Every time you make a facial expression, the muscles and skin of your face shift. They tense, relax, furrow, stretch and contract into all kinds of shapes and positions. Much like an elastic band or Spandex fabric, however, this consistent movement will eventually result in a loss of strength and tension. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the forehead — one of the most mobile and often-used areas of the face. From squinting or frowning to excitement and surprise, the emotions that play across the brow are varied and frequent. The forehead is often one of the first areas of the face to show signs of age and overuse: wrinkles, lines and drooping skin on the brow are common aesthetic concerns for women and men alike as they grow older.
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What is a Forehead Lift?
A forehead lift, also called a brow lift or an upper facelift, is a cosmetic surgery that focuses on lifting and smoothing the forehead. It is intended to create a more open and youthful expression around the upper face and eyes, and to reduce or eliminate horizontal “transverse lines” across the forehead and vertical “frown lines” between the eyebrows. A forehead lift can be performed on its own, or in conjunction with other facial surgeries or treatments for overall facial rejuvenation. It is especially common to combine a forehead lift with eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, which also improves the appearance of wrinkles, sagging or puffiness around the eyes.
The brow lift procedure is performed using small incisions typically placed within the hairline. Dr. Man then uses a small endoscopic device inserted through these incisions to manipulate the underlying brow muscles and create a flatter, smoother forehead contour. Then, Dr. Man pulls the skin of the forehead taut for a more aesthetically pleasing brow position, and removes loose or excess skin before suturing the brow in place. Dr. Man uses general or local anesthesia for this procedure, depending on the patient’s comfort level and the extent of their procedure or procedures.
Benefits of a Forehead Lift?
While the current cosmetics industry offers many ways to improve the appearance of the forehead, surgery-free options like Botox or skin tightening devices may only work for those with mild to moderate concerns or for patients who are prepared to have regular treatments. These procedures are sometimes marketed as “non-surgical brow lifts.” A true surgical brow lift, however, is the most direct solution with the longest-lasting results. It offers noticeable improvements in fine lines, wrinkles and brow sagging within just a week or two after surgery; these initial results will last several years, and you will enjoy younger-looking skin even as you continue to age.
Although a forehead lift only addresses the upper face, it can turn back the clock for your overall appearance. Many individuals do not realize how much the brow affects their face as a whole, but feel completely refreshed and in love with their looks again following a forehead lift. This surgery can be a great option for patients who may think they need a full facelift but find that this less intensive procedure can create the youthful look they want. The benefits of a forehead lift can include:
- Smoothed forehead skin
- Reduced frown lines
- Restored neutral expression
- Improved brow position
- Reduced upper eyelid sagging
- Younger-looking skin and expression
- Improved self-confidence
Is a Forehead Lift Right For Me?
A forehead lift is a specialized surgery that focuses only on the upper face above the eyes. Candidates for forehead lift surgery typically have noticeable lines and wrinkles across the forehead and between the eyebrows, and have sagging skin on the forehead that causes the browbone to appear too low on the face. It is common for forehead lift patients to feel as though they look tired or angry even when they are in a good mood, since a sagging and wrinkled brow can create the illusion of a frustrated or worried expression. This can also age the face significantly and cause the patient to lose confidence in their appearance. If you are struggling with a sagging brow or with signs of aging limited to the forehead, you are likely a strong candidate for a forehead lift.
The ideal candidate for a brow lift is in good overall health, is a non-smoker and is mentally and emotionally able to accept the risks and limitations of cosmetic surgeries. Dr. Man will work closely with you during your consultation and other appointments to ensure that your medical history will not prevent you from having a successful procedure. He will also keep you fully informed of what to expect from your forehead lift surgery and recovery.
As with any cosmetic procedure, the best way to know for certain whether a forehead lift will be right for you is to schedule an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Man will happily meet with you at his comfortable offices in Boca Raton, Florida, to learn about your concerns and goals and discuss your options for a safe and satisfactory outcome. He will work personally with you to create a custom treatment plan that may include a forehead lift or other surgeries and facial cosmetic treatments. Call today to schedule your consultation, or fill in our appointment form online.
How Involved is a Forehead Lift?
Although a forehead lift is not the most intensive facial cosmetic surgery, it is still a delicate procedure that must be performed by an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon. It is always best to choose a surgeon who has demonstrated experience performing the procedure you seek. Dr. Man is an expert in facial and body cosmetic surgeries and has a proven track record of successful brow lifts with a high patient satisfaction rate.
Dr. Man most often uses general anesthesia for forehead lift patients. He may use local anesthesia with IV sedation for patients who cannot have general anesthesia or who do not have an extensive surgical plan. The forehead lift procedure typically takes between two and four hours, though it may be longer if a patient has multiple procedures scheduled. Dr. Man performs brow lifts on an outpatient basis, which means patients will be discharged following their surgery and free to return home to begin their recovery. Patients have the option to stay overnight at our comfortable surgical facility if they wish to have our professional staff monitor them for the first 24 hours. Dr. Man may recommend an overnight stay for patients with complex medical histories or more involved surgical plans.
During your forehead lift, Dr. Man will smooth, flatten and reposition the muscles of the forehead that cause transverse or frown lines. He may suture them in place or remove small portions of corrugated musculature. He will trim away any loose, stretched or excess skin that is contributing to brow sagging, thereby ensuring that the brow remains in a lifted position for many years to come. Incisions are typically limited to small surgical cuts placed along the brow within the hairline. Dr. Man takes great care to close these incisions with minimal, even sutures to reduce scarring, particularly for patients with hair loss or short hairstyles. Surgical dressings will be placed on the forehead to keep the sutures clean and protected as you begin the recovery process.
Preparing for a Forehead Lift
The first step in the forehead lift process is a consultation with Dr. Man at our Boca Raton offices. At this initial meeting, Dr. Man will evaluate your brow position and skin condition, learn about your concerns and aesthetic goals and recommend a personalized surgical plan. Dr. Man will also give you clear instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. He can answer any questions about pre-op, surgical or post-op expectations. You may be asked to:
- Provide contact information for your primary care physician
- Stop smoking six weeks before your surgery
- Stop taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs: Advil, Motrin, Aleve) and vitamins/homeopathic regimens
- Start hydrating several days before the surgery
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first 24-48 hours
After a Forehead Lift
Immediately following your surgery, you will spend about an hour in one of our monitored recovery rooms. You will rest here until the anesthesia wears off and we feel confident that you can return home safely. You will need to have a prearranged responsible party waiting to sign you out and transport you home. Dr. Man will need to speak with you and this person to give you detailed instructions for your recovery. This may include information about your surgical dressings, caring for and cleaning your surgical site, when you can expect to resume work or other normal activities, what symptoms are considered normal and when you should call our office for assistance.
Should you choose to spend the night at our surgical center, you can rest assured that you will be in capable hands. Our nurses are all ACLS certified, and our state-of-the-art facility has specialized recovery options, including cooling methods to reduce pain and swelling, a hyperbaric chamber and oxygen treatments to speed healing.
How is Recovery from a Forehead Lift
The recovery process from a forehead lift is typically quick and low-risk, as long as the patient is careful to follow Dr. Man’s recovery instructions. These instructions will ensure that your incisions will not become infected or irritated, that your skin heals quickly and without damage, that you are comfortable and not in any pain and that Dr. Man is kept up-to-date on your recovery progress.
Patients typically experience some discomfort or pain for the first three to five days. Dr. Man usually recommends over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or ibuprofen, but he can offer pain pumps or prescription medications should the need arise. If your pain becomes unmanageable with Dr. Man’s recommended course of care, please contact us right away.
Swelling, redness and bruising around the forehead and eyes are all normal side effects that fade within a week or two. Other common side effects include sensations of tightness or numbness in the forehead area. If any of these symptoms are worsening instead of improving, please reach out to us for an evaluation.
You will also have follow-up appointments three to five days, two weeks, four weeks and six months after your surgery. At these appointments, Dr. Man will perform evaluations and routine follow-up treatments. He will remove your stitches, ensure your healing is progressing as expected, clear you for certain activities and answer any questions that may arise.
You should be able to return to work and other daily responsibilities within two weeks after your forehead lift procedure. Strenuous exercise or heavy lifting will likely need to be avoided or kept to a minimum for about one month. Dr. Man will be able to offer a more precise timeline for recovery after your consultation, and he may need to adjust these predictions based on your recovery process.
How Much Does a Brow Lift Cost?
Forehead lift surgery costs differ for every patient. Your cost will depend on your particular surgical plan and whether you are having other surgeries or treatments along with your brow lift. Dr. Man will be transparent with you about the costs of your procedure and can discuss his initial estimate during your consultation. He will also inform you about our available financing and payment options.
What Do I Do Next?
If you are interested in pursuing and scheduling a forehead lift with Dr. Man in Boca Raton, you will first need to visit for a consultation. This appointment allows Dr. Man to ensure that we provide you with the safest and most effective procedures for your needs. Once Dr. Man determines that a forehead lift is right for you, he will work with you to schedule your surgery and ensure you are prepared for the procedure and recovery.
Daniel Man, M.D., a Florida board-certified plastic surgeon, performs brow lifts on individuals living in and around Boca Raton, FL, who want a rested, relaxed appearance. Please contact us to set up your consultation today.