WHAT DOES A FOREHEAD LIFT CORRECT?
A forehead lift operation aims to correct issues in two main areas: brows and wrinkles.
The plastic surgeon aims to elevate the brows to a higher position when these have begun to drop due to aging, and for this reason this operation is also known as a brow lift.
Elevated brows create the impression of a younger, more confident face.
The plastic surgeon also aims to reduce the horizontal and vertical wrinkles of the forehead.
An easy and practical way for one to estimate the expected result from such an operation is to place the hands on the forehead and gently pull it upwards.
HOW IS A FOREHEAD LIFT PERFORMED?
The standard forehead lift performed via an incision to the scalp, just beyond the hairline. Any excess skin is removed via this incision; the muscles of the forehead, which are mainly responsible for wrinkles in this area, are also weakened.
Plastic surgeons have also developed other methods for use in this procedure. One of these is the endoscopic lift method, wherein the aforementioned procedure is performed via two or three small incisions to the scalp and using an endoscope camera.
Several other techniques have been developed which aim to achieve the desired result via a shorter procedure. These operations always require incisions to the scalp, which they will not be very visible.
Some of these techniques also entail the application of sutures to the brows, which will draw them upwards. There is yet another technique that employs endotine, a supportive material administered via a blepharoplastic incision which maintains the brows at a more elevated position.
Another technique of brow lift consists in elevating the brows via an incision performed exactly to the upper limit of them. Part of skin is removed and the brows are sutured to a more elevated position. The remaining scar after some time is not very evident and can be covered by tattooing of the brows (which nowadays is very common), or make up. Anyway, even without coverage, the scar is indistinguishable. It is a small procedure done usually under local anaesthesia.
These procedures can be performed under local or general anaesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure and the patient’s personal wishes.
The procedure can last between one and two hours. Usually there is no particular pain, and when there is it can be dealt with using standard painkillers. Over the next few days, the patient will manifest some edema and possible bruising around the eyes. The recovery period, i.e. the time that will need to pass before the patient is presentable once more, tends to last from 10 to 15 days.
The forehead lift can be combined with other operations, such as a cheek and neck lift, blepharoplasty, and multiple other procedures.
In addition, it may be complemented, for even better results, with forehead resurfacing via laser or chemical peeling.
Nowadays, the widespread use of botox has achieved the reduction of patients applying for a forehead lift. This is because botox can correct the wrinkles in this area, and even elevate the brows in some cases, via a much simpler procedure, and does not require incisions.
Of course, some patients still prefer a forehead lift, as the results tend to be more long-lasting.