Heavy drooping eyebrows and horizontal forehead lines that make the face look as it was worried are a part of natural changes that come with aging. Drooping eyebrows may cause the dropping of upper eyelids. This may give an impression as if the eyebrows rested directly on the eyelashes. The problem can be settled by eyebrow lift surgery, which will make the eyes larger and brighter again, giving the whole face a more youthful and rested appearance.
There are several surgical opportunities to lift eyebrows. The problem can be corrected by endoscopic forehead lift, which also smooths forehead wrinkles, or by eyebrow lift and fixation. In the case of eyebrow lift and fixation, a surgeon makes an incision either in the top of the head at the hairline, or at the inner side of topmost part of the brow arch. The muscles are tightened and fastened. The wound is closed and the surgeon will remove the sutures after a week. The scars can be effectively hidden by hairstyle or make-up.
Eyebrow lift and fixation surgery lasts for 1 to 2 hours. The surgery is performed under sedation anesthesia. The patient may go home in the evening.
It has to be noted that eyebrow lift and fixation does not affect lower eyelids.
For the best results, we recommend to have a manual lymphatic massage before and after the surgery. Manual lymphatic massage can be done in ArtiaClinic.
Each surgical procedure is an interference to the complex human body and comes with some uncertainty and risks. With each surgery there will be some pain and swelling, scars, the risk of an infection, the probability of lowered skin sensitivity and bad reactions to medications or medical materials used.
Haematomas and swelling
If the wounds continue to bleed excessively beneath the skin, haematomas or haemorrhages develop. If necessary, drains are temporarily placed in the wound area, to decrease haematomas.
Swelling greatly increases during the first 24 hours after surgery and it remains substantial for about another five days. Afterwards it slowly starts to decrease and disappears in 2 to 3 weeks.
Decreased skin sensitivity and possible nerve damage
When the skin is freed from underlayers during the surgery, the sensory nerves of the skin may be damaged as well. This can result in post-operative decreased sensitivity of the skin until the sensory nerves recover. In the forehead and in the hair area, the recovery process may last between 9 and 12 months.
Necrosis of skin
In some cases, circulatory problems arising from the tension of skin may cause blisters, redness and on a small scale, even necrosis of skin. Necrosis of skin prolongs the healing of wounds and as a result, the shape and size of scars deteriorate. In that case, a need for corrective procedures may arise.