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Forehead Lift (Brow Lift)

Forehead Lift, also known as Brow Lift, lifts the tissue (skin and muscle), which through increasing age causes furrowing of the forehead and low lying brows. It can be combined with a Face/Neck-Lift.

Before you see your surgeon, it is recommended that you consider what you want to achieve from the operation. In particular, please, understand that a forehead lift can lift the brows and improve the frown lines along your forehead, but it cannot improve i.e. crow's feet (here botox is the best choice). During the consultation, I will advise upon the best option for you and explain "why and how".

Smokers are advised to stop smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery until 4 weeks after surgery, in order to help healing and reduce the risk of infection. Smoking reduces the blood supply to the thin skin flap lifted by the surgeon.

There are two surgical options:

  • Open Brow Lift
  • Endoscopic Brow Lift.

Usually the operation is performed under general anaesthesia, although local anaesthesia with sedation is possible. The operation takes about 1 to 2 hours.

  • Open brow Lift: A coronal (crown) incision is made. It begins at about ear level and runs across the top of the forehead behind or along the hairline. Redundant tissue is removed to create a smooth, more youthful appearance.
  • Endoscopic Brow Lift: 3 to 5 short incisions are made in the scalp, through which an endoscope is inserted to view the tissues of the forehead. A separate instrument is then inserted through an additional incision to lift these structures.

The patients stay in hospital overnight. If your work is not physical (no lifting or sports), expect to return to work after 7 to 10 days. Normal physical exercises can be started after 3 to 4 weeks.

After the operation you feel more or less bruised and sore. You will have a bandage for two days. Sutures are removed after 10 to 14 days. During the first week it is recommended to keep your head elevated to assist the swelling go down.

In the beginning your forehead will feel tight and somewhat swollen. The scars will be slightly pink. Subsequently as all scars, they will fade over a period of time. In most patients, they are all but invisible. However, it is important to remember that no surgical scar ever totally disappears.

Regarding possible risks and complications cosmetic surgery is very safe. However, everybody has to accept that no surgical procedure is entirely free from risk. These possible, but rare risks will be explained to you during the consultation and I shall answer all your questions. In addition, you will receive a "Patient Guide" for Forehead Lift.

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