A brow lift, or forehead lift, reduces forehead creases, drooping eyebrows, hooding over the eyes, furrows, and frown lines to restore a more alert, youthful appearance.
Brow lift surgery minimizes signs of aging by removing excess tissue, altering muscles, and tightening the skin on the forehead. The surgery can be done with an incision across the top of the head, just behind the hairline (a more traditional technique), or by using an endoscope, which requires 3 to 5 short incisions. Brow lift surgery is usually performed as outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, or under local anesthesia with sedation, and lasts about 1 to 2 hours. The procedure is most often done on people over 40.
As with any other surgery, forehead lift surgery can entail certain risks, including infection, scarring, or injury to the facial nerves that may cause loss of motion, muscle weakness, or an asymmetrical look. Our board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss all risks and benefits of the procedure during your consultation, to help your make the best and safest decisions for your needs and goals.
The results of a brow lift generally last between 5 and 10 years. Patients can return to work within 7 to 10 days after surgery, or even sooner in the case of an endoscopic forehead lift, though full recovery from bruising will take 2 to 3 weeks. Patients should also avoid strenuous activity during this time, and limit sun exposure for several months. Temporary side effects can include swelling, numbness, headaches, bruising, and possible itching and hair loss (for procedures using the traditional method). If you’re looking to restore a more rejuvenated appearance, we can help! Contact Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery for more information or to set up your consultation.