No. As a rule, removal of fine wrinkle lines requires resurfacing of the skin with Laser or Dermabrasion. Similarly, acne scars, age spots, and smoker’s creases will not be alleviated by the lift, but can respond to skin resurfacing. Also, the face and eyelids will not be tightened by a Forehead Lift.
While Laser resurfacing or dermabrasion helps to reduce the fine lines, the deep creases can only be affected by a forehead lift or a brow lift. During forehead lift the frown muscles are either removed or disabled. Therefore, the patient is no longer able to frown or deeply wrinkle their forehead.
The longevity of a forehead lift result depends partially on the type and extent of the forehead lift performed. Fully disabling the frown muscles and relaxing the brow muscles is important in getting a long lasting result. Despite this, usually the function of the frown muscles partially returns within several years.
But still, the forehead can remain relaxed for many more years.
The tense frown and forehead muscles that cause the appearance of frowns or forehead wrinkles can be weakened by the use of BOTOX®. BOTOX Cosmetic™ is a muscle paralytic agent derived from the Botulism Toxin A which partially paralyses and thus weakens the forehead and frown muscles. In most people this injection needs to be repeated every three months.
Does Disabling the Frown and Forehead Muscles with Botox or a Forehead Lift/ Brow Lift “Freeze your Face”?
No. You don’t loose your facial expressions. The forehead and frown muscles are only relaxed in order to smoothen unwanted forehead wrinkles.
Yes. While results vary for every individual, those who are bald, or who have a receding hairline, can undergo the procedure. The incisions will simply be made in a different location (mid scalp rather than at the hairline) in these cases. An Endoscopic Forehead Lift can also be performed with incisions placed in the hair bearing temporal region. Finally, a Trans-palpebral approach might be the best option since it does not require any incisions in the forehead.
The procedure generally takes between two or more hours.
A Forehead or Brow Lift is performed under general anesthesia. See below for factors to consider in choosing an anesthesiologist.
As mentioned above, the procedure is often also performed with Blepharoplasty, or Eyelid Surgery, depending upon the needs and medical condition of the patient. Sometimes, it addresses issues of aging. However, if a patient has a tendency to have drooping skin in the eye area, this may interfere with or her vision. In these cases, a Brow Lift may be combined with Eyelid Surgery in a younger patient.
Your cosmetic surgeon may also recommend skin resurfacing techniques to be performed with a Brow Lift to improve skin tone. This may include the injection of fillers such as Botox to adjust the muscles in a way that will help your cosmetic surgeon to achieve your optimal results.
Like your surgeon, the anesthesiologist literally holds your life in the balance. It is therefore critical that you put your life in the best hands.
Many patients have preconceived notions about the type of anesthesia that is best for them. Unfortunately, these thoughts are often based upon hearsay, or upon informal research that has no scientific basis. While you are the final arbiter of your treatment, only an experienced physician can guide you properly in making the crucial decision about your anesthesia.
Many facilities employ trained nurse anesthetists. However, it is optimal to have anesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist rather than a nurse. Preferably, your anesthesiologist should be certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
The anesthetized patient must be monitored meticulously and constantly, with consideration for all medical conditions. The best person to do this is a physician who is trained and experienced in the practice of medicine, in the specialty of anesthesia. This is especially important in surgical facilities that operate independently. In such freestanding facilities, a nurse anesthetist might not have the adequate supervision of a physician anesthesiologist, or the support system required to properly address emergencies.
While having upper and/ or lower blepharoplasty performed under monitored sedation is very safe and comfortable, you should be skeptical about promises that extensive facial cosmetic surgery procedures can be performed under local anesthesia in an office procedure room, or even in an office surgery room. Having an extensive or multiple procedures performed under local or “twilight anesthesia” may not be safer than having it done under general anesthesia. On the contrary, the risks of this “twilight sleep” might be greater because procedures that take two hours under general anesthesia will take several more hours when you are inadequately anesthetized locally. The risks that your condition will become unstable will increase under this circumstance. Also, you will then have to deal with the side effects of the longer acting anesthetics that remain in your system, even after you go home.
During your consultation Dr. Younai will review your treatment options for Forehead Lift or Brow Lift, including pros and cons of each procedure, potential risks and complications, recovery course, pre and post operative instructions, and esthetic outcomes. There are also many before-and-after pictures and high resolution images of Facial Plastic Surgery and Forehead Lift/ Brow Lift available in our photo gallery.
Our center also includes the Regency Surgery Center which is a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery facility certified by Medicare and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc., (AAAASF).
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