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Story Updated: Sep 19, 2012

Botox cannot keep the forehead "fresh" forever. Gravity always seems to win. When it does, many opt for surgery to try to banish the wrinkles.

German researchers decided to evaluate the long-term results of endoscopic forehead lifts...by reviewing 143 cases done between 1994 and 2007. They used medical charts and pre and post-operative pictures measuring eyebrow to eye distances. Patients were also asked to fill out questionnaires detailing their experiences after the surgery.

Of the 98 patients who returned those questionnaires, most reported that their pain lasted for about four weeks after surgery...but that their long-term results were well worth it.

On average, in a relaxed position, brows stayed lifted at approximately 5-point-6 millimeters from the pupil...and there was good eyebrow symmetry. Both important points in a successful surgery.

The complete study was just published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV…with the news doctors are reading – health news that matters to you.

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