Risk of Hair Loss After Browlift
- Asked by vanidad in miami
- 3 years ago
i would like to have a browlift. i am worry about the loss of hair. My hair is very thin. In addition. I have been searching information and my understanding about endoscopic browlift is that it will last only a few years versus the open brown lift that will be last for more that 10 years. I am 46, I went to see a doctor and he told me I should have botox instead of the surgery. I don't think this will be an option for me because of the price and the time I will be spending on botox brownlift. Thanks for your answers,
Hair loss after brow lift
The only type of brow lift that can result in permanent hair loss is the old coronal approach. In my opinion , it should only be used on those with low hairlines and very thick hair.
The small incision, endoscopic or trichophytic hairline approaches should not result in any permanent hair loss.
Temporary hair loss ("shock loss") can occur with any surgery to the scalp including face lifts and hair transplants. When and if this relatively rare situation occurs, hair starts to grow back in 3 months.
I doubt if you have little to fear about hair loss if your work is done by an experienced surgeon.
My preference is for the trichophytic hairline approach as it does not move the hairline ( and even accomodates the lowering of it) and allows for a variety of maneuvers to be instituted. I feel it lasts the longest and that the only possible drawbacks are temporary numbness of the front of the scalp and a potentially visible scar if the hair direction is backwards, as in a cowlick formation.
The discussion of hair loss is an important part of the informed consent process when considering a browlift. the likelihood of this actually happening is quite low when proper techniques and preservation of the blood supply is maintained.
Ask your surgeon to review this with you and look at patient photos who have had the procedure.
Risk of Hair Loss After Browlift
With any kind of incision in the hair line there is always the risk of permanent or semi-permanent hair loss (shock loss) at the incision site. The endoscopic approach to a brow lift has a much lower chance to create hair loss as there is not as much nerve damage or scar tissue. Both those factors can make it hard for a hair follicle to remain undamaged. However, with how far we’ve come in the world of plastics, an endoscopic approach can last a significant amount of time. It would be good to see a picture to fully evaluate what would be the best option for you personally.
Risk of Hairloss After Browlift
There are a variety of browlift techniques, and each one needs to be individualized for the patient. The risk of hair loss is usually quite low, but can occur along the incision line typically when there is excessive tension and/or rough handling of the skin and/or delicate hair that is susceptible to falling out. Whether the lateral browlift, or trichophytic/hairline incision, or lateral browlift (the one I most commonly utilize) is chosen depends on the appearance of your brows, your goals, the thickness of your skin and heaviness of your brows, your hair pattern, and the experience of your surgeon.
Browlift vs Botox
I trained with one of the world's most famous plastic surgeons who was a master of brow lifting. In fact, he never performed an endoscopic brow lift( I do). He even did open browlifts on bald people!( I am reluctant). But, his patients usually healed extremely well from the open, based upon good technique, proper design of incisions, and minimal to no tension. His open brow lifts lasted much longer than 10 years. I agree, I do endobrow lifts in many patients, andt hey may need to be redone in the future but it limits scars and numbness to the scalp.
Risk of Hairloss after browlift
Since the endoscopic approach allows this surgery to be performed through minimal incisions of 1/8th of an inch there is very little reason for hair loss using this technique. The other popular approach is an incision at the hairline - this also avoids injury to hair follicles. I have not performed a coronal browplasty for years - that approach was one in which hair loss was possible along the long incision back behind the hairline. Unless there is the unusual circumstance of a very low hairline this approach is not one I would consider at this time.
Brow lift - hair loss
The chances of you having hair loss with an endoscopic brow lift is low. However, I would recommend also getting Botox as a supplement to your brow lift. If your plastic surgeon feels that botox is the appropriate treatment, I would seriously consider it. Without pictures or seeing you in person, it's impossible to tell which procedure would be better for you. However, BOTOX is a minimally invasive office procedure that is not very expensive that could significantly improve your appearance.
Dr. Cat Begovic.
Hair loss after browlift
The browlift operation is performed endoscopically or by coronal approach depending upon where the existing hairline is. If there is no tension placed on the skin, hair loss is not an issue. Further correction and softening of the frontalis, corrugator, and procerus muscles are done to soften the scowling expression. Fascia grafts can also be placed underneath the dermis when there is dermal atrophy. The hairline itself can be brought down closer to the face with a preauricular incision versus a postauricular incision, which would raise the hairline. Endoscopic approaches tend to raise the hairline. Botox is an excellent conservative alternative for the corrugator and frontalis lines, but it is temporary.
Web reference: http://www.seattlefacial.com
Hair loss after browlift
Without pictures it is impossible to give you specific advice. However, rest assured that hair loss is uncommon and minimal if any. Endoscopic lifts involve shorter incisions and less chance for interruption of hair growth. Good luck.
Web reference: http://www.ShaferPlasticSurgery.com
Hair loss unlikely after endoscopic browlift
Hair loss is uncommon after endoscopic browlift. Likewise trichophytic browlift scars heal quite well if planned and performed properly. The risk in men is that the well camouflaged trichophytic scar will become visible as male pattern baldness becomes evident or progresses. This is important to discuss with your surgeon. For most men, Botox is not a viable alternative to brow lift procedures.
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Web reference: http://weberfacialplasticsurgery.com/browlift/
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