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What to Expect After a Forehead Lift

A forehead lift (or transblepharoplasty) is when excess skin and fat are surgically removed from an individual’s forehead. Also during the procedure the muscles that are in the forehead area are tightened to give the person a more youthful appearance. A forehead lift is also beneficial when it comes to improving eyebrows that are sagging and deep furrows that have developed between the eyes. Some but not all patients opt to have a forehead lift at the same time as a face lift in order to give their face a smoother and more vibrant look to it.

There are two types of forehead lifts- the classic forehead lift (also sometimes called the corneal forehead lift) and the endoscopic forehead lift (or endobrow forehead lift). The difference between the two has to do with the size of the incision that is made. The classic forehead lift is more complicated and involves more scarring, a greater risk of complications and a longer recovery period than does that of the endoscopic forehead lift. A forehead lift can be done at a hospital on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Sometimes it is done under general anesthesia while other times it is performed under local anesthesia with the administering of a sedative to help the patient relax. Classic forehead lifts are more likely to be done under general anesthesia than are endoscope forehead lifts.

After surgery is completed the patient's forehead will be wrapped carefully with a sterile padding as well as an elastic bandage that will help cut down on the chances of bleeding and edema. There is likely to be some numbness in the area where the surgery took place as well as a temporary amount of discomfort that can easily be controlled with pain medication prescribed by the plastic surgeon.

It is important to keep the head elevated for two to three days following surgery in order to decrease the chances of swelling. Bruising and a certain degree of swelling is inevitable, mainly around the eyes and the cheeks but this should be temporary and should show signs of improvement in a matter of days or at most, week or two.

As the nerves begin to regroup and regenerate there will likely be numbness felt in the forehead as well as the scalp and once this begins to disappear it will be replaced by itching. Be aware that the numbness and then the itching may take as long as six months or more to completely go away. However the itching will probably be less irritating as time passes. The bandages from the surgery are generally taken off the day after surgery or sometimes two days following the surgery. After a period of 10 to 14 days the clips or stitches used for the surgery will be taken out in two separate stages and the results of the forehead lift can be revealed at that time.

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