Will I Experience Scarring after a Forehead Lift?
Drooping eyebrows can give the appearance of advanced age and fatigue. A safe and popular procedure, brow lift surgery can address skin laxity by smoothing muscles and tissues above the eyes.
Following your brow or forehead lift in Philadelphia, PA, you will be left with incisions that will eventually leave one or more small scars. Dr. Christopher Hove will take great care to conceal your scars after a forehead lift by making incisions in areas that will be hidden by your natural features, such as your hairline or forehead creases. During your recovery, patients can take additional steps to ensure that their scars heal and fade properly.
Where Will My Forehead Lift Scars Be Located?
Our Philadelphia, PA, office offers endoscopic surgery for certain cosmetic procedures. An endoscope is a thin tube that has a light at the end. The advanced surgical device allows Dr. Hove to complete your forehead lift through small incisions that are made behind your hairline and just above your forehead.
Endoscopic surgery allows your incisions to remain completely hidden. If more extensive surgical work is needed, Dr. Hove may need to make an incision along the hairline or in creases on the forehead. By carefully following the contours of the hairline, even a larger incision will be well concealed and minimally visible.
Tips for Minimizing Scarring
Patients have an active role to play in minimizing forehead lift scars. Following some simple tips and advice can prevent complications and other problems that can leave scars looking more prominent.
Follow Your Recovery Guidelines Carefully
Complications like infections can lead to poor healing and increased scarring. Your recovery guidelines are intended to significantly lower your risk of complications. For example, the instructions will explain when you can begin washing your hair again. Using baby shampoo, which is less likely to irritate your scar, and avoiding hair products until your scars heal are common tips.
Get Plenty of Rest
It doesn’t matter where on your body your incisions are. Exercising or straining your body can lead to injury of the surgical site. Rigorous exercise should be avoided for the first few weeks after surgery. Taking time to slow down and rest will help you avoid complications while allowing your body to fully heal. A healthy recovery means less visible scars.
Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure
Sun exposure can lead to prominent scarring through two means. Sunlight can cause your healing incisions to swell and potentially bleed. This complication can lead to poor scar healing. Secondly, scar tissue tans at a different rate than non-scar tissue.
While your incisions are healing, be sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat. Once your incisions heal, you can protect them from sunlight by using SPF 30 sunscreen and seeking shade whenever you are outdoors.
Work with an Experienced Plastic Surgeon
Not every plastic surgery center offers endoscopic treatments. Our Philadelphia, PA, office has invested in this technology as a means of virtually eliminating post-surgical scars. If your treatment qualifies for endoscopic surgery, you can benefit from having your incisions placed behind your hairline and out of sight.
Learn More about Healing after Forehead Lift Surgery
A brow lift can help you achieve a more youthful-looking, attractive appearance. The safe procedure also eliminates large forehead wrinkles to deliver a forehead that is smooth and beautiful. To learn more about your candidacy for endoscopic brow lift surgery, please contact our office online or call (610) 647-3727.