Did you know that the upper third of your face is responsible for communicating many of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions? If your brow is wrinkled, drooping, or furrowed, your face could be expressing the wrong thing. To help improve the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead and eliminate expression-based furrows, our board certified plastic surgeons may recommend a brow lift.

Who is a Candidate for Brow Lift?

You may be a good candidate for a brow lift if:

  • Your forehead or brow is drooping, creating a heavy appearance over your eyes
  • You have deep vertical furrows between the eyebrows (frown lines)
  • You are a healthy non-smoker

A forehead lift (brow lift) is intended to give a more youthful and rested appearance to the forehead and upper eyelids.

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About Brow Lift Surgery

Brow lift is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or monitored sedation. Several small incisions are usually made behind the hairline. For patients with high foreheads, the incisions can be placed in front of the hairline. The operation is done using an endoscope (a narrow, hollow instrument with a fiber optic light source and camera, through which the procedure is done with small, special instruments).

The forehead skin is lifted and repositioned. The muscles that cause frown lines are weakened. The patient goes home with head wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed on the first or second day after surgery. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Sutures or staples are removed within 10 days and most swelling and bruising are gone in 7 to 10 days.

Payment for Plastic Surgery

Brow lift is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. Our patient counselors can help you with your financial arrangements, including financing.


The specific risks and the suitability of the forehead lift procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.

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