A forehead lift does just what its name says: It lifts the forehead, brows and skin around the eyes to give patients a more rested, alert, youthful appearance.
A forehead lift is most often used to improve such facial characteristics as drooping eyebrows, “hooded” or drooping skin at the outer part of the eyes, furrowed forehead, and horizontal frown lines at the top of the nose.
Who is a good candidate for a forehead lift?
Men and women of all ages benefit from forehead lifts. Older people may request a forehead lift when, due to natural aging process, their eyebrows droop lower on the face and tissue at the outer part of their eyelids sag. People who are advancing in years may also find that they have horizontal wrinkles at the top of the nose, creases in the forehead, or drooping at the tip of the nose. A forehead lift can improve all of these problems with sagging. In younger people, a forehead lift can raise congenitally low eyebrows that give the face a sad expression.
What will happen during surgery?
The surgery may take two to three hours. Forehead lift usually is performed under general anesthesia. An incision is usually made across the top of your head one or two inches behind your hairline.
The purpose of the operation is to interrupt he downward pull of muscles that cause facial features to droop. In addition, if you have deep, vertical furrows between your eyebrows, your surgeon may cut the muscles there as well.
Your forehead skin will be gently pulled upward, and any excess skin is removed. The surgeon will close the incision with stitches or clips, and bandage be applied.
After surgery, there is soreness and discomfort which is easily controlled by medication. You will remain in the hospital for a day or two. Some bruising and swelling are natural, and will begin to decrease in a week to 10 days. Bandages will be removed one or two days following surgery. Stitches or clips used to close the incision will be removed in 5 days to two weeks following surgery. Until that time, they will be hidden within your hairline. You will be able to wash your hair one or two days after surgery.
Most patients begin to resume their normal routines very quickly following a forehead lift, usually within a week after surgery. Generally, they are back to work tithing a week to10 days.
The decision on when to return to work and normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how you feel. Sports should be avoided for four weeks.
Are there risks involved?
While all surgery carries some risk and plastic surgery is no exception. Serious complications are infrequent when the forehead lift is performed by qualified plastic surgeon. All patients experience temporary numbness in the top of the scalp following a forehead lift because some nerves leading to the scalp are divided during the surgery.
Most, if not sensation will return in majority of cases within several months. Heavy smokers should be aware that nicotine can delay healing. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely adhering to your surgeon’s advice on follow-up care.