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Brow Lift | Forehead Lift

A forehead lift or “browlift” is a surgical procedure designed to smooth the forehead and correct the sagging or low position of the eyebrows. It is effective in restoring a refreshed alert appearance and eliminating a “tired or angry look.” Forehead lifts are often combined with eyelid surgery and/or facelift surgery to enhance the overall appearance of the face symmetrically if needed. Often patients have inherited low set brows, or very high hairlines that can be ameliorated with the proper browlift technique.

You may be a good candidate for a forehead lift if:You have sagging or low position of the eyebrows, creating a tired, angry or sad appearance.

  • You have deep horizontal creases across the forehead.
  • You have frown lines, or furrows, between the eyebrows and sometimes across the top of the nose.

About the Procedure

Forehead lift procedures vary depending on the patient’s needs, an individual’s hairline and the laxity of skin. Limited incision lifts can be performed, hiding the incisions within the hair bearing scalp. More extensive lifts are performed through a limited “open” technique with multiple smaller incisions or a full “coronal browlift,” which involves an incision just behind the hairline or at the hairline, depending on the patient’s specific concerns. The forehead muscles that cause wrinkling are removed or softened, and the excess laxity removed. The brows are then elevated to give a natural smooth arch without a “surprised” look, and the tissues suspended and closed. Surgery usually takes from 1-2 hours and is an outpatient procedure, unless combined with other techniques.

Forehead and Brow Lift Recovery

Generally the recovery involves 3-4 days for limited procedures up to a 14 day period of rest to allow swelling or bruising to dissipate for more extensive lifts. The procedure can be outpatient, or inpatient if combined with other techniques at the same time. Bandages are fitted to reduce swelling and cold compresses applied. Oral medications are prescribed for any discomfort. Complications are rare, however bruising and numbness can be transient and patients are encouraged to follow post operative instructions carefully to minimize potential problems.