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Brow Lift / Forehead Lift

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A forehead lift or brow lift treats the signs of upper facial aging. There are many ways to perform this procedure with the most common utilizing small incisions made a few centimeters behind the hairline with dissection at the level of the bone down to the eyebrows to release the excess skin from its attachments. Excess tissue is redistributed upwards or removed to smooth out unwanted furrows and deep forehead lines. A forehead lift can be combined often with other facial surgeries.

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Brow Lift Procedure

This is generally an outpatient surgery where you go home the same day. The surgery is performed using local anesthesia and IV sedation and may be completed in 1-2 hours.

There are two main types of forehead lifts: the conventional method and the endoscopic. A conventional method involves longer incisions, which are still hidden in the hair-bearing scalp. This forehead skin is lifted, and the excess skin is trimmed. After the removal, the incision is closed with absorbable stitches and removable clips and bandaged. With this method the incision is planned carefully to avoid injuring the hair follicles. The bandages can be removed in 2 days and the clips are removed in the office after 2 weeks.

In an endoscopic forehead lift, Dr. Rednam uses three small incisions within the hair-bearing scalp to create access points for the procedure. An endoscopic camera is inserted to visualize the entire inner forehead just above the bone. Another instrument is then used to lift skin and muscle off of the underlying bone to release the tethered areas causing wrinkles while preserving necessary blood and nerve supply. These incisions are closed with sutures and clips as in the open technique.

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