Brow Lift (Forehead Lift)





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Brow Lift


    Dallas Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) Specialist

    As time passes, the development of facial wrinkles is likely. These wrinkles usually become evident in several areas of the face, including the forehead. To rejuvenate their facial appearance, men and women are having plastic surgery procedures at Law Plastic Surgery in Dallas. One of these rejuvenating procedures is the open brow lift. During an open eyebrow lift, Dr. Huay-Zong Law addresses the frown lines (aka 11’s) that develop between the eyebrows, the horizontal lines that run across the forehead, lines on the bridge of the nose, as well as droopy outer brows.

    What is An Open Brow Lift in Dallas?

    At Law Plastic Surgery in Dallas, Dr. Law uses an open eyebrow lift to address the unwanted signs of aging that develop on the forehead, brow and bridge of the nose.

    This plastic surgery procedure is also referred to as a:

    • Classic lift.
    • Coronal brow lift.
    • Coronal lift.
    • Forehead lift.
    • Forehead rejuvenation procedure.
    • Eyebrow lift.

    During a coronal lift, Dr. Huay-Zong Law corrects:

    • Forehead creases, including those that run horizontally across the forehead.
    • The lines that develop on the bridge of the nose.
    • Sagging outer eyebrows, which can make an individual look sad or tired.
    • The frown lines between the eyebrows. These vertical lines (aka 11’s) can cause an individual to appear as if he or she is angry.

    Who is a Good Candidate for a Coronal Brow Lift in Dallas?

    An individual who would like to appear more youthful, look happier and more awake may want to consider having a coronal brow lift. In addition, the individual must have realistic expectations in relation to his or her coronal brow lift results.

    Individuals who use products that contain nicotine (e.g., traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, pipe tobacco) and those in poor health may not meet the requirements necessary to have an open brow lift in Dallas.

    What Are the Benefits of a Forehead Rejuvenation Procedure in Dallas?

    A forehead rejuvenation procedure addresses creases and lines to provide the patient with a more youthful-looking forehead. Besides improving the forehead, a classic lift also helps revitalize at least the upper third of the patient’s face.

    During the forehead rejuvenation procedure, Dr. Huay-Zong Law raises the eyebrows, which makes the patient appear more youthful and awake. After the recovery process, patients can expect to look happier, friendlier and easily approachable.

    At Law Plastic Surgery, Dr. Law uses an open eyebrow lift to address:

    • Sagging eyebrows.
    • Low eyebrows.
    • Fine lines and deep furrows near the top of the patient’s nose bridge.
    • Forehead creases.
    • Asymmetrical eyebrows.
    • A sagging forehead.
    • Deep furrows and fine lines between the eyebrows.

    What are the Limitations of An Open Brow Lift in Dallas?

    A brow lift cannot fix eyelids that sag. However, if the patient desires, Dr. Huay-Zong Law can perform a blepharoplasty (aka upper or lower eyelid surgery) to address an individual’s sagging eyelids during the same surgical session.

    Will a Classic Lift in Dallas Change the Shape of a Patient’s Eyes?

    No, a brow lift will not change the shape of the eye. In addition, a coronal lift cannot fix baggy eyelids or eliminate crow’s feet. A patient who would like Dr. Huay-Zong Law to address these issues needs to add a blepharoplasty to his or her forehead rejuvenation procedure.

    Procedures That Can Be Added to An Open Brow Lift

    While the classic brow lift concentrates on rejuvenating the forehead and eyebrow region of the face, many patients choose to address the signs of aging in other areas of their face at the same time. By adding on other facial plastic surgery procedures, patients can completely rejuvenate their appearance during a single surgical session.

    Procedures frequently added to an open brow lift in Dallas include:

    • A blepharoplasty

      A blepharoplasty — Dr. Huay-Zong Law performs eyelid surgery to rejuvenate the patient’s eyes through the removal of any excess skin, fat and muscle on the upper and lower eyelids. During a blepharoplasty, Dr. Huay-Zong Law also addresses under-eye bags.

    • An Asian blepharoplasty

      An Asian blepharoplasty — Dr. Law performs Asian blepharoplasty procedures to create his patients of Asian descent an upper eyelid crease.

    • A rhytidectomy (aka a facelift)

      A rhytidectomy (aka a facelift) — Dr. Huay-Zong Law performs facelifts to provide his patients with a more youthful complexion, overall. During a facelift, he addresses any loose skin in the bottom two-thirds of the patient’s face and upper neck. If the patient desires, Dr. Law can also tighten the underlying facial tissue.

    A Consultation for An Open Brow Lift in Dallas

    To find out if a classic lift is the answer to solving an individual’s undesirable forehead characteristics, he or she needs to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Huay-Zong Law at Law Plastic Surgery in Dallas.

    Patients need to provide Dr. Law with a detailed medical history. This information includes chronic conditions, previous treatments, surgical procedures, medications, as well as vitamin and herbal supplement usage. Patients with allergies to certain medications or to latex need to let Dr. Huay-Zong Law know of these sensitivities during this consultation as well.

    In addition, Dr. Law needs to know what the patient would like to accomplish with a classic brow lift in Dallas.

    Evaluating the Forehead Area

    To evaluate the patient’s forehead, Dr. Law asks him or her to make various facial expressions. Making these facial movements allows him to see all the patient’s lines and wrinkles.

    If Dr. Huay-Zong Law believes the patient is a good candidate for an open brow lift, and the patient decides to move forward, he or his assistant takes a variety of photographs. These photos help him as he creates the patient’s customized classic brow lift surgical treatment plan.

    Presurgical Laboratory Tests

    Dr. Law places patient safety at the top of his list, which is why he may request that the patient have some presurgical laboratory tests. These tests may include blood work and an EKG. It is vital that patients complete these tests at least a week before the date of their procedure, otherwise, Dr. Huay-Zong Law may not receive the results and be able to review them in time for the patient to have surgery. In this case, the patient’s surgery will need to be rescheduled.

    Dr. Law discusses what the patient can expect following surgery, including the likely results. In addition, he covers the complications and risks that can occur with an open brow lift.

    Incision Placement

    The classic lift requires one continuous incision across the top of the head. Therefore, patients with a high forehead may prefer that Dr. Huay-Zong Law’s incision follow the frontal hairline. Patients with longer hair should consider trimming it before surgery. Otherwise, the hair may get in Dr. Law’s way during their forehead rejuvenation procedure in Dallas. Patients with short hair may want to let it grow longer after surgery, that way the hair can cover any resulting scar.

    Preparing for An Open Brow Lift in Dallas

    Dr. Law informs his patients about the procedures they are considering to have or are already planning to have. He strives to make each of his patients feel comfortable as they prepare for their surgery. For this reason, Dr. Huay-Zong Law encourages his patients to ask questions.

    Vital information patients need to follow while preparing for their classic lift in Dallas:

    Limit alcohol use. Patients must refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages for at least 48 hours before and after their forehead rejuvenation procedure.

    Patients who smoke or use any other product that contains nicotine need to stop using these products for the four weeks before surgery as well as four weeks after.

    The Importance of Avoiding Nicotine Before and After Surgery

    Following this instruction is crucial because nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, which means it causes the blood vessels to contract. This contraction narrows the pathway that the blood has to move through and reach the wound. Without the proper nutrients and oxygen, the time needed for the wound to heal increases. Since the wound remains open longer, the likelihood of the patient experiencing a complication rises. For example, the patient may develop an infection, which could lead to necrosis (i.e., dead skin tissue).

    Medication Restrictions

    For the two weeks before their forehead rejuvenation procedure and the two weeks after, patients need to avoid taking certain medicines. These medications include a variety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including Advil and Motrin, as well as aspirin. If necessary, during this time, it is okay for the patient to take acetaminophen (aka Tylenol).

    Patients who take blood thinners need to speak with their prescribing physician about reducing the dose for a short time before and after surgery. For safety’s sake, a patient must never stop taking a prescription medication without first speaking with the prescribing physician or Dr. Huay-Zong Law.

    Purchase Some Gel Packs

    To reduce postsurgical inflammation, patients should purchase and then freeze some gel packs. These freezable gel packs are available at most drug stores and are ideal for use as a cold pack following any surgical procedure (or injury).

    Patients Need a Driver and Someone to Stay with Them Overnight

    On the day of their classic lift, patients need a driver. Since patients receive anesthesia during surgery, they are unable to drive themselves home. In addition, Dr. Law requires that his patients have someone remain with them overnight.

    Why For-Hire Transportation is Prohibited Following Surgery

    For-hire transportation cannot be used after surgical procedures requiring the use of general or twilight anesthesia. Law Plastic Surgery abides by this policy to protect their patients. After having the kinds of medications required during surgery, an individual is more vulnerable than he or she normally would be. For-hire transportation includes Uber, Lyft, a taxi service and public transportation services (e.g., buses).

    Is An Open Brow Lift in Dallas An Inpatient or An Outpatient Procedure?

    At Law Plastic Surgery in Dallas, a classic lift is an outpatient procedure.

    How Long Does a Coronal Brow Lift Take?

    A coronal lift can take one to three hours. Patients who are having multiple procedures during the same surgical session will spend more time in surgery than those who are only having a coronal brow lift.

    Patients Receive Anesthesia

    To ensure patients remain comfortable during surgery, they receive medication that relaxes them and puts them to sleep. Anesthesia options include either general anesthesia or a local anesthetic with sedation (aka twilight anesthesia). Whereas general anesthesia places the patient into a deep sleep, twilight anesthesia places the patient in a relatively light sleep. Nonetheless, patients receiving twilight anesthesia do not remember their surgery. The benefit of using a local anesthetic with sedation is the ability of the patient to awaken quicker with fewer side effects than are seen with general anesthesia (e.g., nausea).

    General Anesthesia and Side Effects

    Patients who are having general anesthesia and know that they have previously experienced a side effect with it (e.g., nausea) should let Dr. Law know ahead of time. He may be able to give the patient medication to counteract the side effect.

    An Open Brow Lift in Dallas: The Day of Surgery

    Patients need to arrive about 15 minutes before their appointment. When they arrive, their driver must be present. If there is no driver present, the patient has to reschedule his or her surgery.

    One of Dr. Law’s medical assistants takes the patient to the pre-op area. While in pre-op, a medical assistant helps prepare the patient for surgery. In addition, Dr. Law will most likely visit his patient, making specific markings on the forehead (with a surgical marker) to use as a guide throughout surgery.

    If a patient is having multiple procedures during the coronal lift surgical session, Dr. Law will also make himself a guide to use for those procedures.

    Patients should ask any last-minute questions they have at this time.

    A Coronal Lift in Dallas: The Procedure

    The patient receives anesthesia.

    Once the patient is comfortably asleep, Dr. Huay-Zong Law creates an incision either at the hairline level or in the hair.

    He lifts the skin and gently maneuvers the tissues.

    Dr. Law removes the excess skin. He may also remove sections of muscle that are responsible for causing the patient’s deep frown lines and wrinkles.

    He closes the incisions using staples or stitches.

    In addition, upon waking, the patient should expect to have his or her head wrapped with sterile bandages and padding.

    Fixation screws or sutures:

    • Some patients receive either fixation screws or sutures to hold the changes Dr. Law makes in place. Dr. Huay-Zong Law hides these devices, so the patient’s results appear more natural.

    What to Expect While Recovering from a Dallas Open Brow Lift

    Directly following surgery, the patient rests in the recovery area. Once the patient awakens, he or she receives specific instructions related to recovery and restrictions.

    Heading Home After a Forehead Rejuvenation Procedure in Dallas

    Patients should use the medication Dr. Law prescribes or recommends to help reduce their pain level. It is vital that patients take the medication as prescribed or follow the instructions on over-the-counter medications.


    Cryotherapy can be utilized to reduce swelling, which also decreases pain.

    Use the gel packs in the freezer to perform cryotherapy. Most patients can leave the cold gel pack on for 15-20 minutes, remove it for an hour and then reapply. Make sure to place a cloth between the skin and the cold gel pack, otherwise, the skin can sustain damage.

    Recovering from a Classic Lift in Dallas

    As they recover, patients should expect to experience inflammation, a feeling of tightness, some pain and bruising.

    After a week has passed, patients return to Law Plastic Surgery to have their stitches or staples removed.

    Patients with temporary fixation screws return in two weeks to have these screws removed.

    The inflammation and bruising following an open brow lift in Dallas can affect other areas of the face (e.g., the cheeks and eyes). This is expected.

    Dr. Huay-Zong Law determines when the patient can remove his or her bandages, which can be at any point between one and three days of surgery.

    Patients may experience tingling or numbness; however, these sensations do subside as time passes.

    Post-Surgical Restrictions

    Avoid vigorous exercise, heavy lifting or any other activity that increases the heart rate for at least three weeks after surgery.

    Due to a slower response time, patients should not drive for at least two weeks, possibly three, following their classic lift.

    To decrease inflammation, patients should keep their head elevated, even while sleeping. This can be accomplished by propping the head up on a few pillows.

    As the inflammation begins to subside, most patients feel comfortable enough to venture out after about two weeks. Some patients return to work or school within 10 days of their surgery.

    Combination Procedures

    Patients need to keep in mind that if they added other plastic surgery procedures to their coronal lift surgical session, they will have additional instructions and restrictions to follow.

    Before leaving the recovery area, patients receive a list of their restrictions as well as instructions about caring for their incisions. If Dr. Law performed multiple procedures, the patient receives information for each of the procedures he or she underwent.

    While Recovering from An Open Brow Lift, What Warrants a Call to Law Plastic Surgery?

    Since the patient is the first one to know when a complication arises, patients need to pay attention to their body. If the patient has a fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, is experiencing excessive bleeding or extreme inflammation, he or she needs to call Law Plastic Surgery at (972) 331-1900.

    The Results

    Patients will see their final results about six months after their classic lift.

    How Long Will the Results of a Forehead Rejuvenation Procedure in Dallas Last?

    Since there is no way to stop the effects of time on the body, a classic lift is a semi-permanent procedure. Nonetheless, the creases and lines that do develop will never be as wide and deep as those that were present before surgery.

    Potential Complications and Risks of a Forehead Rejuvenation Procedure in Dallas

    As with every surgery, a coronal brow lift has potential risks and complications.

    Potential complications and risks include:

    • Visible scarring.
    • Intense scalp itch.
    • Infection.
    • Weak brow movement.
    • Bleeding.
    • A reaction to the medications used during surgery.
    • An allergic reaction due to the products used during surgery.

    How Much Does An Open Brow Lift in Dallas Cost?

    How much an individual’s classic lift costs depends on a variety of factors. To learn more, make an appointment with Dr. Law. He evaluates men and women at his office in Dallas to determine how much their classic lift will cost.

    Does Insurance Cover a Coronal Brow Lift?

    In most instances, a classic lift is an elective procedure; therefore, insurance does not cover it. Nonetheless, Dr. Huay-Zong Law encourages his patients to go ahead and call their insurance company to find out for sure. Patients who need to have surgery to address a sagging brow that is negatively affecting their vision may be an exception.

    Individuals in the Dallas area, who are considering an open brow lift, or some other type of rejuvenation procedure, should contact Law Plastic Surgery today. Dr. Huay-Zong Law is a highly experienced plastic surgeon whose goal is to help men and women recapture their youth with a variety of plastic surgery procedures and targeted injections. To learn how Dr. Law can help you turn back the hands of time, call (972) 331-1900 today. Law Plastic Surgery’s Dallas office is at 7777 Forest Lane, C-528.




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