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Brow Lift Plastic Surgery Risks and Safety

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Brow Lift Plastic Surgery Risks and Safety Beverly Hills | Los Angeles

A certain degree of risk is involved in any plastic surgery procedure. The brow lift surgery involves a relatively low risk of complications.

But it is important that the patient discusses their health history and personal aesthetic goals prior to proceeding with a brow lift. During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will inform them about the possible risks and benefits of the surgery.

The patient will need to sign consent forms stating that they have understood the potential risks and would like to proceed with the surgery.

Therefore, it is recommended to undergo a thorough consultation and comprehend the risks before making a final decision. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motyie MD provides brow lift surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and nearby communities in this part of California.

List of Possible Risks

In rare instances, a brow lift may lead to the following post-op complications:

  • Facial or brow asymmetry
  • Hair loss in incision area
  • Need for revision surgery
  • Stiff brows or forehead muscles
  • Numbness or other skin sensation changes
  • Nerve damage (temporary or permanent)
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Hair loss at the incision location
  • Hair loss at the eyelashes
  • Elevated, higher hairline
  • Irregular skin contour
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Loss of skin
  • Eyelid disorders
  • Eye irritation or dryness
  • Skin discoloration
  • Noticeable or irritated sutures
  • Dissatisfaction with the cosmetic result
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Slow wound healing
  • Deep vein thrombosis


Brow lift plastic surgery can lead to some side effects that will most likely resolve within some days. Furthermore, the side effects are minimal in an endoscopic brow lift procedure. The usual post-op side effects of brow lift surgery include:

  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Tiredness
  • Bruising
  • Pain or general discomfort
  • Tingling
  • Numbness

Slight inflammation may persist for some weeks, but will typically not require any special treatment. Patients should use ice therapy in the initial 48 hours post-surgery to minimize the inflammation.

Risk Mitigation

Prior to a brow lift procedure, the patient will consult with an experienced surgeon to establish whether they are an ideal candidate, and which brow lift technique is suitable for their individual case. Ideally, patients should select a board-certified cosmetic surgeon for a brow lift procedure.

These surgeons usually adopt state-of-the-art surgical techniques, follow medical best practices and standards, pursue on-going education, and observe the latest safety protocols. The patient should also be dedicated to following the surgeon’s pre- and post-op care guidelines to reduce their risk of complications.

If the patient smokes, they should be especially cautious regarding avoiding smoking for a few weeks pre and post surgery as recommended by the surgeon. Patients should inform the surgeon about any history of blood clotting or elevated scars. The dedicated Dr. Gary Motykie MD receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other communities and suburbs in this region of the southwest for a brow lift.

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Brow Lift Plastic Surgery Risks and Safety Beverly Hills | Los Angeles

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