No More Furrowed Brow with a Forehead Lift
A forehead lift, also known as a brow lift, is a surgical procedure that reverses the signs of aging on the forehead and brow area. By removing loose, heavy skin that droops below the brow bone and smoothing out creases and wrinkles on the forehead, the procedure can restore a youthful and well-rested appearance to the upper facial area.
Forehead lift plastic surgery is a delicate procedure; too much or not enough correction can result in an unnatural facial appearance. For this reason, it is imperative that patients work with a skilled plastic surgeon who is experienced in performing forehead lift. The facial rejuvenation surgeons in the Franciscan Health network are board certified and have years of experience performing forehead lift. Patients who want to restore a relaxed and pleasant appearance to the brow and forehead area trust these doctors for natural-looking results.
Forehead Lift Candidates
Suitable candidates for forehead lift are individuals who:
- Are bothered by the appearance of horizontal creases and lines across the forehead and/or frown lines between the eyebrows
- Have loose, excess skin on the brow that hangs so low it creates a hooded upper eyelid appearance
- Have realistic expectations from surgery
- Are in good overall health
- Do not smoke
Forehead lift can be combined with another facial rejuvenation procedure such as eyelid surgery, facelift or Botox to create more comprehensive results. A qualified plastic surgeon can determine which treatment plan can achieve the best outcome based on each patient’s unique facial features, aesthetic concerns and goals.
Forehead Lift Techniques
Forehead lift is performed on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia. Because no two patients are exactly alike, each forehead lift procedure is customized to match the specific needs of each individual patient. There are two basic incision techniques that can be used to perform forehead lift:
Endoscopic brow lift is the most commonly used incision technique for brow lift. It involves making three to five one-inch incisions within the hairline. An endoscope (a thin tube with a camera on the end) is inserted into one of the incisions to allow the surgeon to get a view of the underlying muscles and tissues. Another instrument is inserted in the other incisions to lift the skin and reshape the muscles and tissues, correcting creases and furrows on the brow in the process. Excess forehead skin is excised while the remaining skin is gently tightened for a softer yet firmer look.
Coronal lift involves making one long incision from ear to ear across the top of the head, slightly behind the natural hairline. The skin is lifted and the underlying muscles and tissues are reshaped. The incision is then closed using sutures or staples and covered with gauze and bandages.
Each forehead lift method has its pros and cons, which can be thoroughly discussed during an initial consultation.
Recovering from Forehead Lift
The initial recovery from forehead lift can take one to two weeks. Swelling and bruising are normal and should subside over time. Patients should rest with their head elevated on pillows to minimize swelling. Soreness and other discomfort can be alleviated with prescription oral medication. The plastic surgeon will remove the bandages and staples or sutures within a week after surgery and will determine when it is okay for the patient to shower and wash their hair. Vigorous activity, including exercise, should be avoided during the first week of recovery. Most visible side effects of forehead lift fade within the first three weeks of surgery.