Brow lift surgery with Mr Aftab Ahmed
As we age, our skin starts to sag and lines and wrinkles inevitably appear but brow lift surgery can help.
Many people think that combating or improving the signs of ageing, is all about focussing on the lines and wrinkles around the eye or the sagging of the neck, but actually, our brow line plays an important part in the signs of ageing.
The brow area is what enables us to make facial expressions and if it starts to droop it can make you look constantly angry, moody or even depressed.
Brow lift surgery can address this by lifting the skin of the forehead, smoothing the brow and sometimes even raising it into a more youthful looking position. This procedure is usually aimed at men and women in their forties and above, although some people do tend to have a heavy brow due to genetics too.
This procedure is also commonly combined with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and a mid or full facelift, to get a youthful look all over. This procedure has been performed on many celebrities – of all ages – from the likes of Megan Fox and Kim Kardashian to Demi Moore.
It is generally decided this course of treatment is the best solution when muscle relaxing injections such as Botox don’t tend to have as much of an effect on the forehead as they perhaps did before.
There are two types of brow lift surgery; open and endoscopic, which are both performed under a general anaesthetic.
Open brow lift surgery is a more traditional technique that involves an incision at ear level, going along or behind the natural hairline. Whilst working through this incision, the skin is lifted, some of the tissue underneath is removed and the muscles are adjusted as required and excess skin is trimmed away.
An endoscopic brow lift involves the surgeon making several small incisions, rather than one long one, along the hairline. An endoscope (a small camera device which is connected up to a TV monitor) is then inserted through one of the holes enabling the surgeon to have a good view of what’s going on underneath the skin.
The surgeon uses another hole to insert an instrument in so that he/she can work on the muscles, tissues, position of the eyebrows and removal of excess skin – like usual.
You will need at least 24 hours post brow lift surgery to allow the anaesthetic to wear off. You may be asked to keep the head elevated for two or 3 days post-surgery to help ease and minimise swelling. After a day or two, bandages will be removed and stitches within a fortnight. You should be able to return to your normal daily activities after about a week but should avoid any strenuous activity for at least a month or so.
There will be a scar but the length of it all depends on which procedure you had done; a long one will be left from an open brow lift and several little ones from endoscopic. However, these tend to be behind the hairline, so are easily hidden.
Brow lift surgery can transform your appearance and is an excellent facial rejuvenation treatment for those ready for cosmetic surgery. If you feel that a brow lift will help combat your drooping skin around the brow line, then book a consultation with Mr. Aftab Ahmed – a facial surgery expert and ENT surgeon – to discuss your brow lift surgery options during a consultation at his clinic.