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Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby Cayolinda » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:07 pm

Hello, I was wondering for those of you who have had a lateral brow lift, how was the recovery. Is it days, weeks, months before you look presentable in public? Where is the swelling and bruising? Is it where it can be concealed? My doctor is going to perform a revisional brow lift. I had an upper/lower bleph a few months ago. At that time my doctor also performed a very conservative lateral brow lift. My main concern to begin with was outer lid drooping. My lids are beginning to droop even more than even a month ago! My doc says it's my brows that are drooping so he has offered to do a lateral lift again by going into the same incision and lifting more. Before having this done I really need to know how long is the recovery time. I know everyone heals differently, but if I could just get an idea so I can prepare for it. Unfortunately, most doctors always tell you recovery time is shorter than it really is. I just want a realistic answer from someone who has been through this type of surgery! Thank you so much for your responses.
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby Genna2 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:13 pm

Hi,
Sent you a pm.
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby streykat » Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:21 am

did any one commented on this post ? I have the same questions please anyone ?? I have the lateral browlift done on the first of feb.2010
thanks for any info this !
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby suekk » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:52 pm

I an also thinking about a lateral browlift. I just read something about them that I thought was interesting.
Would you care to pm with me? Let me know. I know your countdown is on. I will wait to see if I hear from you.
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby Cayolinda » Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:40 am

Dr. Prasad, thanks for your reply. I was looking over my notes I had prior to my surgery and this is what I had done done:

Uppers: Fat injection below brow/above upper lid; removal of excess lid skin; and a "temporal support/lift-stitch"
Lowers:
remove small amount of fat
skin flap to remove extra skin
canthopexy

As mentioned, my upper lids still have that outer lid skin droop and my doctor said it was caused by descending brows. I have high arched brows, but I suppose the outer brow may have descended a little bit. He said to correct this he would go back in my previous incision and correct. In my previous surgery I know he went through my scalp/temple area because I had stitches there for a bit and could feel swelling. What exactly is a temporal support/lift-stitch? Is that the same as a lateral brow lift?

In your opinion will that take care of that "line" or crease at the outer corners of my eyes (which is my biggest concern)? The line goes down like this: \ I still feel a bit lumpy in that area and the outer line/crease on my right eye almost looks like a lumpy scar which is hard to conceal with makeup because of the lumpiness.

Thanks!!
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby MamaJoe » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:29 pm

I had a lateral brow lift - along with upper and lower - done on October 21. From everything I have had done (including a nose job and chin implant) the lateral brow lift was the absolute worst to recover from (for me and I gather I am not alone).

I am very lucky that I work from home because there is NO way I could have returned to work for 1 month and I wondered every day how people would cope going back to work. I had to ice my head non stop. I lost massive amounts of hair and couldnt sleep properly for over a month. Even now at 4 months my head is so itchy all the time as it recovers.

I was unable to get back to the gym for 2 months and it was not due to the upper and lower but the brow lift that caused so much "discomfort" constantly.

I had no idea this would be so bad. The PS did not tell me at all and I was not prepared for the hair loss or the discomfort that kept me icing my head all day and night.

Would I do this again? I dont know honestly I think about that alot but now that I am at 4 months I am really pleased with the outcome of the work and just glad, glad, glad that it is all over now and I am recovering. I would just say that you should be prepared for more discomfort than they tell you and dont panic when your hair starts to fall out in handfulls (hard to take when you are in menopause already!) but that resolved itself thankfully.

ps. My eyebrows were sinking into my eyes and my eyes had all by disappeared (haha) so all the eye work has made me look like a regular person instead of a middle age woman. I can go into the world holding my head up so I guess I probably would do it again if I knew how tough it would be. Just wish I had known so I could mentally prepare myself. Good luck to you.
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby Cayolinda » Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:30 pm

Wow mamajoe, this is enough to make me not want to do it. I assume you iced immediately after the surgery. What do you mean your eyebrows were sinking into your eyes? Would you mind explaining? When I had my upper and lower lids done there really wasn't much concern over my brows because they are quite arched and sit pretty high. My initial surgery was done to correct outer lid drooping. After the surgery they still drooped and that's when my doc said we could go back in and lift the outer corners of my brows a little bit to help lift the lids since only the outer brows appeared to be descending a little bit. So I'm just wondering if your brows sinking so low made your brow lift a more extensive surgery. What do you think?

All in all it sounds like you're now very happy with the outcome, but your long recovery time really scares me. I work and must look presentable to return within two weeks! Thank you so much for your response. I'll definitely be talking to my doctor about this. Hopefully he'll be upfront with me, but you know, they seldom tell you how long it really takes to heal.
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby Prasad » Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:27 pm

Cayolinda wrote:Dr. Prasad, thanks for your reply. I was looking over my notes I had prior to my surgery and this is what I had done done:

Uppers: Fat injection below brow/above upper lid; removal of excess lid skin; and a "temporal support/lift-stitch"
Lowers:
remove small amount of fat
skin flap to remove extra skin
canthopexy

As mentioned, my upper lids still have that outer lid skin droop and my doctor said it was caused by descending brows. I have high arched brows, but I suppose the outer brow may have descended a little bit. He said to correct this he would go back in my previous incision and correct. In my previous surgery I know he went through my scalp/temple area because I had stitches there for a bit and could feel swelling. What exactly is a temporal support/lift-stitch? Is that the same as a lateral brow lift?

In your opinion will that take care of that "line" or crease at the outer corners of my eyes (which is my biggest concern)? The line goes down like this: \ I still feel a bit lumpy in that area and the outer line/crease on my right eye almost looks like a lumpy scar which is hard to conceal with makeup because of the lumpiness.

Thanks!!


I believe the "temporal support/lift-stitch" is essentially the same as a lateral browlift. The lumpiness may be fluid/blood/swelling, all of which usually resolves without intervention. The line and crease you're describing should improve but without examining you, it's difficult for me to be specific. You should continue maintaining communication with your doctor. Good Luck!
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby MamaJoe » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:42 pm

Sorry, what I meant by my comment about my eyes and brow was that my age was really starting to show in my eyes and I couldnt stand it anymore. Now my eyes are beautiful and my brow is perfect too.

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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby Cayolinda » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:09 am

Mamajoe, I know by your comments that you're happy with the results. My concern is what you wrote about the recovery. It sounded brutal and long so I wondered how involved your surgery was to kind of gauge your recovery time to what mine might be. You said your brows sat very low to your lids, is that correct? If this is so maybe your lateral browlift was more extensive? Just trying to get an idea if ALL lateral browlift surgeries entail a long recovery time. Thanks for your help and input!
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby MamaJoe » Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:11 pm

I guess when you get an insicion in your head and muscles pulled upward (do you know all the details of this surgery?) - its not something you recover from in a week. Perhaps the older you are the harder it gets - that i dont know. I also dont know if my situation were honestly worse than anyone else's and in fact I have read posts from women who are still suffering years later - so my recovery I think was actually quite fast. I had the entire eye done, lower, upper and brow. I think that about 2 months were hard for me and honestly I think realistically this is not long considering what they do to you. But it was definitely the brow that was most problematic for me in that it really bothered me continuously - not really pain but more discomfort. Hard to explain it. My head didnt feel like my head. I was not on pain pills but I was not ready to do an aerobics class either.
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby Cayolinda » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:10 pm

Dr. Prasad, I had another pre-surgery consultation with my doctor regarding my concerns of my outer lid sagging creating what looks like a downward sloping line (I had a bleph to correct his in June 09). In my previous consultation he said it was my brows causing this "sag"; he first mentioned botox would take care of this, but after just paying a hefty fee to have had this issue resolved to begin with, I felt I wanted something more permanent. He agreed to do a revision.

In this most recent consultation he very specifically said he was not going to give me a brow lift; he said I didn't need one. He said he is going to do an upper lid revision with temporal support. From what I understand he's going to remove a little more lid skin on the outer corners.

Can you give me your thoughts on what you believe my doctor is going to do based on what he told me? Do you do fat injections/transfers? Do you think fat in my temple area and sub-brow might help lift up the outer corners of my eyes as well?

Thanks for your thoughts Dr. Prasad.
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby Cayolinda » Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:13 am

Thank you for your reply Dr. Prasad. If what you describe is in fact what my doctor is going to do to revise, can you tell me if this is a long recovery. I'm just wondering how long before I can return to work without anyone knowing I've had surgery. I have another question: Is it okay to ice areas after fat injections/transfers to help with swelling or might this cause the fat not to take? Just curious.

Thanks again!
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby cshell » Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:47 am

It's Sept 17 and I had my brow lift the 15th. When I woke up my eyes were swollen shut and I was very swollen and the pain was across my brow. The next day I 'felt' better but was still pretty blind. After the doctor had taken off bandages he sent me home in, it helped me see. It's been 48 hrs, I've showered everyday, clumps of hair came out...kinda scary. My eyes are swollen and bruised but I can see now, my cheeks slowly swelled. My forehead and just above the eyebrows is very tender but I stopped taking pain killers yesterday...very managable, my scalp with incision is numb so showering and cleaning with saline and hydrogen peroxiode is not a problem....just kinda grosses you out because of not having any feeling, you feel hair in your hand but it's hard to understand why you can't feel the sensation on your scalp. I look like a Dr Suess 'who' from whoville....I feel fine, uncomfortable but not taking meds...swollen with two black eyes. I just can't see a week, not me.....I can let you know how it goes though. I know... my doctor told me 2 weeks...I'm not feeling that and it's not just the face but what is my hair going to do after????
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Re: Lateral Brow Lift Recovery - how long and involved?

Postby Cayolinda » Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:00 am

cshell, what kind of brow lift did you have? Was it a lateral (incisions in the head, an inch or so back from the temple)? Was this the only surgery you had done? Yes, please keep us posted on your recovery.
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