A forehead lift is an effective procedure to correct frown lines, specifically the deep creases that become increasingly noticeable between the brows and hairline. A forehead lift provides patients with a youthful appearance by reducing the signs of aging such as wrinkles around the forehead area and the sagging effect gravity causes over time.
Patients select to have the forehead lift procedure as the forehead, brow area is one of the first, largest and most prominent indicators of aging on the face. Patients facial muscles in the forehead area may exhibit signs of ageing due to stress, sun damage or how the individual ages. Patients may find the effect of aging in this area causes them to look tired, sad, angry unintentionally simply due to the definition of the creases and sagging in the forehead area.
The surgery is generally conducted on an outpatient basis, which means patients are required to stay at the hospital for the day, depending on individual patient’s responses to the anaesthesia. The surgery can take up to two hours and can be conducted using two methods. In the consultation, the surgeon will explain their preferred method and the rational for this method.
One method is with the use of an endoscope, which is a surgical instrument with a camera attached. This means the surgeon can make smaller incisions and use the camera to see the area. The surgeon makes several small incisions behind the hair line, inserts the endoscope to lift and tighten the muscles and tissue. This method has a faster recovery time and less scarring.
The more traditional surgical method requires the surgeon to make an incision from one ear, along the hairline across to the other ear. Muscle and tissue are lifted, however this procedure also allows for excess skin and fat to be removed from the area. The incision length is stitched closed which contributes to the recovery process.
Following the surgery, a bandage is placed over the area and is required to remain in place for two days, stitches can be removed within seven to fourteen days following the procedure.
Patients experience swelling which may effect other parts of the face including eyes and cheeks for up to ten days after the procedure. Patients are instructed not to engage in any strenuous activities including bending over and exercise. Patients are encouraged to keep face elevated at forty five degree angle for the first forty eight hours to assist with pain and recovery.
The results may not appear for up to a month after the procedure, patients will observe subtle changes which should settle a few months following the procedure. Before photos are a good measure to track individual changes.