With aging we develop horizontal wrinkles in our forehead vertical lines between our eyes.In addition, the position of our eyebrows drops and causes hooding of the eyes due to excess skin. All of these changes can give an angry and tired appearance to the face.
The goal of a forehead or brow lift should be to correct these changes giving a natural-appearing result. Over correction of the brow position can give an unnatural, startled appearance and must be avoided.
Elevation of the brow and correction of the forehead wrinkles can be performed many ways and needs to be tailored to the shape of the forehead and position of the hairline.
Despite this, most patients are candidates for the minimally-invasive, endoscopic browlift which makes use of small incisions hidden in the hair. Using an endoscope the size of a drinking straw, visualization can be achieved through small incisions.
The forehead tissue and brow is elevated and released off of the underlying connective tissue. The muscles that create the furrows between the eyes are then clipped to get rid of the angry, scowl look.
The brows are then re-suspended in their ideal location and the incisions are closed. The procedure usually takes about 1 hr. It can be performed under conscious sedation or general anesthesia. Together with Dr. Boss, the appropriate anesthetic plan will be determined.
Down time is minimal after a browlift, and most patients should be able to return to work within a couple days. Headache is a common complaint after the procedure but is easily controlled with over-the-counter or prescription pain medications. Swelling and bruising is minimal. The sutures or staples are removed within 10 days.
Your Personal Consultation
During the initial consultation, you may be asked to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to see improved. This will help Dr. Boss to understand your expectations and etermine whether they can realistically be achieved.
Maintaining a Relationship with Dr. Boss
You will return to Dr. Boss' office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated.
Please remember that the relationship with Dr. Boss does not end when you leave the operating room.
If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact him.
Fortunately, significant complications from aesthetic eyelid surgery are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people undergo successful eyelid surgery, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results.