Why is a Forehead Lift performed?
A forehead lift is performed to correct both the deep lines and furrows in the forehead as well as raise the eyebrows. As the eyebrows are elevated, the deep lines or the forehead creases are also improved by elevating the skin and removing the extra tissue. This allows for a smoother forehead contour and elevated eyebrows for a youthful appearance.
A forehead lift will restore a youthful appearance by elevating the eyebrow and correcting the deep creases whereas BOTOX® injections will treat forehead lines caused by underlying muscles. This will be addressed during the consultation.
A forehead lift can be performed with a variety of techniques including endoscopic through small incisions in the scalp area, lateral brow lift through small incisions in the lateral scalp areas, and full traditional brow lift with incision in hairline region. While most of the attention is paid to the endoscopic brow lift, we will discuss which technique is best suited for the issues that need to be addressed during your consultation. These depend on the hairstyle type, location of lift, amount of lift, as well as the location of the scars.
Same precautions with regards to medications are suggested as for a facelift. Advil, Aleve, aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, and naprosyn are to be avoided for two weeks prior to the procedure. For similar reasons, high dose vitamins and herbal medications are also to be avoided prior to the procedure. Blood pressure medication should be taken prior to the procedure.
A forehead lift is performed in the hospital with either general anesthesia or IV sedation. The procedure takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours to perform but is usually performed with other facial procedures such as a facelift. It is an outpatient procedure. Following the procedure, the face, forehead, and scalp are wrapped with gauze. Someone should stay with you for the first 24 hour period. Sutures are removed during the first two weeks. No heavy lifting or strenuous activity is performed during the first month. Bruising takes about 2-3 weeks to resolve with swelling improving during the first month and full outcome over the 4 to 6 month period.