Coronal Brow Lift Unnecessary and Disfigured Me - Midwest, USA

I went to a plastic surgeon because I had one eye...

I went to a plastic surgeon because I had one eye that was slightly droopy and thought a bleph for that eye would raise it enough to look better. The surgeon said that what I probably needed was a brow lift along with the bleph. He said that he thought the eye would still be droopy if he just performed a bleph. I told him that I didnt want anything too invasive. He said that he would do the bleph first, and then if he felt it truly needed the brow lift, it would involve "just a few staples in the hairline that would not show." He didn't mention anything about hair loss. (I was born with a high hair line, and had been self conscious about it for as long as I can remember.)
When I woke up from surgery, I realized that my entire head, ear to ear, had been cut open and stitched. I was in shock. Over the course of the next 3 weeks, after calling the office and talking to nurses, did I realize that he had performed something called a coronal brow lift. He permanently removed one inch of my hairline. He also removed the muscles in my forehead and between the eyes. This was another thing that he never discussed before the surgery.
The surgeon told me that "He decided during the surgery, that since I already had a high hairline, that I knew the tricks of the trade in covering a high forehead" and that's why HE decided to do a coronal brow lift. He also told me that it was "time for a new hairdo for you anyway."
Once he saw how high my hairline was in his office 1 week post op (pic above),he said that he was sorry that he realized it was a little too high. He said he would help me to look better, even if it meant a hair transplant. Once he realized the legal implications for what he did, he changed his mind and took no responsibility to help me.
That was 3 years ago. My life changed dramatically. I've had one hair transplant a year ago to try to cover the scarring. My head is permanently numb, but still itches constantly. The doctor who did my hair transplant wanted to do a second transplant to try to create a new hairline, but because the scalp was pulled back so aggressively during the brow lift, it may not work. I have to wear a wig/bangs for the rest of my lift or else I look like a freak. I don't go outside if there's any wind. I used to be very active bike riding and running.
Because he cut the muscles between my eyes, that area pulls apart and sinks down, giving my face an odd look. I look surgical and plastic. I've gone from a social, outgoing person to one that stays home. Also, my brows are way too high, esp. in the middle.
Last month, after reading advice on this site, I decided to try Botox to relax the brow. It has helped, though I don't like the frozen look I still have. Plus this is only temporary.
The coronal brow lift is a brutal, life changing procedure. Please be aware that the results are not subtle and consider carefully before choosing this.
I know this photo isn't pretty, but I am posting it to show others exactly what a coronal can do to your hairline. This was right after the surgery. I actually permanently lost more hair due to shock loss, and it never returned. Also, my hair's texture used to be silky, but now it's like straw. The hair transplant surgeon and doctor who administered botox both said this procedure was totally unnecessary and disfigured my face and hairline. i'm too embarrassed and ashamed to show a total face After picture.
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I am so sorry. This just makes me sick how these doctors are getting away with this kind of stuff. I wish we had a much longer statute of limitations to sue these incompetent sociopaths. They say it takes a couple of years to see final results but by then it is too late to do anything about it. Unless someone has been through it themselves, it is hard to explain the magnitude of distress and depression having our looks drastically changed does to us. I’m terribly sorry this happened to you. I hope you are able to get this fixed and move on. Hugs
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So sorry for you xxxxx
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I am so sad this happened to you. You are a brave and kind person to share with us this experience.
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Thank you for sharing your experience!
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Dear Stayhopeful, thank you for posting your story - it is a courageous act and I hope that women find your review and will understand what the Coronal brow lift does to the hairline, the hair, the face, the psyche, etc. I wish I had a magic wand to wave all of this suffering away. I understand the heartbreak, and you're far too young for this to have happened. I too, have suffered tremendously from the Coronal brow lift and had a successful hair transplant that is finally starting to flow with the rest of my hair after 8 months (I will be writing a great review for Dr. Jerry Wong of Hasson and Wong in Vancouver British Columbia). I want to share something that has been helping me and may help you too: I bought an organic rubber scalp massager from Morrocco Method hair products company and the pain, numbness and tightness in my scalp has been getting better every day. It brings a lot of blood to the scalp and my scalp feels alive, looser and tingly afterwards. This may be a way to help bring laxity and blood flow to your upper forehead and scalp so that you could consider a hair transplant. I also had a lot of hair trauma and it has taken a year for that straw feeling to start to soften. I'm sure this massager is also helping with new hair growth. I also lost hair all over my head that is slowly growing back except for one bald spot (on my part, unfortunately) and the new hair is now coming in very soft - no longer kinky and thick. Whatever procedure you end up doing to correct the damage, I hope it turns out stunning. I'm going to visualize you back on your bike and running through a beautiful park!!
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Thanks so much for your kind encouraging words. And I'm going to check out the massager! Can you tell me where you ordered it from?
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Jhealer, found the massager online, thank you. I'm in my 40's. The doctors nurse told me as she was taking out my stitches that the staff was sick about what the doctor had done to me that I was "way too young to have a hairline that high." I was just starting to put 2 + 2 together at that time and realizing that this was permanent...very dark days. I had avoided the sun and had hardly any forehead wrinkles before the brow lift. Thank you jhealer.
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Your 40s is way too young for your life to come to a halt…keep looking forward and moving forward and don't give up. You named yourself well, stay hopeful...
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Oh I'm so sorry you are going through all of this misery. I feel so bad - it's outrageous that the surgeon did all that extra surgery without discussing it with you. I hope you sue him and can find someone to correct his mistakes. Do you have any hope of finding a dr to correct these mistakes?
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Thank you CindyF, I appreciate that. There is a doctor in Mass. that supposedly can reverse coronal browlifts and restore hairline. I'm contemplating going for a consult. The procedure sounds horrendous, but probably no more brutal than the coronal. It's too late to sue, and when the window was there, I was just too broken to go through the legal process. I wish there was some justice, but at this point if I can warn women about this procedure I feel like some good can come from it. Thank you.
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I would definitely check into making the original dr pay for the correction. Thank you for posting your experience. I wish you all the best in getting better and hope the dr in mass. Can help you. I am still contemplating having a brow lift although I wish there was a way to know how skillful the surgeon is- you really don't know until you go thru it. So sorry that this happened to you.
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Hi, it's past the time when I can do anything legally, unfortunately. The money would have helped but it can't undo anything and I don't think would have been worth the stress of a legal battle, even though I'm sure I would have gotten a settlement. If you are wanting a brow lift, can I recommend seeing an occuplastic surgeon who specializes in that area? I saw a general plastic surgeon. Was very naive. I doubt he had done very many of these and he obviously didn't know the female face/importance of hair for a woman. Also, have you tried Botox? I think these brow lifts are mostly unnecessary and have so many permanent side effects. Also, I do not have a natural beauty anymore and look surgical. I don't want that to happen to you. I don't know what state you live in but finding the best surgeon is so important CynthiaF. Blessings to you.
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CindyF, You should really make certain that a brow lift is necessary. Regardless of what type of brow procedure you have they all carry long lasting issues of numbness itching. And the immediate recovery is no picnic either. I have been amazed at how often patients are told that they need brow lifts with upper eyes. A few may, but most do not. If the PS says you will have a better result be sure to ask by what degree better. I don't think for a 10% improvement over an eye lift alone anyone would want the cost, pain and possible complications of an additional and for the most part unnecessary brow lift. You might want to read thru some of the Q/A about this procedure. IMO many of these must be done for the Mercedes payment....grace60
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The main reason I want a brow lift is because one of my eyebrows is lower than the other one. My optometrist recommended the eye lift because it is affecting my vision. When I went to the oculoplastic surgeon, he said that it was not my eye that needed the lift - it was the eyebrow. That's what started my search for a surgeon to do the eyebrow lift. However after visiting several plastic surgeons, I get different answers about how much of a brow lift and some still say I need the eye lift so I'm not sure who to believe. It's a difficult decision and I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing. I really appreciate all the feedback I've gotten here on realself.
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