A brow lift, or forehead lift, is a procedure that restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired.
A forehead lift is most commonly performed on patients in between 40-60. However, the procedure can help most adults of any age who have developed furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscle activity. Individuals with inherited conditions, such as a low, heavy brow, or furrowed lines, above the nose can achieve a more alert and refreshed look with this procedure.
Forehead lift is sometimes performed in conjunction with a face lift, to help provide a smoother overall look to the face. A forehead lift may also be combined with an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), especially if the patient has excessive skin in the upper eyelids. It’s not uncommon for patients to inquire about an upper-eyelid surgery only to discover that a forehead lift better meets their surgical goals. Patients who are bald, who have a receding hairline, or who have had previous upper-eyelid surgery, may still be good candidates for forehead lift. Dr. Craig will simply alter the incision location.
During a forehead lift, the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping are tightened to help smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows, and minimize frown lines. Dr. Craig may use the conventional surgical method, in which the incision is hidden just behind the hairline, or it may be performed with the use of an endoscope, a viewing instrument that allows the procedure to be performed with minimal incisions. Both techniques yield similar results – smoother forehead skin and a more rejuvenated look.
Loss of sensation along, or just beyond, the incision line is common, especially with the classic forehead lift procedure. It is usually temporary, but may be permanent in some patients. Infection and bleeding are very rare, but are possible. This is why a thin tube may be used to help drain excess blood and fluid.
The initial would healing time is about 10 to 14 days, and you can expect to return to work in about two weeks. Avoid all strenuous activity for at least a few weeks after surgery. Your recovery time will vary based on a variety of factors that Dr. Craig will outline. Pain and discomfort during the recovery can be alleviated with medication.
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