What is a Forehead Lift?

A forehead lift is also known as a brow lift, or browplasty. What the browlift can do is really incredible. It can seriously reverse the effects of gravity and tighten the soft tissues of the forehead. This enables a restoration of a very youthful contour to the forehead skin, and also the upper eyelids and eyebrows.

There are actually several types of brow-lift methods, depending on what is needed for the particular individual. These involve different length incisions, as well as incisions at different locations. The procedure can really change your appearance and make you look refreshed. This procedure has a very high level of satisfaction among patients however it is not for the faint of heart and is a major plastic surgery operation.

Who is a good candidate for a forehead lift

If you have sagging or low position eyebrows it can create a sad, angry and even grumpy expression which a forehead lift would help. If you have deep horizontal creases across your forehead or a deep vertical furrow line in the middle of your brows above your node, the procedure can also do wonders. An added benefit to the forehead lift is that it does help lift up the excess skin hanging over your eyes as a good additional side effect.

Pros and cons of the procedure

The benefits of a forehead lift is that it can reposition low or sagging brows that hang over the upper eyelids. The eyebrows are raised to a more alert, happier, and cheerful position.  Browlifts are often done in conjunction with other procedures such as facelift or eyelift, which of course makes the surgery even more intensive.  Even just a browlift alone if a major cosmetic surgery.

The downside of this procedure is that it is a major plastic surgery requiring anesthesia and recovery time. Depending on the type of brow lift, it can leave substantial scars. If the brow lift spans across the entire top of the head, the incision can leave scars and consequently hair loss where the scar lines are. It essentially pulls your hairline back, and a scar might be visible if you try to wear your hair in a ponytail for example.

If you have thinning hair or like to wear your hair pulled back, then the browlift procedure that the surgeon selects would be one that results in minimal scarring so that the scar does not go through your entire hairline since the scars going up above the ear can sometimes be visible when the hair is wet or pulled back.  In these cases the surgeon may do a temporal browlift which involves two smaller separate scars up at the temple rather than a complete scar going up over the head ear to ear. Surgeons call these minimal scar brow lifts a mini-forehead lift.


Less severe brow lifts do not involve cutting across the top of the head but rather two cuts near the right or left temple. This lift is more innocuous and the scars are less visible. Some surgeons call this a mini-forehead lift. The results can be amazing but for a very heavy forehead the full-blown forehead lift may be needed.

Because brow lifts are almost as intricate as a face-lift, you will require a board certified plastic surgeon and should certainly do your research and homework before undergoing any such procedures. If you are in good general health, do your homework and plan for this operation, you may be a good candidate for it. As long as you have a good attitude and your expectations are within reason, you should get a more elevated and smooth forehead, and a refreshed procedures.

Browlift complicatons

As with any cosmetic plastic surgery, there can be complications such as an uneven result, hair loss where the incisions are made, or infection. You also assume the risk of going under anesthesia. A week to ten days recovery time is often needed.  And it can take 2 to 3 weeks to be back to normal.  Older women should consider going to a plastic surgery recovery center for the first night after the surgery.

Cost of a forehead lift

The cost  of the procedure varies because a mini-browlift my cost 3000 minimum to just under 5000.  A complete browlift may cost 4000 to 6500 depending on what city the procedure is performed in.  Places like Beverly Hills or New York are going to have higher prices that somewhere in the Midwest for example.  The prices can really vary but this is a procedure you do not want to cut corners on.  Save money, do your homework, and find a surgeon that is board certified and highly reputable no matter what.

Depending on the type of forehead lift a surgeon does, you could have the sutures stapled together, or sewn together. Either way, a large headdress wrap is worn immediately after the surgery and it will take several days to recuperate. Being in good health and in good medical hands is therefore imperative.

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