Browlift - Forehead Lift
A forehead lift, also known as a brow lift, is a method which minimize the creases in the forehead or those that are high on the bridge of the nose and corrects sagging brows. This procedure corrects what is commonly known as frown lines.
During the consultation, your doctor will go over your medical history and will need to know about any pre-existing conditions or surgeries you have had. You will also discuss any current medical conditions or medications you are taking. Your doctor will evaluate your general health to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. He or she will also discuss the options available to you regarding different procedures. Your doctor will examine and measure your face and will take photographs for your medical record. He or she will discuss your expectations and possible outcomes and will plan a course of treatment to best fit your needs.
You will be anesthetized for the surgery. You may receive intravenous sedation or general anesthesia depending on what your doctor decides. Small incisions will be made at the hairline and possibly other areas allowing the doctor to use special instruments to remove and reposition tissue underneath the skin. The incisions will then be closed up with either removable or dissolvable stitches, skin adhesive, surgical tape or special clips. Once the surgery is complete, your doctor will give you complete instructions regarding your recovery time, taking care of the incision area and follow-up. Initial healing of the incision area will take 5 to 10 days at which time stitches will be removed and you will be able to resume your normal activities. Any bruising can be covered with makeup. Results are long-lasting. However, it can take several weeks and even months to see the full results of the procedure.
As with any procedure, there are risks involved with a forehead lift. Some of these risks include scarring, bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, anesthesia risks, blood clots, hair loss at the incision site, elevated hairline, facial asymmetry, numbness or changes in skin sensation, eye dryness and irritation, eyelid disorders, fluid accumulation, persistent pain, skin swelling and discoloration, problems with sutures or the possibility of revision surgery.
By ensuring the surgeon you choose is experience and qualified, you will reduce any risks associated with a forehead lift. He or she will thoroughly examine your medical history and your current health to further minimize the chance that complications will occur.
Chevy Chase, MD