A classic or a coronal brow lift is typically done under anesthesia. Involving a single incision that begins just above the ear and follows through the hairline up to the forehead right next to the ears. The skin is then carefully lifted to adjust the fat, tissues, and facial muscles and then trimming the excess skin. Afterwhich, the area is then closed and dressed.
Prior to the surgery, you will need to stop smoking and alcohol intake. Stop certain medications, herbs and supplements that could increase bleeding and bruising. It may be helpful to also arrange someone to take you home after the procedure.
To begin, anesthesia will be adminstered to ensure you are comfortable. Incision will then be made. The technique of method is highly dependent on what has been discussed and planned by your doctor.
For an endoscopic incision, a thin tube with a camera attached and a medical instrument will be placed through small incisions made within the hairline. Tissues and muscles beneath the skin will be located and corrected.
A classic or a coronal incision will be made across from one ear to the other through the top of the head within the hairline. The forehead skin is then being lifted together with the muscles for adjustments.
Once done, the area will be closed.
Expect some swelling and bruising which should resolve on its own. Drains may be placed to drain out excess blood or fluid. Specific instructions will also be given for the recovery period.
Avoid strenuous activity and keep your head elevated. Do not ice or use heat.
Initial wound healing may take up to 2 weeks to heal. Sutures or clips if used would be removed when appropriate. You should expect to return to work in about 2 weeks.
Healing will continue to progress
Results would be noticeable once bruising and swelling subsides and progresses over time.
Although good results are expected, continue to keep your skin protected from the sun and keep a healthy and active lifestyle will help extend the lifespan of the results.
Possible complications includes:
Loss of hair around the incisions
Eye irritation or dryness
Facial nerve injury with weakness or paralysis
Numbness or other changes in skin sensation or intense itching
Pain, which may persist
Poor wound healing
Possibility of revision surgery
Rare risk of deep venous thrombosis (blood clots) that can result in pulmonary embolism with chest pain, shortness of breath