A Forehead Lift (technically called Endoscopic Brow Lift) is a procedure that restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired.
In a Forehead Lift, the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping are removed or altered to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines. The use of an endoscope, a viewing instrument allows the procedure to be performed with minimal incisions. The endoscope, which is a pencil-like camera device connected to a television monitor, is inserted through one of the incisions, allowing the surgeon to have a clear view of the muscles and tissues beneath the skin. The result is a smoother forehead skin and a more animated appearance.
A Forehead Lift is most commonly performed in the 40-60 age range to minimize the visible effects of aging. However, it can also help people of any age who have developed furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscle activity. Individuals with inherited conditions, such as a low, heavy brow or furrowed lines above the nose can achieve a more alert and refreshed look with this procedure.
Forehead Lift is often performed in conjunction with a Face Lift to provide a smoother overall look to the face. Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) may also be performed at the same time as a forehead lift, especially if a patient has significant skin overhang in the upper eyelids. Sometimes, patients who believe they need upper-eyelid surgery find that a Forehead Lift better meets their surgical goals.
If you decide to proceed with a Forehead Lift, your surgeon will explain the surgical technique, the recommended type of anesthesia, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, the risks and the costs involved. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results of surgery. General anesthesia is administered and you sleep through the entire operation. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help you out for a day or two.
Although you should be up and about in a day or two, plan on taking it easy for at least the first week after surgery. You should be able to shower and shampoo your hair within several days. Most patients are back to work or school in a week to ten days. Some patients may feel ready to return even sooner. Vigorous physical activity should be limited for four weeks, including jogging, bending, heavy housework or any activity that increases your blood pressure. Prolonged exposure to heat or sun should be limited for several months.
Patients are very pleased with the results of a Forehead Lift. Often, patients don't realize how much their sagging forehead contributed to the signs of aging until they see how much younger and more rested they appear after the Forehead Lift. Although a Forehead Lift does not stop the clock, it can minimize the appearance of aging for years. As time passes, you may want to repeat the procedure.
If you are considering brow lift surgery, let one of the experienced plastic surgeons at the Lombardi Plastic Surgery Center in NJ review the procedure with you and help you make an informed decision.
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