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What is forehead lift ?
Forehead lift surgery, also called surgical eyebrow lift, is an operation that pulls the sagging skin on a person’s forehead to the point where it should be. While repositioning the underlying forehead muscles and tissues, it revitalizes the eyelids and creates a softer, younger expression on the upper face. By removing excess sagging, skin on the forehead and repositioning the underlying muscles and tissues, a forehead lift can correct a heavy, sagging brow, eliminate deep furrows, and restore a smoother, more youthful contour to the upper one-third of the face. We know very well that the effects of aging are inevitable, and this problem usually first manifests itself in the eyebrow and forehead area. In this process, the skin begins to lose its elasticity. Sun, wind and gravity affect the face, making the frown lines clear, causing the forehead to wrinkle and the eyebrows to fall with this increasing weight. Although this situation develops due to age, it can sometimes be observed in individuals in their thirties due to genetic predisposition, and they may have faces that look older than they are. Forehead lift or eyebrow lift surgery is an application that eliminates all these problems. Forehead lift / Eyebrow lift is a surgical procedure that helps to reduce the appearance of drooping eyebrows, to form a tight forehead and around the eyes. It pulls up drooping eyebrows, removes deep grooves and lines on the forehead, and gives the eyes a youthful, lively expression.
If your forehead appears longer because of low brows, an alternative to forehead reduction surgery might be a brow lift. This procedure involves manipulating the muscles or shifting the skin of the eyebrow area to lift the brows higher on the face. In some cases, lifting the brows can make the forehead appear shorter.
Forehead reduction surgery, also known as hairline lowering surgery, is a cosmetic procedure used to shorten the length of the forehead. You may be a good candidate for this surgery if you feel that your forehead is disproportionately large for your face due to your hairline, eyebrows, or other features. There are risks associated with forehead reduction surgery, including surgical complications, damaged nerves, scarring, and more. If you’re looking for alternatives to forehead reduction surgery, speak with your doctor about a brow lift or hair transplant instead.
In the classic forehead lift, the surgeon will make an incision that is similar to a headphone-like pattern. This incision is called a coronal incision and starts at about ear level and continues across the top of the forehead to the other ear. The surgeon then carefully lifts the skin of the forehead removing any excess tissue and fat and, if necessary, realigns the muscles. During the procedure, the eyebrows may also be repositioned at a higher level, and any excess skin is trimmed.
Endoscopic forehead lift
The difference between the endoscopic forehead lift and the classic forehead lift is the size of the incision. With the endoscopic forehead lift, the surgeon makes three to five short scalp incisions that are each less than an inch long. An endoscope is then inserted through one of the incisions allowing the surgeon to see the muscles and tissues underneath. In a different incision, the surgeon inserts another instrument that lifts the forehead skin. Excess tissue and fat are then removed and, if necessary, muscles are realigned. Like the classic forehead lift, the eyebrows may also be repositioned at a higher level. The recovery period and scarring is minimal, in comparison to the classic forehead lift.
Endoscopic forehead lift
What to expect?
Before undergoing a forehead lift procedure, also known as a brow lift, patients at our hospital should typically undergo a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon or a qualified facial plastic surgeon. During this consultation, our surgeon will evaluate the patient’s medical history, examine the patient’s facial anatomy, and discuss the patient’s goals and expectations for the procedure.
At our hospital, our surgeon may also recommend that the patient undergo certain medical tests, such as blood tests or imaging studies, to ensure that they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. In addition, the patient may need to stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin or blood thinners, prior to the procedure to reduce the risk of bleeding.
Before the procedure, patients at our hospital may also be advised to avoid smoking and alcohol consumption, as these can interfere with the healing process. They may also need to arrange for transportation to and from the surgical facility on the day of the procedure, as well as arrange for someone to assist them with daily activities during the initial recovery period. Our hospital will provide support and guidance throughout the process to ensure a safe and successful outcome for our patients.
Frequently asked questions
Forehead reduction surgery, performed by HEG skilled and experienced surgeons, can help to balance the proportions of a patient’s face. If a patient feels that they have an overly large forehead that doesn’t fit with their facial features, the reduction surgery can help address this problem. By improving the appearance of the forehead and hairline, the procedure can also improve a patient’s self-esteem and confidence.
Most patients require between 10 and 14 days to recover from forehead reduction surgery, depending on their individual circumstances. After about 5 to 7 days, the bruising should subside, but the swelling tends to continue for a little longer. Patients may need up to 2 weeks off work to heal. In 1 to 2 weeks, patients can start to resume normal activities. However, patients should avoid exercise for at least 6 weeks after the surgery.
Forehead reduction surgery typically leaves a scar along the patient’s hairline where the incision is sutured closed. However, HEG skilled surgeons take great care to minimize scarring and ensure that the incision is easy to hide under the patient’s hair. Hair follicles lie underneath and adjacent to where the incision is placed, and they help to conceal the scar. Within a few months of surgery, patients can expect to see hairs growing around the scar to further hide it. In rare cases where hair growth is not enough to conceal the scar effectively, hair grafting may be necessary to cover it up more.
HEG surgeons typically use a combination of local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia to perform forehead reduction surgery, depending on the patient’s individual needs and preferences.
Forehead reduction surgery usually takes between 1-2 hours and is often done on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day.