Brow Lift The Woodlands
Good candidates for a brow lift are non-smokers in good physical health with realistic expectations regarding outcome of surgery.
A brow lift (or forhead lift) is a commonly performed procedure designed to raise your eyebrows to a more aesthetically pleasing position. In addition, it improves lateral hoods, softens horizontal wrinkles on the forehead and will smooth scowl lines between the eyebrows.
For skin subjected to years of damage from environmental effects, lifting the brow is a popular choice to help reverse the signs of aging. This procedure is often used in conjunction with a face lift and eye surgery, a brow lift helps create a more youthful, refreshed overall appearance. This can also be a great option for younger candidates who have inherited traits, such as a low brow.
Your Consultation with Dr. Rivela
Your consultation is one-on-one time with Dr. Rivela to talk about your medical history, discuss options, ask questions and have him design a personalized plan for your cosmetic procedure.
Be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want surgery, expectations and desired outcome
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Current medication including prescription, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Previous surgeries
Dr. Rivela may also:
- Evaluate general health status including any pre-existing conditions and risk factors
- Discuss the options available for your brow lift
- Examine and measure parts of your face
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcome and any potential complications or risks
Contact Rivela Plastic Surgery for more information on brow lifts or other cosmetic enhancements you may be considering. Our friendly, informed staff looks forward to helping you look your best.
Dr. Rivela, one of the Greater Houston area’s most sought-after plastic surgeons, has performed many brow lifts (forehead lifts). Performed under general anesthesia, the surgery takes between 30-90 minutes, depending on the patient. The procedure is performed at a hospital or surgery center and does not usually require an overnight stay.
Location of operation: Hospital or surgery center in The Woodlands/North Houston area
Length of surgery: 30 minutes–1 ½ hours
Length of stay: Outpatient (home same day)
Discomfort: You may expect mild pain or discomfort for up to four days, treatable in most cases, with Tylenol.
Swelling and Bruising: All swelling and bruising should improve within 10-14 days. It is important to keep your head constantly elevated and frequently apply ice packs to help reduced swelling during the first three days. Black eyes may also develop temporarily during the healing process.
Bandages: After completion of the procedure, your forehead will be taped and bandaged to minimize swelling and bruising. Bandages should be removed in 1-3 days. Dr. Rivela may also place a thin tube under dressing to drain excess fluid.
Stitches: Skin stitches will be removed in seven days.
Make-up: Make-up may be worn in 3-5 days and contacts in 7-10 days. With help of make-up, you may feel presentable for public in 7-14 days.
Work: Although capable of returning to work within three days, your appearance may be a limiting factor.
Exercise: Wait 4-6 weeks before doing any exercise.
Final result: Will be seen in 4-6 weeks.
Brow Lift FAQs
Who is a good candidate?
A good candidate for a brow lift is one who is physically healthy, does not smoke and has realistic expectations about outcome of surgery.
What factors should be considered when selecting a surgeon?
The most important factors when selecting a surgeon for a brow lift or any surgical procedure are medical training, experience and accreditation. Dr. Rivela has many years of experience in the art of plastic surgery and is accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has trained under some of the country’s leading plastic surgeons and is a member of numerous medical societies, including the American Society of Plastic Surgery. Combining superior technical skills with natural artistic ability, Dr. Rivela has developed a large, extremely satisfied patient-base. He was named “Best Plastic Surgeon” by Woodlands Online in 2010 to present.
How should I prepare?
Good lifestyle habits such as exercising, eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of sleep are especially important in the weeks leading up to surgery. If you are a smoker, it’s important that you quit two weeks before surgery and do not begin again until two weeks after. Some medications may need to be either decreased in dosage or discontinued two weeks prior to surgery. It is important to follow all of Dr. Rivela’s instructions leading up surgery to ensure best outcome.
Are there different methods performed?
There are two methods used for lifting the brow:
- Classic lift
- Endoscopic lift
Performing the classic lift method, Dr. Rivela will make one continuous incision, beginning ear level and going up around hair line. After making necessary alterations, he will move the line of incision to be hidden beneath your hair line, avoiding visible scars. Tissue will be secured using stitches.
What is the recovery period like?
Depending on the procedure used, the immediate post-operative experience may differ significantly. With both, you may experience some numbness, incision discomfort, mild swelling and bruising. Because the endoscopic lift is less invasive, you may have reduced pain and a shorter recovery period. With the classic lift, you may experience numbness on your scalp, replaced by itching lasting up to six months.
Are there risks associated with the brow lift?
Dr. Rivela will be discussing all risks and the likelihood of occurrence at your consultation. In most cases, there are no complications. Good pre-operative preparation and following Dr. Rivela’s post-operative instruction to the letter will help to reduce risks.
- Forehead paralysis
- Brow asymmetry
- Permanent loss of hair
- Numbness of the forehead
- Unfavorable scarring
- Correctable hair loss at the incision
- Changes in skin sensation
- Eye irritation or dryness