Brow Lift, or forehead lifting, is a facial plastic surgical procedure designed to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the forehead, eyes and upper one-third of the face. The position of the brows can impart undesirable and unintentional expressions including anger, sadness, or fatigue. Similar to upper eyelid surgery skillfully rejuvenating and framing the eyes by stabilizing the brow position is a matter of millimeters and meticulous technique is an absolute. The goal is to match your facial expressions with your emotions, leaving you with a natural position and shape to the brow.
Browlifts can be performed under sedation or a general anesthetic. There are several techniques and approaches used in brow lifting. Our Oklahoma City facial plastic surgeon—Dr. Scott Shadfar—believes that stabilizing the brow is more important than the actual “lifting” of the brow, and using small hidden incisions the brow muscles are treated to achieve the individualized effect for each patient. After the procedure patients will have a headwrap in place to minimize swelling, and patients go home the same day.
The morning after the surgery, Dr. Shadfar will see the patient in clinic and check all incisions, remove the head wrap and go over all wound care measures. Dependent on the approach taken, the patient may experience headache, tightness to the forehead, and numbness of the scalp. Swelling is expected, and the patient must continue with cool compresses and should keep the head elevated. If sutures are used on the outside they are removed on day 7 following the surgery. Restrictions in using hairdryers, curling irons, and hair dye are in place in the postoperative period as well. Patients usually have minimal downtime of 1-2 weeks before returning to work, and we ask those patients traveling from out of town to stay for routine checks during this time period.
Brow Lift Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who is a good candidate for a brow lift?
Good candidates for a brow lift generally include individuals who have one or more of the following aesthetic concerns:
- A heavy or drooping brow
- “Hooding” skin and wrinkles at the outer corners of the eyes
- Deep lines and creases along the forehead
- Furrows between the eyebrows
While non-surgical treatments like cosmetic injectables are often used to temporarily minimize many of these issues, women and men looking for a more effective long-term solution are generally considered better candidates for brow lift.
What are the benefits of a brow/forehead lift?
Along with achieving a more desireable brow position and resolving numerous cosmetic issues along forehead, a brow lift can help relieve muscle tension and lessen the “exhausted” and/or “angry” appearance often associated with a wilting brow. Additionally, brow lift surgery can usually further enhance the aesthetic and functional results of upper blepharoplasty for individuals who have a significant amount of sagging eyelid skin.
Where are brow lift incisions located?
The exact location of the incisions used for brow lift surgery will depend on the technique employed, as well as the specific needs of the patient. Most of the time, however, small incisions can generally be hidden in the harline and/or near the temples where hair can easily conceal any surgical markings.
How long do brow lift results last?
Brow lift results tend to last an average of 10–15 years, though this will vary based on factors such as genetics, lifestyle habits, sun exposure, skin care, and an individual’s natural aging process. It is important to note that when the effects of treatment do begin to diminish, patients will still appear younger than they would if they never received a brow lift in the first place.
Are there non-surgical alternatives to a brow lift?
There are no non-surgical treatments that can achieve the quality and longevity of rejuvenation a brow lift is able to accomplish. That said, for individuals who are not quite ready for surgery and/or do not mind returning for continual touch-up visits, minimally invasive options like BOTOX®, laser skin resurfacing, and chemical peels can often help diminish signs of aging in the forehead region (and other areas of the face).