A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a procedure that removes sagging skin and repositions the eyebrows, reducing hooding over the eyes, and creating a smoother, younger, but still animated brow. With age and sun exposure, eyebrows can drop, skin can droop, and deep horizontal wrinkles can develop across the forehead – contributing to a heavy brow and tired look. As brows drop, many people naturally use their forehead muscles to lift the eyebrows, creating even deeper brow wrinkles.


The surgery involves lifting the skin and the deep layers of the forehead using incisions along or within the hairline. The surgery may also involve lifting or repositioning the muscles to correct how they pull on the eyebrows and contribute to deep wrinkle lines. Brow-lift procedures have evolved from open techniques to more complex short incision and endoscopic techniques. A brow lift usually involves incisions in the hair-bearing scalp, but sometimes incisions are made in the forehead and/or the upper eyelids.


While most patients don’t have a significant amount of pain following a brow lift, you may require pain medications for the first few days following the surgery. Most patients are able to resume light work or school within 1-2 weeks. Heavy lifting should be avoided for the first 2-4 weeks following surgery, so parents of young children may want extra help during this time. Most bruising and swelling subsides within 3 weeks. It will take 6-12 months for any subtle residual swelling to resolve so you can see the final benefit of your surgery.