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  • Procedure Time:1.5 to 2 hours
  • Recovery Time:7 days
  • Average Cost:$5,000
Tip:You’ll recover faster if you sleep in an upright position for a night or two.

Browlift Overview

This rejuvenating process is simple and highly effective, smoothing out forehead creases and frown lines while lifting the forehead to create a brighter and more relaxed look.  

Smoothing and lifting the brow can also correct a heavy or drooping brow that is creating an angry, sad, or fatigued look and a slack upper eye area. 

A brow lift can be performed alone or with other rejuvenating procedures, such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), a facelift, or skin resurfacing techniques.  

This procedure is for you if…

  • You are unhappy with the lines and furrows that have developed on your forehead
  • Your forehead has begun to sag and pull down your upper eyes
  • You wish to achieve a smoother, more youthful look
  • You enjoy good overall health
  • You are realistic about what can be achieved with a brow lift 

You can expect these results:

A brow lift will smooth the upper part of your face and create a more alert and refreshed look. Lines and furrows will be diminished or disappear, and you may find that it has a rejuvenating effect on your upper eye area now that a heavy brow is no longer dragging it down.

The results of your brow lift can be considered permanent, although the natural aging process will still continue. 

What happens during a brow lift?

Depending on your surgeon’s recommendations and your own preferences, you will receive either intravenous sedation or a general anesthetic.

An endoscopic lift is a less invasive procedure in which the surgeon makes small incisions along the hairline and inserts an endoscope (a surgical video device). This device guides the repositioning or removal of tissue and muscle responsible for creating creases and furrows.

A coronal lift involves a larger incision made from ear to ear, allowing the surgeon greater access and ability to remove excess skin from the scalp. Because of the size of the incision, a coronal brow lift can require a longer recovery time.

In both cases, incision lines are hidden in the hair or within natural facial contours to minimize visibility.

The incision lines from a brow lift are well concealed within the hair or natural contours of the face unless they are placed at the hairline to shorten the forehead.

Results appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal smoother forehead skin and a more youthful, restful appearance. 

The recovery process

After your surgery, you’ll need someone to bring you home. For the first week of recovery, you’ll need to take it easy, and your surgeon may recommend that you try sleeping in an upright position if possible. In general, most patients find that recovering from a brow lift is relatively easy, and many are able to return to work after the first week. Others, who experience more extensive bruising, may need to take up to two weeks off. Patients need to avoid any kind of vigorous activity for at least three weeks after surgery. 

Understanding the risks

Brow lifts are considered to be one of the safer cosmetic procedures, and complications are rare. However, all surgeries carry some form of risk. Your surgeon will discuss the risks with you during the consultation process. Rare brow lift surgery complications can include infection, scarring, reduced eyebrow movement, or a loss of sensation around the incision site.  

Did you know?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of brow lifts rose by 172% between 1992 and 2009. In 2010, more than 26,000 brow lifts were performed in the US. 92.5% of brow lift patients are women: only 7.5% are men.



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