What is a Temporal or Forehead Lift?

The upper face or forehead is typically very mobile and expressive. We express various emotions with our forehead and the muscles of expression combined with gravity (and genetics) may result in a low or sagging upper face and transverse forehead wrinkles. The smile muscles around the eyes also pull down on the outer forehead.  All of this can contribute to the appearance of being tired, low energy, or even annoyed.  A Temporal Lift (the lateral part of the forehead) or Forehead Lift can gently restore a more youthful appearance while maintaining your expression and enhancing your natural beauty.

Why Choose Dr. Pruitt?

Dr. Pruitt is an expert in facelift and neck lift surgery and has thousands of successful surgeries to his credit. For over 20 years, he has achieved natural-looking results using state-of-the-art, gentle, minimally invasive techniques and cutting-edge fiberoptic technology to reduce downtime and discomfort. As such, he has drawn high-profile clients to his practice from across the globe, including national TV personalities, celebrities, CEOs, politicians, professional athletes, and many others.

Dr. Pruitt has repeatedly been named in D Magazine as the best plastic surgeon in Dallas as well as called a “Texas Super Doctor” by Texas Monthly. He has been voted by his peers as one of America’s Best Doctors for many consecutive years in an annual national survey. Dr. Pruitt’s work has been featured in many leading publications, including D Magazine, D Beauty, New Beauty, and Texas Monthly, to name a few. In addition, he regularly teaches and gives lectures to other plastic surgeons on his facelift and neck lift techniques.

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Is the Forehead Lift Right for Me?

The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for a temporal or forehead lift is to meet with Dr. Pruitt for a detailed consultation and examination. He will assess your medical history, review your aesthetic goals, and weigh any risk factors that may be present. Ideal candidates for surgery are in good health, have significant forehead ptosis or droop and/or forehead lines, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations for their results. Forehead or Temporal Lift is often combined with other facial procedures to enhance your overall facial rejuvenation result.

You are likely to be a good candidate for a forehead lift in Dallas with Dr. Pruitt (also known as an “upper facial lift”) if you wish to address the following:

  • Lines, creases, or sagging skin across the forehead
  • Drooping skin or tissues above the eyelids
  • A tired, annoyed, or sad appearance around the eyes and forehead

Your Preoperative Consultation

Prior to the day of your actual surgery, you will typically have another time with Dr. Pruitt called a “Preoperative Consultation."

His nurse educator will go over all of the details of your procedures and what to expect. She will also go over specifics such as where to be and at what time, what to wear, and all of your post-operative instructions. In addition, Dr. Pruitt will meet with you to confirm and finalize the aesthetic surgical plan that is unique to your needs and answer any other questions. They will put your mind at ease and let you know that you are in their very experienced hands.

The Day of Your Forehead Lift or Temporal Lift

Dr. Pruitt performs most surgeries using IV sedation and local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia. He feels that in many cases this reduces risks and expedites recovery. An experienced anesthesia professional will monitor your safety throughout your session, ensuring comfort and peace of mind. A temporal lift or forehead lift typically takes about an hour to complete.

Incision lines vary depending upon your unique facial shape, hairline, genetics and degree of aging. They are placed to make them the least noticeable to any casual observer. (He can go over your specific plan preoperatively.) Dr. Pruitt will then gently lift and reposition sagging tissues for a better aesthetic or simply a more youthful appearance.

Recovering After Your Forehead Lift

The recovery period that follows your forehead lift will typically be relatively brief, and most patients resume their normal routines after a few days to a week. Dr. Pruitt recommends that you keep your head elevated for several days after the procedure. Other specifics of the post operative period will be discussed at length and written instructions given prior to your procedure. You will need about two to three weeks of recovery. Dr. Pruitt will schedule regular follow-up visits to ensure your healing remains on track for a beautiful result.

When you are ready to get started, contact Dr. Pruitt at his Dallas location, and set up your appointment with a helpful member of his team.

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