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While it is uncommon, brow lifts can fail. This can happen due to issues in the surgery process or the subsequent healing process that lead to the brow not settling properly in its new position, or due to the wounds becoming infected.
Cosmetic surgery often involves the removal of tissue or cartilage, therefore making the affected area less stable. This can lead to issues later down the line, such as sagging, or the more immediate failure of the surgery. Brow lift failure may be indicated by a sudden, painful swelling of the affected area or asymmetry. If you suffer from any of these symptoms of a failed or infected brow lift, you should seek medical help immediately.
Even successful procedures can bring risks. Brow lift procedures can sometimes result in light scarring, numbness in the forehead and issues with the hairline, such as hair loss in the affected area or elevation of the hairline. It is vital that you are aware of the risks involved in any procedure before agreeing to undergo cosmetic surgery.
In the following guide, the team at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors explain the brow lift procedure, how to reduce the chances of brow lift failure and what you may be able to do if the procedure goes wrong.
Also known as a 'forehead lift', brow lifts can be done in one of five different methods. Which method your cosmetic surgeon uses for your procedure depends on your face shape and skin, such as the amount of excess skin or the height of your hairline or eyebrows. Different methods may also produce slightly different results, which can vary widely between patients as every person's facial structure is different.
The five brow lift methods used in the UK are:
Following a brow lift, your cosmetic surgeon may bind your forehead to keep it in place and use a tube to drain any excess fluid from the wound. They should then provide you with instructions on how to ensure the healing process goes smoothly.
You may find that the affected area becomes itchy after a couple of days, but you should refrain from touching it as this can cause any stitches to come loose and spread bacteria from your hands.
Your surgeon will request that you remove any bandages after three days have passed; they may do this for you and inspect your healing progress. After a maximum of ten days, your surgeon will remove any sutures. You can expect swelling to last for several weeks, so continue to use cold compresses and keep in touch with your surgeon, who will monitor your progress and inform you when you can return to your usual hair washing process.
If you are concerned that something has gone wrong with your surgery, you should first seek medical assistance. If you believe that your surgeon is responsible for your issues, you should seek help from an independent medical professional, such as your GP. After a diagnosis, the medical professional will be able to inform you as to the likely cause of the error and how to resolve it, such as through corrective surgery.
Your GP will also be able to inform you as to whether your surgeon is to blame for your suffering. Medical negligence (or clinical negligence, as it is sometimes called) is the neglecting of standards for care set by UK law. All medical practitioners are legally held to a duty of care; if they breach this duty of care, they can be liable for any damage they have caused.
If the following is true, you may be able to make a cosmetic surgery compensation claim against your cosmetic surgeon:
If you believe that the above applies to your situation, you should speak to a cosmetic surgery claims solicitor, such as those among our team. We will help you to gather evidence that proves that you deserve compensation following your failed brow lift. We will facilitate any communications between you and the other parties involved, and we will represent you in court if it comes to that. Learn more about how cosmetic surgery compensation is calculated.
Consider speaking to us as soon as possible as the quicker you do the better chance you will have of securing compensation. Call Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors today on 0808 189 7704 for a no-obligation chat. Alternatively, fill out an online contact form and we will call you back at a time suitable for you.