What is a forehead and brow lift?

Due to aging, over time sagging and wrinkles on the person's forehead skin become deeper, the brows begin to droop, and a tired, unhappy, and sad expression begins to appear on the person. When factors such as unhealthy diet, excessive use of facial expressions, air pollution, smoking, alcohol, and irregular lifestyle are added to the advancing age, the person feels very uncomfortable aesthetically. Forehead lift surgery is an aesthetic surgery that is applied to remove these wrinkles and lines that have formed over the years for various reasons. During this aesthetic procedure, the forehead skin is stretched, and the brow is lifted, thus removing the excess skin on the eyelid. 

There are two main techniques used in forehead lift surgery. One is the classic forehead lift, which is hardly practiced today, and the other is the endoscopic forehead lift. As this application is performed with more technological equipment and methods, it is the most preferred aesthetic surgery today with successful results. 

Forehead lift surgery is aesthetic surgery performed on healthy men and women who are over 40 years old and have wrinkles on the forehead. 

How is a forehead lift performed?

Two basic techniques are used in forehead lift. 

Classic forehead lift: it is a method that is almost never used today. The forehead skin in the area between the two temples is cut, the forehead is stretched upwards, the excess skin is cut off and the skin is sutured back.

Endoscopic forehead lift: In this operation, the forehead skin is first incised so that the incision remains in the hair, one from each of the right and left temples and a line from the upper part. These incisions, about 2 cm long, are never visible from the outside, as they are in the hair sections. 

Using instruments and equipment specially designed for endoscopic surgery, the muscles under the skin are separated from the muscles to which they are attached. Very slight pulling and stretching from these areas prevents the skin from sagging downward. As the skin separated from the bones is fixed at an upper point, a smooth and firm appearance can be achieved.

Is a forehead lift permanent?

The permanence of forehead lift surgery can vary according to a few criteria. The factors that affect the durability of forehead lift, which is one of the facial aesthetic surgeries, between 5 and 10 years are as follows:

  • The level of conspicuousness of the person's forehead lines,
  • The success of the plastic surgery performed,
  • The experience of the plastic surgeon involved in the procedure,
  • The suitability of the equipment and methods used,
  • Genetic skin health of the person,
  • The person's standard of living (smoking, stressful life, etc.).

How long does a forehead lift surgery take?

The duration of forehead lift surgery varies depending on the needs of the person and the conditions set by the specialist. Forehead lift surgery, which can be performed under general or local anaesthesia, has an average surgery duration of one and a half or two hours. Since aesthesia is used in this procedure, the person does not feel any pain during the incisions on the forehead. 

Is a forehead lift risky?

The risks of forehead lift surgery can occur in some cases, as with any aesthetic application. Although the possibilities are very low, in some cases the tension in the forehead area may subside after the aesthetic surgery. In such cases, the surgery can be repeated, or other treatment methods can be used. Apart from that, there are no negative sides that can negatively affect the person's quality of life. Finally, forehead lift surgery can change the appearance and face of the person, as it belongs to aesthetic rejuvenation surgery. This change is in the positive sense and may seem unusual to the person for a while. 

How does the process work after a forehead lift?

The early postoperative period is usually comfortable, but slight swelling and bruising on the forehead and around the eyes is considered normal. Tightness and numbness may occur during the first two weeks. Depending on our doctor's decision and the patient's condition, a bandage may be applied so that the mouth and nose remain open. After 3-4 days, these bandages are fully opened, and the patient is allowed to wash his hair. After 7-8 days, the sutures are completely removed. If necessary, depending on the patient's skin laxity, it may be necessary, although rarely, to repeat the application. 

The patient can wear makeup from the first day and return to work for after 10 days, but should be protected from vigorous sports activities, bumps, and sun. 

It is an aesthetic application that can be used for 8-10 years or sometimes a lifetime, depending on the person's skin structure.