Headache, a limited field of vision and a tired, angry expression: these are the typical consequences of lowered eyebrows and upper eyelids. Because you are busy lifting your eyelids all day long, you can also create horizontal lines on the forehead.
A forehead lift solves this problem. And thanks to the endoscopic method, only six small, invisible cuts are needed.
For optimal results, this procedure is regularly combined with an upper eyelid correction or a lower eyelid correction.
With this new technique, the classic eyebrow lift, in which a strip of skin is removed above the eyebrow, is less often performed. Due to the large scar, this procedure is often not an option for young people who have no skin folds above the eyebrows.
For the treatment, photos are taken in your medical file. First the skin is locally sprayed with a special liquid that greatly reduces blood loss. Then three small incisions of an inch in the hairline are made on both sides of the forehead. The hairs do not have to be shaved for this. A small camera and instruments are inserted through the slices. Now the bone membrane can be loosened under the muscles of the forehead; the different sensory nerves are saved in this way. By pulling the bone membrane the eyebrows rise. When the eyebrows are brought to the right and natural heights, the bone membrane is temporarily fixed in this position. This usually happens with soluble sutures. The bone membrane then quickly grows to the bone again.
In the past, a scar was used to hold a large scar in the hairline that ran from ear to ear. Thanks to the endoscopic technique, the scars are so small that this procedure can also be applied to balding people.
The surgery itself lasts one to two hours, depending on the extent of it. The preparation for the procedure takes about half an hour.
When you come out of the narcosis you can feel weak and tired. The reactions to the anesthetic differ per individual, but because Velthuis clinic works with special anesthetics, the chance of nausea is much smaller. You may leave the clinic at the time that your plastic surgeon and anesthetist consider it appropriate. This is usually a few hours after the procedure. You can just go home, but you can not drive yourself. So make sure you bring someone who can take you home.
Usually you will have a tight band around your head for 24 hours. Occasionally the surgeon will recommend this band to last longer. In some cases a drain is applied to absorb wound fluid. This is usually removed after one or two days in the clinic.
Napkin and recovery
You will be expected the first day after the surgery for a first check-up visit to the nurse. The tight band that you get around your head should last at least 24 hours (but sometimes longer). Many people describe this connection as uncomfortable. Of course the forehead will still be blue and swollen for a while. The swelling disappears in the course of one or two weeks. You may suffer from headaches a few days after the procedure. The day after the procedure you may shower again for a short time, but make sure that the scars remain dry until the stitches have been removed. This happens during the check-up after a week. The other subcutaneous sutures dissolve over time.
After a week you can shower or bath again. The temperature of the water must not be too hot, because the treated area can thereby swell unnecessarily. Ensure that there is no pressure on your face during sleep. It is best to lie slightly higher with your head.
After a forehead lift, you have to take absolute rest for a few days so that your body has time to recover. Only after a week you may resume light work, but you may not stoop. With heavy physical effort or heavy lifting you have to wait at least a month. The bruises can fall down from the forehead and can be visible for up to four weeks, depending on the intensity. Most people return to work after ten days.
Often the discomfort of bandages, swelling and worse sleep can be greater than the pain. We often start with pain control prior to treatment, so that you can benefit from this immediately after the treatment. If you suffer from pain you can use painkillers prescribed by us.