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A forehead lift (or “brow lift”) is a procedure that improves the heavy and drooping appearance that can occur in the brows, forehead and upper eyelids.

The passage of time affects the facial appearance and some sagging, droop or heaviness typically occurs in the brow region and upper eyelids. In addition, individuals who have a relatively low brow position naturally, even at a young age, may be unhappy with an appearance that says they are tired, angry or sad. In these cases, a forehead or brow lift can produce a positive and pleasant change.

Choosing this surgery

A brow lift procedure involves lifting the forehead and brow to a more optimal position. The lifting also tends to “open-up” the area around the eyes to reveal a more youthful and attractive appearance.

Sometimes patients will request a consult for upper eyelid blepharoplasty (upper lid lift) and actually will benefit more from a forehead lift. Other times, a blepharoplasty or even a full face lift is considered along with a forehead lift. A consultation with one of our board certified and highly experienced plastic surgeons can help you determine what is needed to achieve your goals.

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About the surgery

The latest and most common endoscopic brow lift procedure involves making three to five small incisions behind the hairline. A camera device within the endoscope is used to visualize the surgery location. The brow is lifted to an optimal position and secured internally. Sometimes the open brow lift is more appropriate, especially in patients with very heavy brows. In this procedure, a longer incision is utilized, which extends across the top of the scalp or along the front hairline. Excess scalp or forehead skin can then be removed, lifting the brow.

Brow lift surgeries are typically performed under a light general anesthesia, or occasionally under local anesthesia with sedation. No overnight stay is required and the procedure is conducted in our fully accredited and certified surgery center where your safety, comfort and privacy are our top priorities.

Complications are very rare with these procedures; however, there are risks with all surgeries. Loss of some sensation along or just behind the incisions is common initially, but usually temporary. It may be permanent in some patients. Weakness of the muscles that lift the brow is a rare complication; this will also resolve gradually in most patients. Scars are inevitable, but special surgery techniques mean they are usually well hidden and become imperceptible. Loss of hair growth along the scar can occasionally occur.

Most patients experience head pain for 12 to 24 hours after the procedure. Some bruising and swelling, usually around the eyes, is also typical and generally resolves in one or two weeks. Occasionally, more prolonged swelling and bruising can occur. Most patients can be back to work within seven to 10 days.

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