Browlift Orange County Brow Lift
Brows sag with time. Expression lines or other signs of aging in the forehead and brow region also occur and detract from a youthful appearance. A brow lift can rejuvenate the appearance of the brows and forehead. This information has been assembled to familiarize you with the facts regarding brow or forehead lift surgery. You are requested to read the following information thoroughly and to discuss any questions, which might arise with your surgeon before you proceed with the surgical procedure known as a brow lift. You are also requested to keep this information as a reference during your post-operative period.
Orange County Brow LiftEspecially these days, many people feel physically and mentally vigorous and energetic long after their appearance has begun to deteriorate due to aging. A brow lift procedure has been designed to provide you with rejuvenated brow and forehead regions. The degree of improvement achieved depends on the severity of the initial deformity and the elasticity of the patient's tissues.
You may visit your surgeon as many times as you wish to have all of your questions answered. At your final preoperative visit, which will take at least an hour, photographs will be taken, your final questions will be answered and you will confirm that you have understand the procedure to be performed, that this material has been explained to you, that you have read and understand these information sheets, and that you accept the risks by signing the informed consent forms. You will be given prescriptions for pain pills and antibiotics along with instructions for their use. Certain laboratory tests will also be required two weeks prior to surgery. If you are over the age of 50 or have had cardiac problems, you will have to obtain a cardiogram and we do not do those at our office. You may have blood drawn by our office nurse during your final preoperative visit, or, if you prefer, at your family doctor's office or any state licensed laboratory (e.g. Kaiser Hospital, etc.) when you are getting your cardiogram. All patients will be asked to stop smoking at least a month prior to surgery in an effort to maximize your body's ability to heal the incisions following the operation.
The key to minimizing bruising and expediting healing is to keep your head elevated and ice packs applied to the eye regions for the first 48 hours. The staff will instruct you in use of the ice packs. All patients will have some swelling of the forehead and some discoloration, particularly around the eyes and down the cheeks. The eyelids may swell shut for a few days. Any crusting that develops along the lash lines should be cleansed with Q-tips and peroxide. The discoloration will be most noticeable on the second and third days, and diminishes anywhere from one to six weeks after surgery. This, again, depends upon the type of skin, age, and healing ability of the patient. Most patients, with perhaps light makeup, can resume everyday tasks one or two weeks after surgery.
Every activity in life, whether driving automobiles or having surgery, is associated with risk. The following inherent risks must be understood and assumed by the patient if we are to proceed with this surgery. Although complications and bad results are extremely uncommon from this type of operation, they do sometimes occur. Your doctor cannot guarantee a favorable result from the operation you are considering, but every effort will be made to provide you with the best result possible.
The surgical scars are permanent; however, the incisions are placed so that they are barely discernable on normal visual observation, barring complications, which rarely may include thick and/or painful scars. If this problem occurs, treatment by excision may be indicated, but it may impossible to improve an unsightly scar.
Cosmetics may be applied over the skin of the forehead, eyes and cheeks immediately after the operation. The office aesthetician will not only be able to assist you with makeup application to hide bruising, but also to give you guidance regarding skin care after you have healed.
The head must be kept dry initially. By the second day, the patient will be encouraged to begin showering and shampooing normally, but care must be taken to only stoke the hair in a backwards direction and not to rub the screws or incisions too vigorously.
Coiffure procedures may usually be carried out two weeks after the procedure, unless instructed otherwise by your surgeon. As mentioned earlier, hair should be washed by stroking the forehead and scalp in a backwards direction only, to avoid dislodging the scalp tissue from the underlying Endotines®, for the first month. Care must be employed when drying the hair during the first few months while you will not have normal scalp sensation; the low heat setting should be used on the hair dryer during this time to avoid inadvertent damage to the scalp or hair.
All social activity should be limited while you have visible bruises. Strenuous exercise should be avoided until you feel comfortable doing so and until all visible bruising subsides.
Fees will be discussed freely in advance by the office staff. Naturally, additional fees will be required if the patient desires ancillary procedures such as face, eyelid, chin or nasal surgery at the same time. In compliance with suggestions adopted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, it is customary for the patient to pay all fees for cosmetic surgery prior to the desired operation. This insures that the patient is sincere in her motivation and can afford the surgery, thus creating a better patient/physician relationship. A non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your desired surgery date. The remainder of the fees must be paid prior to the surgery, usually by the time of the preoperative visit, but no later than two weeks before surgery.