Getting a forehead or a brow lift procedure restores a more youthful appearance on your face, especially above the eyes. That’s because the surgery corrects dropping brows and improves the horizontal lines made from when you get angry or sad.
In a forehead lift, the muscles and tissues are removed or altered to smooth your forehead. An experienced surgeon like Dr. Bartholomew will raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines. He makes an incision that can be hidden behind the hairline.
Typically, the best candidate for a forehead lift is between the ages of 40 and 60. The goal is to minimize the visible effects of aging. It also helps patients who have developed furrows or frowns because of stress and muscle activity.
People with inherited conditions like a heavy brow above the nose can also benefit from a brow lift and end up with a refreshed appearance after the surgery.
Forehead lift can be performed at the same time as a facelift. That combination will really provide a smoother overall look to your face. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can also be performed at the same time as a forehead lift.
Bald patients and people with a receding hairline are also good candidates for a forehead lift.
A forehead lift can smooth the forehead, raise the upper eyelids, and minimize the frown lines that come with aging.
Any surgery can have some uncertainty. When it comes to a forehead lift, complications are rare and minor when performed by an experienced surgeon like Dr. Bartholomew.
In rare cases, there is a risk that the nerves that control eyebrow movement may be injured on one or both sides, which would require an additional surgery to correct the problem. Other rare possibilities include the bleeding, formation of a broad scar, infection and loss of hair or of sensation along or beyond the incision line.
In preparation for a forehead lift, the hair is tied back with rubber bands in front of and behind the incision area. An incision is usually made across the top of the head, just behind the hairline.
Forehead skin is gently lifted and portions of facial muscle and excess skin are removed. The incision is then closed with stitches or clips.
During your initial consultation, you will be given an opportunity to ask all of your questions and concerns about your surgery. You will come to understand how a forehead lift can change your appearance above your eyebrows. Dr. Bartholomew will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone.
The consultation is a good time to discuss your goals and expectations for your brow lift in Portland. Dr. Bartholomew will ask you about medical conditions like blood-clotting and high blood pressure that could cause problems during or after the procedure. He will explain the surgical technique and its procedures. Let Dr. Bartholomew know if you’ve had previous facial surgery or take any medications that can cause clotting.
You will receive specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure: eating and drinking, smoking, taking medications, and arranging for someone to drive you home after your surgery.
You and Dr. Bartholomew will agree on what surgical approach will be best for you and your cosmetic goals.
For the brow lift, your hair will be tied with rubber bands on either side of the incision line. Don’t worry. Your head will not be shaved. However, some hair in front of the incision line may be trimmed. The coronal incision is most often used: it follows a headphone-like pattern from the ear level, running across the top of your forehead and down the other side of your head.
With the incision behind the hairline, the scar is usually not visible. Depending on your specific needs, the incision can be placed in different spots. If your hairline is high or receding, the incision can be made at the hairline (avoids adding more height to the forehead). If you are bald or losing your hair, the incision is mid-scalp to follow the natural pattern of the skull bones. Most scars are inconspicuous, especially when wearing your hair down on your forehead.
Dr. Bartholomew then proceeds by lifting the skin of the forehead to remove the underlying tissue and alter the muscles of the forehead. The eyebrows can be elevated and excess skin trimmed away for a smoother, more youthful appearance. The incision is then closed with stitches or clips. Gauze padding may cover the incision and your head wrapped in an elastic bandage.
The result of a forehead lift is a younger, more rested look.
After your brow lift surgery, you will feel some discomfort.
Some of the other recommendations may be to keep your head elevated for a few days to keep the swelling down. Bandages are usually removed after a couple of days after surgery and stitches within two weeks.
Itchy sensations may take six months to disappear completely. Permanent hair loss is rare but it is not uncommon for hair around the incision to fall out.
Most people return to work within ten days. Vigorous physical activity like jogging or any activity that increases your blood pressure should be limited for several weeks. Most of the swelling can be concealed with special camouflage makeup.
Getting a brow lift in Portland will make you look younger and more rested than before the surgery. This procedure minimizes the appearance of aging giving you a makeover for a new chapter in your life.