Wrinkles, lines, and sagging on the forehead can cause this often-overlooked region of your face to give away your age. A forehead lift, or brow lift, can help New York City and Long Island patients look younger and more alert. If you believe your forehead makes you look tired or older than you feel, consider a forehead lift to help restore a youthful energy to your face.
To discuss how a brow lift may help you, schedule a consultation online, or call our office at (631) 424-3600 to meet with Dr. James Romanelli, Dr. David Pincus, or Dr. John Layliev.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Romanelli, Dr. Pincus, or Dr. Layliev will discuss your motivation and expectations for your forehead lift procedure. Your surgeon will review your medical records and perform a physical examination of your face in order to determine the best course of action. He will also provide a detailed overview of your procedure, including where the incisions will be made and what kind of recovery you can expect.
Your consultation is a great time to ask questions and voice concerns to your doctor. An open conversation will ensure that you and your surgeon both have the same goal in mind.
Our plastic surgeons offer 3 different kinds of brow lifts. You and your surgeon will work together to determine which is best for you based on your needs and desired outcome.
Coronal Brow Lift
For a coronal brow lift, your surgeon works with an incision behind your hairline over the top of your head and modifies the underlying forehead muscles to remove wrinkles. Your skin will be lifted and any excess skin will be removed. Your surgeon will close the incisions with dissolving sutures, as well as surgical clips. For men with receding hairlines or women with thinning hair, he may place the incision closer to your hairline so as not to add height to your forehead. Neither approach requires shaving of hair.
Lateral Brow Lift
Lateral brow lifts, which may be combined with a face lift, have an incision above the ear on each side, within the hairline of the scalp, but do not extend fully over the top of the head. They are recommended for those patients with intermediate degrees of forehead drooping.
Endoscopic Forehead Lift
Endoscopic brow lifts are generally performed on our patients who have only the early signs of a sagging forehead. Your surgeon makes a few small incisions behind your hairline through which an endoscope (a small surgical telescope) is inserted to view the muscles and underlying tissues of your forehead. Your surgeon will delicately affix your skin in a higher position and the few small incisions are closed.
Recovery & Results
Forehead lift surgery is generally performed under light anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Following your surgery, you will be advised to keep your head elevated for 2 to 3 days. Most patients are able to return to normal activity within 7 to 10 days.
Swelling and bruising are normal and typically subside by the 2-week mark. Sutures and skin clips are removed within 7 to 10 days. Some numbness and itching near the incision site is normal, but usually temporary. Though rare, hair loss around the incision site may be permanent. Most hair loss is temporary and resolves within a few months.
Following your surgery, give yourself plenty of time to rest at home. Avoid activities that may raise your blood pressure, as this can increase the risk of bleeding. Stay out of the sun and avoid prolonged exposure to heat.
Regardless of the technique used, our forehead lift patients typically report high levels of satisfaction.
How long will my forehead lift results last?
Forehead lift surgery can be performed on patients as young as 40, so some people choose to have a second surgery after 15 or 20 years. For most people, however, a brow lift is a lifetime surgery. Protecting your skin from the sun and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help maximize your results.
Can I have another procedure at the same time as my brow lift?
Yes. Combining procedures is a popular option with patients who wish to save time and maximize their results. Brow lift surgery is often performed in conjunction with facelift surgery, eyelid surgery, or laser skin resurfacing. Adding one of these procedures may affect your recovery timeline. Dr. Romanelli, Dr. Pincus, or Dr. Layliev can help you determine if combining procedures is right for you.
What can I do to prepare before my brow lift surgery?
If you're a smoker, quitting well before any surgical procedure can greatly reduce the risk of complications. Dr. Romanelli, Dr. Pincus, or Dr. Layliev may also advise you to reduce or temporarily stop your use of certain medicines or herbal supplements. In the case of a forehead lift, as well as other facial procedures, it never hurts to establish a good skin care routine before surgery. Taking care of your skin, including protecting it from the sun, will aid in the recovery process and maintain skin health for years.
For more answers to other common questions about forehead lift surgery, visit our Forehead Lift FAQ page.