As people age, the effects of time, exposure to the sun, gravity and stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. Forehead lift rejuvenates the forehead, improving the most visible signs of aging by elevating the eyebrows and removing the excess skin of the forehead. It can be usually performed with a facelift, which removes excess skin and tightens muscles in the lower face. When there is excess skin in the upper and lower eyelids, eyelid surgery maybe combined with the forehead lift.
The best candidate for a forehead lift is the adult whose forehead has deep frown lines due to stress or over activity of muscles, sagging or low position of the eyebrows, tired appearance, and deep horizontal creases across the forehead. Frown lines or furrows between the eyebrows and sometimes across the top of the nose. Good skin elasticity, as well as strong bone structure, will help the surgeon achieve the desired result. Most patients are in their forties to sixties but forehead lifts are increasingly being carried out on younger and older patients. The purpose of forehead lift surgery is to make you look younger and fresher, without giving you a totally different look.
Pre and Post-Operative Instructions
- Do not sunbathe one week before surgery.
• Any medication that you are taking should be reported to your surgeon and then taken as instructed.
• You should take ARNICA tablets (a homeopathic medication to minimise post-operative bruising and swelling). Two tablets to be taken three times per day, every day for seven days before surgery.
• NO ALCOHOL should be taken 48 hours prior to surgery.
• NO ASPIRIN should be taken for a minimum of one week before surgery. You are allowed to take paracetamol.
• If you are a smoker, you are strongly advised to cut down or even better STOP SMOKING.
• The morning or evening prior to your surgery you are requested to shower or bathe, cleansing your entire body. Wash your hair but do not use any hair spray, etc. Do not apply any creams to your face.
• Arrange your transportation to and from the hospital. If your operation is performed as a day case you will be discharged after 5.00pm on the day of admission. If you are staying overnight, you will be discharged about 10.00am on the day following surgery.
Day Of Surgery
- Nothing to eat or drink for a minimum of 6 hours before your admission.
• Remove contact lenses and jewellery, while at home.
• Wear comfortable loose clothing.
• Bring a pair of sunglasses with you to wear after surgery
Eyelid surgery usually takes one to three hours, depending on the type of surgery. In a typical procedure, the surgeon makes incisions following the natural lines of the eyelids, in the creases of the upper lids, and just below the lashes in the lower lids. Working through these incisions, the surgeon separates the skin from underlying fatty tissue and muscle, removes excess fat, and often trims sagging skin and muscle. After, the incisions are closed with very fine sutures.
If there is a pocket of fat beneath the lower eyelids, but there is no need to remove any skin, the surgeon may perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where the incision is made inside the lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar. This procedure is usually performed on younger patients with thicker and more elastic skin
Pre and Post-Operative Instructions
• NO ASPIRIN should be taken for 7 days following surgery.
• NO ALCOHOL should be taken 48 hours following surgery.
• Continue taking ARNICA as instructed for a further 7 days.
• Take any prescribed medication as instructed.
• Do not sunbathe or use a sun bed for approximately one month following surgery.
• Apply ice compresses intermittently for 24 hours.
• Do not bend over; lift heavy objects push or strain for 5 days.
• If prescribed apply the eye drops every 3 to 4 hours.
• Wash your face gently with cool water only for the first 24hours, keeping the dressing dry.
• Contact lenses should not be worn for one week. Glasses may be worn instead.
• Do not bend over, lift heavy objects, or strain for at least seven days