Understanding the Surgery
The main difference among the various options for forehead and brow lifting consists of the placement of the incision. The newest approach is endoscopic surgery. Several small incisions are placed just behind the hairline and a scope is used to assist in the surgery. In the right patient this procedure could result in a faster recovery time. Other techniques use longer incisions to lift the brow and forehead and the location is determined by your surgeon after examining you and discussing with you the various options. While all the various procedures will usually raise the brow and smooth the forehead, some can even lower a high hairline and improve facial balance and harmony.
A brow and forehead lift typically takes between one to two hours to perform. It is most commonly performed under IV sedation or twilight anesthesia. Brow lifting and forehead lifting are related but somewhat different procedures. The difference lies in the goals of the procedure. A brow lift acts to raise the position of the brow to give a less tired appearance and sometimes improves sagging eyelids. The primary goal of a forehead lift is to smooth the forehead, though eyebrow position may not change dramatically.
What to Expect After the Surgery
You will experience a certain amount of swelling and bruising in the 10-day period following surgery. In some patients, this condition may include the cheek and eye area as well as the forehead. You will be advised to keep your head elevated in order to reduce swelling. Cold compresses may further reduce swelling. As the incisions heal, you may experience some numbness as well as itching, both of which should diminish with time. The sutures are usually removed within 7-10 days following surgery. If bandages have been used, they are removed in 1-3 days. It is important to follow the advice of your surgeon on resuming normal activities. For most patients, the recovery time should not exceed two weeks, but patients may still be advised to avoid strenuous activities for longer periods. Any prolonged bruising can be camouflaged with standard make-up techniques.