Brow lift restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. It will correct and improve the drooping brows and also improve the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired. In this cosmetic surgery procedure, the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing and drooping are removed or altered to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines. Endoscopic and conventional open techniques are the two approaches for the brow lift. A forehead lift is most commonly performed on people between 40-60 years of age 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. A forehead lift is often performed in conjunction with a face lift 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. Complications are usually minor. Loss of sensation along or just beyond the incision line is common, especially with the classic forehead lift procedure. It is usually temporary, but may be permanent in some patients. Formation of a broad scar is also a rare complication. This may be treated surgically by removing the wide scar tissue so a new, thinner scar may result. Also, in some patients, hair loss may occur along the scar edges. In rare cases, the nerves that control eyebrow movement may be injured on one or both sides, resulting in a loss of ability to raise the eyebrows or wrinkle the forehead. Additional surgery may be required to correct this problem. Infection and bleeding are very rare, but are possibilities. For a better understanding of how a forehead lift might change your appearance, look into a mirror and place the palms of your hands at the outer edges of your eyes above your eyebrows.


Gently draw the skin up to raise the brow and the forehead area.


That is approximately what a forehead lift would do for you. You should be up and about in a day or two, but plan on taking it easy for at least the first week after surgery. You should be able to shower and shampoo your hair within two days or as soon as the bandage is removed. Most patients return to work or school within a week to 10 days. Endoscopic patients may feel ready to return even sooner. Vigorous physical activity should be limited for several weeks, including jogging, bending, heavy housework, sex or any activity that increases your blood pressure. Prolonged exposure to heat or sun should be limited for several months. Most of the visible signs of surgery should fade completely within approximately three weeks. Minor swelling and bruising can be concealed with special camouflage makeup. You may feel a bit tired and run down at first, but your energy level will increase as you begin to look and feel better. Most patients are pleased with the results of a forehead lift, no matter which surgical method was used. Often, patients do not realize how much their sagging forehead contributed to the signs of aging until they see how much younger and well-rested they appear after the lift. Although a forehead lift does not stop the clock, it can minimize the appearance of aging for years. As time passes, you may want to repeat the procedure.

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