A Forehead Lift or “Browlift” is a procedure that restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired.
In a Forehead Lift, the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping are removed or altered to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimise frown lines.
A Forehead Lift is most commonly performed in the 40-60 age range to minimise 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. A 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 significant skin overhang in the upper eyelids. Sometimes, patients who believe they need upper-eyelid surgery find that a Forehead Lift better meets their surgical goals. Patients who are bald, who have a receding hairline, or who have had previous upper-eyelid surgery may still be good candidates for a Forehead Lift. Mr Klein will simply alter the incision location or perform a more conservative operation.
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To see how a Forehead Lift might change your appearance, stand in front of a mirror and place the palms of your hands at the outer edges of your eyes, above your eye brows. Then gently draw the skin upward to raise the brow and forehead area. That is approximately what a Forehead Lift would do for you. During your initial consultation Mr Klein will first evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone, and discuss your goals for the surgery. Don’t hesitate to ask Mr Klein any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results. Mr Klein will explain the procedure in detail, including the risks and limitations, the type of anesthesia that will be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be preformed and the costs involved. Be sure to tell Mr Klein if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
A Forehead Lift may be performed in a an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. It’s usually done on an outpatient basis, without an overnight stay.
Some Forehead Lifts are done under local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You’ll be awake but relaxed, and your face will be insensitive to pain. Mr Klein usually prefers general anesthesia, in which case you’ll sleep through the operation.
Complications are rare and usually minor when a Forehead Lift is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. During your consultation the procedure will be explained in detail, including the risks and limitations.
The surgical team begins by tying your hair with rubber bands in front of and behind the incision area. Your head will not be shaved, although hair immediately in front of the incision line may need to be trimmed. For most patients, the incision will start at about the level of your ears and run across the top of your scalp. The forehead skin is then carefully lifted so portions of muscle and excess tissue can be removed. Any excess skin at the point of incision will also be removed. Mr Klein will close the incision with clips. Your face and hair will be washed to prevent irritation and the rubber bands will be removed from your hair. The incision will be covered with a gauze padding and your head will be wrapped with an elastic bandage.
|A. A Forehead Lift can smooth the forehead, raise the upper eyelids, and minimise the frown lines that come with aging.|
|B. Mr Klein closes the incisions with fine sutures, which will leave nearly invisible scars.|
|C. In preparation for a Forehead Lift, the hair is tied back with rubber bands in front of and behind the incision area. An incision is usually made across the top of the head, just behind the hairline.|
|D. Forehead skin is gently lifted and portions of facial muscle and excess skin are removed. The incision is then closed with stitches or clips.|
|E. The result of a Forehead Lift is a younger, more rested look.|
While you should be up and about in a day or two, plan on taking it easy for at least the first week after surgery. You should be able to shower and shampoo your hair one or two days after surgery or as soon as the bandages are removed. Most patients are back to work within a week.
Most patients are pleased with the results of a Forehead Lift. Often, patients don’t realise 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. While a Forehead Lift, like a Facelift or any other surgery to minimise the effects of aging, does not stop the clock, it can minimise the appearance of aging for years. As time passes, you may want to repeat the procedure. But even if you don’t, you’ll always look better than if you never had a Forehead Lift at all.