Dr. Carlos Chacon of Divino Plastic Surgery has noted that forehead reduction surgery has become popular recently. The procedure is designed to correct a high forehead and restore facial symmetry.
What is a Forehead Lift?
Forehead lifts are also known as forehead reduction, hairline advancement, or hairline lowering.
Why Forehead Lifts are Performed
The forehead makes up the top 1/3 of the face. If it’s too large, long, or high, it can disrupt the symmetry of the face. Humans have evolved to prefer symmetry because it signifies healthy genetics. A lack of symmetry can detract from the overall appearance and attractiveness of the face.
The most common cause of a high forehead is adhesions during fetal development. During development, the scalp rotates to a lower position. When adhesions develop, they prevent the forehead from lowering correctly. The surgery can decrease the forehead to the ideal natural position. Other factors, like a receding hairline or hair loss, can also cause a high forehead.
The Forehead Lowering Procedure
Forehead lowering is an outpatient procedure. It begins with an incision in the skin of the forehead. The skin is released and then pulled down. This also lowers the hairline and reduces the length of the forehead. The excess skin is then removed, and the incision is closed.
Once the surgical incision is healed, hair grows through the scar. This makes the procedure nearly indetectable.
Forehead reduction does not impact the brows. To create a proportional, youthful face, some patients also choose to get a brow lift. This can be performed simultaneously and with the same incision as the forehead lift.
Anesthetic and Sedation
The procedure can sound scary. However, patients don’t experience any pain during the process. Twilight sedation can relax the patient, and a local anesthetic prevents them from feeling pain. Some patients report feeling a slight sting or pulling sensation during the surgery.
Factors When Considering Forehead Lowering
Dr. Carlos Chacon notes several factors to consider when performing a forehead-lowering procedure.
The surgeon must access facial features, including the forehead, brow, and hairline. They will also determine the location of the incision. The degree of lift and the shape of the hairline must be determined.
These factors must be decided accurately and with expertise to get the best results possible.
Recovery and Results of Forehead Reduction
Divino Plastic Surgery explains that most patients return to light activities within a few days of the procedure, and they can return to work within 7 to 10 days. The forehead is initially bandaged. These are usually removed 24 hours after the surgery.
Patients may experience some swelling and mild discomfort. Bruising can occur around the forehead and the eyes. This typically subsides within 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure.
Complications can include scarring, bleeding, and hair loss. These are rare. The complication rate is less than 1%.
Dr. Carlos Chacon of Divino Plastic Surgery
Dr. Carlos Chacon is from a family of musicians and craftsmen. He states that he knew his career would involve skilled work with his hands from a young age.
He fell in love with plastic surgery because it requires intricacy and skill. After all, the slightest mistakes are visible. His experience includes working with patients on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.