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What is a brow lift?

A brow lift restores the face to its natural, more refreshed appearance, allowing you to look vibrant and rejuvenated. An adjunctive procedure that can be done along with eyelid surgery, face-lift surgery, or both, a brow lift will raise the position of the brow.

A brow lift is right for you if you:

  • Have horizontal wrinkles across your forehead and on the bridge of the nose
  • Have sagging brows that hood the upper eyelids

What to expect

During a thorough consultation, your physician will perform a physical exam, take a full medical history, ask you about medications you may be taking and any conditions you currently have, take photographs, and discuss your expectations for the surgery. In addition, you may ask your physician any questions and discuss concerns you may have about brow lift surgery at this time. Together, you will develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to your individual needs and desires.

There are several methods we use to perform a brow lift, including:

  • Endoscopic brow lift – A thin tube and camera are placed through small incisions within the hairline. The tissue and muscle are repositioned, ridding the brow of creases and lifting it higher.
  • Coronal incision brow lift – The incision is made from ear to ear along the hairline. The forehead is then lifted and muscle adjustment is made. The scar from the coronal incision is well hidden in the hairline.
  • Anterior hairline brow lift – This procedure is recommended for people with very high foreheads. The brow is lifted without changing the height of the hairline.


Complications from brow lift surgery are minimal and include those associated with any surgery, such as infection, excessive bleeding and anesthesia risks. In addition, risks for brow lift surgery include:

  • Loss of hair around the incisions
  • Elevated hairline
  • Eye irritation or dryness
  • Asymmetry
  • Facial nerve injury
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Scarring


After your surgery, you forehead may be loosely wrapped to minimize swelling and bruising. Your forehead might feel tight and numb for a day or two after brow lift surgery. Pain medication is available for any discomfort you may feel. There are no drains involved in brow lift surgery.

You should be able to resume light activity in a few days. However, you should plan to take it easy for a least a week following your surgery. As soon as your bandages are removed, usually within a day or two, you should be able to shower and shampoo your hair.  Most patients return to work within seven to 10 days.

Vigorous activities that increase your heart rate should be limited for several weeks. Prolonged exposure to heat or the sun should be limited for several months.

Most visible signs of the surgery should fade within two to three weeks.

Frequently asked questions

How long do the results of this surgery last?

Recent advances in plastic surgery have made the brow lift a relatively straightforward procedure with results that may last from five to 10 years or longer.

Can I wear makeup after surgery?

Yes. After a few days, bruising can be covered with special camouflage makeup.

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