If people often comment you look tired, sad or angry, a combination brow lift/eyelid lift may be the right procedure for you. Dr. Leeman’s delicate touch allows less discomfort, less bruising and a faster recovery. By gently correcting loose skin and fat around the eyes, our methods virtually eliminate visible scarring and stitching, for a beautiful outcome.
What are the benefits of a brow lift?
A brow lift is designed to combat the signs of aging by reducing frown or worry lines for a smooth, more youthful appearance. Brow lifts can also be used to raise naturally low or heavy brows. Most brow lifts result in increased confidence and heightened self-image and self esteem.
Am I an eligible candidate for a brow lift?
Healthy men and women who have good skin elasticity make ideal candidates for brow lift surgery. Patients who don’t smoke, or who are willing to stop throughout the healing process, will experience the best results of a brow lift.
Are the results of a brow lift permanent?
While the aging process will continue after the brow lift surgery, patients will continue to appear younger than their actual age. Some patients will opt to have a second surgery, but this will not be necessary before 10-15 years from the initial brow lift.
What are the risks and side effects of a brow lift?
Complications with brow lift surgery are extremely rare, and most can be corrected with surgery. Possible complications and risks include nerve damage that can lead to uncontrollable muscle functions, scarring, hair loss and loss of feeling in the forehead. As with any surgery, infection is a risk. Smokers have a higher risk of complications during the skin healing process.
How long does a brow lift procedure take?
The brow lift procedure generally lasts one to two hours. Depending on needs and desires of patients, this timeframe can vary.
With what form of anesthesia is the brow lift performed?
Depending on your preference, either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation may be used. Dr. Leeman has performed many brow lift surgeries under local anesthesia with sedation.
Is there scarring, swelling or pain after a brow lift?
Temporary discomfort and swelling after a brow lift is normal. This should subside after a few days. Dr. Leeman strategically places incisions along the hairline or in natural facial folds so that scars aren’t visible.
How soon after surgery can I return to work?
While the recovery time for each patient varies, most individuals are able to return to work after about seven to 10 days. Please keep in mind that sun exposure should be limited. We advise against any strenuous activity for at least three weeks following a brow lift.
What are the benefits of eyelid surgery?
The eyes are the first thing you notice on a person, and as we age, the skin above the eyes can begin to droop and the skin under the eyes can form into bags, causing a person to look tired or sad. A Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure that can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both to improve the appearance and give you a rejuvenated look around your eyes, making you look more rested and alert.
For the upper eyelid, Dr. Leeman employs this procedure to correct loose or excess skin that obscures the natural fold of the eyes and reduce puffiness that can make the eyes look tired. For the lower eyelids, Dr. Leeman works to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, raise the droopiness that sometimes occurs with age and improve the appearance of bags and dark circles.
Am I an eligible candidate for eyelid surgery?
Healthy men and women who have strong facial tissue and realistic goals for improvement of the upper and/or lower eyelids and surrounding area make ideal candidates for brow lift surgery. Patients who don’t smoke, or who are willing to stop throughout the healing process, will experience the best results.
You must tell Dr. Leeman if you have any of these medical conditions:
- Eye diseases such as glaucoma, dry eye or a detached retina
- Thyroid disorders such as Graves disease and under or overactive thyroid
- Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders or diabetes
Will I see results from my eyelid surgery?
The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and an alert and rejuvenated appearance. Your final results will appear within several weeks, but it may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine.
While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your results.
What are the risks and side effects of eyelid surgery?
As with any surgery, infection is a risk with eyelid surgery. Nerve damage, adverse reactions to anesthesia and problems with the healing of the skin are also risks involved with eyelid surgery. Smokers have a higher risk of complications during the skin healing process.
How long does eyelid surgery take?
Eyelid surgeries generally take approximately one hour. Depending on needs and desires of patients, this timeframe can vary.
With what form of anesthesia is the eyelid surgery performed?
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation, local or general anesthesia. Dr. Leeman has performed many eyelid surgeries under local anesthesia with sedation.
How soon after eyelid surgery can I return to work?
Most evidence of your surgery will subside in about two weeks. It is recommended to refrain from work during the two-week healing process. Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses, and ointment. Irritation at the incision sites also is possible.
A special note: You must practice diligent sun protection and use darkly tinted sunglasses until the healing process is fully complete.
Is Dr. Leeman Board-Certified?
Yes, Dr. Leeman is actually Double-Board-Certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.