Do you look in the mirror and feel surprised at the person staring back at you? You may feel young and happy, but your reflection may show a face that looks unhappy and tired. As most people age, the forehead relaxes downward, causing the eyebrows to flatten and crowd the upper eyelids, resulting in a drawn or upset appearance. Forehead wrinkles, in addition to a drooping forehead, may leave you looking ten years older than you feel.
The Forehead Lift surgery
has multiple benefits including raising the eyebrows to their normal position, tightening of the temporal area to improve “crow’s feet” around the eyes, smoothing of the horizontal forehead lines, and softening of the frown lines between the eyebrows. An additional benefit to a forehead lift is the opening up of the eyes.
Surgery does not need to be done under general anesthesia. It can be done with oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation. During the surgery, three small incisions are hidden in the hair (the hair does not need to be shaved) to allow access to the muscles that cause frowning. Partial removal of these muscles causes permanent weakening to the muscle while retaining some function for normal expression. The forehead tissues are shifted upward and held in place with dissolvable sutures while healing fixes the forehead in the desired position. A light compression dressing is used during early healing to keep swelling and bruising to a minimum.
Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Most people return to work in five to seven days. Walking may be started right away and activities will be gradually increased over the next three weeks, as tolerated.
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