What is a forehead lift (brow lift)?
As middle age approaches, age related changes begin to appear in the brow and forehead. Repeated movement of facial muscles causes furrows to develop between the brows and horizontal lines to form on the forehead. Additionally, the long-term effects of gravity manifest as drooping eyebrows and a heavy, tired, or angry appearance around the eyes.
Botox® is an excellent treatment for the horizontal forehead and vertical frown lines. A more permanent solution to address both the lines as well as the drooping brow is a forehead lift (also called a brow lift). A forehead lift can restore the brows to a more youthful position, decrease excess upper lid skin slightly, and soften frown lines.
How is a forehead lift performed?
Drs. Thompson, Henstrom, and Manning perform forehead lift surgery in the operating room under a general anesthetic. The incisions are hidden in the hairline. This procedure is often combined with a temporal lift or midface lift, as the same incisions are used for all of these procedures. In addition, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is often performed with a forehead lift. The brow is restored to a more youthful position and the frowning muscles are weakened.
- Restores youthful appearance and position of the brow
- Long-term or permanent correction of frown lines and creases
- Can improve eyelid appearance
- Allows excellent results with well hidden incisions
- One of the most long-lasting surgical procedures
- Safe and effective
Reasons For Browlift or Forehead lift surgery
Aging or natural genetics can cause the brows to move downward over time. Skin and soft tissue lose strength and ability to snap back after muscles stretch over time with natural facial movement. This causes the brow to come down into the eyelid area, causing distance to shorten between the brows and eyelashes.
The lower position of the eyebrows can make one look tired, sad, or angry. You may consider a brow lift if you have a low brow line or sagging eyebrows that also contribute to heavy eyelids.
Browlift before and after
Forehead lift surgery faq's
A forehead lift, also known as a brow lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to address sagging or drooping eyebrows and forehead skin. Here's what you can generally expect from the procedure:
Consultation: Your journey begins with a consultation with one of our board certified surgeons. During this meeting, you will discuss your goals, expectations, and medical history. The surgeon will evaluate your facial structure, skin condition, and overall health to determine if you are a suitable candidate for a forehead lift.
Anesthesia: Forehead lifts are commonly performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, ensuring that you are comfortable and pain-free during the surgery.
Incision Placement: The surgeon will make incisions strategically, often within the hairline or along the natural creases of the forehead, to minimize visible scarring. The specific technique may vary based on individual needs and the extent of correction required.
Muscle and Tissue Adjustment: The surgeon will then lift and reposition the underlying muscles and tissues of the forehead to achieve a more youthful and elevated appearance. This step aims to smooth out wrinkles and correct sagging.
Excess Skin Removal: Any excess skin contributing to forehead sagging is trimmed away, and the remaining skin is re-draped for a taut and rejuvenated look.
Closure: The incisions are meticulously closed with sutures or staples. The surgeon may use techniques that minimize tension on the incisions to reduce scarring.
Recovery: After the procedure, you can expect some bruising, swelling, and discomfort, which is managed with prescribed medications. Most patients can resume light activities within a week or two, although strenuous activities may need to be avoided for a more extended period.
Results: Over the following weeks, as swelling subsides, you will start to see the final results of your forehead lift. The outcome typically includes a smoother forehead, lifted eyebrows, and a more youthful appearance.
It's essential to follow your surgeon's post-operative care instructions diligently to ensure optimal healing and long-lasting results. Keep in mind that individual experiences may vary, so discussing your specific concerns and expectations with your surgeon during the consultation is crucial for a successful forehead lift experience.
The healing process after a forehead lift, like any surgical procedure, involves several stages. Here is an overview of what you can generally expect during the recovery period:
Immediate Postoperative Period (First Few Days):
- Swelling and Bruising: Swelling and bruising are common in the initial days after surgery, particularly around the forehead and eyes. Cold compresses can help alleviate swelling, and your surgeon will prescribe medications to manage discomfort.
- Bandages and Dressings: You may have bandages or dressings over the incision sites to protect them and promote healing. Follow your surgeon's instructions for keeping these clean and dry.
- Head Elevation: Keeping your head elevated, even while sleeping, helps minimize swelling.
- Stitches or Staples Removal: If non-dissolvable stitches or staples were used, they are usually removed within the first week after the surgery.
- Activity Restrictions: While light activities may be resumed, it's crucial to avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and bending over during this initial phase.
First Few Weeks:
- Swelling Subsides: Swelling gradually diminishes over the first few weeks, and you will start to notice improvements in your appearance.
- Hair Care: If the incisions were made within the hairline, gentle hair care is advised to avoid disturbing the healing process.
- Follow-Up Visits: You will likely have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
- Return to Normal Activities: Most patients can return to their usual activities within a month, although more strenuous exercises and activities may still be restricted.
- Avoiding Sun Exposure: Protecting your incisions from sun exposure is essential to prevent hyperpigmentation. Use sunscreen and wear hats when going outside.
Long-Term Recovery (Several Months):
- Final Results: While noticeable improvements will be apparent early on, the final results of a forehead lift may take several months to fully manifest as residual swelling continues to subside.
- Scar Maturation: Incision scars will continue to mature and fade over time. Following your surgeon's scar care instructions can help minimize their visibility.
It's crucial to follow your surgeon's postoperative care instructions diligently and attend all scheduled follow-up appointments for optimal healing and results. If you have any concerns during the healing process, contact your surgeon promptly for guidance. Every individual's recovery experience can vary, so be sure to communicate openly with your healthcare team about your progress and any questions you may have.
A forehead lift and a brow lift are essentially the same cosmetic surgical procedures that target the upper portion of the face to address sagging brows and forehead wrinkles. The terms are often used interchangeably, and the procedures involve lifting and repositioning the skin, tissues, and muscles to create a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. In practice, there is no substantial difference between the two terms, and both aim to achieve similar cosmetic enhancements. The choice of terminology may vary among surgeons, but the procedures typically entail similar techniques and outcomes.
The longevity of the results from a forehead lift, also known as a brow lift, can vary from person to person. Several factors influence how long the effects of the procedure last:
Individual Variation: Each person's body responds differently to surgical interventions, and the rate of tissue aging can vary. Some individuals may experience longer-lasting results than others.
Surgical Technique: The specific technique used during the forehead lift can impact the duration of the results. Our skilled surgeons employs advanced and meticulous techniques may achieve more sustainable outcomes.
Lifestyle Factors: Lifestyle choices, such as sun protection, skincare routines, and overall health, can influence how well the results of a forehead lift are maintained over time. Protecting the skin from excessive sun exposure and following a healthy lifestyle can contribute to prolonged benefits.
Aging Process: While a forehead lift can effectively address sagging skin and wrinkles, it does not halt the natural aging process. Over time, some degree of aging may continue, but the effects of the surgery typically remain evident.
Genetics: Genetic factors play a role in how individuals age and can influence the longevity of cosmetic surgery results. Some people naturally age more slowly or show fewer signs of aging, impacting how long the effects of a forehead lift last.
On average, the results of a forehead lift are considered long-lasting, and many patients enjoy the benefits for several years. It's essential to have realistic expectations and understand that periodic touch-up procedures may be desired as the aging process continues. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and skincare routine can contribute to the prolonged success of a forehead lift.