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Forehead lift and browlift

The objective of a browlift and a forehead lift is to restore a more youthful appearance of the brows and forehead. The procedure also reduces wrinkles that give the face an angry, sad or tired look. This surgery is often performed concurrently with a facelift or blepharoplasty to rejuvenate the entire face.

Course of surgery and recovery

The classic method involves making a long incision along the hairline (from ear to ear) through which the forehead skin is lifted up and part of muscle and subcutaneous tissue is removed, or these tissues are relocated. A browlift is also possible through incisions made in the temple area by direct method or through the eyelids. The selected method depends primarily on the patient’s anatomy and the characteristics of his or her signs of aging. The surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia and it lasts, depending on the method, for 1–3 hours.

As a rule, the patient is allowed home a couple of hours after the surgery. Initial recovery takes 1–2 days and the patient can usually return to work in a week or two. It is advisable to limit physical exertion for 2–3 weeks and minimise staying in sunlight for 2–3 months.

Results and risks

The final result of the surgery will be visible in 4–6 months. The result lasts for years.

Complications are quite rare. However, infrequently, damage to the nerves that control the mobility of eyebrows is possible resulting in the inability to raise eyebrows or wrinkle the forehead. A temporary sensitivity disorder around the incision line is possible. If the classical method is used, loss of hair in the scar area is possible.

The surgery is performed by Dr. Mart Eller, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.