The browlift, also called a forehead lift, is designed to correct sagging brows and reduce the appearance of horizontal lines and wrinkles across the forehead. More commonly a more targeted lateral browlift is done to restore a beautiful arch in women or eliminate crowding of the upper eyelid, while limiting the amount of scarring.

Types of procedures

  • Lateral browlift: This is a more limited procedure that focuses on the lateral aspect of the forehead and brow. It can reverse the age-related descent of the eyebrow to restore a beautiful arch in women or eliminate crowding of the upper eyelid, while limiting the amount of scarring. It is often useful in combination with upper eyelid surgery.
  • Full forehead lift: Less commonly needed and performed, this approach is reserved to treat more pronounced findings. It is useful to treat eyebrows that hang over the eyelids and nasal root, and reduce deep horizontal wrinkle lines.
  • Upper blepharoplasty: This approach can also achieve some brow elevation. Our surgeons can selectively weaken the small muscles that lower the brow and are responsible for frowning. This approach avoids the scalp incisions associated with the other browlift procedures.

Procedure details

  • Brow and forehead lifts are performed under general anesthesia
  • Depending on your needs and goals, a limited incision may be made behind the hairline of the temple for a lateral browlift
  • Select cases of pronounced aging may require the use of a larger incision behind or at the hairline across the scalp to treat the entire forehead for a full browlift
  • The muscle and skin are repositioned and excess skin is removed, resulting in a more youthful appearance
  • Dressings are placed after surgery to promote healing and help prevent bruising and swelling
  • Medications can be prescribed to help control post-surgical pain and discomfort
  • Any resulting scarring should be inconspicuous, thanks to the precise placement of the incisions in the skin’s natural folds and behind the hairline

Risks & Benefits

Browlift surgery is generally well tolerated. Some swelling and bruising is to be expected and generally subsides within two weeks of surgery. Some numbness over the scalp behind the incisions is to be expected as well and may be lasting, especially with a full browlift. Most patients see pronounced improvement in brow position and forehead appearance after a short down time.