Who is a candidate for forehead and brow lift?
As in other tissues, the forehead and eyebrows give into gravity and move downwards with age. Deep lines appear around the forehead and eyes, due to the movement of the mimic muscles around these areas. All these factors cause an old, tired and angry look on the face. Procedures such as forehead lift and brow lift are usually performed together and can often be combined with eyelid and/or face lift surgery.
How is the procedure performed?
Surgery can be performed under local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia. There are three most commonly applied methods. Endoscopic brow lift methods can be applied in patients who do not have a problem with their forehead and only want to lift their eyebrows. In this technique, operation is performed with a few 1-2 cm incisions on the scalp. The disadvantage of this method is the higher risk of recurrence in earlier stages. With the other two approaches, lines on the forehead can be eliminated and brow lift can be performed at the same time. Also, the risk of recurrence is lower. The first method uses an incision on the hairline, and the second one uses an incision 5cm behind the hairline, between two ears. First method does not change the location of the hairline and causes less numbness on the forehead but may leave a visible scar. The second method does not lead to a scar visible from the outside, as the incision line remain within the scalp. However, hairline can move upwards and the numbness on the forehead lasts longer. Depending on the needs of the patient, the most suitable method is agreed upon with the patient.
Patients are discharged on the same day or the following day. Ice application might be recommended. Patients can return to their daily lives within a few days and may start exercises after 2-3 weeks.