A forehead lift, also called a brow lift, works to correct the effects of gravity by tightening the tissues of the forehead. The incision for a brow lift goes across the top of your scalp beginning above your ears. It may be placed behind or at the hairline, depending upon your particular anatomy. Through the created incision, the muscle that causes wrinkling and frown lines is modified or even removed, having an effect similar to that of a permanent Botox injection in the frown muscle area, or removed. In addition, excess skin is removed, restoring the eyebrows to a natural, more youthful position.
When to Consider a Forehead Lift
- If the brow line is deflated or droops, resulting in a tired look to the face.
- If you notice sagging of your eyebrows and hooding of your upper eyelids.
- If you are looking to soften the deep creases across your forehead and reduce frown lines and vertical lines between your eyebrows.
Dr. Kay’s Approach
We definitely avoid being aggressive with this procedure to avoid the “surprised” or “deer in the headlights” look.
By lifting the brows to a more elevated and natural-looking position you will have a more relaxed and refreshed appearance.
The recovery from a brow lift is typically 10 days.
After surgery, you will have temporary swelling and bruising of your eyelids and cheek areas.
You may experience temporary numbness and itchiness of your scalp.
For less severe symptoms, non-surgical options such as Botox and/or dermal fillers can offer some correction with relatively little downtime as compared to surgery. Patients considering a brow lift frequently explore alternative procedures such as a face lift and/or an upper blepharoplasty. Ultimately, a highly experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is your best resource for determining which procedure is the best fit for your underlying structure, lifestyle, and individual goals.