If your eyebrows have begun to droop and sag, your face is probably sending a message that says you are tired or angry. A forehead lift can restore the normal eyebrow position, so that your face communicates the youthfulness you feel inside. But what’s the procedure like, and what is the recovery time for a forehead lift?
What is a Forehead Lift?
A forehead lift, sometimes called a brow lift, is a plastic surgery procedure that is done to elevate droopy eyebrows. It also eliminates the frown lines across the forehead. Lifting the forehead often has the effect of raising sagging eyelids, as there are times when eyelids droop because the brow has descended from the normal position.
Why You May Need a Forehead Lift
When the forehead is in a youthful position, it rests on the orbital rim, which is the upper part of the socket where the eyes are located. However as time passes, gravity takes a toll on the skin of the face. The forehead often descends, creases and horizontal lines appear and furrows pop up between the brows. These changes can make you look dramatically older, but can be corrected with a forehead lift.
The forehead lift may be performed using different techniques. The endoscopic forehead lift is one of the newer methods that have become very popular. This approach involves the use of an endoscope and other surgical tools, to carry out surgery.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
The endoscope is a small device that contains a fiber optic light source and a tiny camera. The camera allows the surgeon to visualize the procedure on a mounted screen. The endoscope helps to enhance the precision of the operation and has several other benefits.
The incisions for the endoscopic forehead lift are made in the forehead behind the hairline, and leave no visible scar. During the procedure the muscles are adjusted and the brow lifted, with the use of sutures or absorbable fixation devices. The endoscopic forehead lift will improve the shape and symmetry of the eyebrow, and leave the upper half of the face tighter and smoother.
Coronal Brow Lift
The coronal brow lift was once the most common type of brow lift performed. The incisions for the procedure are made along the hairline in order to give the surgeon access to the tissue below the forehead. The surgeon then makes the necessary adjustments to specific facial muscles, so as to give you the results you’re after. The procedure is very effective for the right candidate, but there are some drawbacks. The larger incision means there is more scarring, and this is one reason why the procedure has declined in popularity. The size of the incision also means a longer downtime. With the endoscopic brow lift there is less recovery time, and there is no numbness of the scalp, which is often a side-effect of the coronal brow lift. Also, because the incisions for the endoscopic brow lift are smaller, there is minimal hair loss along the incision line. A forehead lift is a great way to rejuvenate the brows and it can also improve the appearance of the upper eyelids.
Recovery from a forehead lift normally takes 2-3 weeks. Most people are able to return to work after 2 weeks. There is usually some degree of bruising and swelling after a forehead lift. A cold compress can be applied to minimize swelling. Rest is usually recommended in the first few days of the post-op period. During this time the head should be elevated when lying down and activity kept at a minimum. The results of the brow lift take about 3 months to show, but further changes may take place as the brows settle into the new position. The forehead lift is a relatively straightforward procedure, and complications are rare. Nevertheless, it is important to discuss possible risks with your plastic surgeon prior to the procedure, to ensure that you make an informed decision. Clients in Santa Clara County, CA, can contact Illuminate Plastic Surgery, Palo Alto, CA, for more information on the forehead lift. Call 650-433-8621, to schedule an appointment with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Boudreault.