Aging's lasting effects on the body are inevitable. The brow and forehead are often the first to show signs of aging. The skin begins to lose its elasticity. Environmental factors all affect the face, resulting in frown lines, wrinkling across the forehead and increasing weight on the eyebrows. With these detriments to our appearance, we begin to appear older than our numerical age.  Your expression may be trapped giving the appearance of a tired, angry or sad face, which you might not actually feel. Many have opted for a procedure known as the forehead lift to fix this problem.  Based on individual factors and advances in medical technology, different methods are applied to individual cases. 

If you feel a forehead lift could improve your appearance, it is important to understand how these procedures are performed and what to expect following the surgery.

A successful surgery begins with good rapport between patient and surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations and specific medical expertise, develops during the consultation stages before surgery is performed.  Your surgeon can answer specific questions about your specific needs.

Am I a Good Candidate for Forehead Lift Surgery?

Just as with any elective surgery, good health and realistic expectations are important during the first stages of surgery. When a surgeon tightens loose skins and removes excess, as he/she during a forehead lift, forehead wrinkling and drooping brows are modified.  If necessary, the surgeon will remove part of the muscle that causes vertical frown lines between the brows, smoothing any existing fold or wrinkle. This gives you a more youthful expression. Forehead lifts are an option if your brows are sagging or if your have deep creases in between the eyes. This procedure is usually done on patients between the ages 45-65, although it may be necessary at an earlier age.

Incisions can be places at the hairline, in the hairline, or in some special cases above the brow or mid-forehead.  New advancements in technology, such as endoscopic techniques are now available. These techniques minimize incisions and reduce any visibility of a scar.

Dr. Jay White is Board Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and his expertise can help you select the best technique for your individual situation.

How Do I Decide if Forehead Lift Surgery is For Me?

First and foremost a detailed consultation with your facial plastic surgeon is important to determine whether or not a forehead lift is for you. Dr. Jay White will obtain a detailed history and will examine your facial structure, the condition of your skin, and your hairline in order to decide where incisions should be placed.

After the decision for surgery has been made, the surgeon will describe is indicated technique, complementary surgeries available, the surgical facilities, cost and risks that come along with cosmetic surgery.

How is a Forehead Lift performed?

Surgery begins with the placement of the incision. In most cases, the incision is made slightly behind the natural hairline, running from ear to ear across the top of the head. This reduces visibility of scars following surgery.  Excess skin and tissue will also be removed before fine sutures or staples are used to close incisions.

With endoscopic surgery, the surgeon is able to make a series of small incisions just behind the hairline. Using the endoscope as a guide is able to remove those muscles that are the source of frown lines.  The surgeon then proceeds to lift the eyebrows to reduce the sagging of skin at eye level. Depending on the incision and surgeon's preference, bandages may be applied along incision lines. This will be discussed between you and your surgeon prior to surgery.

Expectations Following a Forehead Lift

Swelling and bruising in the ten days following a forehead lift are common. Swelling and bruising may encompass the cheek and eye area in some patients. It is important to follow your surgeons post-operative instructions to ensure healthy healing, which should increase your personal satisfaction with your cosmetic surgery. Cold compress on the affected area, along with elevating your head while lying down are important steps to proper healing.  Sutures are usually removed within seven to ten days following surgery.  If bandages were used, they will be removed within one to three days.  It is important to follow your surgeon's recommendations regarding activity to heal properly.  For most patients, recovery time should not exceed two weeks. But some patients may be advised to avoid strenuous activities for longer periods. Prolonged bruising can be covered with standard make-up.

Facial plastic surgery makes it possible to correct facial flaws and signs of premature again that can decrease self confidence. Changing the way you look, can help you change how you feel about yourself.