sometimes, they may also recommend additional or related procedures. The patient should freely discuss their needs with the surgeon at the time of the consultation. 

They may also present the surgeon with photos of themselves from their younger days. These images may serve as a good reference point when discussing their aesthetic goals from this procedure. During the consultation, the surgeon will:

  • Ask the patient to view a mirror and point out precisely what they feel unhappy about related to their brow and forehead appearance
  • Take images for the patient’s medical records, measure their face, and use computer imaging to show the improvements that the patient can realistically expect
  • Assess the patient’s skin elasticity
  • Discuss the multiple brow lift options that the patient can choose from and make recommendations
  • Educate the patient on potential outcomes, including related risks or complications
  • Discuss the anesthesia type that they will use for the procedure

 

Treatment Plan

The surgeon will share the following recommendations and information with the patient, depending on the patient’s cosmetic surgery goals and facial anatomy:

  • The surgical technique, including the type of procedure or combination of procedures
  • The results that the patient can anticipate
  • Related risks and complications
  • Anesthesia options and surgical venue
  • Pre-operative preparation
  • Recovery phase

In addition, the surgeon may display a brow lift before and after pictures of previous patients to the new patient and answers any questions that the patient may have.

The patient, on their part, should do the following for their brow lift plastic surgery consultation:

  • Conduct research and come well-prepared to the consultation
  • Ensure that the surgeon is suitable for their needs
  • Make sure that they get the most out of the pre-op consultation
  • Learn about the various options, potential outcomes, and risks associated with the surgery

 

Ideal Candidates

The surgeon will evaluate the following facets during the pre-op consultation:

  • Sagginess on the outside of the brows leading to a sad expression
  • The central part of the brow may sag downwards creating an angry appearance
  • Frown lines between the eyes

 

Discussing the Treatment Options

Excessive eyelid skin, droopy eyebrows, and sagging upper eyelids usually occur simultaneously in the same patient. Unless all these issues are addressed, the surgeon cannot create optimal aesthetic and functional outcomes. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for brow lift. 

 

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