Forehead Lift (Brow Lift)

What is a Forehead Lift (Brow Lift)?

Also known as a browlift, a forehead lift is a surgical procedure that restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired.

The Procedure

In a forehead lift or browlift, the muscles and tissues which cause the furrowing or drooping are removed or altered to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines.

Best candidates for a Forehead lift:

People who have drooping brows and strong horizontal lines and furrows on their face.  Generally performed in the 40 - 60 age group but sometimes performed on younger individuals with inherited traits such as deep furrows and lines or those individuals who have premature aging due to stress. 

Sometimes this is performed in conjunction with a face lift or blephoroplasty (eyelid surgery).

Risks

All surgery carries risk, and you should be fully aware of the medical risks associated with this procedure before you consent to surgery. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you during your consultation, and you are encouraged to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.

You will be required to sign a consent form before surgery stating that you have been informed of the risks involved; that you understand those risks; and that you accept those risks. This is standard hospital protocol and surgery will not be performed if you do not sign.

It is your obligation to inform your surgeon of key medical information that may influence the outcome of your surgery or may increase the level of risk. These include medications you are taking, history of disease, medical complications, etc.

Risks and risk rates vary from patient to patient depending on a range of factors. No two people are alike. The risks listed below are possible risks associated with this type of surgery and are mentioned regardless of how remote the possibility:

Shifting or imprecise positioning of implant, or infection around it, requiring a second operation or removal.

Excess tightening and hardening of scar tissue around an artificial implant ("capsular contracture"), causing unnatural shape.

Surgery

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.
Anesthesia: Local with sedation or general.

Post surgical side effects

Temporary swelling, numbness, headaches, bruising. Traditional method: Possible itching and hair loss.

Facial Implant Recovery time

Back to work: 7 to 10 days, usually sooner for endoscopic forehead lift.
More strenuous activity: several weeks.
Full recovery from bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Limit sun exposure for several months.

Duration of Results

Usually 5 to 10 years.