It’s hard to think of any facial expression that doesn’t involve the forehead. Whether you’re laughing, crying or even sleeping, your forehead is constantly moving: wrinkling, stretching, expanding and contracting. Unfortunately, all of this activity leaves its mark. Deep forehead wrinkling and horizontal and vertical frown lines are a common result.
This problem can often be corrected through a forehead lift. One of the biggest benefits of a good forehead lift is that the surgeon can address the underlying tissue and muscles as well as the skin. This helps create a more natural, longer-lasting result. It also has another important benefit. By altering some of the underlying muscles, it can prevent many frown and worry lines from returning.
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Forehead Lift and Brow Lift Surgery Information
Every forehead lift also includes an eyebrow lift. Sagging, drooping eyebrows cause heaviness around the eyes and even make them close a bit. They can also make someone look constantly sad, tired and unhappy. When the brow is lifted, the tired, sad look may disappear completely and often the entire face brightens up.
Brow lifts can be performed in different ways. New technology like the endoscope has made this procedure less invasive than it was in the past. An endoscope is a thin tube with a camera on the end that sends live video footage to a viewing screen that the surgeon watches while performing surgery.
This viewing device enables the surgeon to see the internal structures he will be working on without the need to create large, invasive incisions. Rather than making one long incision, as in a traditional brow lift, an endoscopic brow lift allows the surgeon to make several short incisions instead (each less than an inch). These small incisions are made along the scalp and are easily concealed by the hair.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Our Austin brow lift procedures are done on an outpatient basis, with local anesthesia and sedation. The procedure itself can take anywhere from one to two hours.
Once the incisions have been made, the surgeon will insert the endoscope through one of the incisions, providing a clear picture of the muscles and tissue beneath the skin. Using a separate instrument that is inserted through a different incision, the surgeon will then lift the forehead skin and begin altering or removing the underlying tissue and muscle that is causing the problem. The eyebrows may also be lightly lifted and secured to a higher position using sutures beneath the skin’s surface.
Our surgeons work very carefully to conservatively and strategically tighten and lift this region. The goal of a forehead lift procedure is always to make the patient look like a more rested and youthful version of themselves, not an entirely different person. An unnatural-appearing brow is a dead giveaway that someone has had facial plastic surgery. At Personique®, the results of your brow lift will be subtle and natural-looking.
After tightening the underlying tissue and altering the muscles as needed, the surgeon will then remove the necessary excess skin. The incisions are then carefully closed. Every effort is made to keep the scars as minimal as possible. Since the incisions are hidden along or above the hairline, they are usually very inconspicuous.
Recovery after Brow Lift Surgery
After surgery, you may be up in a day or so. Any pain or discomfort you experience can usually be controlled with medication. The sutures come out within a week, and the bruising and swelling will subside within five to ten days. You can usually return to work in seven to ten days, but you should avoid more strenuous activity for several more weeks. You may experience some numbness, but this almost always subsides within a few weeks.
Especially if your surgeon has altered some muscles, your result should last for years. Five to ten years is the average, and, if you wish, the procedure can be repeated as needed. Many patients don’t realize how much their sagging forehead was contributing to the signs of aging until they see how much younger and more refreshed they look after the lift.
Benefits of a forehead lift include:
- Smoothes furrows across the forehead
- Positions eyebrows to better suit your face
- Corrects droopy or uneven eyebrows
- Gives the face a more pleasant and relaxed look
- Makes the eyes look brighter and more youthful
Eyebrow and forehead lift procedures are often combined with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). This surgical approach can dramatically rejuvenate the upper face, giving the patient a more youthful, refreshed and animated appearance.