Aging is inevitable, but its effects are reversible. The forehead and brow area are among the first places to show signs of age. The sun, wind and even gravity wage war against the skin’s elasticity, pulling it downward and causing the forehead to form wrinkles known as frown lines. Combine this with drooping eyebrows, and your friends might think you are perpetually tired or angry. A forehead lift can restore the look of youthful joy to your face.
What is a Forehead Lift?
Sometimes referred to as a brow lift, a forehead lift is a surgical procedure that lifts the eyebrows while smoothing out the lines of the forehead.
There are a number of options for this type of lift that vary based on the incision site. Endoscopic surgery is the most recent addition to the surgical family. Several small incisions are made just behind the hairline, utilizing a scope for the actual procedure. The risk of numbness and scarring decreases as this procedure lends itself to a faster recovery.
For some patients, longer incisions are needed to lift the brow or possibly lower the hairline to achieve facial balance and symmetry.
The entire process takes about two hours and requires only light anesthesia, although it is often done with general anesthesia for patient comfort.
Costs, Risks and Recovery
Costs vary in order to cover the surgeon, anesthesia and facility fee. Typical ranges are between $4000 and $6,000.
Though complications are rare, risks include excessive bleeding, hair loss around the incision sites, nerve injury, skin discoloration, fluid accumulation and infection.
Bruising and swelling are normal parts of the recovery process and last about 10 days. Scalp numbness is common but will subside. Your forehead may be taped and your head wrapped to reduce bruising and swelling. Additionally, thin tubes, or drains, might be required to remove any excess fluid or blood.
Avoid bending over or any extreme activities in the weeks following surgery. You should be able to wash your hair two days after your lift and can apply makeup after two weeks.
Candidates for a Lift
Those in good general health are great candidates. Forehead and brow lifts are most often performed on men and women between the ages of 45 and 60. However, anyone who suffers from drooping or sagging brows would benefit greatly.
If you smoke, it is advised that you stop prior to and immediately after your surgery. Anyone suffering from a bleeding disorder, cardiovascular disease or diabetes should consult a physician first.