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Forehead Lift Surgery Beverly Hills

Aging effects are inevitable. Often the forehead and brow areas show the first signs of aging. The skin will begin to lose its elasticity. Wind, sun and the pull of gravity all affect the face with the result of wrinkling across the forehead, frown lines and an increasing heaviness of the eyebrows.

People in their 30s even may have faces that look older than their years. Your angry, tired or sad expressions may not reflect how you actually feel. As a result, many people have opted for a procedure known as a forehead lift. Based on the new advances in medical technology and variations in how women and men age, different techniques are used to perform this procedure.

For facial plastic surgery to be successful, it is the result of a good rapport between the surgeon and patient. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise, will develop during the consulting stages prior to your surgery. Your surgeon will answer specific questions about your specific needs.

Is A Forehead Lift for You?

As with all surgery, good health is the most basic requirement. When a surgeon removes the excess skin and tightens the loose skin, forehead wrinkling and drooping are altered. This surgery is called a brow lift or a forehead lift. If necessary, the surgeon removes part of the muscles that cause vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, resulting in what can be a more youthful expression and smoother brow.

By putting your hands outside the edges of your eyes and above your eyebrows and gently raising the skin upward, you can see what a forehead lift can do for you and if a forehead lift is an option.

Although it may be necessary at an earlier age, this surgery is usually done between the ages of 40 and 65. The incisions can be placed behind the hairline, in the hairline or in some cases above the eyebrows or in the mid-forehead. Your surgeon can help select the best method suited to your particular situation.

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Making the Decision for a Forehead Lift

Whether surgical treatment is desired for functional or cosmetic reasons, the choice of a facial plastic surgeon is of utmost importance. In order to decide upon the proper type of treatment, the surgeon will examine the condition of your skin, your hairline and facial structure. The surgeon will then decide where incisions should be made.

A thorough medical history will be taken, enabling your surgeon to consider any medical conditions that may heighten your potential surgical risks. A detailed description of the surgery will also include a discussion of risks involved.

After the decision to proceed with surgery is made, the surgeon will describe any additional procedures, the type of anesthesia, the technique indicated, the surgical facility, the potential risks and the costs.

Understanding the Surgery

The difference mainly among the various methods for forehead lifting consists of the placement of the incisions. The original technique is a coronal incision that is made slightly behind the natural hairline.

An alternative is the pretrichial incision which is similar to the coronal incision but the mid-portion of the incision is made directly at the hairline and has the advantage of lowering the hairline and heals favorably. The disadvantage could be noticeable scarring.

To place the incision within the mid-forehead creases is another option and is primarily used in men with deep, pre-existing forehead lines.

Endoscopic surgery is the newest approach. With endoscopic surgery several 1/2-inch to 1-inch incisions are placed just behind the hairline. This method may require more surgery time but is less invasive and results in a small chance of temporary scalp numbness. The procedure takes between one to two hours to perform and is most commonly performed under intravenous sedation or twilight anesthesia.

What to Expect After Surgery

Following surgery you will experience a certain degree of swelling and bruising in the immediate 10 days. In some cases, this condition may include the eye areas, cheeks and the forehead.

Post-operatively it will be recommended that you use cold compresses and keep your head elevated in order to reduce swelling.

You may experience some numbness and itching as the incisions heal and that will diminish with time.

Sutures are usually removed within seven to ten days post-operatively and if bandages have been placed, they are removed in one to three days.

It is important after surgery to follow closely the advise of your surgeon regarding resuming normal activities. For most patients the recovery time will not exceed two weeks, but some patients may be advised to avoid strenuous activities for a longer period of time. Standard makeup methods can be use to camouflaged any prolonged bruising.

Not infrequently a brow lift is combined with a facelift or blepharoplasty to provide a more harmonious rejuvenation. A blepharoplasty is an eyelid tuck.

Facial plastic surgery makes it possible to alter and correct many facial flaws and/or signs of premature aging that can undermine the patient’s self-esteem. By altering how you look, cosmetic surgery can help change how you feel about yourself.

Surgery that is purely for cosmetic reasons is generally not covered by insurance; however, surgery to correct or improve sagging foreheads and eyebrows which impede vision may be covered in whole or in part.

It is the patient’s responsibility to check with their insurance company for information on the degree of coverage available to them.