A temporal face lift aims to replace the anatomical structures, especially the tail of the eyebrow, in the position they were in a few years ago and therefore lift the eyebrows. As with all body tissue, the eyebrows are subjected to gravity and tend to sag resulting in droopy eyelids, making the eyes look sad, tired and older.
These corrections are suitable for both men and women and can be performed on people from the age of 40 and up. However it may be carried out at an earlier stage, when the defect is constitutional and not related to age (inherited low or sagging eyebrows) or when patients are looking for a lasting change in their eyes such as with the “cat-eye” or “fox-eye” trend.
The scar is usually located under the hair but can exceptionally be located along the hairline.
Before the temporal lift
Please allow yourself a professional unavailability period of 1 week.
Patients with colored hair may consider doing their color just before the treatment: those treatments are advised against for a period of one month after a temporal lift so as not to irritate the scar.
As is the case for any facial surgery, aspirin-based and anti-inflammatory medication must be avoided 8 days before the procedure and a homeopathic treatment with arnica is advised for 4 days before surgery.
A temporal lift is performed under general anesthesia or neuroleptanalgesy, a local anesthesia combined with a mild sedative.
The lifting up of the tail of the eyebrow and the redraping of the skin are always carried out so that the natural expression of the face is preserved.
A temporal face lift lasts between 1 and 2 hours depending on the patient and it is usually done in the day care department. That way, a patient can leave the hospital the same day of the surgery.
After the procedure
There is no real pain after a temporal lift, but there could possibly be a feeling of pressure in the temporal area during the first few days.
A major complication of a temporal lift is damage to the frontal branch of the facial nerve causing frontal paralysis (impossibility of moving forehead) that generally regresses within a few weeks.
The esthetic complication of a temporal lift is the difficulty of achieving a perfectly symmetrical lift of both eyebrows.
In the case of an intracapillary scar, the incision is completely hidden.
The staples placed in the scalp are removed on the 8th day after surgery.
On the other hand, precapillary scars are visible but will be blurred when the hair will grows through them.
Make-up and shampoo are allowed on the 2nd day after surgery.
The definitive result becomes visible after 2 months.
At regular intervals botulinum toxin injections made in the orbital fiber of the orbicular muscle will help maintain the result by reducing the downwards action of this muscle on the tail of the eyebrow.