Aging affects everyone. However, a procedure known as a forehead lift, also known as a brow lift, can eliminate some of the most common attributes: droopy brows, a “hooded” appearance over the eyes, forehead lines, and the general frown indentations that are a byproduct of age.
In this procedure, the affected skin area is excised or smoothed to tighten the forehead, lift the upper eyelids, and eliminate frown indentations. The effect can be a more lively, perky, and youthful-appearing face. Advances in cosmetic surgery have made this procedure relatively easy, quick, and long-lasting. It can be performed by itself or at the same time as other facial procedures such as those on the nose or eyebrows, or a full face lift.
Dr. Chiaramonte encourages you to request a consultation if you are considering a brow lift so that you can learn more about this procedure and receive a professional opinion about your cosmetic needs. Give us a call at 301-567-6767 today.
The Best Candidates for a Forehead Lift
Patients of any age may be good candidates for the procedure. While the surgery is most typically performed on people in their 40s to 60s to help minimize the obvious effects of the age process, it can also assist people with genetic conditions such as a drooping brow or furrows above the nose. If you have lost hair, a forehead lift is still within the realm of possibility. Dr. Chiaramonte will just change the place of the incision to disguise it as much as he is able to.
If your upper eyelids have already undergone a procedure, a less dramatic lift may be necessary to ensure that enough skin is left to let you to shut your eyes. This procedure can enhance your gaze and your self-assurance. If you decide to undergo surgery, however, think very deeply about your goals for the procedure and talk them over with with Dr. Chiaramonte during your session.
What Happens During a Brow Lift?
First, your hair will be tied up with rubber bands. There is no need to completely shave the head, although any hair that appears directly in front of the surgical area may need to be clipped. For most individuals, the sutures will begin at about the area of your ears and proceed across the top of the forehead. If your hairline is naturally receding or set-back, Dr. Chiaramonte may create the cut just at the hairline. By brushing the hair slightly down, most people can hide their scars relatively easily.
The skin is then precisely raised so pieces of muscle and surplus flesh can be removed. Any surplus skin at the surgical site will also be excised. Dr. Chiaramonte will fasten the cut with sutures or a surgical clip. Your facial area and hair will be cleaned to prevent infection and your hair will be let back down. The site may be wrapped with gauze bandages and your head covered with an elastic bandage.
After Your Forehead Lift Surgery
Dr. Chiaramonte may instruct you to keep your head elevated for two to three days after the procedure to keep the swelling down. Some inflammation is unavoidable, even around features such as the eyes. Discoloration and swelling should fade in a week or so.
Loss of sensation on the top of your head may be replaced by itchiness as the flesh heals. This sensation may take up to six months to go away entirely. Bandages, if used, will be taken off one or two days post-surgery. Sutures or clips will be taken in 10 to 14 days, or possibly staggered over two sessions.
Getting Back to Normal
You may feel great two or three days afterward, but plan on missing work and taking it easy for at least a week. You should have the ability to bathe and clean your hair one or two days after the procedure or as soon as the wrapping is taken off.
Most individuals are can resume their job or education in a seven to ten days. Any extreme physical motion should be decreased for a few weeks, including running, lifting, sex, or any kind of motion that can increase your blood pressure. Sunlight and extreme heat should be avoided for a period of several months.
Your New Look
Most individuals are very satisfied with the effects of their forehead lift procedure. Many times, these people are not cognizant of how much their saggy brow made them appear aged until they see the youthful and well-rested appearance that comes after the procedure.
To learn more about brow lift surgery, contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery online or by phone at 301-567-6767 today.