Brow Liftby Melissa Johnson MD, FACS
Brow Lift (Forehead surgery)
Brow lift, also known as forehead lift, is a surgical procedure that tightens or alters the forehead and eyebrow regions to smooth the forehead, raise the upper eyebrows, and improve frown lines. Advances in brow lift surgery make it possible to perform the procedure through a variety of approaches, including endoscopy. Brow lift surgery is individualized for each patient. The surgical incisions used may vary with the technique selected by you and Dr. Johnson to meet your needs.
Brow lift patients should review and follow our pre-operative and post-operative instructions.
Brow Lift FAQs
Am I a good candidate for a brow lift?
A brow lift elevates the eyebrows and decreases the wrinkles/creases of the forehead. If your eyebrows are sagging and/or you have forehead creases, you may benefit from a brow lift. During your consultation, we will provide you with our expert opinion on whether you are a good candidate. We will discuss the surgical process along with any possible risks and complications of the surgery.
How should I prepare for my consultation?
Researching brow lift on reputable internet sites such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons can be very informative to help provide an overview. However, the best information will be obtained by making an appointment and speaking with Dr. Johnson. At the time of your consultation it may also be helpful to review before and after photos of patients who have had the procedure. At the time of your consultation, we will provide you with all the needed information for you to be able to make a comfortable, confident decision about having surgery. It's a good idea to write down any questions or concerns you have so they can be fully addressed at your consultation. Know what your surgical expectations are so Dr. Johnson can discuss them with you. If you are a smoker, we recommend you quit to help reduce the risk of wound healing complications. We also recommend a healthy lifestyle to help your recovery proces
Will I be seen by the surgeon?
Yes. Dr. Johnson will meet with you and she will discuss all your surgical options. Dr. Johnson will provide you with the necessary information so that you feel confident and comfortable with your surgical decision.
Will I be charged for an initial consultation?
Yes. There is a $100 cosmetic consultation fee. If you choose to have surgery with Dr. Johnson, the $100 will go towards the surgical fee.
Are there different types of brow lift procedures?
Yes. There is an open technique and an endoscopic technique. The open technique involves making an incision in the hairline from ear to ear and pulling up on the forehead and removing the excess skin. The endoscopic technique involves small incisions in the hairline where an endoscope (camera) and small instruments are used to reposition the brows and to correct the creases of the forehead. Other procedures may be needed in conjunction to a brow lift to address other aspects of the face.
What is the surgical process?
The surgery is performed at a hospital. During surgery you will receive general anesthesia. The surgery will take between 1-3 hours depending on the extent of the procedure. Once you are awake you are taken to the recovery room for another 1-2 hours and then discharged home. Depending on the extent of the procedure performed, you might have drains placed.
Are there risks involved with a brow lift?
Yes, there are risks with any surgical procedure. Some of the possible risks with a brow lift are pain, infection, bruising, swelling, wound healing complications, hematoma/seroma, numbness of the incision or facial areas, asymmetry, unsatisfactory results or scars that may require a revision surgery, dry eyes, eyelid disorders, hair loss at the incisions, elevated hairline.
What is the recovery process?
The first few days you may have discomfort or a pressure feeling of the upper face. The extent of what is performed determines the amount of discomfort that you have. You are sent home on pain medications which will decrease your discomfort. You will have bruising and swelling of the forehead and it may descend down into the eyes and/or cheeks. We will recommend that you ice the area for the first 72 hours to help minimize swelling. We will see you about one week after surgery to evaluate your healing process. We request that you do no strenuous exercise for at least three weeks after surgery.
We recommend no driving for 2 weeks and no lifting greater than 10 lbs., reaching, pushing or pulling for 4 weeks following surgery.
Will my insurance cover a brow lift surgery?
No. A brow lift is not a medically necessary procedure and will not be covered by insurance carriers. Brow lift is considered a cosmetic procedure.
Can I finance my brow lift procedure?
Yes. We offer patient financing through CareCredit or ALPHAEON CREDIT. See our Financing FAQs for more information.
What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, cash, money orders, and certified bank checks, or you can finance through CareCredit.
Can I make payments online?
Yes. You can make credit card payments securely online.