Brow Lift (Forehead Lift)

What do I need to know about a brow lift?

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: April 07, 2011

Brow Lift (Forehead Lift)

Unfortunately, the symptoms of age are unstoppable. As you age your skin becomes less elastic and more lose, allowing for sagginess and wrinkles to develop. You can appear old and tired and miss the days of your youthful, firm skin.

A brow lift is a form of facial rejuvenation that corrects for unwanted facial aging by surgically raising the brow and removing excess skin from the forehead. Brow lift surgery reduces or eliminates creases that develop on the forehead leaving your skin smooth and vibrant. For those who feel like victims of stress, hard work, and visible aging, a brow lift can be the ticket to reviving your youthful luster and feeling great about the way they look.

Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) Surgery

During brow lift surgery, the doctor removes and tightens excess fat and muscle tissue that causes visible signs of aging. The surgery occurs on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and usually lasts no longer than 90 minutes. 

A Good Candidate for Brow Lift

Good candidates for brow lifts are healthy adults usually over the age of 40 who want to look and feel younger by reducing unwanted signs of aging. A relatively simple procedure, brow lift surgery can make people feel revitalized and more confident about their appearances.

Preparing For Your Brow Lift

During your initial consultation, your doctor will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for your brow lift. Certain medications will need to be avoided and smokers will have to refrain from cigarettes. 

Endoscopic Brow Lift

An endoscopic brow lift is a surgical procedure that uses an endoscope to reduce excess tissue through small incisions within the hairline. Rather than one large incision, surgeons use several smaller incisions to tighten and smoothen skin. 

Brow Lift Techniques

There are a number of different brow lift techniques available to patients depending on their existing facial tissue and their desired results. The size of the incision differs based on the technique as well as whether the incision can be located behind or in front of the hairline.

Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) Recovery

The time and ease with which you recovery from brow lift surgery depends on the extent of the surgery and your body’s ability to adapt to the modifications made. In general, recovering from brow lift surgery is easier than recovering from most other types of cosmetic surgery.

Forehead Numbness

Forehead numbness is a common side effect of brow lift surgery. Prolonged numbness depends on the type of procedure taking place and your body’s individual ability to recover.

Risks and Side Effects of Brow Lift Surgery

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks and side effects associated with brow lift surgery that should be discussed with your doctor prior to treatment. Forehead numbness is a common side effect of the procedure. Unwanted scarring, excess bleeding, and anesthesia risks are all possible consequences of a brow lift. 

Cost of Brow Lift Surgery

The aggregate cost of brow lift surgery in the United States is usually several thousand dollars, with the largest variable being the individual surgeon’s fee.

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