The effects of aging are inevitable, and, often the brow and forehead area show the first signs. The skin begins to lose its elasticity. Sun, wind, and the pull of gravity all affect the face, resulting in frown lines, wrinkling across the forehead, and an increasing heaviness of the eyebrows. Even people in their thirties may have faces that look older than their years. You’re tired, angry, or sad expression may not reflect how you actually feel
Facial plastic surgery makes to enhance your appearance and eliminate of premature aging, by changing how you look you can improve your self-image.
The main goal of minimal-incision rejuvenation is to limit the scarring that accompanies this procedure, is not a partial procedure is the most refined kind of coronal lift at the present time.
The following information is strictly the opinion of Dr. Gomez-Mendoza and his associates and pertains to his personal technique of forehead/brow rejuvenation and other facial rejuvenation procedures as performed by him.
Dr. Gomez-Mendoza frequently performs rejuvenation of the eyelids in combination with the minimal-incision upper face rejuvenation procedures.
If you’re considering rejuvenation of the upper third of your face, this information will help provide a basic understanding of what a short-scar procedure (or "minimal-incision forehead/browlift) can and cannot achieve. Because facial aging affects each individual patient differently no amount of written information can replace a personal consultation with Dr. Gomez-Mendoza and his team.
What is a minimal-incision forehead/browlift?
Is a lift that repositions the skin and soft tissues of the upper third of the face that have been affected by the aging process. The principle difference between a short-scar surgery and other “traditional” coronal-lifts is that the short-scar lift features a significantly reduced scar. The long scarring from ear to ear is completely eliminated.
The procedure as performed by Dr. Gomez-Mendoza is a one or two small incisions (from ¾ to 1 ¾ of inch) and in most cases we use ENDOTINE*; a multipoint, bio-absorbable product for soft tissue fixation providing long lasting results with the convenience of an outpatient procedure, so after recovering for approximately 1-3 hours you will be able to go home. Finally, the incisions are closed (we only use absorbable sutures placed in an intradermal running fashion so you will not see them and they do not need to be removed). This technique obviates the need for external skin sutures.
Where are the incisions for a minimal-incision forehead/browlift?
The incision is or are made one to two inches behind the hairline thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar.
What type of anesthesia is used?
Dr. Gomez-Mendoza performs most minimal-incision forehead/browlift? Procedures under sedation (gentle, short-acting medication is administered by a board certified anesthesiologist to insure comfort and security for our patients) and local anesthesia. Patients are under monitored anesthesia care since they arrive to the operating room till they leave the recovery area; ensuring that you receive the safest care possible. The expert care you deserve.
In some cases even the local anesthesia itself may serve as the sole means of anesthesia providing sufficient comfort during the procedure in a cooperative patient.
Where will your minimal-incision forehead/browlift be performed?
Although Dr. Gomez-Mendoza has been granted staff privileges at most of the local hospitals and outpatient surgery centers, he performs most forehead/browlift procedures at the modern Puerta de Hierro Medical Center. Whether you choose to have your procedure done in the peaceful seclusion of our state-of-the-art Medical Center or an area hospital; rest assured that you'll receive the finest care available. In Puerto Vallarta you can choose the hospital of your preference.
How do I prepare for my minimal-incision forehead/browlift?
Surgery must be individualized for each patient; Dr. Gomez-Mendoza will evaluate your face, including your skin, and with your assistance, make recommendations as to the specific procedures that will most likely help you achieve your aesthetic goals. A detailed history of medical conditions that could affect your surgery will be obtained including use of medications, vitamins, etc.
You will be given detailed written instructions on how to prepare for your surgery including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and avoidance of certain vitamins and medications. If you smoke it’s especially important to stop (and also to avoid second-hand smoke) for at least two weeks prior to surgery because of the deleterious effect of smoking upon the healing process. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly. In addition, we'll also be available to answer any questions you might have or any concerns that arise. Please don't hesitate to call us.
After the surgery...
A certain degree of swelling and bruising is normal. Cold compresses, as well as head elevation when lying down, will enhance healing and relieve discomfort.
It's important for you to keep in mind that healing — of any form — is a gradual process during the initial phases of recovery, you'll experience minor pain and discomfort along with the swelling and bruising around the operative areas. This is normal. You'll be given medications to handle the pain, and in time, the swelling and bruising will disappear.
Full recovery usually takes five to seven days, most patients go back to work in a week. Scars are usually not noticeable. In any case, they are easily disguised with the hair. Bear in mind that the aging process continues after surgery and that some relaxation of tissue will occur later.
Are there any risks?
When minimal-incision forehead/browlift is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery, complications are infrequent and usually minor.
While Dr. Gomez-Mendoza and his team make every effort to minimize risk, individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, their healing ability as well as in their reactions to surgery and anesthesia. You can reduce your risks by closely following our advice concerning your pre- and post-operative care.
To contact plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Gomez-Mendoza about any cosmetic surgery procedures, please fill out our contact form or call us at +52 (33) 3123-9479 in Mexico.