Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Will a brow lift smooth my forehead wrinkles?
- What type of brow lift will be most effective for my forehead?
Pre-procedure prep for brow lift: In preparation for your surgery, you'll have to give up smoking, alcohol, and anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin and ibuprofen for about one week. Your surgeon can give you a more specific time frame.
On the day of treatment: Brow lifts that are performed under general anesthesia require that a patient avoids food and drink after midnight before surgery.
What To Expect
Brow lifts can be performed in a surgeon's office, outpatient surgery center, or hospital. More often than not, it's done on an outpatient basis.
The most common method for surgery is the endoscopic brow lift. Three to five small incisions are made in your forehead - just large enough to snake a small elevator and camera under your skin to illuminate the tissues and project them onto a monitor.
If your forehead wrinkles are deeply creased, then a coronal brow lift may be better for you. During this type of lift, your surgeon makes a long, continuous incision behind your hairline from ear to ear-something like a headband or old-school headphones circa 1980. About one to two centimeters of your scalp is actually removed during a coronal brow lift before your scalp is stitched back up.
The least common method is the subcutaneous forehead lift. Why so unpopular? The subcutaneous lift leaves a detectable scar at the edge of your hairline, where the incision is created.
Who should do it: Don't settle for anything but a skilled surgeon. If you're interested in a brow lift, find a board certified facial plastic surgeon who can answer your questions.
Duration: Brow lift surgery takes one to three hours.
How Painful Is It?
The surgery is performed with anesthesia, so you won't feel any pain during the procedure. However, you may still feel slight discomfort, as if your skin is stretching. (That's because it is.)
Options for anesthesia: A local anesthetic and a sedative are usually used to block pain during surgery.