Brow lifts are performed to lift and tighten the skin of the forehead and to raise sagging eyebrows. The two most popular types of brow lifts are the endoscopic brow lift and the traditional brow lift.
They’re both quite effective at taking care of the telltale signs of aging that many people are very self-conscious about. However, they do have their differences, such as the recovery times associated with each.
The Endoscopic Brow Lift
An endoscopic brow lift is a much less invasive technique when compared to traditional brow lift surgery. The method employs three to five tiny incisions instead of a single long incision. A small telescopic camera and other surgical tools are used in order to tighten certain tissues in the forehead.
Recovery time begins as soon as the surgery is completed. The average recovery time for an endoscopic brow lift is only one week, and the results are permanent. Because the procedure is less invasive than a traditional brow lift, only minimal swelling and bruising will be present in comparison, and the healing process will be much more comfortable.
The Traditional Brow Lift
Traditional brow lifts are also known as coronal brow lifts. In a traditional brow lift, an incision is made behind your hairline or across the top of the head. The forehead may be lengthened or shortened if necessary. The skin is then stretched out after repositioning, and excess skin is removed in order to create a smooth look.
The recovery time of a traditional brow lift is far longer than an endoscopic brow lift. In fact, the average recovery time of a traditional brow lift is several weeks.
As you might have noticed, an endoscopic brow lift involves a much faster recovery time when compared to a traditional brow lift.
After a Brow Lift
Dr. Gikas will give you instructions for the recovery and healing process, which will vary per patient. You should follow these guidelines if you wish to enjoy a quick and painless recovery.
There are a couple of general pointers that you can follow in order to speed up your recovery time:
• Bandages must be worn for a couple of days after the procedure.
• You may shower and wash your hair only after your bandages have been removed.
• Your head should stay elevated on a pillow for at least two days after the procedure.
• Make use of ice packs to minimize swelling.
• All doctor-prescribed painkillers should be taken as instructed.
• Activities that put a strain on the body such as sex, exercise, and heavy lifting should be avoided after the surgery.
Over time, you’ll notice that your swelling will decrease significantly, and your results will become more apparent. After you’ve healed completely, you can enjoy your new look.
Your Brow-Lift Consultation
When choosing the right brow lift for you, it’s important to speak with a qualified plastic surgeon who has years of experience. The more qualified your surgeon is, the better your brow lift will be.
Dr. Elias Gikas is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a wealth of knowledge and years of experience. To get started with your brow lift, arrange a consultation by contacting our office.