forehead lift

forehead lift

What is a forehead lift?

The forehead lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that also is known as a brow lift or temporal lift. The procedure cosmetically corrects creases in the forehead skin, hooded upper eyelids, and sagging eyebrows.

During a forehead lift, the surgeon maneuvers tissues and removes segments of muscles and skin that cause wrinkles or deep frown lines. This procedure sometimes is performed along with other forms of cosmetic surgery.

There are two methods to lift the forehead and eyebrow areas: the classic lift and endoscopic lift.

  • The classic lift, sometimes called a “coronal lift,” involves one continuous incision, from ear to ear across the top of the head. To correct a high forehead the surgeon might recommend the incision follow the frontal hair line.
  • In the endoscopic lift, the surgeon makes a few shorter incisions in the scalp. He or she inserts a scope (a thin tube attached to a camera) into one of the incisions in order to view the tissues and muscles from a screen while using another device inserted in another incision to make the necessary alterations. In this procedure, the tissue will be anchored either with a temporary or permanent stitch or anchor below the scalp. These anchors will keep the tissue under control for years. Because the incisions are smaller, this procedure is less invasive. You will experience minimal scarring and shortened recovery time.


The first documented medical discussion about a forehead lift was written in 1910 by the famous German surgeon Erich Lexer.

Current surgical techniques

Since the advent of the hugely popular wrinkle remover, Botox (Dysport in the United Kingdom and Europe) many consumers have eschewed the invasive surgery altogether, opting for Botox injections every four to six months to get the same results. Botox is also used after some forehead lift procedures to increase the effects of the surgeries.

Endoscopic surgery is often employed in forehead lifts. An endoscope is a surgical system with thin, pencil-sized arms that are inserted through three to five incisions about 3/8 of an inch long. One of the instrument’s arms is a lighted camera that displays what it sees under the patient’s skin on a television monitor.Other arms on the Endoscope carry actual surgical tools that perform cutting, or grasping functions. The surgeon watches the television monitor to guide his movements.


When surgeons have problems with an endoscopic forehead lift, — in about one percent of cases — they finish the procedure by switching to the open forehead lift method.

Complications are said to be rare and minor when a forehead lift is performed by a surgeon trained in the technique. However, it is possible for the surgical process to damage the nerves that control eyebrow and forehead movements. Hair loss can also occur along the scar edges in the scalp when an incision is made through the hairline. Moreover, infection and bleeding are possible with any surgical procedure.

Patients who have Endotine implants in their foreheads risk moving their newly adjusted tissues with relatively small movements just after the operation and before complete healing takes place. While the implant absorbs into the body, the Endotine generally does not support the very thick forehead flesh and heavy brows often seen in some overweight males.



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