Minimises forehead creases, drooping eyebrows, hooding over the eyes, a furrowed forehead and frown lines. In most cases, a forehead lift is done in conjunction with a facelift to maximise the cosmetic results after both procedures. Anyone regardless of age can benefit from a forehead lift. Usually frown lines form as a result of stress, genetics or muscle activity, and this can affect the way the patient feels and carries him or herself. A forehead lift, together with a facelift, significantly reduces frown lines and creates a smooth facial appearance.
A forehead lift, also called a brow lift, is a procedure that removes excess tissue, alters muscles and tightens the forehead skin. This procedure may be performed using the traditional technique, with an incision across the top of the head just behind the hairline, or with the use of an endoscope, which requires three to five short incisions, but allows access to the relevant areas to be treated incorporating a camera and a monitor to visualise the dissected areas. A direct brow lift utilises a small incision that is camouflaged along with the upper limit of the eyebrow, to excise skin and elevate the brows.
One to two hours.
General anaesthesia or intravenous sedation and local anaesthesia are options.
This is most often an outpatient procedure.
When an endoscope is used, the patient may experience temporary swelling, numbness, headaches and bruising.When the traditional method is used, there is the possibility of itching and hair loss.
Injury to facial nerves causing loss of motion, muscle weakness, or an asymmetrical look, persistent areas of numbness and occasionally widened or excessive scarring.
The patient usually returns to work in seven to ten days and even sooner with an endoscopic forehead lift. The patient must limit more strenuous activities for several weeks. Full recovery from bruising takes from two to three weeks. One should limit sun exposure for several months to avoid hyperpigmentation of the forehead, which can occur as a result of sun exposure during the first three to six months after the procedure has been performed. During this period it is advisable to wear a hat and a sunblock that provides both UVA and UVB protection whenever outdoors.
The results from a forehead lift usually last five to ten years.
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