Everything You Need to Know About Forehead Lifts - Why, When, and How They Are Used

Nobody wants the "angry, tired" look that can result from forehead wrinkles and eyebrows that sag. As early as one's 20s or 30s, the effects of age, gravity and sun can affect the upper portion of the face, eliminating a youthful appearance. In some instances we may just be born with lower brows that can make one look "angry" all the time.

Rejuvenating the forehead is an important aspects of restoring a young look to the face. A forehead lift, also known as a brow lift, can restore the natural position of a sagging forehead and eyebrows, and eliminate frown lines between the eyes. During this procedure, the

Surgeons typically use one of two approaches to perform the forehead lift: endoscopic or open. The endoscopic approach, an advanced medical technique, involves a specialized camera (endoscope) and weakens the corrugator muscles (muscles that cause the wrinkles) by cutting them without completely removing them. During this procedure, surgeons insert the camera through four small incisions in the hairline to visualize all the important anatomy.

With the more traditional open procedure, the surgeon makes an incision along or behind the hairline to completely remove the corrugator muscles and safely reposition the forehead. The open technique has some advantages over the endoscopic approach however both can give excellent results when used in the correct circumstances.

During both the endoscopic and open forehead procedure, incisions are strategically placed, most frequently within the hairline, so they are hidden or camouflaged. Patients who have receding hairlines need not worry about the incisions being visible. They are placed within existing creases or in regions where there isn't any hair loss, and where there is no risk for future hair loss.

In both procedures, it's important that the surgeon achieves a natural look, avoiding the "surprised" look. There is nothing more surgical appearing then an overdone brow lift and care must be taken not to do so.

The endoscopic and open techniques each have their own advantages. The factors that should be considered when determining which lift to get include the shape of the eyebrow and its position, the amount of forehead wrinkles/furrows, gender, the hairline positions, and the density of the hair.

Some patients are now opting for a forehead lift as opposed to receiving Botox or other neurotoxins several times a year. While the endoscopic procedure weakens the forehead muscles, the open procedure offers a more

Frequently, patients complain that the corners of their eyebrows sag. This is called lateral hooding, one of the most common signs of an aging forehead. It can be corrected with a temple lift (lateral brow lift), to achieve a more natural, youthful, appearance. Lateral brow lifts can be performed separate from an entire forehead lift and ia great option when rejuvenating an aging face.

Patients can consult with their physician to learn about other procedures that can be combined with a forehead lift to enhance a balanced rejuvenation of the face.

A forehead lift can be performed in an outpatient facility or hospital. The procedure takes between one to two hours to perform, depending on the type of lift. Deep sedation/twilight sleep is preferred, although some patients choose to go with a general anesthetic. Most patients go home comfortably after the procedure.

Recovery time takes between one to two weeks. Depending on the patient's type of work, he or she may return as early as one week after the procedure; although full, strenuous physical activity should be avoided for two weeks following the procedure. Bruising, which can occur after surgery, can be camouflaged with makeup, and typically resolves after two weeks. While most patients don't experience significant pain after surgery, they do describe a feeling of tightness, and can usually be prescribed pain killers.

After a thorough analysis of the patient's aging pattern, the surgeon will be able to recommend the best procedure for each individual patient. As with any plastic surgery procedure, it's extremely important that the patient work with a highly qualified, experienced, and specialized physician to ensure optimal, natural-looking results.

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