A forehead lift corrects sagging in the skin of the forehead, upper eyelids, and eyebrows. Some people get one at the same time they get a face lift or cosmetic surgery on their nose.
Two Types of Brow Lifts
There are two methods to lift your forehead and eyebrow areas:
- Classic lift
- Endoscopic lift
The classic lift involves one continuous cut beginning at the level of your ears and going up around your hair line. Depending on where your hair line is, the surgeon will work to avoid a visible scar.
For the endoscopic lift, the surgeon makes a few shorter cuts in your scalp. He or she will insert a scope -- a small camera on the end of a thin tube -- into one of the cuts and use another device inserted in another cut to make the necessary changes.
In the endoscopic lift, the surgeon uses small anchors to secure the tissue. Because the cuts are smaller, this procedure is less invasive than the classic lift. You will have minimal scarring and a shorter recovery time.
Your Brow Lift Consultation
You'll have a meeting to consult with your surgeon before the procedure. At this meeting, you should talk about your goals, your current health, and your medical history.
Your surgeon will evaluate your entire forehead region, including your upper eyelids, paying attention to the muscles. The surgeon may have you make a series of facial expressions so he or she can best see exactly how to help you.
You should ask your surgeon for details of all charges -- including charges for follow-up care -- and payment options.
Health insurance typically doesn't pay for cosmetic procedures. There would have to be a medical reason for an insurance company to cover some or all of it. If you're not sure about your case, ask your doctor and your health insurance company before deciding whether to get the procedure. That way you can be clear on what you'll need to pay for yourself.
How to Prepare for Your Brow Lift
There might be some lifestyle adjustments you have to make before you can have a brow lift. Your surgeon should give you detailed instructions about what you need to do and when you need to do it.
For instance, if you smoke, your surgeon may ask you to stop at least temporarily. You may also have to avoid alcohol and certain medications. If you regularly take an aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drug, your surgeon will ask you to stop taking these for a certain period of time before the surgery. These drugs can cause increased bleeding and should be avoided.
Also, if your hair is long and will get in the way of the procedure, you may have to trim it. If your hair is shorter, you may want to grow it out to cover any scars. Be sure to discuss all these things -- as well as how to prepare -- with your surgeon.