Forehead Lift Treatment

*Disclaimer – Results may vary from Person to Person

If drooping brows or furrows across your forehead are making you appear angry, sad or tired then a forehead lift or “browlift” is recommended for you. A forehead lift eliminates the tired, worried or angry expression often caused by low eyebrow position and deep forehead furrows. 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 lift.

When is a forehead lift advised?

For a better understanding of how a forehead lift might change your appearance, look into a mirror and place the palms of your hands at the outer edges of your eyes, above your eyebrows. Gently draw the skin up to raise the brow and the forehead area. That is approximately what a forehead lift would do for you. 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. Patients who are bald, who have a receding hairline, or who have had previous upper-eyelid surgery may still be good candidates for forehead lift. Dr Sanghvi, a qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeon, will first evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone.

What is the actual procedure?

The various types of forehead lifts are:

Pretrichial lift:

This procedure is most suitable to lower a high hairline. It involves a long incision across the top of your forehead. The surgeon will pull the skin up from the eyebrows, while also pulling the scalp down towards the face, removing the strip in the middle. The pretrichial lift decreases the height of the upper part of the face and smoothes wrinkles and is most ideal solution for people with high forehead.

Endoscopic lift:

An ideal treatment for a slight raise of eyebrows. This procedure requires about five small cuts in the hairline, rather than one big incision. The surgery can actually raise the hairline a bit and is slightly less drastic than the pretrichial lift.

Coronal lift:

One of the oldest types of brow lifts. In this process, an incision is made in the hairline across the top of the head, usually from ear to ear. The muscles and tissue are then readjusted, smoothing your forehead. A small strip of tissue is removed, which can raise the hairline slightly. However, this is known to be a very long-lasting procedure.

Direct brow lift or a mid-forehead lift:

Both of these focus mainly on the eyebrows rather than the forehead. Incisions are made in places where worry lines form, which is good for men who are losing their hair. Thus, the cuts are hidden in the face rather than where the hairline should be.

Are the incisions inconspicuous?

Before the operation begins, hair that is growing directly in front of the incision line may need to be trimmed. The incision is designed to be inconspicuous when healed.

Most forehead lifts are performed under local anesthesia, combined with a sedative but some surgeons prefer to use general anesthesia. Forehead lift is often performed in conjunction with a facelift 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 a lot of excess skin in the upper eyelids.

What can I expect after the forehead lift procedure?

You may experience some mild discomfort that can be controlled with oral medication. Typically, swelling and bruising will be almost totally resolved within a couple of weeks. If bandages were used, they will be removed a day or two after surgery. Most stitches or clips will be removed within two weeks, sometimes in two stages.

Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several weeks to get an accurate picture of how you look. Most patients are back to work in a week to 10 days. Most of the visible signs of surgery should fade completely within about three weeks.

How long the results of your forehead lift will last depends on many variables including your heredity and lifestyle factors. Even though the aging process continues, patients are usually happy with their appearance for many years following a forehead lift. Some patients find that they want to make additional improvements at a later time. 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.