Eyebrow Lift FAQ
What is a forehead/brow lift? How is it performed?
An eyebrow lift, also referred to as a "brow lift" or "forehead lift," is designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles of the forehead that often accompany aging.
Who is an eligible candidate for an eyebrow lift?
Ideal eyebrow lift patients are those who have good skin elasticity, don't smoke (or are willing to stop during the healing process), physically and psychologically healthy, and well informed about this procedure.
What does a typical forehead lift consultation entail?
The patient and plastic surgeon will discuss the reasons for wanting brow lift surgery. Then he/she will examine the patient's face, determine the best-suited surgical approach and talk about the procedure in detail.
What are the risks and side effects of an eyebrow lift?
Nerve damage leading to uncontrollable muscle functions, scarring, hair loss, loss of feeling in the forehead, and infection are all potential complications associated with eyebrow lift surgery.
Are the results permanent?
Forehead lift surgery results are permanent, but the aging process will continue. Some people will only have one brow lift during their lifetime, while others may seek a second surgery anywhere from seven to 15 years after the first procedure.
What form of anesthesia is the forehead lift performed with?
Depending on the surgeon and patient's preference, either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation may be used.
How long are the surgical and recovery times for the eyebrow lift? Where is the surgery performed?
Eyebrow lift surgery can be done in a hospital or office surgical suite and generally takes one to two hours to perform. The recovery period will prevent the patient from returning to work for seven to 10 days, strenuous activities for several weeks, and sun exposure for several months.
Where are the incisions made for the forehead lift?
With the classic brow lift, the surgeon will make incisions at the ear level and around the hairline. If the endoscopic eyebrow lift method is used, three to five short incisions will be made on the scalp.
Is there scarring, swelling or pain after an eyebrow lift? How long do these conditions last?
There is temporary discomfort and swelling after a forehead lift, which should subside. Scars usually aren't visible; however, they should fade with time if they are. If scarring is prominent, a secondary procedure made be performed to correct the problem.
What should I expect post-operatively? When will I be able to see results, and how soon after surgery can I return to work?
The classic forehead lift and endoscopic forehead lift produce different post-operative experiences. With the classic lift, the patient may experience more bruising and the staples may itch more. The patient may return to work after about seven to 10 days.