Forehead lift surgery, also known as brow lift surgery, is performed in order to restore a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance of the forehead area. The aim of this surgery is to correct the shape of the eyebrows and eliminating the furrows or wrinkles of the forehead. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can also be done along with Forehead lift surgery, when the patient has developed excess skin in the upper eyelids.
What is Forehead Lift Surgery ?
A forehead lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to elevate the position of the eyebrows and forehead. This procedure is mainly performed to improve the external appearance of the face. It works on improving the upper one third part of the face, in order to give it a more youthful look. People in the age group of between 40-60 opts more for forehead lift surgery to minimize the signs of ageing. However, this surgery is beneficial for people of young age or middle age who have developed frown lines which can be a result of some tension or any other muscle activity.
Types of Forehead Lifts
- Open Forehead Surgery
- Endoscopic Forehead Surgery
Procedure for Forehead Lift
The two procedures are performed under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes up to two hours.
- Open Forehead Surgery : During this surgery, the first incision is made either in the crease or on the hairline. Coronal incision is the most frequently used and the incision is made at the back of the hairline. The pretrichial incision is that type where the middle part of the incision is straightly on the hairline. The last type of incision is very commonly used and the incision is made in the center of the forehead. This type of incision is very common in male patients who have developed serious forehead creases.
- Endoscopic Forehead Surgery : During this surgery, a number of incisions are made either at the back of the hairline or straight away in the scalp. For performing this surgery, the hair is tied together at the back where the incisions are made. Then the surgeon places an endoscope (metal tube) with a camera to examine the whole surgery on TV and is done prior to remove any surplus skin or tissue.
Both the procedures involved in the removal of fatty tissue and forehead muscles. After this all the rest surplus skin is cut and muscles are further tightened. Now the surgeon will lift the brow so as to fix it in a proper place and the rest skin is smoothened. Thread lift or suture technique can also be used to perform the forehead lift surgery.
Who should consider Forehead Lift ?
- Deep horizontal creases across the forehead
- Frown lines, or furrows, between the eyebrows and above the nose
- Sagging or low position of the eyebrows, creating a tired or sad appearance
Forehead Lift Recovery
The patient is required to stay in the hospital for up to 10 days and stitches will be removed between 5-10 days after the surgery. The patient should not go for rigorous exercises. To recover from the post surgery swelling, the elevation of the head is very helpful. Smoking can hinder the healing process.
Non-Invasive Alternatives to a Forehead Lift
- Soft Tissue Fillers : The injections made up of filler materials are specifically used to even out the skin by reducing wrinkles. The injections of botulinum help in minimizing the frowning lines by paralyzing all the facial muscles. Collagen and fat are two most used materials.
- Botulinum Toxin : It is a type of compound which is generated by the growing cells and the spores of the organism which causes Clostridium Botulinum. It is very effective in reducing frown wrinkles.
Both soft tissue and botulinum toxin injections are very effective but also a temporary alternative to forehead lift surgery.
Cost Forehead Lift
India’s medical tourism provides very good assistance to international patients for their low cost and safe surgical treatments in India. The cost of forehead lift/ brow lift is very less compared to the cost in abroad cosmetic centers. Low cost treatment in India does not affect the quality standard of the treatment, as India has the best medical facilities in the world.
FAQs for Forehead OR Brow Lift Procedure
Ques: What is Forehead Lift?
Ans: Forehead lift, also known as a brow lift, is a cosmetic procedure which is designed to improve the appearance of the forehead area by minimizing wrinkles, furrows, and drooping eyebrows.
Ques: How does this procedure work?
Ans: The Forehead Lift procedure removes excess tissue, alter the muscles, and tighten the skin. Your doctor will help you to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance, with a smoother forehead and elevated eyebrows.
Ques: What is Endoscopic Brow/ Forehead Lift?
Ans: This procedure is designed to reposition and contour forehead and eyebrows with very small incisions of the patient. By using only 5 small incisions which are approximately ½ inch long, hidden at the level of the anterior hairline, and with the aid of an endoscopic camera, doctor repositions and reshapes the eyebrows and forehead avoiding the large scalp incision of the traditional Brow Lift / forehead Lift.
Ques: How long does endoscopic forehead lift results last?
Ans: The endoscopic forehead lift is one of the procedures that achieves the most natural and satisfactory results. The durability of results depends on the combination of several factors, like aging, the interaction of defensive factors and aggressors of our organism. It could give an average results between 7 to 15 years.
Ques: At What age you can undergo Forehead lift?
Ans: The indication for a forehead lift is not age. Ideal brow lift candidate should be in good health as well as realistic expectations for the procedure. Sometimes brow lift patients are over 50 years, it can also be beneficial for younger patients who have genetically low eyebrows.
Ques: What is the difference between an endoscopic forehead lift and Traditional forehead lift?
Ans: Traditional forehead lift makes a coronal incision, this is a single large incision that goes to the patient’s hairline, covering the scalp from one ear to the other. Whereas, Endoscopic brow lift surgery is an advanced and minimally invasive technique for performing this procedure. Doctor makes five small incisions hidden in the hairline. Each incision is strategically placed along the forehead area to allow optimal access to the structures of the forehead.
Ques: In today’s time Which procedure normally done by doctors?
Ans: Endoscopic forehead lift is more common procedure because of the much easier recovery and better scar. But there are many experienced doctors who still choose to do the coronal brow lift for their patients.
Ques: Are there any scars after brow lift?
Ans: When an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon perform this procedure, the results of forehead lift are excellent and scars are well-concealed at or behind the hairline. It doesn’t matter what kind of technique is used to perform the procedure.
Ques: What is the difference between a forehead lift and an upper eyelift?
Ans: A forehead lift raises the brows only without touching eyelid skin. An upper eyelift removes skin from the lids and reduce the amount of skin between brown and lash without changing the brow position or shape.
Ques: Can I undergo other cosmetic procedures at the same time with my forehead lift?
Ans: Forehead Lift surgeries are very commonly done with other procedures. Mostly patients undergo facelift, but cosmetic doctors generally perform eyelifts, rhinoplasty, otoplasty even breast and abdominal procedures.
Ques: Will I feel any pain during forehead lift surgery?
Ans: This procedure is painless because of anesthesia used throughout the operation. You can discuss the same with your doctor whether you need full general anesthesia or sedation at the time of procedure.
Ques: What will be the recovery period?
Ans: Some patients start moving from next day after the procedure and some take 5-7 days it depends on the patients healing rate. Full healing with any surgery takes a bit longer. Post-surgery the brow may be oilier or slightly numb for 3 months.
Ques: Will you shave my head before procedure?
Ans: There is no need to shave the head, only a hair strip will be shaved or trimmed.
Ques: Do I need to wear bandage?
Ans: After the surgery doctor will put paper strips beside the upper lid through the outer lower lids. This will help to support the lids as well as stiches will also clean. In your recovery doctor will give a cotton pad to put over the lids for at least 30 minutes to minimize the swelling. Your head will be covered with soft and comfortable dressing for 24 hours, which will remove next day.
Ques: When I can take bath?
Ans: You can take bath and wash your hair next day after surgery but don’t wash your face with water directly. To reduce swelling don’t take any hot tubs, steams etc. for at least 3 weeks after surgery. You can use hair dryer on cool setting or dry towel in starting for 2 weeks.
Ques: Can I color my hairs after procedure?
Ans: You can color your hairs after 3 to 4 weeks from the day of your surgery. If you see any small open area in your scalp you should wait for a little long time to recolor your hairs.
Ques: When I can continue exercise or other activities?
Ans: You should relax for around 7 to 10 days. After 3 weeks you can start exercise, which will help to reduce your swelling and improve the rate of healing.
Ques: What can I do to heal myself fast?
Ans: Doctors always provide instructions for medicines, about the things you should avoid and vitamins you can take after the procedure. For few weeks do not smoke and sit with those who are smoking. Take rest, maintain a low salt diet and have positive attitude which will assist in your fast recovery.
Ques: Do I need BOTOX again after forehead lift?
Ans: After forehead lift – requirement for Botox is significantly reduced and sometimes it is not required at all. It is different for each patient and also depends upon the severity of their lines on the treated forehead lift.
Ques: Will you use a drain after forehead lift procedure?
Ans: Yes, drain will be used, which generally leave for overnight and is removed in the morning. It is important to use drain to remove fluid, which helps to reduce swelling and bruising and increase the faster recovery.
Ques: When I can start driving?
Ans: You may start driving after finishing your pain medication and feel comfortable in any movement during driving.
Ques: When can I travel by flight?
Ans: Brow lift patients can travel by airplane about a week after surgery.
Ques: Do I need to wear special garment after surgery and for how long I need to wear the same?
Ans: There is no requirements to wear any special garments or dressings after a brow lift.
Ques: Do I need special care for the incision?
Ans: There is no special care required after brow lift except shower and cleaning it gently for few weeks after surgery.
Ques: When will stitches need to be removed?
Ans: After 5 days stiches will be removed.
Ques: What is the approximate cost for treatment and how can I get an appointment?
Ans: To know about this treatment cost and appointment, kindly contact on below details:
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