After my consultation, I’ve been recommended to undergo forehead and brow lift surgery. What can I expect during post-op recovery?

Not every patient will undergo the same recovery process. However, expect there to be a general recovery time of about two weeks – it all depends on the individual healing process. Your forehead may be wrapped in bandages after surgery to decrease swelling and bruising.  Expect some swelling and bruising on the forehead, eye, and cheek areas immediately after the procedure.  This swelling will gradually decrease over the next few weeks. Additionally, there may be some numbness, itching, and tingling sensations due to regrowth of nerves. To keep the swelling to a minimum, keep your head elevated, sleeping on several pillows.  Be sure to avoid any vigorous physical activity during the next couple of weeks and closely follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions.

Over time, I’ve started to have this heavy feeling on my forehead, accompanied by drowsiness. After my peripheral vision started to go away, I noticed that my drooping eyebrows were the culprits. I’ve heard others go through what’s known as a browlift and eyelid tuck. Am I eligible to get this procedure?

The aging process varies from one person to another. What you’re experiencing – fatigue, drooping eyebrows, loss of peripheral vision – can potentially be alleviated through a brow lift and/or eyelid tuck procedure. You have a variety of options to choose from for a brow lift, but they tend to vary based on the surgeon’s incision placement. For instance, one options is to make incisions behind the hairline to lift and reposition the outer brow area. Endoscopic surgery with a camera and tiny instruments is another popular option due to the quicker recovery time, and fewer post-operative changes.  Depending on the patient’s needs and wants, the surgeon will provide recommendations on the length of the incision as well as the placement. These procedures typically take several hours and can be done under a variety of sedation techniques from local to IV sedation to general anesthesia.

I had an accident, I thought I would never look normal again. The injuries healed, but the scars can’t be concealed with makeup. What can be done for my facial scars?

Sorry to hear of your accident.  I’m glad that your injuries have healed –let’s discuss some options you have for taking care of the scars.  Scar tissue is the body’s replacement for when it experiences injuries.  It is a product of healing of one’s wounds.  While it may be unsightly, it is a clear indication of healing and recovery.  There are various options for improving facial scars including recreation of the incision, manipulating the skin and even moving the scar to make it less prominent.  Your surgeon will be able to determine what will work best for your specific scars, depending on where it is located and how it appears.  One can also treat raised scars with laser resurfacing and/or dermabrasion, removing some of the upper layers of skin.  While the scar will still be visible, it will at least be less pronounced.  As for keloids, these can be injected first, to reduce their size.  A follow-on procedure, if the result of this is not satisfactory, is the surgical removal of the scar, using fine stitches to close the incisions which should results in less prominent scars.

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What is the difference between a traditional and limited-incision facelift?

There artwo incision techniques used in facelifts: traditional and limited-incision. A surgeon determines which technique to use based on the extent of correction desired and of course, the basic facial structure.  The traditional facelift is done to rejuvenate the face, jowls, and neck, by a combination of fat sculpting, lifting and repositioning of muscle/tissues, and skin trimming and re-draping.  The incision used in such a procedure starts at the temples and continues to the front of the ear.  It skirts the earlobe, and moves on behind the ear to the lower scalp at the hairline. The facelift can include a neck lift where another incision is made under the chin to contour sagging neck skin and reposition neck muscles. The other type of incision technique is called a limited-incision facelift.  This technique is chosen for patients requiring limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, the nasolabial folds and other deep creases.  Both these techniques use stitches to close the incision. Each surgeon has various incisions designed to meet the individual needs of the patient.  The resulting scars are hidden in the hairline and natural contours of the face.

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What is a facelift?

A rhytidectomy, which is more commonly known as a facelift, is a surgical procedure that is undertaken to address signs of ageing in the face and the neck due to the effects of gravity, hereditary traits passed on from one’s parents, as well as stress and unfavorable environmental conditions.  These can manifest in deep creases below lower eyelids and along the nose, fat that has fallen, skin tone loss in the lower face that results in jowl and/or loose skin under the jaw/chin, as well as sagging in the mid-face.  Such surgical procedures are usually outpatient procedures, requiring anesthesia (either general or through IV sedation) and that take about two hours.  This procedure does not provide relief for signs of aging in the brows, eyelids and some parts of the mid-face, hence it is commonly performed in conjunction with either a brow lift and/or eyelid surgery.  And for those desiring even more extensive rejuvenation, facelifts can be done together with injectable soft-tissue fillers, skin resurfacing, and facial implants.