What is frontalis suspension?
Frontalis suspension is a surgical procedure used to correct blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, and eyelid apraxia. During the procedure, the frontalis muscle, located in the forehead, is utilized to elevate the eyelids and improve their positioning. Dr. Warner achieves this by attaching a small suspension material, such as a suture or a synthetic material, to the frontalis muscle and connecting it to the eyelid. This allows the frontalis muscle to act as a natural “sling” to lift the eyelids and restore a more youthful and alert appearance.
Am I a candidate?
Candidates often have significant eyelid droopiness that affects their visual field, causing eye fatigue and impaired vision. Frontalis suspension is particularly beneficial for patients with severe ptosis or weak levator muscles that cannot adequately lift the eyelids.
What can I expect during frontalis suspension?
The surgery is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on your preference and Dr. Warner’s recommendation. An incision is made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid, allowing the surgeon to access the levator muscles. Next, a small synthetic material or a harvested tendon is attached to the eyelid to provide support and lift. This material is then secured to the forehead muscles, often using small screws or sutures, to ensure long-lasting results.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Initially, there may be swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort around the surgical area, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication and cold compresses. It is important to follow Dr. Warner’s instructions regarding post-operative care, including keeping the surgical site clean and avoiding strenuous activities for a few weeks.
The final results of frontalis suspension may take several weeks or months to fully manifest, but you can expect improved eyelid position, reduced drooping, and a more rejuvenated appearance. With patience and proper care, you can enjoy long-lasting results and a renewed sense of confidence in their eye area.
Schedule a consultation with a board certified surgeon in Orlando
Frontalis suspension can provide you with more youthful-looking, rejuvenated eyes and improved functionality. To find out if this treatment is right for you, it is important to consult with an experienced surgeon. If you live in the Orlando area, call 407-863-8700 or fill out the form below to request a consultation at Florida Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgery today.