Being mistaken as always being angry or sad can be upsetting, especially if you are someone who is generally upbeat and energetic. Unfortunately the face can speak for us before our words, and it may be saying something entirely different than you want it to.
A forehead lift, also commonly referred to as a browlift, is one way to say goodbye to the tired, grumpy look and hello to a more alert and youthful appearance that will have people thinking you’ve finally taken a much needed vacation.
The goal of a forehead lift is to eliminate creases caused by expression, such as frown lines, in the brow region and to raise sagging skin and muscle back to a more pleasing position.
This can also eliminate hooding of the upper eyelid, making it easier to see. In many cases, a forehead lift is performed in conjunction with other procedures such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or a facelift to improve the overall appearance of the face.
A browlift is performed using the traditional coronal method or the less invasive endoscopic method. With both techniques, the skin and muscles above the eyes are smoothed out and the brow is repositioned to appear more rested and youthful. Patients undergoing a browlift are given intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure typically lasts between one and two hours.
When an endoscope is used, the thin surgical instrument sends video feedback to the surgeon. This technique allows a much smaller incisions to be made within the hairline and still offers access and visibility for the doctor to alter and reposition the brow. Typically three to five short incisions are made in the scalp and at the temples.
The endoscope is placed though one and the others are used for the surgeon to work through. In a traditional coronal browlift, an incision is made stretching across the scalp, behind the hairline, from one ear to the other. This method allows greater access to pinpoint specific areas of the brow that need correcting. Recovery time may be longer with a coronal lift than with the endoscopic technique due to the larger size of the incisions.
A drainage tube may be placed to withdraw excess fluid that can occur. It is usually removed after one to two days. Bruising and swelling should be expected, but will generally recede by the tenth day. Cold compresses can help to control the swelling. Once the swelling has subsided, the smoother, more youthful results of the forehead lift will be apparent. Any sutures used will be removed between a week and ten days.