Many people begin to notice drooping around their brow and cheeks during their mid-thirties. As they age it becomes more prominent. A forehead lift, or brow lift, is designed to treat this by removing or reshaping the muscles and tissue above the eye. This minimally invasive procedure is performed by making short incisions behind the hairline, either with or without an endoscope. A brow lift is often performed in conjunction with other procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), facelift, or a chemical peel. The result can be a face that appears years younger.
A forehead lift can reduce or remove worry lines and frown lines, or smooth a deeply furrowed brow. A low or heavy brow can be significantly improved. Often a forehead lift will be more effective than upper-eyelid surgery for improving the look of the eyes.
The effects of time, age, stress, and even genetics can contribute to a wrinkled or furrowed brow. The result is often an angry or tired look and an upper face that does not convey expressions effectively. A forehead lift is appropriate for patients who desire a refreshed, youthful, or more animated appearance and for patients who have inherited low eyebrows.
The incision is usually placed just behind the hairline, to minimize visibility of scars. The incision runs from ear to ear over the top of the forehead. For a receding hairline, the incision may be made just in front of the hairline to prevent pulling the hairline back farther. Bald patients may have the incision at mid scalp in an inconspicuous location. This skin is lifted to allow access to the muscles that are trimmed and reshaped. Excess fat and skin is also removed. The incision is closed with stitches or clips.
Some patients prefer endoscopic surgery, which uses several small incisions rather than one large one. Endoscopic surgery is performed with the aid of a small camera that is inserted under the skin. This type of surgery is not appropriate in all cases, but can be a good alternative for people who may have problems with scarring.
Your cosmetic surgeon will consider many factors when determining whether or not a forehead lift is the appropriate procedure for you. You will need to be very specific when telling your doctor what results you would like to achieve. Your surgeon will carefully examine your forehead and upper eyelids, evaluating the height of your hairline, position of your eyebrows and the amount and placement of excess tissue.
Depending on your individual needs and desired end results, a forehead lift may be performed alone, in conjunction with or in place of other procedures such as a facelift or eyelid surgery. The results are permanent, but will not stop the effects of aging, and you may want to repeat the procedure in about ten years.
If you are considering a forehead lift, contact an experienced cosmetic surgeon today.
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