Brow Lift / Forehead Lift

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Forehead Lift Overview

A forehead (or brow) lift surgically removes excess skin and tissue along the forehead and tightens muscles that cause deep lines and furrows or drooping brows leaving a smooth, youthful, gentler looking brow. There are three main contributors to wrinkled skin: loss of tissue volume beneath the skin, loss of elasticity of the skin, and persistent facial muscle movement. Forehead lifts targets all of these factors along the brow area of the face, and can be combined with a face lift or eyelid surgery for a complete face lift.

Many people don’t realize that the forehead is the largest feature of the face and can significantly affect your appearance. A drooping brow or constant furrows can make you look much older, more tired and even unkind. How we look can also affect our demeanor. A forehead lift can give you a fresher more inviting and animated appearance while adding definition to your eyebrows and reducing wrinkles.

When you use 1800mySurgeon you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in forehead and brow lift surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Brow Lift Surgery

Having realistic expectations about how your looks will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having a brow lift will help you look more youthful. Looking younger, well rested and content may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

There are generally two different types of forehead lifts: the standard lift and the endoscopic lift. Many surgeons have their own techniques (or different names) for these types of procedures. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire and who has experience with facial plastic surgery. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their procedures by looking at before-and-after pictures.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of forehead lift surgery:

  • Ask which type of surgery your surgeon recommends and why.
  • Ask about the incisions, where scars will form and if the scars will be visible.
  • Since incisions are usually placed behind the hairline, ask if you should grow or cut your hair before your surgery. If your hair is thinning or receding, ask if there might be any additional complications.
  • Let your surgeon know of any medications, herbal treatments or vitamins you take, and make sure to get a list of products to avoid before and after your procedure.
  • A forehead lift will not improve the tone, texture or diminish damage of the facial skin. If you also want to improve your facial skin, ask if your surgeon recommends any combination procedures like laser skin resurfacing.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, we can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgery will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, your surgery, your recovery and your result.

Forehead Lift Recovery

Forehead lift recovery greatly depends on whether you have a standard forehead lift or an endoscopic lift. For either surgery you will need to rest for the first few days. It is important to monitor your blood pressure and avoid activities that put strain on your incisions or raise your blood pressure. Most patients are back to work and their social lives within a week to 10 days. It is important to avoid sun exposure for up to three months.

The Standard Forehead Lift

You may experience some discomfort that can be alleviated with pain medication. It is important to keep your head elevated even while you are sleeping for the first three days. Stitches or clips used to hold closed the incisions are usually removed in stages over the next two weeks. As healing begins and the swelling subsides, you may experience some numbness which may eventually turn into an itching sensation. You may experience some hair loss at the incision site, but it should grow back.

The Endoscopic Lift

Endoscopic lift recovery is generally less painful and much quicker than a standard forehead lift. Discomfort can be managed with medication. Swelling, numbness and itching are minimal if at all. Stitches or staples used to hold closed the incisions are usually removed in a week or ten days.

Brow Lift Risks

Any medical treatment carries certain risks and the possibility of complications.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What is the risk of nerve damage resulting in the loss of muscle movement along the brow?
  • If you choose an endoscopic lift, is there any risk that it won’t work resulting in needing a standard lift?
  • What is the risk of infection?
  • What is the risk of excessive bleeding?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with a brow lift nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgical procedure carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Forehead Lift Surgery

Forehead lift surgery can help you look as much as ten years younger depending on the type of procedure. After a forehead lift your skin will continue to age, and if you have the procedure at a relatively young age, you may decide to have a second procedure in another 10 years or so. Taking good care of you skin, eating healthy and exercising can help you to continue to look young.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in forehead lift surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.