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Forehead lift patients highly satisfied

Munich — Most patients who received an endoscopic forehead lift were highly satisfied with the long-term results and said they'd likely do it again when asked about it years later, German researchers report.

Researchers with Munich Technical University followed-up with 98 of 143 patients who had undergone an endoscopic forehead lift at University Hospital Rechts der Isar between 1994 and 2007.

The authors noted the mean satisfaction score on a 0-10 scale was 7.1, demonstrating high satisfaction. When asked if they would undergo the procedure again, 45 percent of patients responded "yes" and 18 percent said they "likely" would. About 18 percent said "never" or "unlikely," MedPage Today reports. Thirty-two percent said they were not certain or not likely to recommend forehead lift to others.

Despite the satisfaction rates, the authors also found that most patients suffered significant pain, bruising and swelling in the first month after surgery, MedPage Today reports. Nearly half of the patients (41 percent) reported numbness at the scars more than six months after surgery and 35 percent reported numbness in the forehead.

"Further additional prospective studies for evaluation of long-term results on a larger number of patients, as well as long-term evaluations of different fixation techniques and in comparison with the coronal approach, are needed," the researchers concluded.

The study was published in the September/October issue of Archives of Facial and Plastic Surgery.

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