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- What is Forehead Lift?
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- The Forehead Lift
What is Forehead Lift?
Forehead Lift or Brow Lift is a surgical procedure that corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows on the forehead or area above the eyes, giving the patient a more youthful and refreshed look.
Effects of Forehead Lift
A Forehead Lift will elevate your eyebrows and create a smoother forehead. This will give you a more relaxed and refreshed look. This procedure eliminates the tired, worried, or angry expression that is usually caused by low eyebrow position and deep forehead furrows. The results of this procedure will completely appear weeks after the surgical procedure.
The results of the procedure can last variably depending on different people. Heredity and lifestyle are also factors in finding out how long the results would last.
Most Forehead Lift patients are usually happy with their appearance for many years, while some patients find that they want to have additional improvements in the future.
Candidates for Forehead Lift
The usual patients who undergo Forehead Lifts are within the age range of 40-60. They choose to have it in order to minimize the visible effects of aging. However, anybody from 20 years old and up, especially those who have developed furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscle activity, are also candidates for this procedure. Other good candidates are those who inherited conditions like low, heavy brow, or furrowed lines above the nose since this procedure can give them a more alert and refreshed look.
In the initial consultation, BHMGs Certified Surgeon may ask you to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to improve in your appearance. There are cases where patients do not realize that their eyebrows may be the ones that needed to be worked on. Be very frank in discussing anything that bothers you about your appearance, as well as what you hope to achieve with the procedure. This will help your surgeon understand your expectations and determine what surgery you really need to have done and whether the look you want can realistically be attained.
The Forehead Lift Procedure
The Forehead Lift basically removes or alters the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping, in order to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines to give you a more pleasing appearance.
An incision is mostly done across the top of the scalp, beginning above the ears and hidden within the hair. Other times, the incision is at the front of the hairline or toward the middle of the scalp in some cases. Like most incisions, it is designed to be inconspicuous when healed.
Sometimes, a limited endoscopic procedure should be the one done to remove frown lines between your eyebrows or across the top of your nose. Alternatively, if you are having upper eyelid surgery performed to remove excess skin, it may also be enough to remove those frown lines.
The whole procedure takes around 1 to 2 hours under a local anesthesia with sedatives.Options and Alternatives
The Endoscopic Procedure
An endoscope is a long, thin tube with a light on the end, attached to a video camera. In this procedure, the endoscope is inserted through several tiny incisions in the scalp, allowing the plastic surgeon to see and work on the various internal structures of the forehead. This technique requires very minimal incisions, but it may not be equally beneficial for all patients. In some cases, alternate methods may be preferable or a combination of endoscopic and other techniques can be used to attain the desired results.
The amount of time needed for recovery varies with every patient. During the first evening of the surgery, you should rest quietly and your head should be elevated. You may experience mild discomfort but it can be controlled with oral medication. You must not take drugs containing aspirin or any anti-inflammatory medicine. You must refrain from smoking or inhaling secondary smoke several months following the Forehead Lift.
Some temporary puffiness and discoloration in the eyelid and cheekbone areas may appear. Swelling and bruising will be almost totally resolved within a couple of weeks. Do expect some temporary numbness and itching of the scalp as the nerves heal after surgery.
Any head dressings and drain tubes that have been inserted during the Forehead Lift are usually removed 1 or 2 days following surgery. Any stitches or clips used will be removed within a couple of weeks.
Women may use makeup almost immediately to hide the scars, but be careful not to directly apply it on the stitches. Showering and washing of your hair will be delayed a day or two later after the procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of bleeding, but a pressure dressing that will be put on the patient post-operatively will diminish this risk.
How should I prepare for surgery?
Think about what you need in the house for a month following surgery. Do your shopping, gassing you car tank, withdrawals, appointments, and work, even your hair coloring at least 2 days before surgery. After that, use the next day to relax. Do not eat or drink anything from midnight before surgery.
How will my plastic surgeon evaluate me for my Forehead Lift surgery?
You should come to the initial consultations prepared to discuss your medical history including any medical conditions you have, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries you have done (including aesthetic eyelid or facial surgery), and medications you currently take. After the surgeon has taken checked your overall health, he will examine your entire forehead and upper eyelid region to note the muscle activity for your various facial expressions. The surgical technique that your surgeon will recommend in the end is dependent on many factors such as the position of your eyebrows, the amount of excess upper eyelid skin, and the height of your hairline.
Are there any medicines I should not take before surgery?
Yes. BHMG's medical staff will give you a list of medicines to avoid before the procedure. Most of these are aspiring-containing drugs, anti-inflammatories, and even vitamin E which may increase the risk of bleeding.
Do I have to sleep in a special position?
You may sleep with your back to the bed and your head elevated. Just remember to avoid pressure on the area of surgery and follow any special instructions you may have been given by the BHMG medical staff.
When can I resume my normal activities?
After the Forehead Lift, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities in 10 days or less. Any strenuous activity and exercise may be done in 2 to 4 weeks following surgery.
How long will the results last?
The results of the procedure can last from 5 to 10 years, depending on each individual. Heredity and lifestyle are also variables in finding out how long the results could last for you.