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Forehead Lift (Browplasty or Browlift)

A forehead lift, also sometimes referred to as a brow lift entails the stretching of skin into the hairline to eliminate brow furrows and raise the eyebrows. This often results in a more wide-awake, youthful look. It is especially beneficial for individuals whose eyebrows or furrows give them a chronic angry, tired or sad facial expression.

Most people who have a forehead lift are back to work within ten days. The scars from this relatively simple operation usually disappear in one to three weeks which is also about the time that doctors say it is okay for women to wear foundation make-up again.

Surgery time is about one to two hours, and you return home the same day.

Surgical Options

There are basically two types of forehead lifts available, the classic forehead lift and the endoscopic forehead lift. The classic forehead lift is much more surgically invasive and involves a full incision made across the top of the hairline. The endoscopic forehead lift involves the use of a wand with an endoscope that allows the plastic surgeon to only make small incisions and pull up the skin through a few well-targeted spots. In both cases the scars from the incisions are concealed beneath the hairline.

The incision will stretch from one ear up along the forehead and across the hairline to the other ear. The plastic surgeon then lifts the skin of the forehead, trims it and then closes the wound with stitches or clips.

If you are getting an endoscopic forehead lift the plastic surgeon will make up to five small incisions (less than an inch in length) from the ear. An endoscope is inserted through one of the incisions, allowing the surgeon to have a clear view of the muscles and tissues beneath the skin. He will then use the images he sees on a television monitor to guide him. These wounds are then closed.

Another option is a brow lift only surgery in which the brows are raised to a more natural position so that the patient can recover a youthful look.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgery, there is risk of complications related to infection or reaction to anesthesia. A proper assessment of every patient, along with complete lab work, will help in the prevention of postoperative complications. After healing, scars are handled with special treatments to help in the minimization of their appearance.

After either operation it is quite common for people to experience numbness along the hairline. Any swelling usually disappears within a few days.

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