The following is a presentation to explain the coronal and endoscopic forehead lift, which describe how you can best prepare for your procedure, how it may be performed, and your recovery process. An interesting question and answer section can also be viewed. This presentation is not intended to take the place of a physician’s consultation.
The forehead lift is often performed in conjunction with a face lift and/or eye surgery. Your skin will be tightened, but a forehead lift will not change the texture of your skin or remove any previous scars or age spots. It can give you a more youthful appearance. Though, you may consider other treatments improve the texture of your skin. For bald or thin haired patients, a mid-scalp incision or endoscopic surgery may be recommended.
This procedure takes between one and two hours. To begin, your hair will be tied back. If you are having a coronal forehead lift, the incision will start about ear level and run along the top of the forehead and down the other side of the head. Your hair should camouflage the scar since the incision is made will behind the hairline.
The skin is then lifted so that the tissue can be removed and the muscles of the forehead released. Eyebrows are also lifted and excess skin near the incision will be trimmed. The incision is then closed with stitches and bandaged.
If you are having an endoscopic forehead lift, three to six incisions will be made of less than one inch in length each. An endoscopic will be inserted through one of the incisions. Another instrument is then inserted in another incision. The forehead skin is lifted and the muscles of the forehead are released. The excess skin is pulled back and secured. Your eyebrows may also be lifted and secure into their higher positions by sutures beneath the surface of the skin or by temporary pins behind the hairline. Incisions will be closed with stitches or clips and the hair forehead are wasted. Gauze and/or elastic bandages may also be used and protect the incision area.
Your initial consultation is extremely important. The surgeon will evaluate your sin elasticity to verify if you are a good candidate for a forehead lift. You should be able to speak freely with your surgeon about your goals and desired outcomes. Be prepared to provide your complete medical history and inform the surgeon of any vitamins and medications that you are taking. Make sure to tell your surgeon if you smoke, have uncontrolled high blood pressure, allergies, blood clotting problems, or tendency to form excessive scars because these problems can affect the outcome of your surgery.
One week before surgery stop sun bathing, facials, steaming masks, and other skin irritants. Hide scars by allowing your hair to grow out before surgery.
Work: You may feel well enough to return to work after three days but decide to wait a few more days due to swelling and bruising. Within ten days, most patients are back to their normal activities but wait a few weeks before resuming strenuous activity.
Swelling and bruising: If you had a coronal forehead lift, keep your head elevated for seven to ten days following surgery while applying cold compresses or small ice packs to help reduce swelling. If you had an endoscopic forehead lift, keep your head elevated for two or three days following surgery while applying cold compresses or small ice packs to help reduce swelling. Normal hair growth will resume in the months following.
Contact Lenses: Contact lenses may be worn one week after surgery.
Showering: You may shower on the second or third day following surgery.
Make-up: You may begin wearing make-up after several days and hide bruising with common make-up techniques.
Discomfort: The amount experienced varies from person to person. After surgery, you will experience numbness and discomfort around the incisions. This can be controlled by the medication prescribed to you by your doctor.
Recovery: Although you should be up and about following the procedure, plan on taking it easy for at least the first week after surgery. Avoid bending and lifting after surgery. Numbness will be replaced by itching as the nerves heal. Stitches or clips will be removed within two weeks. In some cases, endoscopic surgery leaves minimal scarring, does not cause temporary numbness to the head, and may require less recovery time than it usually required for the coronal lift. The hair around your incisions may fall out or be thinner, but normal growth will resume in the following months. Most visible signs of the surgery should fade completely within three weeks. Avoid direct sunlight and make sure to put sunscreen on in the following years.
Results: Each patient heals and scars differently. It is vital to keep in mind that the results of this procedure vary from patient to patient. However most patients will enjoy their final result within six to twelve months.