As with other areas of the face and body, the aging process and environmental factors work against you creating unwanted wrinkles and loose skin. Oftentimes this is quite noticeable in the forehead region, particularly with drooping eyebrows. Temporary solutions to some of these problems in the forehead are available in the form of Botox, which is used to paralyze the muscles that cause wrinkling. Some patients, however, either prefer more long-lasting treatment or their needs simply can’t be met with Botox alone. The best candidates will have some drooping of the eyebrows creating a sad or angry appearance. Oftentimes it is done in conjunction with either a facelift or eyelid surgery. A forehead lift can minimize the wrinkling and elevate the eyebrows creating a more alert, youthful appearance.
Incisions are commonly placed across the top of the head or just in front of the hairline. The loose skin is separated from the underlying tissues and the muscles that cause the wrinkling between the eyebrows are disrupted. The skin is redraped into position and the excess skin is removed. This effectively decreases the wrinkles, eliminates some of the muscles that cause wrinkling, and aesthetically repositions the eyebrows.
The operation is typically done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. A dressing is applied around the entire head and will be changed the following day. You can expect some bruising and swelling in addition to mild discomfort. Results are long lasting and the procedure rarely needs to be repeated.