Forehead lift, or temporal lift is a surgical technique in which the temporal region is stretched outwards and upwards in a diagonal direction. In the aging process, the outer half of the eyebrow shows a more pronounced decline than the inner half.
Among the reasons for this is the fact that the mimic muscles less detect the outer half of the eyebrow compared to the inner half, the apparent loss of volume of this region due to the repetitive contractions of the large chewing muscle in the temple area, and the decrease in the fullness of the outer half of the eyebrow in youth towards middle age.
When we put our hand on the temple area and pull it back, it is possible to observe the improvement in the outer half of the eyebrow. This is the basic observation that led to the emergence of temple lift surgery.
Temple lift surgery is usually performed through an incision made from the inside of the scalp in the temple area and not attracting attention from the outside. The effect of the surgery is closely related to the tissue plane on which the surgical separation is made. Techniques generally advanced under the skin create a more effective stretching effect than surgeries that progress in deeper tissue planes.
Techniques progressing in deep tissue planes are less bleeding, more accessible, and safer. There are different forms of temple lift surgery, in some of which the scars can be located closer to the hairline and closer to the midline of the forehead. Again, in some types of surgery, the pulling direction can be more outward and, in some cases, more upward.
The ideal candidates for temple lift surgery are individuals with significant loss of volume and loosening in the outer half of the eyebrow, in the early stages of forehead aging, and with a distance of less than 4 cm between the outer edge of the eyebrow and the temple hairline.
The most significant advantage of the method is that it allows to intervene in the area of the eyebrow most affected by the aging process with a small scar. Since the procedure requires limited surgery, the recovery period is short, it can be done quickly with local anesthesia, and the time off from work is limited. Temple lift surgery effectively prevents possible skin accumulation in the temple area, especially after the High SMAS technique.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yahya BALTU Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Clinic