Deep furrows on the forehead, frown lines over the eyes, drooping eyebrows, and hood-like skin over the eyes are all conditions that can make you look older than you are – or feel. Whether age or heredity causes these conditions, a forehead lift (or brow lift) can give you a more youthful, animated and refreshed appearance.
A forehead lift, or brow lift, moves eyebrows back where they belong: at or above the brow bone. It may also smooth the furrows in the lower forehead as well as reduce the drooping skin above the eyes. As a result of the surgery, the eyes appear more open, more rested and youthful.
Drooping eyebrows are often one of the first signs of aging. This condition is frequently overlooked because most people are unaware of the problem and the amount of improvement correction can provide. Drooping brows cause the upper lids to droop and move downward. In extreme cases, the eyelid skin can touch or overlap the eyelashes. People often comment that their eyes appear to be getting smaller or more deeply set. A drooping brow contributes to the tired look observed at the end of the day.
Forehead lift (or brow lift) surgery may lessen the deeper “crow’s feet” next to the outer corners of the eye but will not reduce other lines or folds around the eyes. The lift will not correct excess skin or pouching caused by fat deposits in the lids. In order to achieve the best result, combining a forehead lift (or brow lift) with other procedures such as eyelid surgery, a facelift or BOTOX® Cosmetic injections is recommended.
What to expect during your consultation
Your eyes, brows, forehead, and hairline will be analyzed to determine the appropriate procedure. In forehead lift surgery, the incisions are placed behind the hairline of the scalp or at the hairline where the forehead and scalp meet. Placement depends upon the height of the patient’s hairline. In order to achieve a natural result, it is critical to avoid appreciable altering of the hair pattern. The incisions for a brow lift are placed on the forehead or above the brows only when especially indicated. Great care is taken to place incisions within the hair, hairline, or naturally-occurring fold of skin to make the resulting scars as inconspicuous as possible.
At your consultation, you will be introduced to Dr. Yannis and he will explain the different options for you in detail. he will also take a complete medical history in order to evaluate your general health. Cosmetic surgery is an elective surgery and your surgeon wants to ensure that you are in the best health to undergo anesthesia and the recovery process of such surgery. Dr. Yannis requires a complete history and physical performed by your family physician that includes some lab tests to ensure that you are medically cleared to undergo anesthesia and the surgery.
After Forehead and Eyebrow Lift Surgery
A turban-type head dressing may be placed following surgery that is removed in the office the day after surgery. The discomfort following a forehead (or brow lift) is usually minimal. Oral medications are prescribed to help you rest comfortably after surgery. Stitches and/or staples are removed about five to six days following surgery and involve little discomfort.
Swelling of the face peaks around 72 hours and, as a general rule, is not noticeable after one to three weeks. Resting and sleeping in an elevated position helps to reduce swelling and increase comfort. Bruising may occur in the forehead and occasionally under the eyes following surgery. If bruising develops, it is gone in three to six weeks. Areas of numbness, firmness, and tenderness around the incisions are common. Normal sensations gradually return within several weeks to months after the surgery; however, in the case of forehead lift, scalp sensation may never be quite the same. Experiencing itching sensations during the healing process is normal.
Certain activities are restricted after a forehead or brow lift to protect healing tissues.
Since nothing heals symmetrically or suddenly, the best results can be expected from three to six months after surgery. As with all cosmetic surgeries, the best outcome is achieved by conscientiously following the instructions given you.
Schedule a consultation today for your Forehead and Eyebrow Lift. During a consultation, patients meet with their aesthetician and staff to discuss all options in more detail. Patients may ask questions about the desired outcome and view before and after photos of similar procedures.