A forehead lift is sometimes called a brow lift, and it is one of the best ways to get rid of that tired look and replace it with a more youthful and alert expression.
One of the goals with forehead lifts is the elimination of creases that are caused by years of expressions, including frown lines in the region of your brow. It can also raise sagging muscle and skin back into a position that is more pleasing to you.
What Is a Brow Lift?
The forehead lift is a cosmetic procedure used to correct worry lines, drooping eyebrows, and other effects of aging and exposure to the environment. It will give you an appearance that is more youthful by tightening and smoothing forehead skin. It also addresses issues for people who have eyebrows that are naturally low.
You may wish to have eyelid surgery or some of the other types of facial procedures done at the same time as a forehead lift, so that those features will also appear youthful.
The Brow Lift Procedure
Brow lifts are performed with a traditional method of plastic surgery, or via the endoscopic method, which is less invasive. The muscle and skin above the eyes are smoothed, and your brow will be repositioned so that it appears more youthful and relaxed. If you are undergoing a forehead lift, you may be given general anesthesia or IV sedation. The procedure generally lasts an hour or two.
When using an endoscope, Dr. Hobgood receives video feedback from the instrument. Three to five small incisions are usually made at the temples and in the scalp. The endoscope will be placed through one incision, and the rest will be used for the actual work. This will allow him to use smaller incisions within the hairline, while still offering visibility and access for the repositioning of the brow.
In traditional brow lifts, one incision is made that stretches across the scalp, behind your hairline. This method does allow more access to the brow area, but it may lead to a longer recovery time.
Forehead Lift Recovery
After your procedure, a tube for drainage is sometimes used to withdraw any excess fluid. This is usually removed after a day or two. Swelling and bruising are nearly always a part of this procedure, but they will usually recede within 10 days. Cold compresses are helpful in controlling swelling.
Once the swelling subsides, your youthful, smoother results will become apparent. If sutures were used, they will be removed between 7 and 10 days after the procedure.
Forehead lifts are usually performed on an outpatient basis, so forehead lift recovery is minimized. You will generally return home the same day as the procedure. It’s a good idea to stay at home, elevating your head, for two or three days.
Itching and pain are normal, whether you have a conventional or endoscopic procedure. Dr. Hobgood will give you instructions on the best way to shorten the time needed for your brow lift recovery.
Dr. Todd Hobgood
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Hobgood has dedicated his career to treating and improving the head and neck. His focused expertise ensures that your results reflect your own unique desires and the complex anatomy of your face.Meet Dr. Hobgood
Brow Lift Risks and Complications
There are rarely serious complications after forehead lifts, but these brow lift risks can involve damage to the nerves of your face. This may lead to paralysis or loss of sensitivity in the facial muscles.
Bleeding, swelling and bruising are more common forehead lift risks, and infection may sometimes occur. In the majority of cases, negative effects are only temporary and will disappear within several months.
Can a brow lift be combined with other procedures?
A forehead lift may be combined with a blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, for greater rejuvenation of the upper face, or a facelift and belpharoplasty for complete facial rejuvenation.
Does a brow lift leave scars?
Yes, although these scars are typically well hidden in the hairline.
How soon can I return to work after my forehead lift surgery?
Most patients return to work within 1-2 weeks after the brow lift procedure.
How much does a brow lift procedure cost?
The cost of a forehead lift includes the facility fee, anesthesia fee, and the surgeon’s fee. It also depends on the surgical technique and level of correction. An average procedure costs between $4,000 and $7,000. Contact Dr. Hobgood for a more precise estimate.