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Eyebrow Lift (Browlift)

An eyebrow lift can be performed as an out-patient procedure under local anesthesia with deep sedation, or general anesthesia, and may take 1 to 2 hours. With the classical or "open" method the incision is hidden just inside or by the hairline across the scalp and between the ears. Your surgeon lessens the appearance of wrinkles by removing selected muscles and releasing tissues, which cause the wrinkles. The eyebrows may also be elevated, and excess skin at the incision will be removed to allow a gentle redraping of your forehead skin.

A forehead lift or browlift is a procedure that restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired.

Eyebrow Lift plastic surgery consideration should center around correcting three problems.

  • Lateral fullness of the upper eyelid and lower brow; common complaint from patients: looking tired. It’s caused by gravitational descent of the forehead and brow skin over the orbital bony rim.
  • Frown lines are caused by contraction of the corrugator muscles between the eyebrows over the bridge or root of the nose.
  • Transverse forehead wrinkles are caused by muscle activity in raising or lowering the eyebrows themselves.

A forehead lift is most commonly performed in the 40-60 age range to minimize the visible effects of aging. However, it can also help people of any age who have developed furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscle activity. Individuals with inherited conditions, such as a low, heavy brow or furrowed lines above the nose can achieve a more alert and refreshed look with this procedure.

Eyebrow Surgery Complications:


The primary complication of brow lifting includes numbness. Numbness in an open approach can be guaranteed behind the incision for approximately 12 months and in rare instances, last as long as two years. There is some temporary numbness of the forehead itself, which can last several weeks to several months.


When the feeling comes back in the forehead (in most instances), itching is a healthy sign and indicative that feeling and blood supply returning to normal. In rare instances when the itching is excessively irritating, patients may require Benadryl or similar medication to help relieve the itching (that’s very difficult to scratch away).

Hair loss:

Hair loss along the incision is temporary and is usually not severe. Some patients describe hair loss diffusely in front of the incision.

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