A forehead lift corrects the sagging or low position of the eyebrows, softens horizontal creases across the forehead and erases the worried or angry expression that can result from frown lines. The outcome is a more relaxed and refreshed appearance.
Now is a great time to schedule a forehead lift consultation with Dr. Wang at our plastic surgery offices, serving Southern California including Pasadena, Arcadia and Riverside. You can request a consultation online or call Wang Plastic Surgery at (888) 360-6688 today to schedule your appointment.
With endoscopic brow lift plastic surgery in the Inland Empire / Pasadena, Dr. Wang uses a flexible, pencil-sized instrument to microsurgically tighten the muscles of the brow, which lifts sagging folds of skin. The brow lift can also be performed in combination with the eyelid lift to significantly reduce skin overhang in the upper eyelid. Dr. Wang evaluates your face to determine if eyelid surgery is also necessary, and will make recommendations specific to your situation. In many cases, eyelid surgery is not necessary.
Forehead lifts are most common among those between the ages of 40 and 60, though they can be performed on healthy individuals of any age. Forehead lifts can also be performed in combination with facelifts for an overall smoother appearance of the face.
What are the common benefits of a forehead lift?
The forehead lift smoothes the forehead, raises the eyebrows and minimizes frown lines.
How is the forehead lift performed?
Prior to the procedure, the hair is tied back and trimmed behind the hairline where the incisions will be made. While the patient is under local anesthesia, Dr. Wang makes three to five short scalp incisions that are less than an inch long. Dr. Wang then inserts the endoscope through one of the incisions for a clear view of the muscles and tissues beneath the skin. For a smoother appearance, the forehead skin is lifted and the underlying muscles and tissue removed or altered with an instrument inserted through a different incision. At this time, the eyebrows may also be lifted and secured at a higher position with sutures beneath the surface of the skin or with temporary fixation screws behind the hairline. When the lift is complete, the incisions are closed with stitches or clips. The area is then washed and Dr. Wang may add gauze and a bandage.
How long does a forehead lift take?
The endoscopic forehead lift takes from one to two hours.
What can I expect after my Pasadena / Riverside plastic surgery?
After surgery, you may experience fatigue, numbness, pain and mild swelling. Within about three weeks, though, most of the obvious signs of surgery will fade and you will appear more rested. Read Dr. Wang's advice about recovery from surgery.
What is the recovery period like?
During recovery, stitches or clips are typically removed within a week and temporary fixation screws are removed within two weeks. You should be able to shower and shampoo your hair within two days or after the bandage is removed. You should limit vigorous physical activity for several weeks. This includes activities that increase your blood pressure, like jogging, bending, heavy housework and sex. You should also limit your exposure to sun for several months. Read Dr. Wang's advice about recovery from surgery.
How long before I can return to normal activity?
Most patients who have experienced forehead lifts should be mobile within two days, but should take it easy for at least the first week after surgery. Most patients can return to work in a week to 10 days.