If people frequently ask if you are upset or angry even when you feel calm, you may be suffering from the effects of aging on your forehead. A combination of changes in your skin and the conditioning of forehead muscles lead to wrinkles, folds, and a low-hanging brow. If you are tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a face that looks much older than you feel, a forehead lift is one type of facial plastic surgery that can lessen the ravages of time and help you look and feel younger and fresher.
Facial Aging in the Forehead and Eyes
Many people show age first around the eyes. Crow’s feet, wrinkles, and puffy or sagging eyelids can make people look older than their years–sometimes at a very early age. Sagging in the forehead can contribute to this as a sunken brow can push down on the upper eyelids to increase the appearance of age and a wrinkled forehead can make you look older or worn with care. A forehead lift can be an essential component to rejuvenating the eye area and may be an optimal complement to eyelid surgery.
During your forehead lift consultation, we will look at your eye and face anatomy and how they have been affected by aging to make personalized recommendations about what procedure or procedures are right for you.
Types of Forehead Lifts
There are two types of forehead lifts that can address brow wrinkles:
An endoscopic brow lift is less invasive than a coronal forehead lift and produces less scarring. The procedure consists of making three to five small incisions at your hairline and inserting an endoscopic probe which separates your skin and tissues from the skull. Once your tissue has been loosened from your skull, it will then be pulled smooth and sutured or affixed to small implants to keep it in place. Any scarring is kept very small and is usually hidden above your hairline.
A coronal forehead lift consists of creating an incision from one ear over the crown of your hear down to the other ear. This incision is usually placed about six to eight centimeters behind your hair line. The skin is then pulled smooth and excess skin removed. The two sides of the remaining skin are then sutured together and bandaged.
Recovery after Brow Lift
Recovering from a forehead lift may require that you take a week or more off from work, although for many people it is less, especially for endoscopic brow lifts. You should focus on resting and may use a cold compress and medication for pain management. Your surgeon may recommend that you keep your head elevated to promote healing, and your stitches will be removed approximately one week after your surgery. You should continue to avoid exercise and exertion for two weeks after surgery.
If you are interested in learning which is the best forehead lift option for you, please contact our experienced Atlanta facial plastic surgeons today to ask questions or schedule your consultation. We serve patients from Atlanta, Marietta, Woodstock and surrounding areas in Georgia.