Brow Lifts are a method to rejuvenate the forehead.
The forehead looks old if it has creases, if the hairline has receded and the hair is grey, and/or the eyebrows start to droop further south.
Now some of these ageing elements can be corrected with non-surgical techniques such as colouring the hair, changing hair style, or artistic use of eyebrow tinting, I firmly believe these are still the best methods, and surgery should really be reserved for patients who have been through this first-line treatment and still have problems.
Moving then to non-surgical treatments, the first and most well-known are Botox injections, which temporarily paralyze specific muscles which control the elevation of the eyebrows, and to an extent, the facial expression in that area. If skilfully applied, the injections will modify the position of the brow and can even eliminate some of the forehead wrinkles. Temporarily. Click here for information on my newly-launched Botox clinic
Not all wrinkles can be corrected this way because some are permanent. Other techniques, such as fillers or aggressive surface ablation techniques, can help.
Brow Lifts are used when Botox doesn’t help any more or the brow pstosis is severe. This works by elevating the whole of the forehead through the release of muscles that are attached to the eye socket rim, and in some cases, permanently disabling some of the muscles that cause one to frown and wrinkle the skin between your eyebrows.
I believe that Brow Lifts are in fact useful for rejuvenating the upper eyelids., in some cases. This is because the ageing of the upper eyelids is usually a combination of the droopy brow and excess skin on the upper eyelids. The delicate balance between these two factors causes one to either look older (or younger) than ones’ age.
The Brow Lift has to be used with good judgement. Overcorrection looks bad, and like all facial rejuvenation surgery, it puts back time but doesn’t stop time.
Brow Lifts can be done under Local Anaesthetic and Sedation, and the scarring, which is minimal, is kept within the hairline. A combination of open and endoscopic techniques can be used. These procedures can be carried out at the same time as other facial rejuvenation surgery, such as facelift, lipo-filling, and buccal fat removal.
How is the risk of infection during surgery minimised?
Infection is prevented by the appropriate surgical technique. This means very strict sterility of instruments and the technique has to be meticulous. The environment and correct theatre air flow conditions are very important and there are very strict safeguard controls concerning this. We also reduce infection rates by making sure that the patient is fit and healthy and is MRSA negative pre operatively.
What makes a good cosmetic surgeon?
This is a complex question in reality. Firstly a cosmetic surgeon must be a good doctor. Cosmetic surgery should be no different from any other form of healthcare delivery. To be a good cosmetic surgeon one should have had thorough training. Experience and judgement are the keys. Also an ability to have the emotional intelligence required to fully understand the needs and expectations of the patient and to make sure that there is no mismatch with what is possible.
Can I see before and after pictures of patients considering the same procedure?
Most certainly! During consultation I am happy to share before and after photos with you of people who have had the same procedure(s) you are considering. By doing this during the consultation, and in person, I have the opportunity to relate the example specifically to your situation, highlighting outcomes and helping with expectations.
How much does a private consultation cost?
An initial consultation with me costs £100 and is conducted at The Westbourne Centre.
How can I avoid complications from eyelid surgery?
Complications from cosmetic eyelid surgery are relatively infrequent. However, problems with symmetry, unwanted changes in shape, the quality of scars and overcorrection of the original problem such as the looseness of skin or bagginess of the eyelids due to the amount of skin or fat removed can occur.
Watery eyes, asymmetry and blurred vision can sometimes be temporary as they can be caused by changes in muscle tone following surgery. Disturbance of function such as ptosis (upper eyelid damage) and eye injury are very rare.
Complications can be reduced by the proper selection of patients and of course careful technique. This can only be achieved with the proper training, judgment and experience.
So my recommendation is to always do you research when choosing a surgeon, ask for recommendations, and actively participate in your consultation.