When our patients get Botox in Santa Barbara by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, they love the result of a smooth forehead because it can dramatically change their look from tired, angry or worried to stress-free and more youthful. The only drawback that most people express about Botox is that it doesn’t last forever! The majority of patients that we see at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara require Botox about four times a year to maintain a line-less forehead.
If you are a Botox/Dysport devotee, you may want to consider Forehead Lift surgery (also known as a Brow Lift) sometime in the future. Forehead Lift surgery benefits include raising of the eyebrows back to their normal position, smoothing of horizontal frown lines and softening the frown lines between the brow area, and tightening the temporal area to improve crow’s feet. Dr. Perkins always takes a “conservative” approach in this surgery to avoid giving the patient a “surprised” look.
The surgery is done through three small incisions that are hidden in the hair area (the hair does not need to be shaved) to give Dr. Perkins access to the forehead muscles that cause frowning. Partial removal of the muscle causes permanent weakening of the muscle while retaining some function for normal expression. The forehead tissue is then shifted upward to the desired position and held in place with dissolvable stitches.
General anesthesia is not needed for this surgery. Oral sedation and local anesthesia alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation, will provide relaxation and amnesia. A light compression dressing is used during early healing to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Most people return to work in 5 to 7 days.
If you are looking for long-lasting wrinkle improvement for your forehead lines, a Forehead Lift by Dr. Perkins may be a good choice for you.