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Forehead lift

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Forehead lift a.k.a Browlift according to Seattle Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

A sagging forehead can give a sad, angry or tired appearance even when a person is happy and well rested.  This sagging is usually the result of normal aging although some younger patients who have inherited a “low brow” can also have this problem.

Check out these before and after photos in my gallery.

Quick facts:

  • Costs:  $6500 – $7500 depending on the extent and length of surgery.
  • Post-operative pain:  mild to moderate.
  • Drains?:  yes, usually  removed in 3 – 5 days.
  • Time off work or school: 1 – 2 weeks depending on how much you bruise and swell and whether or not you care if your coworkers know you had “something done”.
  • Time off driving:  1 week or once you are off narcotic pain meds.
  • Time away from the gym:  4 weeks.
  • Time off the slopes:  6 weeks.
  • Time off the kite board: 6 weeks.
  • How long it lasts: usually about 10 years.  Forehead Lift turns the clock back but does not stop it’s ticking! 
  • Patient satisfaction:  high.

The fine print:

A forehead lift can help pull the eyebrows up to a more normal level, take some of the strain off the forehead muscles and decrease transverse wrinkling, and lessen some of the frown lines between the eyebrows.

The surgical technique is customized for each patient. Some patients benefit from an ear-to-ear incision and removal of a small strip of scalp behind the hairline. Some patients, with limited sagging are candidates for a lateral brow lift done through an upper eyelid incision.At your initial consultation, I will evaluate your face and make my recommendation. Sometimes a forehead lift is done in conjunction with other types of facial rejuvenation surgery such as a face-lift or eyelid surgery.

I perform this procedure in my AAAASF certified Seattle office operating room or at Seattle Surgery Center, which is located next door to my office building. Most patients have a general anesthetic and go home the same day of surgery. A small plastic drain is often placed under the skin for a few days and the patient is required to wear a snug headband for a week following the surgery to help maintain good eyebrow position during the healing phase. There is noticeable bruising and swelling of the brow and the upper face for about one week following surgery. After one week, most patients can return to work or social activities with the help of some makeup or tinted glasses.

Be sure to check out my photo gallery for examples of forehead lift.

Also see: What’s New> Transblepharoplasty brow lift

To schedule a consultation with me, please call 206 467-1101.