The onset of aging—don’t cringe!—is often marked by sagging, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity in the forehead. This delicate area is the source for many expressions, making it somewhat difficult to treat while maintaining a natural look. Botox and Dysport are popular choices to address forehead wrinkles and over-exaggerated expression lines. For people with more substantial aging in their forehead, a surgical procedure may be your best bet. A forehead lift eliminates stubborn furrows by pulling the skin back toward the scalp, for a look that’s younger and arguably more pleasant-looking. If you’re contemplating getting a forehead lift, the good news is that the majority of forehead lift patients are happy with their decision to get the surgery. Read on for more information on the new study.
Up until the mid-1990s, the preferred way to perform a forehead lift was through a method called a coronal lift, according to MedPage Today. During a coronal lift, a plastic surgeon will make a long incision on the scalp, stretching from ear to ear. Results of coronal lifts are often dramatic, which is ideal for someone with severe forehead sagging. But many patients and doctors complain that the coronal forehead lift is outdated: it may cause hair loss, it’s unnecessarily invasive, and the results can look unnatural. Today’s preferred method of lifting the forehead is through an endoscopic lift.
The endoscopic lift gets its name from its primary tool: an endoscopic imaging device. The endoscope allows simultaneous precision cutting and digital imaging, a plus for any plastic surgeon seeking exact results. This type of lift also uses several short incisions placed in varying locations on the scalp, rather than one long cut. Endoscopic forehead lifts offer a lower chance of hair loss and scalp numbness while supplying most patients with the rejuvenation they need.
A study based in Munich, Germany, surveyed 98 patients who had undergone the surgery. After about 3 years, the majority of the endoscopic lift patients were pleased with the procedure’s results on their aging foreheads. They ranked the procedure a 7.1, with 10 being the highest. Researchers also looked at the amount of space between the middle of the pupil and the eyebrow, since that’s where the endoscopic lift tends to create a larger space.
Nikolaos A. Papadopulos, MD, PhD "Long lasting results are achieved, as shown by a mean midpupil-to-eyebrow elevation of 5.6 mm in a relaxed position after 5.5 years," said Nikolaos A. Papadopulos, MD, PhD. In layman’s terms, that means that endoscopic lifts last well after a couple of years.
Potential forehead lift patients may be interested to hear that while most patients experienced bruising, swelling, and pain a month after surgery, the symptoms had subsided by the second month. Only 14% of those surveyed reported any pain in the second month. Six months after the surgery, yhe most common complaint was that of forehead and scalp numbness, reported by 35% and 41% of patients, respectively.
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