FAQ About The Brow Lift Procedure

What is a brow lift and is it the right cosmetic procedure for you? Also known as a forehead lift or forehead rejuvenation, this popular procedure can freshen your face almost instantly. If you're not sure whether to choose this procedure or select another cosmetic option, take a look at the top brow lift questions answered.

What Can This Procedure Do?

A brow or forehead lift procedure can reduce the appearance of horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, eyebrow area, and bridge of the nose. It can also raise eyebrows and create a more youthful look. Even though an eyebrow lift won't directly lift the eyelids, it can affect this area. Excess or loose brow skin can hang down and cover or hood the lids. A lift can reduce or eliminate this issue.

What Can't This Procedure Do?

Again, a forehead lift can raise eyebrow skin that covers the top part of the lid area. But it won't remove or lift sagging eyelid skin. If your lids are also an issue, you may need an eyelid surgery. Not only won't an eyebrow lift eliminate sagging eyelid skin, but it also won't change the shape of your eyes.

Is This Procedure Popular?

In 2020 surgeons performed 88,675 forehead lifts in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This number is lower than the total number of rhinoplasty procedures (352,555 in 2020) and eyelid surgeries (325,112 in 2020). But it is much higher than the 1,179 buttock implant surgeries and 14,447 upper arm lifts done in 2020. 

Does This Procedure Require Anesthesia?

Unlike non-invasive cosmetic procedures, such as filler injections, an eyebrow lift will require anesthesia. Sedation will help you to relax and sleep through the procedure. This means you won't feel pain during the lift. 

Anesthesia will make you sleepy during and after the procedure. Even though you won't need to stay in the hospital or surgery center overnight, you won't have the ability to drive yourself home. Bring a responsible adult to drive you home from the surgery. This person can also help to take care of you at home in the first few hours or days of the recovery process.

How Long Does Recovery Take?

It may take a week or two for the surgical wounds to heal. You may have sutures (stitches) that the surgeon will need to remove. Some patients experience swelling or bruising in the area. This should gradually go away as you heal. To reduce your overall recovery time and maximize the results of the procedure, follow the doctor's post-op instructions.