A forehead lift, also called a brow lift, brings a fresh and rejuvenated look to the area above the eyes, often one of the first regions of the face that shows signs of aging. Thus, “dropped” eyebrows can be corrected and both horizontal and vertical lines that often appear on the forehead can be reduced.
What are the indications for brow lift?
Forehead lift is most commonly performed in 40-60 year-old female patients in good health, but the intervention can also help people of any age who have inherited a low or ‘full’ forehead or excess skin in the glabella region (above the nose).
During the first consultation, before planning your surgery, Dr. Sinescu will carefully evaluate your facial and neck structure, skin elasticity and the underlying muscle tone to establish the best therapeutic strategy. We will discuss what you can expect from this surgery and we’ll review all the existing options. You will be given a detailed explanation of the procedure, steps to be followed before and after surgery, potential risks and complications, costs and payment methods. We will answer all your questions. We’ll ask for medical history, information on cigarette and alcohol consumption and a list of all the medicines you use, including the over the counter ones.
Surgery will take place in one of the ultramodern clinics where our surgeons work, generally in an outpatient setting. If your browlift is extended or combined with other procedures, a 1-2 night hospitalization may be required.
The operation lasts 1-3 hours and can be done in general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on what you and your doctor prefer. With general anesthesia, you will be completely asleep throughout the procedure. With local anesthesia, you will be slightly sedated, and the face and neck area will be numb. You will be awake but you will be relaxed and you will not feel uncomfortable. The type of anesthesia used and the need for hospitalization will be discussed with you prior to surgery.
There are two ways to perform a brow-lift. The traditional method involves hidden incisions just below the hairline. The second method uses a visualization tool called an endoscope, with which the incisions are minimal. No matter which method we choose, the results are the same: the upper and lower forehead skin ascended with a younger look.
Recovery after forehead lift
Removing the dressing – 1-5 days postoperatively
Body and hair shower – 2 days postoperatively
Suture removal – 2 weeks postoperatively
Return to work – 7-10 days postoperatively
Driving – as soon as you feel comfortable
Intense physical activity – 6 weeks postoperatively
Fading of scars – a few months to one year
What are the possible side effects or risks?
All surgical interventions have a certain degree of risk; however, major brow-lift complications are rare. During the first consultation, the individual risks will be evaluated and discussed. You can help reduce risks by carefully following the pre- and post-operative instructions provided. Our staff will be at your side at every step of the way to ensure a safe and aesthetic result.
The most likely side effects include the following:
– sensory or motor peripheral nerve injury
– hair loss
– facial asymmetries
– pathological scarring
– delayed incision healing
How long do the results last?
Brow-lift gives the patient a youthful, rested look. These results generally last between 5 and 15 years, even more in many cases. It is important to note that the effects of aging, gravity and environmental factors will continue to affect the elasticity and tone of the face and neck. Constant skincare is essential to maximize the efficacy and longevity of surgical results.
Frequently asked questions
Are there any procedures we might associate for an improved result?
A forehead lift is often performed in conjunction with a facelift, central face lift or a blepharoplasty for optimum results.
Is my health insurance covering the costs of the surgery?
Forehead lift is considered cosmetic surgery and is therefore not covered by insurance. You are responsible for the full payment of the procedure. Cost and payment information will be fully discussed with you during the first consultations.
Are there alternatives to brow-lifts?
Botulinum toxin type A injections may be a temporary, non-surgical alternative to lifting, combined with the use of fillers such as hyaluronic acid. These procedures can reduce or eliminate facial wrinkles and creases either by blocking the nerve impulses and temporarily paralyzing the involved muscles, or by adding volume. Minimally invasive treatments such as chemical peels, laser or non-ablative fractional radiofrequency can also improve skin tone, reduce discoloration and fade wrinkles, representing a less invasive alternative.