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Forehead & Brow Lift (endoscopic)
Facial aging often makes its earliest appearance around the eyes, as gravity and weakening muscles pull the brow down. Reversing the downward pull with a forehead and brow lift can make a remarkable difference and subtract several years from a person’s face. In patients whose vision has become obstructed by eyelid skin pressed over the eyes, a forehead lift combined with eyelid surgery to remove excess skin opens up the field of vision, allowing them to see clearly once more. The forehead and brow lift is one of the most common surgical techniques performed by Dr. Sykes and among the procedures that produces the most dramatic results.
The choice to have an endoscopic forehead and brow lift with Dr. Sykes is an excellent one. Dr. Sykes helped pioneer minimally invasive forehead and brow lift surgery and developed some of the tools and techniques now used by countless surgeons. His expertise and understanding of the procedure’s nuances help you achieve the natural lift you desire.
Before the minimally invasive approach was developed, forehead and brow lift surgery required a long incision spanning the width of the forehead and extending down to the temples. Healing was slow and numbness of the scalp often lasted for months. By contrast, the endoscopic forehead and brow lift technique requires only five small incisions, just large enough to allow pen-sized scopes with tiny cameras to be inserted. The cameras provide doctors with a clear view beneath the skin, allowing them to perform the surgery without opening up the region with a larger incision.
What to expect
The endoscopic forehead and brow lift takes one to two hours to perform. You’ll be given sedation so you sleep through the surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon will release the skin and muscles so that they can be repositioned to a higher position. He will then lift and tighten the muscles, affixing them to the bone with long-lasting sutures that hold them in their new positions. Any excess skin will be trimmed before the incisions are closed with staples or sutures that will be removed in a week. Your incisions will be dressed with bandages to protect them until you come in for a follow-up visit the next day.
You should expect to sleep a lot during the first 24 to 48 hours as the anesthesia moves out of your system. Though you will be given a prescription for pain medication, many patients report the pain is like a dull headache and requires acetaminophen only. You will experience swelling and bruising, generally peaking at three days and lasting about two weeks. To keep both to a minimum, you will be asked to keep your head elevated and should apply frozen peas to the area for the first 48 hours. It generally takes about two weeks for bruising to go away, though times vary by patient. Any remaining bruises can be covered with camouflage makeup available through our aesthetician Jill Haynes, so you can return to normal activities at the two-week point. We do ask that you hold off on resuming strenuous exercise for four weeks to allow the healing process to occur and to prevent injury.
Forehead and Brow Lift Fast Facts