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What is a forehead lift?
Anyone with low-set eyebrows, deep frown lines and/or forehead wrinkles may suffer from a tired or sullen appearance. It can even cause pressure on your eyes, causing you to unconsciously tighten your forehead muscles, which in turn leads to headaches, tension and fatigue.
In this case, a forehead lift will help to counteract this. This procedure tightens and lifts the skin of your forehead and eyebrows, making you look younger, rested and relaxed again. This procedure is often combined with an eyelid correction to give the eyes a fresh look as well.
Procedure - How does a forehead lift work?
There are two types of procedures:
- The open forehead lift: this surgery uses an incision along the hairline.
- The direct brow lift: this procedure mainly removes the skin above the eyebrows. Small scars that are visible at the upper edge of the eyebrows fade over time and are hardly noticeable.
During a consultation, our surgeon will determine with you what the best method is.
- An open, younger and fresher look
- Your tired, grumpy look reduces or disappears
- The crease of your upper eyelid becomes slightly more prominent
- Less pressure on the eyes
Disadvantages or complications
- Haematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that might require removal)
- Negative reaction to the anaesthesics
- Subsequent bleeding
- Change in skin sensation
- Permanent scars
- Damage to underlying structures
- Unsatisfactory aesthetic resultUneven position of the eyebrows
The treatment is performed under general or local anaesthesia. Afterwards you may experience slight discomfort such as swelling, numbness or tingling. The incision sites can also be slightly sensitive and itchy to the touch in the hairy areas. This can last up to three months.
Swelling and bruising usually get worse in the first three days after the operation and then slowly subside. Swelling and fluid will sag around your eyelids. Do not be alarmed, this is a natural reaction of the body. The skin on your forehead will feel hard for a few weeks. This is due to the adhesion of the tissue layers and scarring. Sometimes the skin will also be more or less sensitive. This is a normal reaction to the surgery and will gradually normalise. The stitches dissolve on their own and the swelling and bruising will gradually subside.
Our staff will do their utmost to achieve the best possible result for you, also during the aftercare. Your own contribution is of great importance here. Please follow the instructions you were given after the forehead lift.
Cooling the face during the first two days after the procedure (e.g. with ice packs) and lying higher in bed at night with an extra pillow can speed up the natural recovery process.
As soon as the wound has closed and the scabs have disappeared, you can start applying the scar cream. Apply it twice a day on the closed wound; this way you increase the chance of healing beautifully.
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