Forehead Lift India
Forehead lift is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the forehead area by surgically correcting the creases and sagging of the forehead, drooping eyebrows and/or upper eyelids. Forehead lift, otherwise also referred to as Brow Lift can be performed in isolation or combined with other procedures such as a facelift, eyelid surgery or nose reshaping. It tightens the soft tissues of the forehead, thereby restoring a more youthful contour. It is most often done on people in their forties to sixties to hide the effects of aging, thereby easily taking years off their face.
At Chennai Plastic Surgery, year after year, a number of people undergo successful forehead lift in the hands of our experienced Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons, and are pleased with the outcomes. We offer different types of lift surgeries to suit individual needs, all of which offer natural looking results.
Indications for a forehead lift / brow lift:
You can decide to take up a consultation for a forehead lift when you are experiencing the below issue(s):
- Sagging eyebrow position
- Deep creases across the forehead
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Excess skin / tissue hanging over your eyes
Making the decision – after the consultation
Your preliminary consultation with our Cosmetic / Plastic Surgeon will include an understanding of your skin type, degree of skin elasticity, ethnicity, age, detailed medical history and your mental and emotional attitudes to arrive at the type of forehead lift that might best suit you. Our surgeon will brief you of the technique involved, anesthesia etc.
At Chennai Plastic Surgery, our experienced surgeons analyze where the volume has been lost and the reasons behind the sagging, thereby providing a more apt treatment option and prepare the patient for realistic outcomes. Our surgeons offer excellent skin care options in addition to the surgery to the address the sagging forehead.
What to expect before the procedure?
You will be advised to stop smoking at least four weeks before surgery. Besides, the surgeon shall advice you to avoid certain medications such as Aspirin (blood thinning agents).
How is the procedure performed?
Based on variations in aging and on new medical advances, different methods are used to perform this procedure. Both procedures last between 1 to 2 hours.
The surgeon might suggest one of the 2 procedures:
- Traditional forehead lift surgery
- Endoscopic forehead lift surgery
TRADITIONAL FOREHEAD LIFT SURGERY:
At Chennai Plastic Surgery, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia. An incision is made behind the hairline, across the forehead. The skin is lifted from the underlying tissue and muscle; and brows repositioned. If required, the surgeon removes part of the muscle that cause frown lines in between the brows. The skin is then tightened and any excess skin is removed and incision closed.
ENDOSCOPIC FOREHEAD LIFT SURGERY:
This procedure is also performed under general anesthesia. In this, several small incisions are made along the scalp. Using an endoscope (specialized camera) and specialized equipments, the forehead skin is lifted, brows repositioned and muscle tissue removed. Any excessive skin is removed and incision closed.
What to expect after the procedure
Following the procedure, the sutured area is wrapped with a sterile dressing and an elastic bandage to prevent swelling. You may experience numbness and temporary discomfort in the region, which can be managed with medication. You are advised to keep your head a little elevated for 2 to 3 days to prevent swelling. Bruising and swelling begin to disappear in a few days or a week.
The bandages will be removed 1 or 2 days following the surgery. Following this, you are free to shampoo and shower. And within the next 10 to 14 days, the stitches will be removed in 2 stages. Following suture removal, you should be able to resume work. However, limit vigorous physical activity and limit exposure to sun for several weeks. Patients undergoing a traditional forehead lift may also experience itching at the incision.
Hair strands will thin out around the cuts for a few months but the hair shall start growing again normally as the scar settles. Hair shall not regrow on the line of the actual scar and can be hidden by adjusting your hair do. In any case, this scar is easily camouflaged in the natural skin creases by our skillful surgeons.
What are the risks associated with the procedure
Forehead lifts are relatively safe. However, a loss of sensation along the incision sometimes occurs. Most often it is temporary and will settle in a few days. Very rarely, it could result in paralysis around the eyebrows and lower forehead. The only sensible way to avoid such complications is to select an experienced and qualified surgeon. And following the surgeon’s instructions will help resolve the issues to a great extent.
Other than this, a few issues that might occur are:
- Hair loss at incision site
The below conditions could contribute to problems during / after surgery :
- Blood clotting problems
- Tendency to form excessive scars
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
Though most patients opt for it at forty to sixty five years of age, the forehead lift can be performed in ideal cases, even if they are below 40 years of age.