New Study Reveals Patient Opinions Post Brow Lift Surgery

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic surgery, nearly 28,200 brow lifts were performed in 2011 alone. But how do brow lift surgery patients really feel about their final results? Pretty good according to a new German survey.

The survey, which was published in the September/October issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, interviewed 98 patients who’d undergone a brow lift between 1994 and 2007 roughly three years after their procedure. Almost all of the patients interviewed were women (96 percent in fact), and the average age was 60.

Sometimes referred to as a forehead lift, this procedure is performed to rejuvenate the upper third of the face by repositioning the scalp and removing or tightening underlying muscles that cause forehead wrinkles.

Just how happy were patients three years after brow lift surgery?

Roughly 63 percent of patients said they would definitely or most likely have the procedure again, while 18 percent said they definitely or probably wouldn’t. The remaining 18 percent were on the fence, stating the might have an eyebrow lift again.

Would most patients recommend brow lift surgery to a friend?

The percentages were comparable when researchers asked patients if they’d recommend the procedure to a friend. The majority of patients said they would, however, a surprisingly large amount of patients (32 percent) say they weren’t likely to do so.

This may be due to a lengthy recovery time. Questionnaire responses indicated that most patients suffered with significant discomfort, swelling and bruising during the first month after surgery. However, only 14 percent felt the same during month two. Additionally, long-lasting numbness in the scar area was a common complaint found in patients 41 percent of patients six months post-surgery.

And the take home message is…

Brow lift surgery is a major procedure that requires careful consideration and planning. If you don’t possess realistic expectations or the necessary time to commit to a full recovery, then this surgery may not be right for you.

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