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This is done with small incisions within the hair and fixed in place by an absorbable device. Rarely is there any hair loss with this approach to temporal(lateral) browlift. The more extensive brow or forehead lift utilizes an incision extending over the top of the head within the hair but allows more direct treatment for forehead and glabella (inbetween eyebrows) grooves or wrinkles by partially resecting the muscles in these areas that produce the wrinkles. Many patients opt for the first procedure and address the central forehead lines with neuromodulators such as Botox.

The Benefits of a Brow Lift

Improves Forehead Wrinkles

Horizontal creases across the forehead are eliminated to reveal smooth, youthful skin above the eyebrows. The more extensive(coronal) procedure addresses this concern. Botox and other neurotoxins improve these creases if the lateral lift(less extensive) is done.

Corrects Frown Lines

Vertical furrows between the brows, known as “frown lines,” are improved to help express a more cheerful facial appearance. This is addressed with the coronal procedure or the use of neurotoxins. The temporal(more limited browlift) does not improve lines between the brows.

Rejuvenates Your Eyes

Drooping brows that hang over the eyes can make you appear tired or angry. With a brow lift, you can project a more alert and friendly appearance. Elevating the lateral brow can smooth out eyelid skin within the crowsfoot area and if a concomitant upper eyelid blepharoplasty(lift) is done will shorten the length of the eyelid scar.

Improves Line of Sight

Excess skin and fatty tissue from the eyebrows can be lifted to correct impaired vision from this overhang hooding the eyelids.

How do I know when I’m ready for a brow lift?

If you would like to experience the benefits of a brow lift, now might be the right time if you:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Do not smoke
  • Have a positive outlook
  • Have realistic goals

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Types of Brow Lifts

Limited lateral browlift

  • Utilizes several tiny incisions, resulting in minimal scarring hidden within the hairline
  • Utilizes an absorbable device under the scalp to maintain eyebrow position during its reattachment to bone at a higher level
  • Does not completely eliminate excess skin but redistributes it in the posterior scalp
  • Allows for a faster recovery time


  • Utilizes an incision hidden along or within the hairline above the forehead
  • The skin is lifted to give the surgeon access to adjust the underlying tissues and muscles, if necessary
  • Excess skin is removed, and the new brow position is secured as the incision is sutured together
  • Numbness behind the incision may persist for nine to twelve months

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Brow Lift FAQ

Q. How do I determine which brow lift technique is right for me?

A. During your consultation, you will meet with your surgeon for an evaluation and to discuss your goals. The amount of correction you require and a variety of other factors will be taken into consideration to help determine the right technique for your individual needs.

Q. What procedures are commonly combined with brow lift surgery?

A. Facelift surgery, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and injectable fillers are often combined with brow lift surgery to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.

Q. How do I know if I need an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) combined with my brow lift to rejuvenate my eyes?

A. Sagging brows as well as excess tissue in the eyelids can contribute to vision impairment and drooping in the upper eyelids. To determine if a brow lift alone will correct this condition, place your fingers just above your eyebrows and lift them into a more favorable position. If most of the skin in the upper eyelid is improved, a brow lift is most likely right for you. If excess tissue in the eyelid remains, eyelid surgery may also be needed to rejuvenate the eyes. Lower eyelid surgery can also be performed to remove excess skin and bags below the eyes.

Q. What is the time frame for recovery after a brow lift?

A. You will be advised to sleep with your back and head elevated for the first five to seven days after the procedure, and mild activities such as walking can be performed during this time. Most patients can return to work one week after surgery, but strenuous activities and heavy lifting must be avoided for at least a few weeks. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions to follow after your procedure to ensure the safest and most effective recovery.