One of the first regions of the body to show the adverse signs of aging is the forehead. The skin will gradually begin to lose its elasticity with time, and external factors like the wind, sun, and gravity all end up affecting the face, resulting in wrinkles on the forehead and the development of frown lines.
It can make you look older than you actually are and on top of that, others might mistake you for being angry, tired, or sad when that's not how you actually feel. If any of the above scenarios sound familiar to you, then a forehead lift is the perfect cosmetic solution to your problems.
You need to stop taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatories two weeks before the surgery because they can cause excess bleeding and other difficulties during the procedure. If you are a smoker, you need to quit at least four weeks before the surgery as smoking interferes with the healing process. You should avoid drinking or eating anything after midnight the day before the surgery.
The surgery might be performed as a standalone procedure or combined with other procedures like an eyelid surgery, facelift, or nose reshaping to improve your overall appearance. Your surgeon will begin by administering anesthesia so that you don't feel any pain or discomfort during the surgery. You might also be given medication to help you with any pre-surgery anxiety that may arise.
Some patients prefer general anesthesia so that they can sleep through the entire process. Sections of your hair will be clipped away from the surgical site. If there is hair in front of the incision line, it might need to be trimmed. Any hair outside of the affected surgical area will be left untouched.
Your surgeon will begin by making an incision that begins at ear level and continues all the way to the top of your hairline. If you are balding or already bald, then your surgeon will make an incision in the middle of your scalp so that there are no visible post-surgical marks. Some surgeons prefer making a number of small incisions and utilizing an endoscope to perform the surgery.
Once the excess skin, tissue, and muscle have been excised, your doctor will pull the remaining skin tightly over your forehead and close the incision with dissolvable sutures. Your face and hair will be washed thoroughly before the dressings are applied.
Since the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, you get to go home the very same day. You need to have someone available to drive you home after the surgery. Your surgeon will give you detailed post-op instructions that you need to follow if you want to recover effectively.
You should avoid strenuous activity for the first couple of weeks to minimize the occurrence of any complications. You can resume all normal activities once the incisions have healed and the swelling subsides.
Contact our office to set up a consultation to learn more about a forehead lift. If you're interested in the benefits of the procedure, plastic surgeons Ritu Chopra and Andrew, highly skilled plastic surgeons, will talk to you about the potential results you can acquire and develop a solution to your aging appearance that is perfectly tailored to your needs.