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Brow Lift (Forehead Lift)

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, creates a more youthful look by smoothing forehead creases and reducing frown lines that occur high on the bridge of the nose by tightening the forehead skin and muscles. A low or sagging brow can be reduced and eyebrows positioned higher for a fresher, younger appearance.

Who Is a Good Candidate?
A good candidate for this cosmetic surgery is physically healthy and has realistic expectations.

What to Expect
A brow lift is often performed using an endoscope and special instruments placed through small incisions made in the hairline. This allows the muscle and tissue under the skin to be altered, removed or repositioned to minimize visible creases and furrows in the forehead.

Correction of a low or sagging brow can also be done with or without an endoscope through incisions at the temples and in the scalp.

An alternative to these techniques is the coronal brow lift, which involves an incision from ear to ear over the top of the head, lifting the forehead and removing excess skin from the scalp. The coronal brow lift can pinpoint specific regions of the brow to correct. Because of the larger incision, recovery often takes longer than from an endoscopic procedure.

Brow elevation is maintained by permanent sutures, small surgical screws or an absorbable fixation device placed inconspicuously at the temple.

Your forehead may be taped and your head may be loosely wrapped to minimize swelling and bruising. A small, thin tube (drain) may be temporarily placed under the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin.

Recovery Information
It is important that the plastic surgery incisions are not subject to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during healing. Your physician will give you specific instructions on how best to care for the surgical site.

For more information about this cosmetic procedure, visit The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Find a Doctor
To locate a board-certified cosmetic surgeon affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth, search the online physician database or call 678-312-5000.