Among the most popular anti-aging cosmetic surgeries, brow and forehead lifts reduce the signs of aging by removing furrows and wrinkles in the forehead and by repositioning the eyebrows for a more alert and youthful appearance. As we age, the skin loses elasticity and begins to sag; this results in wrinkles and furrows in the forehead. A forehead lift removes excess skin and wrinkles from the forehead and results in a smoother appearance. Both men and women may benefit from this surgery.
As with any surgery, the best candidates for brow and forehead lifts are healthy adults with realistic expectations. While these surgeries may remove years from the appearance of a patient, they will not change the patient’s facial features. Brow and forehead lifts are elective surgeries and can involve additional complications, especially in patients who are not in good health or have chronic health conditions such as diabetes.
Because brow and forehead lifts are performed for purely cosmetic reasons, they are generally not covered by health insurance. The cost of these procedures varies between regions and between surgeons. While shopping around for the best price, make sure the surgeon has experience performing this type of surgery. There are finance companies that specialize in financing cosmetic surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon may be able to refer you to a finance company.
When planning this type of surgery it is important to factor in the cost of the hospital or surgical facility, the cost of anesthesia and any other expenses connected to the surgery. These costs are separate from the surgeon’s fee. Recovery time may be a consideration for some patients. Consult your surgeon to determine your expected recovery period.
There are two types of brow lift surgeries, the traditional surgery and the endoscopic, or scar-less surgery. In the traditional surgery the surgeon makes an incision beneath the hairline across the entire forehead and tightens the muscles and skin. He will also remove fatty deposits to give the smoothest possible appearance to the forehead. This surgery works well on older patients who require significant removal of excess skin. The recovery period is longer than for the endoscopic surgery.
An endoscopic brow lift is performed through a number of small incisions. It is less invasive than traditional brow lift surgery but may yield similar benefits. The cost of the two surgeries is about the same.
Recovery for this procedure is about one week and post-surgical discomfort can usually be controlled with OTC pain relievers. The primary complications are infection and nerve damage.
The results are subtle which makes the surgery popular with men who may not want to admit to having had cosmetic surgery. While the improvement in appearance may be noted, it will not necessarily be attributed to surgery.
For additional information on brow and forehead lifts, contact a cosmetic surgeon in your area. There are also a number of websites which have information on anti-aging procedures which may help you decide if a brow and forehead lift is right for you.