What Is Forehead Lift Surgery?
Forehead lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure used to correct the sagging and wrinkling effects of aging around the eyes and forehead. It is also known as endobrow lift surgery, brow lift surgery, open brow lift surgery, and temporal lift surgery.
Brow lift surgery patients tend to be in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, although the procedure is becoming increasingly popular with the younger crowd as well. During brow lift surgery, the doctor literally cuts and stretches the skin in the forehead area to reduce wrinkles. Open brow lift surgery is usually performed in conjunction with facelift surgery or nose surgery in order to preserve the natural contours of the face.
Classic Brow Lift vs. Endoscopic Brow Lift
The classic brow lift technique requires a long continuous incision near the hairline. Although effective, it is often more painful and can result in more scarring. An endoscopic brow lift requires a few short incisions. A small camera at the end of a thin tube (endoscope) is inserted through one of the incisions. In this way, the surgeon can see the tissues and muscles while he makes corrections using instruments inserted through a separate incision. Patients typically have less scarring and faster recovery with endoscopic forehead lifts.
In either case, the surgery takes just a few hours, and patients are usually discharged on the same day. Swelling and bruising are expected after the operation. The head needs to be kept in an elevated position to reduce the swelling. Application of ice packs also helps. Patients can usually return to work within 10-14 days after surgery. Heavy lifting and other forms of vigorous activity should be avoided until one has fully recovered.