The forehead represents an important and clear part of the face with signs of aging, such as wrinkles and flaccid eyebrows with advancing age. Forehead stretching (called lifting and reshaping the forehead) is a surgical procedure to correct for sagging of the forehead skin, eyebrows and upper eyelids. Face lift surgery can be performed alone or in combination with other surgical procedures such as face lift, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping surgery.

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How is the Forehead Stretching Surgery Performed?

Forehead stretching is a procedure that usually requires experience under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. The aim of the forehead stretching surgery is to ensure that the skin and forehead’s subcutaneous and muscle structures have a natural appearance by creating an appropriate tension. The principle of the surgery is to lift the eyebrows a few millimeters and shred the muscles at the base of the nose. Using a sharp apparatus, excess skin and subcutaneous tissue (usually 2-3 cm) is removed from the scalp area.

The most common method of forehead stretching is a modern endoscopic forehead stretching method using four short skin incisions, approximately 1.5 cm in length,on the scalp. During the procedure, the tissues of the forehead are removed and the muscle particles responsible for unwanted facial expressions are partially cut and the forehead is lifted up. Forehead lift surgery is often combined with face lift surgery to the entire face area. The incisions opened at the end of the surgery are closed with the help of non-marking sutures and the operation is terminated. The operation lasts approximately 1-2 hours.The patient is discharged on the same day.

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What Should Be Done After Forehead Stretching?

Bed rest is required after forehead stretching. The compression bandage worn after surgery should remain worn for an average of 1 week. It is possible to shampoo the hair after 3 days. For 2 weeks after surgery, it is recommended to apply the bandage only overnight. In the case of endoscopic technique, sutures are removed on the 8th or 10th postoperative day. In the case of an open forehead stretching technique where the wound is long and subjected to a certain tension, these bandages are usually removed after 14 days.

Swelling and small bruises are normal and temporary.  Ice compresses can be applied and medications recommended by the doctor should be taken meticulously. Normal work and social activity is usually possible after 10 to 14 days.Hair dyeing,facial massage and peeling are not recommended for approximately 1-2 months after forehead stretching.  Also, it should not be exposed to direct sunlight.

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