One area of the face that often shows the first signs of aging is the forehead and brow area. The skin in this area begins to lose its elasticity. The unrelenting pull of gravity as well as the effects of excessive sun exposure affect the face, resulting in wrinkling across the forehead, frown lines, and an increasing “heaviness” of the eyebrows. Even people in their thirties can have faces that look older than their years. Your stern, angry, tired, or sad expression may not project how you actually feel. Many people have opted for a surgical procedure forehead lift, also known as a brow lift. Based on variations in how women and men age, Dr. Parfitt may use different methods to perform this surgical procedure.
As with any elective surgical procedure, realistic expectations and good health are prerequisites. Men and women can both be candidates for a forehead lift procedure.
When the forehead skin is tightened and the loose and excess skin is removed, the drooping brows and forehead wrinkling are modified. Dr. Parfitt recommends a brow lift surgical procedure to correct these concerns. The result is invariably a smoother brow and a more youthful and pleasant expression.
To get an idea what a forehead lift can do for your appearance, put your hands above each brow and outside the edges of your eyes and gently raise the skin in an upward direction. Forehead lifts or brow lifts are an option if you have deep furrows between the eyes or if you have a sagging brow.
Your consultation with Dr. Parfitt will help you decide on the type of surgery that best addresses your concerns. He will determine if a forehead lift is the best procedure to achieve your facial harmony.
If you are interested in brow lift, your choice of a board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon is extremely important. During your consultation, Dr. Parfitt will examine your facial anatomy and also obtain a medical history, so he can consider any medical conditions that may heighten any risk. Dr. Parfitt will weigh other factors that could influence the results of surgery such as skin type, age, ethnicity and your expectations of surgery. Once you and Dr. Parfitt arrive at a mutual understanding and trust, he will tailor a treatment plan that is best suited to you.
At your consultation you will receive detailed information of the following:
– Surgical procedure(s)
– Technique indicated
– Type of anesthesia
– Risks involved
– Middleton/Madison on-site surgical facility
– Additional surgery recommendations
– Scheduling and booking options
– Financing policies
– Surgical quote of costs involved
The forehead lift procedure will be performed at our Wisconsin on-site surgical facility. Twilight anesthesia, also known as IV sedation, is used during the brow lift surgery.
The incision is usually made about 4cm behind the natural hairline, extending across the top of the head from about 1 inch above one ear to the same position above the other ear. If the patient has significant balding or has a receding hairline, the incision will most likely be made in the mid-forehead area or right at the hairline, along a natural forehead crease or wrinkle to minimize the visibility of the scar. Excess skin and scalp is measured and removed before fine metal clips are applied. Bandages are then applied along the incisions and a light head wrap is placed to keep the bandages secure.
Patients usually experience a small amount of bruising and swelling in the first week following surgery. In some patients, swelling and bruising may include the eye and cheek area as well as the forehead. You will be advised to keep your head elevated about 30 to 45 degree in order to minimize swelling. As incisions heal, you will experience some numbness and may have some itching, both of which tend to diminish with time. Sutures and/or clips are usually removed within seven to 14 days following surgery. If bandages have been applied, they are removed in one to two days. All patients are required to follow the post-operative instructions to ensure better healing and to reduce any possible complications.
Whether you are having surgery for cosmetic or functional reasons, choosing a qualified and certified Facial Plastic Surgeon is of paramount importance. Dr. Parfitt is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, which means he has extra years of surgical and reconstructive training. Dr. Parfitt has dedicated his entire private practice to cosmetic facial plastic surgery. Dr. Parfitt has over 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, specializing only in cosmetic procedures of the head and neck. When making your decision to have surgery, you can ensure that he is highly qualified and a skilled expert to perform your chosen procedure.
It is important to follow the advice of Dr. Parfitt when considering resumption of strenuous activities. For most patients, the recovery time will not exceed 10-14 days, but patients may still be advised to refrain from strenuous activities for longer periods. Bruising at any time can be camouflaged with standard make-up.
The procedure usually lasts about 45 to 60 minutes.
No, since the scars are in the hairline they would not be visible to the naked eye.
Discomfort is part of the recovery process from a forehead lift procedure. Over the counter pain medication may be provided if needed.
The combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures performed at Parfitt Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center and AestheticA Skin Health Center will improve the overall appearance with a refreshed, younger look, but also the skin texture and longevity is very important and can be enhanced with nonsurgical treatments and skin care.
Consultations with Dr. Parfitt can take place at either of our office locations in Middleton or Appleton, Wisconsin. If you are an out-of-town patient, Dr. Parfitt offers Skype virtual consultations. If you are interested in a consultation about facial cosmetic surgery with Dr. Parfitt, please call our office at 888.389.3223 or contact us online.
The cost of brow lift surgery varies depending on the techniques and the amount of correction needed for the procedure. Depending on a patient’s facial anatomy, a variety of factors go into achieving an realistic and excellent result. A surgical quote will be presented during your consultation. If you are interested in a price range for a specific procedure, please call Dr. Parfitt’s Surgical Coordinator, Angela at 888.389.3223.
Insurance usually does not cover surgery that is performed purely for cosmetic reasons. Surgically correcting or improving sagging foreheads and brows that interfere with vision may be reimbursable in whole or in part. If you believe that your insurance might cover a forehead lift, check with your insurance carrier for information on coverage.
Facial plastic surgery with Dr. Richard Parfitt can make it possible to correct many undesirable facial features that can often undermine one’s self-esteem and self-confidence. If you would like more information or are interested in a facial cosmetic procedure, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Parfitt at one of our Wisconsin office locations in Madison or Appleton by calling 888.389.3223.