For many people, the first effects of aging begin to show in the brow or forehead areas. Gravity, wind, sun and heredity can result in furrows or frown lines on the forehead and/or a heavy or drooping eyebrow line. Often the effect gives you an appearance of being angry, sad, or tired which does not truly reflect your real feelings. During the Forehead or Brow Lift procedure, the tissue and muscle that cause the drooping or furrowing are removed or tightened to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines. The result is a smoother forehead and a more alert and refreshed look. In some cases it gives the appearance of wider more youthful eyes. Often Forehead Lifts are done in conjunction with Facelifts or Eyelifts for an overall smoother face.
The Forehead Lift procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis, under sedation analgesia or, less frequently, under general anesthesia. The surgeon may use the conventional surgical method, or he may use an endoscopic technique which results in smaller incisions. These options will be discussed in-depth during your consultation.
The surgery takes one to two hours, depending on the procedures performed. There is generally only minor discomfort after the surgery which can be handled with medication prescribed by the doctor and should subside in a couple of days. Patients often experience puffiness, bruising, and itching around the incisions and possible bruising or swelling down to the cheeks and eyes. Most of this will fade completely in one to two weeks. Patients may also experience some hair loss around the incision which will begin to grow back immediately. Generally patients feel and look good enough to return to work in two weeks.
Patients are required to have someone drive them home after the procedure and it is recommended that someone be around the first 24 hours for assistance. In most cases, you may wash your hair the next day and return to normal activity as tolerated . . . avoiding strenuous activities or exposure to the sun. It is also very important to follow the doctors postoperative instructions carefully in order to get the full benefit from the surgery. Expect to achieve the best results in about one month.
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