Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What is a Forehead Lift?

Forehead Lift in Naples, FL
The forehead lift is a surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate the face by lifting the forehead and saggy eyebrows to improve upper eyelid heaviness for a more youthful and alert appearance. Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and between the eyebrows also can improve with this procedure.  As the face ages, the muscle tone begins to weaken and the forces of gravity can cause brow hooding, lines, and wrinkles on the forehead and cause the eyelids to look heavy. These aging signs can cause a person to appear haggard and tired, but a forehead lift can uplift the forehead and reduce the appearance of these issues.

Candidates for the Forehead Lift

Most people in good health can be candidates for the procedure. More mature individuals usually consider the procedure, but some individuals in their 20s, 30s, or 40s can benefit from this procedure as they can also experience droopy eyebrows at those ages or as a result of heredity.

The Forehead Lift Procedure

The forehead lift is performed by using endoscopic video technology. In the past, the traditional forehead lift was performed by creating a long incision in the hairline from ear to ear. Endoscopic video technology now allows the physician to make several small incisions in the area that do not alter the hair line. The new technology allows the physician to minimize bleeding and swelling in the area as it is precise and minimally invasive. The muscles underneath the skin are strengthened and the skin is repositioned and tightened. Sutures are used to close the incisions and they will be removed within several days after the procedure. Twilight sedation is typically used during the procedure.

Recovery Period

The recovery period is very brief as it usually takes about a week for the swelling and bruising to go down. Some people experience some mild headaches for a few days after the procedure, which is normal and will go away within a few days. Numbness around the facial area is also normal and that will subside as time progresses. The sutures in the face will be removed within 7-9 days after the procedure.  The incisions heal beautifully, with or without hair.


If you are considering the forehead lift, you will need to visit a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your situation. The surgeon will assess your candidacy for the procedure by doing an examination and then providing you with a computer-generated image to demonstrate how the surgery will enhance your appearance.

Dr. Anurag Agarwal and Dr. Richard Maloney are board certified facial plastic surgeons who specialize in facial procedures such as the endoscopic forehead lift, rhinoplasty, facelifts, laser eyelid surgery, and hair replacement.  Both Dr. Agarwal and Dr. Maloney are certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. Their office is located in Naples, Florida. Please call their office at 239-594-9100 to schedule an appointment and to discuss your needs.