If you’re worried that your forehead is making you appear tired, angry or just older than you are, the forehead lift may be right for you. The forehead lift, also known as the brow lift, is a relatively simple procedure that can be customized to your needs to improve a sagging brow, forehead creases, hooding over the eyes, and forehead furrows and frown lines. The minimally-invasive endoscopic forehead lift is a commonly used technique today and it can help to maximize the youthfulness of your appearance while brightening up your face as well as your outlook on life.
If you are in good general health and have realistic expectations for improving aging signs in the forehead, the forehead lift may be right for you. Forehead lift patients are typically looking to improve sagging eyebrows, forehead creases or furrows, hooding above the eyes, and/or frown lines. For some patients, Botox may be a good alternative that can help to postpone surgery. During consultation, Dr. Smith will examine your areas of concern and discuss your goals to help determine if the forehead lift is the right procedure for you.
General anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation may be used for the forehead lift. In most cases, the surgery takes just one to two hours to complete. The endoscopic technique is commonly used today and this is performed through three to five very short incisions located within the hairline. A small camera device known as an endoscope is then inserted through the incisions and used as an aid to help the surgeon remove excess tissue and alter the forehead muscles.
The eyebrows may also be elevated before closing the incisions with very fine sutures. For the traditional forehead lift, a longer, headphone-like incision is made across the top of the head just within the hairline. This allows for the removal of excess skin if needed.
Following forehead lift surgery, patients can expect some degree of swelling, bruising and numbness. Bruising and swelling typically takes one to two weeks to resolve while the swelling may take a week or so to fade. Any discomfort that patients experience can be managed with medication. Bandages applied after surgery are typically removed within a day or two while sutures may be removed within one to two weeks.
The recovery is typically shorter and often easier following the endoscopic forehead lift compared to the traditional forehead lift. Patients are often able to return to work within seven to ten days, and sometimes sooner with the endoscopic technique. Strenuous activities should be postponed for several weeks and sun exposure limited for several months.
To learn more about the forehead lift or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith in Columbus, call Smith Facial Plastics of Gahanna and New Albany, Ohio, at 614-379-4010.