As your age advances, facial skin begins to lose its natural elastic nature. This is when wrinkles and creases start to form. Specifically, when forehead skin starts to sag the eyebrows can droop, leading to a heavy brow. A forehead lift addresses these issues.
What is a forehead lift?
A forehead lift is recommended for patients who are bothered by a saggy brow, which may include heavy upper eyelids and other visible signs of aging. With this procedure, the brow is lifted to create a more youthful, attractive appearance. This type of surgery can also be performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as eyelid surgery or a facelift.
What does a forehead lift treat?
Dr. Price often recommends a forehead lift for the correction of sagging eyebrows that make an individual appear grumpy, sad, or worried. The procedure also improves the appearance of deep, horizontal folds etched across the forehead, as well as frown lines that form between the eyebrows or at the top the nose. In some cases, fatty tissue or excessive skin may have caused the “hanging” of the skin over the eyes. Patients with these kinds of issues can benefit from a forehead lift.
How to prepare for a forehead lift
At our New Haven facial rejuvenation practice, our patients are given specific preoperative instructions to help make the procedure successful. Some instructions you can expect to receive include:
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before your surgery as the habit can increase your risk of acquiring complications after the procedure.
- Avoid the intake of certain medications, including aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs, large doses of Vitamin C or Vitamin E, fish oil, and flaxseed oil. Such medications can increase bleeding episodes during and after the procedure.
- Arrange for someone to drive you to the clinic on the day of the surgery and to drive you home afterwards. Someone should also be with you during the first night following your procedure.
- Prepare for your recovery. You may want to prepare ice packs or have bags of frozen peas ready in the freezer to reduce the swelling that may come as a side effect of your treatment.
What to expect during the forehead lift procedure
Also known as a brow lift, a forehead lift involves tightening of the skin and soft tissues of the forehead to counter the effects of gravity and restore the youthful integrity of the forehead, the eyebrows, and the upper eyelids. There are several forehead lift techniques available. Each method involves different locations and incision lengths. An endoscopic forehead lift involves the use of an endoscope to limit the size of the incisions, and avoid disturbing hair growth.
What to expect during recovery
Some patients will have a headache postoperatively which is easily relieved with mild pain medication. Bruising and swelling are common, and usually completely resolved in two weeks. Strenuous activity is limited for two weeks.