A forehead lift, also called a brow lift, corrects the sagging or
low position of the eyebrows that can cause a tired or sad look. The
procedure softens horizontal creases across the forehead. It is often
performed to treat conditions associated with aging, and is also appropriate
for treatment of certain inherited traits.
The surgical technique recommended will depend on the position of
the eyebrows, the amount of excess upper eyelid skin, and the height
of the hairline. In many instances, an incision is made across the
top of the scalp, beginning above the ears and hidden within the hair.
Sometimes the incision may be placed at the front of the hairline
or, in some cases, toward the middle of the scalp. Through the forehead
lift incision, the plastic surgeon can modify or remove parts of the
muscles that cause wrinkling and frown lines, remove excess skin,
and lift the eyebrows. Another forehead lift technique uses an endoscope,
a long, thin tube with a light on the end, attached to a video camera.
The endoscope is inserted through several tiny incisions in the scalp
and allows the plastic surgeon to see and work on the various internal
structures of the forehead. The endoscopic technique requires minimal
incisions, but in some instances, alternate methods may be preferable,
or a combination of endoscopic and other techniques may be used.
Although the aging process continues, patient satisfaction
Incisions are designed to be inconspicuous when healed.
Usually performed on an outpatient basis.
Patient can typically resume most normal activities within
If there is significant skin overhang in the upper eyelids,
or puffy bags beneath the eyes, eyelid surgery may be recommended
in addition to a forehead lift.
Temporary puffiness and discoloration may involve the eyelid
and cheek areas.
Temporary numbness and possibly some itching of the scalp can
Recovery time varies greatly.
Every surgery carries some risk. Potential complications could
include reaction to anesthesia, hematoma (an accumulation of blood
under the skin that might require removal), and infection.
Patient should temporarily avoid exposure to direct sunlight
and, for the long term, be conscientious about use of a sun block.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)