The aim of the traditional face lift is improving sagging tissues of the jaw lines and neck. Eyelid surgery is aimed at correcting the upper face only around the eyes. None of them deals with vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows and horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, which are rather unsightly with women.
The late seventies is the time when the forehead lift became popular. Traditionally the incisions are made in the hairlines though sometimes along the forehead hair line. The procedure of forehead lift is aimed at lifting skin on the eyebrows and forehead. The muscles that create forehead and the place between the eyebrows are divided under skin.
The operation has become so popular thanks to a number of its advantages. The procedure is popular for almost invisible scars, few side effects and the minimal discomfort after the operation.
It is necessary to mention the fact that the procedure is popular in different age groups. It is often performed with young women who have a habit of wrinkling foreheads or who have tired and sad appearance because of droopy eyebrow.
People in 40's to 60's also have forehead lift indications because of eyebrow sagging that produces hooding of upper eyelids.
The procedure of forehead lifting is performed with sedation and local freezing. One of the forehead lift indications presupposes shampooing the hair the night before the surgery. It is not necessary to shave the hair. When some skin is removed from the face, the incision is placed along the hairline of the forehead. So, some hair bearing skin is removed during the operation. This is done in order to avoid hairline lifting after the operation.
Some hair is cut during the surgery. It stays in the scalp and falls out in the first two hair washings after the surgery. That is why there is no need to worry that you are losing hair. Metal staples close the incision. The staples are removed on the 7th -12th day after the operation. Patients say that they feel even less discomfort than while suture removal.
Forehead lift indications allow hair washing on the third day after the surgery. It should be done very carefully in order to avoid catching the metal staples on the incision line. As it is not recommended to dye your hair for about three weeks after the operation, it is possible to do it a few days before it.
Forehead lift indications tell about some possible risks and side effects of the procedure. It is possible that you can have some swelling around the forehead and eyes, which moves to the lower part of the face. It can provoke discoloration around eyelids. As a rule it can last up to 10-14 days.
In order to get the best results, surgeons often put the eyebrows at a higher level comparing to the level they will be settled some months later. As the hair line is lifted during the operation, it is possible that the forehead may seem higher than it has been before. Very often the change is acceptable and turns out to be a benefit for the patient. The scar on the scalp may cause itchiness up to six months.