You feel fabulous – not a day different than you did at 25. But when you look in the mirror, it’s another story. You look tired and worried, maybe even cranky! While age and experience have given you knowledge and self-assurance, it’s also given you the gift of gravity – a “gift” that is perhaps leaving you less than confident about your appearance. If that’s the case, you may want to consider undergoing a procedure that thousands of others undergo each year: a forehead lift.
A forehead lift, also known as a brow lift, is a surgical procedure that lifts sagging brows and eases the lines and furrows that often develop as we age.
If you are concerned by a sagging brow, deep lines on your forehead, or creases between your eyes, a forehead lift may just be what the doctor ordered. This procedure is typically performed on patients who are between the ages of 40 and 65.
As with all surgical procedures, you should be in good health and have realistic expectations. A forehead lift will give you a youthful and rested appearance, but it will not shave 30 years off your face. It’s also important to have this procedure for the right reasons, namely if it will make you feel more confident and better about your appearance rather than to please someone else.
Dr. Robert A. Shumway, MD, FACS is an expert in the field of cosmetic surgery. In addition to studying at the nation’s finest medical centers, he has taught cosmetic surgery techniques at Duke, UCLA, and UCSD and is a trustee of the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
Dr. Shumway’s priority is patient care. He evaluates each patient and delivers a personalized plan that will provide exceptional results with minimal downtime. He stresses the importance of post-operative care, instructing each patient on the fastest and most effective road to recovery.
Shumway Cosmetic Surgery is located in Southern California, in the La Jolla area of San Diego. Dr. Shumway and Shumway Cosmetic Surgery are dedicated to the aesthetic enhancement and well-being of our patients through our best practices of laser and cosmetic surgery.
A brow lift involves modifying or removing muscle and excess skin to ease wrinkles in the forehead and lift the brows.
As with most cosmetic procedures, the forehead lift procedure continues to be refined and improved. The various techniques available will be discussed at your consultation. The major difference among techniques involves the placement of the incision.
Healing times vary, but it will generally take a few weeks until the “new you” starts to be revealed, and often subtle changes and improvements will continue to occur over the following months. Most patients will experience swelling and discoloration for about two weeks following surgery, with some patients finding that it takes several months for the swelling to fully subside. Incision scars can take up to 6 months to fully fade, but since they are typically hidden in the hairline, this often is not an issue.