What kind of a procedure is used in a forehead/eyebrow lift?
Two methods are employed in forehead/eyebrow lift operations: the classical method and the endoscopic method.
Classical forehead lift: Before the operation, your hair is strapped by rubber bands on both sides of the incision line. The hair on the forehead region is not cut, but hair which grows just in front of the incision line may be shortened.
A circular incision is usually made. This incision starts close to the ear level, moves across the upper part of the forehead and ends after reaching down to the opposite part of the head. Since the incision usually falls far behind the hairline, the operation scar is not visible.
With the incision made, the forehead skin is carefully lifted and the underlying tissue can be removed or forehead muscles can be loosened and modified. Eyebrows can also be lifted and the excess skin at the incision point is trimmed in order to create a smoother and younger appearance.
Then the incision site is sealed by sutures or clips. In order to prevent irritation, your face and hair are washed and the rubber bands on your hair are removed. Incision sites are wrapped by elastic bandages.
Endoscopic forehead lift: Hair is pushed back in this method, too, and the hair is shaved behind the hairline that will form the incision site.
However, instead of a long and circular single incision, hairy skin is incised on three to five spots shorter than 2.5 cm each. The endoscope, which is a pen-sized camera connected to a television monitor, is inserted through an incision spot and thereby subcutaneous muscles and the tissues can clearly be displayed. Using another instrument inserted through a different incision spot, forehead skin is lifted, and the muscles in addition to underlying tissues are removed or modified in order to create a smoother and slick look. The eyebrows can also be lifted and placed up to a new position with the help of subcutaneous sutures or the temporary fixation screws inserted behind the hairline.
After the lifting procedure is completed, the incisions on the hairy skin are sealed by sutures or clips and this region is washed. Incision sites are wrapped by elastic bandages.