Brow Ptosis Repair
Brow Ptosis is a condition where the eyebrows droop, causing a less-youthful appearance, and in more severe cases affecting the patient’s field of vision
Brow Ptosis Repair can be seen as either a cosmetic procedure or a medical necessity, depending on the severity of the condition. Where it impairs the patient’s vision, there is clearly a medical case for surgery to improve the condition.
In many cases, however, the condition is not severe enough for its treatment to be considered a medical treatment, so its treatment becomes regarded as a cosmetic surgery procedure.
Nonetheless, for men and women with the less severe cases of Brow Ptosis, where visual impairment is not an issue, there can be great emotional and self-esteem related benefits to correction the problem.
The normal position for the eyebrows is at the orbital rim, the rim of the eye socket. A slight sagging of the eyebrows is a quite normal sign of aging, and most people’s eyebrows will change over time from having a more arched appearance to one that is more horizontal. This, in itself, can make us look less youthful, but when the eyebrow appears to descend lower than the orbital rim, a more aged appearance is much more apparent, and we may also appear tired or surly.
This sagging of the eyebrows is caused by a deflating of the soft tissues of the face, most specifically in the Periorbital tissues. The first area to be affected is typically the outer third of the eyebrows, which causes the outsides of the eyebrows to slope downwards, often creating a somewhat sad appearance.
It is often underestimated how much the eyebrows are used by us as clues to determine a person’s mood. Brow Ptosis therefore can sometimes affect communication, as what we are saying may be misconstrued if our facial movements are indicating something different.
While many people can and do accept Brow Ptosis as a normal sign of aging, a great number of people also find it upsetting, wanting to look the age they feel, rather than the age they actually are.
There are now various Brow Lift techniques to repair Brow Ptosis. Amongst the most commonly used methods are the Temporal Lift (also known as the Lateral Brow Lift), the Endoscopic Brow Lift, and the Coronal Brow Lift.
Am I a suitable candidate?
If you have become aware of significant eyebrow decent, and this is bothering you, either for aesthetic reasons, or because it has begun to affect your field of vision, it is quite possible you may be able to benefit from Brow Ptosis Repair. At this point, you will find it useful to arrange a consultation with a brow lift specialist, to discuss options, and find out how much you will be likely to benefit from the procedure.
What is involved with Brow Ptosis Repair?
There are various different Eyebrow Lift options available, depending on the extent of Brow Ptosis. Often, with younger patients, and where there is no impairment to the vision, a Temporal Brow Lift will often be sufficient. This involves small incisions behind the hairline, at the temples, and is a relatively straightforward procedure, with little by way of risk, and a short recovery period. This only corrects the outer half of the eyebrows, and does not affect the middle of the brow, so patients with more significant Brow Ptosis will not benefit.
Those with more extensive Brow Ptosis will benefit from a more comprehensive Brow Lift.
Can I combine Brow Lift surgery with eyelid surgery?
Brow Lift Surgery can be, and frequently is, combined with Eyelid Surgery. Descent of the eyebrows, and a loss of elasticity of the skin on the eyelids start to happen at similar times of life, and both can drastically age you. However, it is generally a good idea to get the Brow Ptosis repaired first, and see how the eyelids appear after that. Often, a brow lift can reduce that hooded appearance to the eyelids.
This is because sagging of the eyebrows can have a knock-on effect, changing the appearance of the eyelids. I daresay a great number of patients have wrongly received Blepharoplasty, or Eyelid Surgery, when the actual problem was Brow Ptosis. This will, of cause, incur much higher costs, as well as increasing the chance of complications, quite unnecessarily.
What risks are involved?
The risks depend a great deal on which Brow Lift technique is opted for. The Temporal Lift and the Endoscopic Brow Lift have a lower risk of complications than more invasive Ptosis Repair procedures, with a reduced chance of infection or damage to muscles and nerves.
However, all surgeries do carry risks, and this needs to be considered seriously. For reasons that are difficult to understand, many people do not treat cosmetic and elective procedures with the same level of seriousness as they would an essential medical procedure.
In addition to the health risks posed by Brow Lift surgery, the other risk is that your surgery does not give you the results you hoped for.
Brow Lift Surgery is one area of cosmetic surgery where surgeons can go a bit far, and elevate the eyebrows too far, resulting in an operated-on, or surprised appearance that is obviously undesirable. It is crucial that you check that your surgeon is experienced at the procedure that he will be performing on you. You should check to see if he has photos of his previous patients, before and after. Any good cosmetic surgeon will be proud for you to see pictures of his achievements!
How long will it take to recover from Brow Lift Surgery?
Again, this will depend on the Brow Lift method used by your surgeon. As a rule, the most effective and versatile Brow Lifting procedures are more invasive, with a longer recovery time.
With the less invasive Brow Ptosis Repair treatments, it is reasonable to expect to be able to return to work with 7 to 10 days, by which time you should be looking and feeling much better.
More extensive surgery will naturally take somewhat longer for you to feel ready to go about your normal day-to-day activities. Your surgeon will discuss with you all of the details about how long you should expect recovery to take, as well as which precautions and measures you should take to make sure that recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
How much does Brow Ptosis Repair cost?
Brow Ptosis Repair costs can be expected to be in the region of $11,000 in the US. This will depend on various factors, such as the experience of your surgeon, the reputation of the clinic, and the extent of the treatment required. Treatment in the UK is somewhat, but not significantly, cheaper.
However, patients willing to travel abroad are able to get much cheaper prices. Clinics in countries such as Argentina, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Czech Republic and Belgium will all be able to provide the same level of expertise in these procedures, but at half the cost, or even less, of surgery in the US.
This does make Medical Tourism extremely attractive to many patients, although if you are considering this as an option for yourself, it goes without saying that you should make sure that the clinic is reputable, and your surgeon experienced, in exactly the same way as you would do in your home country.