I feel it is important that anyone having surgery with me is aware of the possible negative sides of surgery and understands the small but real risks. The following paragraphs cover what happens when things occasionally don’t go as expected.
Like all surgery there are risks of complications whoever does your surgery. It is important you are aware that many of the problems you may get after your surgery, if they are treated promptly, have no obvious effect on the final outcome.
All browlift operations have a risk of (in order that they may occur):
• Bleeding: this may lead to more extensive bruising and swelling, but is unlikely to affect the final result. It is uncommon. There is a very remote possibility that the bleeding may require a return to the operating theatre. The chance of this being necessary is about 2%.
• Infection: there is a very small risk of wound infection which would be expected to respond readily to antibiotics.
• Opening of the wound line: This is uncommon. If it is a small area it will probably heal without treatment without causing any ill effect on the result. If a more significant part of the wound has opened this may require repairing under some local anaesthetic. Again the final result should be unaffected.
• Numbness over the forehead and hair. The skin feels numb after the operation. This should gradually recover over 6-8 weeks but some persistent numbness is possible.
• Scar: the scar is normally very hard to see, but in some people (2%) bad scars can form which can require further treatment, although it is not uncommon for the scars to become slightly more visible for a while around the 6 -10 week mark. Treatment is available if this is troublesome. Scars in the hair can be surrounded with scalp skin with reduced hair density.
• Weakness of the forehead. This is not common and recovers spontaneously in most cases.
• Asymmetry: While at the end of the operation your brow is symmetrical during the period of settling some slight asymmetry may appear. This is normally invisible to other people, however if it is significant correction can be performed.
• There is a very small risk of seroma (fluid collection under the skin) this is normally treated by removing the fluid with a syringe and needle in clinic, occasionally further surgery can be required.
• As this is a surgical procedure to deal with appearance no guarantee can be given to the final appearance, but if we agree it is an unsatisfactory result correction will be offered at no additional cost.
• All operations can result in long term discomfort.
• All operations have a small risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), chest infection and Pulmonary embolism. Death following elective surgery is exceptionally rare (1:250,000 in fit and well people)