Restore Your Youthful Appearance with a Forehead Lift
A brow or forehead lift is designed to restore a more youthful appearance by improving such facial characteristics as drooping eyebrows, hooded or drooping skin at the outer part of the eyes, furrowed forehead, and horizontal frown lines at the top of the nose. The result is a better eyebrow position with a more alert and less tired appearance, smoother forehead skin, and softer lines between the eyes.
A forehead lift may be performed in conjunction with a facelift or blepharoplasty. Men and women of all ages benefit from forehead lifts. Your age, skin characteristics, medical history, and other factors will help your surgeon decide if you are a good candidate for a forehead lift. If you wish to see how you might benefit from this procedure, stand in front of the mirror and place your hand across the upper part of your forehead, spreading your thumb and ring finger so that each is on the outer edge of one brow. Then gently slide the skin upward to raise your forehead and brows. This roughly approximates how you might look following a forehead lift.
A brow lift is usually performed as a cosmetic procedure, but in certain circumstances the brow position may be so low as to interfere with the upper field of vision; in this scenario it is considered a reconstructive procedure.
If you would like to schedule a consult to discuss whether a brow lift is right for you please call our office at 414-443-0033.
Post Operative Instructions and Information for Eyelid Surgery
- Forehead lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, as an outpatient procedure.
- Surgery will take several hours. The incision is placed behind the hairline across the top of your head; patients with receding hairlines may have a thin scar visible after surgery. Portions of the forehead muscles are removed to interrupt the downward pull of these muscles that cause facial features to droop. The forehead skin is then gently pulled upward, and any excess skin is removed. The incision is closed with stitches or staples
- Patients must have someone drive them home and stay with them for the first night.
- After surgery, patients will be given instructions regarding incision care and how to bathe. Patients may wash their hair 48 hours after surgery. Elevate the head and use cool compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. The majority of swelling resolves within 3-4 weeks after surgery.
- Plan to remain off work for 1-2 weeks after surgery.
- Patients return to the doctor’s office at 1 and 2 weeks, and 1 and 3 months, after surgery.
- Bandages are removed 1-2 days after surgery. Sutures or skin staples will need to be removed 1-2 weeks after surgery.
- Concealing makeup may be applied 24 hours after the bandages have been removed.
- Avoid strenuous activities for approximately 3-4 weeks after surgery. Your doctor will instruct you when you may begin a gradual return to activities. Patients generally return to an unrestricted activity level by 6 weeks after surgery.
- Patients should avoid sun exposure for several months after surgery. Daily use of a sunscreen is recommended, especially when outdoors for more than 10 minutes.