A forehead lift or "brow lift" 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. Most patients are pleased with the results of a forehead lift because, often, patients don't realize how much their sagging forehead and brows contributed to the signs of aging around their eyes until they see how much younger and more rested they appear after the lift.
Who is a good candidate for a brow lift?
A forehead lift is most commonly performed in the 40-60 age range to minimize 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. Patients who are bald, who have a receding hairline, or who have had previous upper-eyelid surgery may still be good candidates for forehead lift. Dr. Grenley will simply alter the incision location or perform a more conservative operation.
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About brow lift surgery
In a forehead lift, the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping are altered to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines. The incision is hidden approximately 2 1/2 inches behind the hairline. No hair will be shaved during the procedure.
Forehead lift is sometimes 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 in addition to sagging brows. Sometimes, patients who believe they need upper-eyelid surgery find that a forehead lift better meets their surgical goals.
Recovery following brow lift surgery
You will be told to keep your head elevated for several days following surgery to keep the swelling down. Swelling may also affect the cheeks and eyes, however, this should begin to disappear in a week or so. As the nerves heal, numbness on the top of your scalp may be replaced by itching. These sensations may take as long as six months to fully disappear. If bandages are used, they will be removed a day or two after surgery. All stitches or clips will be removed within two weeks, sometimes in two stages.
Although you should be up and about in a day or two, plan on taking it easy for the first few days after surgery, and not exercise for two weeks. You should be able to shower and shampoo your hair within two days, or as soon as the bandage is removed. Most patients are back to work or school in a week to 10 days.
Most of the visible signs of surgery should fade completely within about one to two weeks. Minor swelling and bruising can be concealed with special camouflage makeup. You may feel a bit tired at first, but your energy level will increase as you begin to look and feel better.