At Cosmetic Surgery Center we specialize in facial rejuvenation. As a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, I would say that one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries is the Forehead Lift. The overall feedback we receive from patients is that they are very pleased with the result.
Why get a Forehead Lift? As we age, gravity takes over and the forehead area begins to relax. This can result in the brow looking “heavy” and the eyes taking on a hooded appearance. Many patients feel that the heavy brow makes them look tired, unhappy, or even angry and that their eyes, often the first thing a person notices about someone, may look smaller too.
Who is a good candidate for a Forehead Lift? Most patients that we see, both men and women, are in their 50s and older. However, some patients in their 40s are also good candidates for this surgery. Each surgery is done on a case-by-case basis and we would not say yes or no based purely on age.
What can you expect from a Forehead Lift? I perform surgeries from a conservative approach so that my patients will not have a “surprised” look. A successful Forehead Lift will raise the eyebrows back to their normal position, smooth the horizontal frown lines in the forehead, soften the frown lines between the brow area, and improve crow’s feet around the eyes.
How is the surgery done? The surgery is done through three small incisions hidden in the hair area (the hair does not need to be shaved). Partial removal of the muscle in the forehead causes permanent weakening while still retaining some function for normal expressions. The forehead tissue is then shifted upward and held with dissolvable stitches in the desired position. Most patients are glad to hear that general anesthesia is not needed. The Forehead Lift surgery can be done with oral sedation and local anesthesia alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation.
What is the recovery like for Forehead Lift surgery? Patients will go home with a light compression dressing 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 5 to 7 days.
How would you describe the result? The lifted forehead and the brows that are returned to their normal position often give people a more youthful appearance and the eyes look less tired, more alert. Overall we would say that the person will appear to be rejuvenated without looking “operated” on.
If you feel that your brow is weighing you “down”, schedule a consultation with Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins. Call 805-563-0000 for an appointment.