Brow Lift- Ophthalmology, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

Synonyms: Forehead lift/ Forehead rejuvenation

You may consider brow lift surgery if you have a sagging brow or asymmetric eyebrows. This cosmetic surgery involves lifting the soft tissue and skin of the forehead and brow. It improves your appearance.

What happens during brow lift surgery?

Before starting the surgery, a surgeon gives medications to numb the area to be cut. Alternatively, they may make you unconscious during the procedure.

Then, the surgeon may choose one of the two techniques:

1. Traditional or classic lift

In this procedure, the surgeon cuts the skin around your hairline. Then, they remove fat and excess skin from the top of your forehead. Now, they stitch the brow into a new position so that it is lifted.

2. Endoscopic lift

In this procedure, the surgeon makes many small cuts in the scalp. They insert a long tube with a camera into one of the cuts and examine tissues beneath the skin. Then, they insert another instrument through another cut to lift the tissues and hold them in place.

Both these techniques take approximately two hours. Nonetheless, the endoscopic technique is less likely to cause severe pain compared to the endoscopic technique. Moreover, the former technique usually allows for rapid recovery.

Risks and complications of brow lift

Scarring and numbness on the forehead are the two major risks of a brow lift. Other risks may include changes in the shape or position of the brow and loss of hair at the site of operation.

In rare cases, a brow lift can cause:

  • Potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. Call your doctor immediately if you have breathing problems or severe chest pain after the surgery.
  • Abnormal bleeding or infection
  • Death of tissues at the site of operation
  • Severe scarring
  • Long-lasting facial pain
  • Surgery-induced damages in the nerves around the forehead
  • Additional surgery to correct asymmetric eyebrows



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Shailesh Sharma is a registered pharmacist and medical content writer from Nepal. He enjoys digging into latest findings of research and strongly believes in evidence-based health information. He graduated from Pokhara University School of Health and Allied Sciences and was engaged in clinical pharmacy and academia in various regions of Nepal for almost 9 years. Shailesh also serves as Project Manager of Graduate Pharmacists’ Association, Nepal (GPAN).