The forehead is one of the first areas where patients begin to notice lines and wrinkles with aging. Over time, these lines and wrinkles only deepen and become more noticeable. Patients may notice lines between the brows that make them look angry or drooping eyebrows that result in a tired appearance. A forehead lift is a good solution for many patients. Through a forehead lift surgery, patients can enjoy a youthful, pleasant, and rejuvenated appearance with reduced wrinkles in the forehead area and a lifted, refreshed brow. At Lewisburg Plastic Surgery in Lewisburg, PA, this procedure is often paired with options such as a lower or upper eyelid lift or facelift for more complete rejuvenation and naturally youthful-looking results.
Patients who notice signs of aging in the upper portion of the face may be good candidates for a forehead lift. This can include:
- Horizontal wrinkles across the forehead or vertical lines between the eyebrows and the bridge of the nose
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Sagging brows, especially those that droop or cause hooding at the upper eyelids
Before your forehead lift, you will have a thorough consultation to review your goals and health history. Patients should be generally healthy overall and, ideally, will be nonsmokers before undergoing a forehead lift. Some patients may be recommended for a combination procedure to address multiple concerns and create more comprehensive anti-aging results.
Podcast Episode: Forehead Lift Procedure
Over time, the skin of the face can sag and drop, and this includes the forehead and eyebrow area. This area can be rejuvenated with a brow lift or forehead lift.
Advanced procedures have been developed that often allow us to perform brow and forehead lifts with very small incisions hidden under the hairline.More Podcast Episodes
Forehead lifts are typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Incisions are made at the hairline to prevent unnecessary visible scarring. Using an endoscope, or narrow hollow instrument with a light and camera, the tissues of the forehead are lifted and repositioned through these short incisions. In addition, the muscles that cause frown lines may be weakened to prevent further wrinkles. With these steps complete, any excess skin may be removed as needed and the incisions are closed with sutures.
After a forehead lift, patients may go home with a trusted family member, friend, or other caregiver who can drive them home. Head wrap dressings will be in place to protect the incision sites; these can be removed one to two days after the surgery. Some discomfort is expected after a forehead lift, but this can generally be resolved using oral medication as directed by your plastic surgeon. Patients may also notice bruising and swelling, which begins to resolve within seven to ten days on average. Any sutures can be removed about ten days after the forehead lift surgery. Results can be seen beginning about ten days after the procedure as swelling begins to dissipate and will continue to improve over time.
A forehead lift is a cosmetic procedure. This means that the surgery is not covered by health insurance. The cost of each forehead lift varies depending on the extent of the procedure according to your goals and needs. During your consultation, a specific cost estimate can be provided for your unique forehead lift procedure.