Eyebrow Lift: Possible Complications
A delay of 1 to 6 months is necessary to really appreciate the result. This is the time needed for the tissues to regain their flexibility. However, the healing will be final after a period of 1 year.
The intervention will most often have corrected the sagging skin and replaced the eyebrow, thus “opening up” the gaze and eliminating the heavy appearance of the eyebrow.
The results of an eyebrow lift are, in general, long-lasting. On the other hand, the skin continues to age and the muscles continue to move: therefore, in the long run, a recurrence of the ptosis of the eyebrow can occur. However, it is rare that a new intervention is considered before a dozen years.
The goal of this surgery is to bring about an improvement and not to achieve perfection. If your wishes are realistic, the result obtained will give you great satisfaction.
The Imperfections Of The Result
They may result from a misunderstanding of what can reasonably be expected. This is the case with excess skin on the upper eyelids, which can only be corrected by upper blepharoplasty.
They can also occur due to unexpected tissue reactions or unusual scarring phenomena leading to slight scar retraction, a small asymmetry or too “visible” scars (white, thick, etc.)
If they do not disappear over time, these imperfections can be corrected by a touch-up which will be done most of the time under local anesthesia, from the 6th month after the initial intervention.
An eyebrow lift, although carried out for essentially aesthetic reasons, is nonetheless a real surgical intervention, which involves the risks associated with any medical procedure, however minimal it may be.
This act remains in particular subject to the vagaries associated with living tissues, the reactions of which are never entirely predictable.
A distinction must be made between complications related to anesthesia and those related to surgery.
Regarding anesthesia, during the consultation, the anesthesiologist will inform the patient himself of the anesthetic risks. You should know that anesthesia induces reactions in the body that are sometimes unpredictable, and more or less easy to control: the fact of having recourse to a perfectly competent Anesthesiologist, practicing in a truly surgical context, means that the risks incurred have become statistically very low.
Indeed, techniques, anesthetic products and monitoring methods have made immense progress over the past thirty years, offering optimal safety, especially when the intervention is performed outside of the emergency room and in a healthy person. .
Regarding the surgical procedure, by choosing a qualified and competent Plastic Surgeon, trained in this type of intervention, you limit these risks as much as possible, without however eliminating them completely.
Fortunately, true complications are rare following a properly performed brow lift. In practice, the vast majority of operations take place without any problem and patients are fully satisfied with their results.
However, and despite their rarity, you must be informed of the possible complications:
Hematomas: most of the time not serious, they must be evacuated if they are too large.
Infection: exceptional during an eyebrow lift, apart from a few rare micro-abscesses developed on a stitch and easily treated with minor local treatments.
Healing abnormalities: quite rare in this area because the face heals well.
However, it may happen that the scars are not, in the long term, as discreet as expected. It is important to understand that the healing will take up to a year to be final: the first 6 months, the inflammatory phase will cause a slightly thickened and red scar.
After these first 6 months, the scar will whiten and become thinner and thinner. In order to obtain a quality scar, healing creams will be recommended.
The possibility of enlarged, adherent, dark or “pathological” scars (hypertrophic or keloid) must always be mentioned and explained.
Sun avoidance (or sun protection of the scar) is recommended for a period of 1 year.
Epidermal cysts: they can appear along the scars and often disappear spontaneously. Otherwise, they are easy to remove during a control consultation and do not compromise the quality of the final result.
Alopecia (loss of hair) at the eyebrow level: in the event of a scar very close to the eyebrow.
Decreased supra-brow sensitivity: common initially and usually fading over time, it can sometimes persist in a localized manner.
Quite exceptional cases of paresis of the frontalis muscle can be found. Its persistence beyond a few weeks should not be observed.
All in all, one should not overestimate the risks, but simply be aware that a surgical intervention, even apparently simple, always involves a small part of hazards.
The use of a qualified Plastic Surgeon assures you that he has the training and competence required to know how to avoid these complications, or to treat them effectively if necessary.
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