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Brow Lifts Frequently Asked Questions


                           Brow Lift - Forehead Lift - Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is a brow lift?

A brow lift or a forehead lift is a procedure to reduce the furrowing of the brow. As we age, sometimes skin and soft tissue will lose elasticity and sun exposure can cause the lateral brow to descent to a level below the orbital rim. This produces a tired or an angry looking appearance.  A brow lift can soften an angry or tired look as well as reduce the wrinkles of the forehead and reduce the furrows between the brow.




  • What else is Brow Lift referred to as?

"Brow lift" is also known as a "forehead lift," or as a natural complement to it.




  • What are the different types of brow lifts available?

The most common techniques used for brow lifts are:




  • Who is a candidate for a brow lift?

Men and women who are medically fit and healthy - but are bothered by a flattened brow or a brow that contributes to unwanted sagging above the eye may be good candidates for a brow lift.  Most brow lifts are done on patients from 40 years on up, however; there have been many who have had this procedure done younger.



  • Where is brow lift surgery performed?

Brow lift surgery can be done at an accredited surgery suite, out-patient surgery center, or a hospital.




  • What are the risks of a brow lift?

A brow lift is major surgery, and carries some of the standard risks that come with having a cosmetic surgery procedure. Please read our risks and complication with brow lifts




  • What type of anesthesia will be used?

Anesthesia will depend on the brow lift technique that is used.  For a brow lift, anesthesia of choice is usually local with sedation or twilight. Some surgeons may choose to use general anesthesia.




  • What is the surgery time for a Brow Lift?

Anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the amount of work that has to be performed.  Sometimes endoscopic brow lifts take more time than a traditional coronal or subcutaneous brow lift.




  • Can a brow lift be combined with other surgery?

Brow lift surgery can be combined with:



  • Is there much discomfort for Brow Lift?

Brow lift pain and discomfort will be experienced at minimal to moderate levels for a day or two following surgery, and can be easily controlled with standard pain medication.




  • What is the recovery time for Brow Lift?

Recovery timeline:

  • Protective bandages are worn home after brow lift surgery, and usually for several days following.

  • First post operative visit is anywhere from 24 hours to 3 days after surgery.

  • Second post operative visit takes place 5 to 10 days following surgery.  Sutures are normally removed at this time.

  • Third post operative visit takes place two weeks after the last visit.

  • No strenuous activity or exercise should be performed for at least a month after surgery.

Read our section on Brow Lift Recovery




  • What are the side effects of Brow Lift Surgery?

Brow lift side effects can include temporary swelling, numbness (that may turn into itchiness), bruising, and temporary loss of sensation, alopecia (hair loss), asymmetry.

Read our section on Brow Lift Risks




  • How long does a Brow Lift last?

Brow lifts can last anywhere from five to ten years. The coronal brow lift technique lasts the longest.







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