What is a forehead lift?
A forehead lift is the surgical correction of sagging brows or deep furrows between the eyes. It is often done in conjunction with a facelift or eyelid lift surgery, in order to create a smoother facial appearance overall.
There are two types of surgical techniques available for a forehead lift, including the classic forehead lift and the endoscopic forehead lift:
- Classic forehead lift - In the classic forehead lift, an incision, called a coronal incision, will be made starting at about ear level and continuing across the top of the forehead to the other ear, similar to a headphone shape. The surgeon then carefully lifts the skin of the forehead, removing any excess tissue and fat and, if necessary, realigns the muscles. During the procedure, the eyebrows may also be repositioned at a higher level, and any excess skin is trimmed.
- Endoscopic forehead lift - The difference between the endoscopic forehead lift and the classic forehead lift is the size of the incision. With the endoscopic forehead lift, the surgeon makes three to five short scalp incisions that are each less than an inch long. An endoscope is then inserted through one of the incisions, allowing the surgeon to see the muscles and tissues underneath. In a different incision, the surgeon inserts another instrument that lifts the forehead skin. Like the classic forehead lift, the eyebrows may also be repositioned at a higher level. The recovery period and scarring is minimal, in comparison to the classic forehead lift.
Each forehead lift varies; however, the following are general guidelines for the surgery:
- Outpatient surgery center
- Hospital outpatient (23 hour stay)
- Hospital inpatient
- General anesthesia
- Local anesthesia, combined with a sedative (allows the patient to remain awake but relaxed) for adults
Possible short-term side effects
- Numbness and temporary discomfort around the incision(s)
- Swelling that may affect the cheeks and eyes
- Numbness on the top of the scalp may eventually be replaced by itching
- Pain is usually minimal
Possible complications associated with forehead lift surgeries may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Scar Formation - Although rare, the formation of a scar may occur. It can be treated surgically by removing the wide scar tissue, allowing a new, thinner scar to appear