Forehead, Brow Lift

Understanding Forehead Lifts: Surgery of the Forehead

Surgery to elevate the brow can be a very powerful tool in the fight to look young and refreshed. By elevating the brow we reduce forehead wrinkles and frown lines, allowing the eyes to show their piercing beauty. Your tired, angry, or sad expression may not reflect how you actually feel. As a result, many people have opted for a procedure known as the forehead lift. Dr. Morgan has published multiple articles on brow lifting and will select the optimal technique for each patient.

Is a Forehead Lift for You?

Brow lifts are often overlooked by patients. As we age both the brow and the upper lids become saggy. In order to improve this and obtain the most natural results, Dr. Morgan will sometimes recommend a brow lift in conjunction with an upper blepharoplasty or other facial rejuvenation procedures. As with all elective surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. Brow lifts are an option if you have a sagging brow or deep furrows between the eyes. This procedure is usually done between age forty and sixty-five, although it may be necessary at an earlier age. The result is a smoother brow and a more youthful expression. To see what a forehead lift can do for your face, put your hands above your brows, outside the edges of your eyes, and gently raise the skin upwards.

Brow & Facelift - Before and After
Brow & Facelift - Before and After

Making the Decision for a Forehead Lift

Whether you are having surgery for functional or cosmetic reasons, your choice of a qualified facial plastic surgeon is of paramount importance. During the consultation, Dr. Morgan will examine your facial structure, the condition of your skin, and your hairline in order to decide where incisions should be made. A thorough medical history will be obtained so that Dr. Morgan can consider any medical conditions that may heighten surgical risks. A detailed description of the procedure will also include a discussion of the risks involved.

Understanding the Surgery

The surgery begins with placement of the incision. This may involve endoscopic procedures with several small incisions, incisions that are hidden in the hairline, or rarely, other incisions behind or in front of the hair line. This decision will be made by Dr. Morgan and explained to you in the preoperative consultation. Excess skin and tissue will also be removed before fine sutures or staples are applied.
In endoscopic surgery, Dr. Morgan uses the endoscope as a guide to elevate and release the brow, proceeding to remove muscles that are the source of frown lines. The eyebrows are then lifted to reduce the sagging of skin at eyelid level. Depending on the nature of the incisions and Dr. Morgan’s preference, bandages may be applied along the incisions. The procedure usually lasts one to two hours.

What to Expect After the Surgery

The patient will have a dressing that goes around the head. This will be removed in one to two days. A certain amount of swelling and bruising in the ten-day period following surgery should be expected. In some patients, this condition may include the cheek and eye area as well as the forehead. Patients are advised to keep their head elevated in order to reduce swelling. Cold compresses may further reduce swelling. Some patients complain of headaches, but oral pain medications are adequate to cover all post-operative pain. As the incisions heal, you may experience some numbness as well as itching, both of which will diminish with time. The sutures/metal clips are usually removed within seven to ten days following surgery. It is important to follow the advice of Dr. Morgan on resuming normal activities. For most patients, the recovery time will not exceed two weeks, but patients may be advised to avoid strenuous activities for longer periods. Any prolonged bruising can be camouflaged with standard make-up techniques.