A brow lift is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles, furrowed brows, and sagging brows that infringe on the upper eyelid. For many patients, it’s a welcome alternative to more intense surgical procedures like a traditional facelift. Still, a brow lift alone may not be enough to create the sustainably youthful appearance you deserve. That is why some patients elect to maintain their results with the help of Botox. So can you combine a brow lift with Botox?
Why Bother with the Brow Lift?
Botox and dermal fillers can prevent the formation of deep wrinkles and erase the appearance of fine lines. As a result, these nonsurgical options tend to work best for patients in their 30s and 40s. More mature patients and those with skin damage are unlikely to see dramatic results with the help of nonsurgical procedures alone.
As a result, patients who already have deep wrinkles typically require surgical intervention. A brow lift is a perfect example. When you get your brow lift surgery in Minneapolis, your board-certified surgeon will be able to physically lift and stretch the skin above your brows to create a smooth transition that continues to the area around the outside of your eyes. Once this procedure has been done, the patient can use Botox to maintain that smoothness in the skin even as continued aging aims to undo their results.
Can You Combine a Brow Lift with Botox?
At eyelid surgery of Minneapolis there are several different types of brow lift to choose from. A full forehead brow lift is the most transformative procedure for patients with deep furrows in their forehead and between their eyebrows. However, is your primary concern is sagging brows? You may only require an internal brow elevation procedure, even less invasive.
At the same time, you may choose to be evaluated for an upper or lower blepharoplasty. These can treat wrinkling and changes in the fat pads around the eyes. Together, an eyelid procedure and a brow lift can create a truly transformative look without making the entire face feel unnatural or forced. Are you unsure of how the two procedures will work in tandem? You can always choose to have the secondary procedure later once your brow lift has completely healed.
Brow Lift Recovery
A traditional facelift can easily take five hours of surgery. But, your average brow lift takes less than half that time. Thanks to the shorter surgical period, smaller incision area, and less invasive process a brow lift has a much shorter recovery period. However, that doesn’t mean you can just get up and go the next day like you can with Botox.
After your surgical brow lift, your body is going to need rest in order to properly heal and make the most of your surgeon’s hard work. Depending on the type of brow lift you get, your forehead may be wrapped to control swelling and you may have drains in place to help promote the healing process. You will be given specific instructions by your surgeon on how to care for your dressings in the coming days, and you will be prescribed medications to help manage any discomfort you may experience.
Enjoying Your Results
Overall, the primary healing process typically takes 10-14 days. You may still have some bruising afterwards. So you’ll want to discuss when it will be safe to use cosmetic products with your doctor. Fortunately, your post-surgical appointments will give you ample opportunity to check-in. We can make sure that everything is healing as it should. Once the swelling and bruising have gone down, you’ll be free to enjoy your results and begin the discussion as to when you might start Botox treatments to maintain them.