What Is It?
A forehead lift, also sometimes referred to as a browlift, (you may have heard it called the ponytail lift!) is a surgical procedure to change the position of the soft tissues of the forehead, thereby the appearance of the upper face. This procedure also reduces sagging of skin in the eyebrows and above the nose.
The goal of a browlift is to tighten excess loose skin, smooth forehead wrinkling, and modify drooping brows.
Why Have It?
The brow and forehead tend to show premature aging on both men and women. The loss of skin elasticity, in addition to the effects of gravity and the sun, results in facial wrinkles and heavy brows. At times, this can make one’s natural expression appear sad or upset, even when they are not.
How Does It Work?
During consultation, we will walk through expectations and motivations for seeking an eyebrow and forehead lift. There are several types of eyebrow and forehead lifts currently available. The main difference among the various options for forehead lifting consist of the placement of the incision. The type we choose will be based on the current eyebrow position, facial structure, and what will maximize our patient’s appearance. During this time we will also suggest any additional procedures to maximum results, such as an eyelid lift.
Where Is It?
Depending on the treatment plan outlined during the consultation, there are several different ways to approach this surgery.
A forehead lift typically takes between one to two hours to perform. It is most commonly performed under IV sedation or twilight anesthesia.
The forehead lift procedure usually involves incisions in the hair-bearing scalp. Occasionally, incisions may be made in the forehead and/or the upper eyelids. Once the incisions are placed, various degrees of undermining of the skin are performed, and the deeper layers of the forehead are lifted. Muscles that depress the eyebrows may be disrupted during the procedure. The skin and deeper layers are then “fixed” or attached to the bone. The results are a reversal of the effects of gravity and tightening of soft tissues of the forehead to restore a more youthful contour to the upper face.
The newest approach is endoscopic surgery. Several small incisions are placed just behind the hairline and a scope is used to assist in the surgery. In the right patient this procedure results in less risk of numbness and scarring with the added benefit of a shorter recovery period.
Cold compresses should be applied to reduce swelling. Full recovery will not surpass two weeks. Bruising and swelling may last for about 10 days.
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