Forehead lift, also known as the brow lift, is a surgical procedure that allows you to fight the inevitable signs of skin ageing. The forehead and the brows give away a lot of messages involuntarily. Wrinkled or strained skin on your forehead may convey that you are ‘stressed’ and similarly, rested eyebrows depict a feeling of calmness. The positioning of your brows depends on various factors and is subject to change.
What is a Forehead Lift?
A forehead lift surgically corrects loose or wrinkled skin on the forehead and underlying tissue, as well as strategically places the eyebrows at an alert and youthful position. Numerous wrinkle lines and drooping eyebrows may make us look ‘too serious’ or ‘upset’. You are the right candidate for a forehead lift if you are bothered by the signs of ageing.
A forehead lift surgery helps to correct
- The wrinkle lines that develop horizontally across the forehead and between the eyes or the bridge of the nose.
- The vertical frown line that develops between the eyebrows.
- Sagging skin on the forehead.
- Drooping eyebrows.
You should seek expert advice from your surgeon and set rational goals while planning the surgery.
The Forehead Lift Surgery
The forehead lift surgery is usually done under local anesthesia on an out-patient basis. Depending on the reconstruction required, the type and intensity of the approach will be decided by your surgeon. The most commonly used procedures are:
- Endoscopic lift
The endoscopic lift is the most preferable procedure wherein 5 incisions are made in the scalp region, hidden by hair. Using this procedure, the sagging forehead skin can be tightened, the eyebrows can be lifted symmetrically and the hair line can be altered. Swelling is observed post-surgery during healing and this procedure does not leave any visible scars.
- Pretrichial lift
The pretrichial lift uses one long incision to remove a strip of excess sagging skin and underlying tissue. This lift is ideal for people with a high, broad forehead. Swelling and bruising can be observed post-operatively and the incision is undetectable one healed.
- Gull wing lift
The gull wing or direct brow lift removes the section of the skin right above the brows along its length. The sagging skin and the brow is lifted and joined together. Thus, the procedure smoothens the forehead and lifts the brows up at the same time. Intricate care is taken to place the adjoining scar along the length of the eyebrow to camouflage it.
The decision of having a plastic surgery is extremely personal. You need to thoroughly weigh your options and realistically decide if having a forehead lift surgery will help you attain your desired goal. As with every surgery, you need to examine the potential risks and complications of going under the knife. The potential risks of a forehead lift include facial asymmetry, loss of hair around the incisions, visible scars, poor wound healing, skin loss, excessive bleeding etc.
During your consultation with your expert, a thorough study of your general health, medical history and facial examination studies will be conducted to assess the likely outcomes and plan the surgery. It is likely to feel stressed and overwhelmed when planning for an elective procedure but you need to openly converse with your doctor to decipher the big picture.