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Brow Lift

(Forehead Lift)
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St. Luke’s brow lift surgeons are among the Lehigh Valley’s most skilled and experienced. Our providers are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, having completed extensive training that leads to a rigorous certification process. And due to our large network of over 12 hospital sites, we have access to the latest technology. These resources allow us to perform minimally invasive procedures with results you can be proud of.

What is a brow lift?

A brow lift—also known as a forehead lift—repositions your eyebrows to give you a more youthful appearance. It also reduces wrinkles, improves frown lines, and rejuvenates your eyes. During a brow lift, your surgeon will create a small incision near your brow to lift soft tissue and skin. 

A forehead lift reduces signs of aging and corrects forehead features that negatively impact your self-confidence. The surgery can be done alone or with other facial procedures like eyelid surgery.

If you want to learn more about a brow lift—or schedule a consultation with a surgeon in the Lehigh Valley who does eyebrow lifts—contact St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

Overview

Brow lift candidates include adults with the following characteristics:

  • Creases on the forehead
  • Uneven skin around the eyes
  • Asymmetrical eyebrows
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Sagging eyebrows

A brow lift can soften the frown lines that give your face a serious, angry, or tired expression—so you’ll look younger, happier, and more awake. 

Schedule a consultation with a St. Luke’s eyebrow lift surgeon in the Lehigh Valley to determine if a brow lift is right for you.

Getting a brow lift can positively impact your wellbeing and self-confidence. The following list includes some of the most commonly reported benefits:

  • Looking happier and more awake
  • More natural eyebrow arches
  • Firmer eyelids
  • Softened crow’s feet
  • Reduced excess skin
  • Symmetrical eyebrows
  • Minimized tension in forehead muscles

A brow lift can dramatically improve your body image and give you a more youthful appearance—in as little as a single treatment. To visualize yourself with a brow lift, simply place your palms against the outer part of your eye (near your temples) and gently push the skin up. 

As with all surgeries, a brow lift has risks. Some of them include the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Facial nerve weakness or paralysis
  • Infection
  • Loss of hair at or around the incision site
  • Pain
  • Possible need for follow-up surgery
  • Scarring
  • Skin loss

Your surgeon will review a complete list of risks before getting your consent.

Before the procedure

In the time leading up to your brow lift at St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, you can take steps to make your procedure as safe as possible. These include discussing the following topics at your surgical consultation:

  • Goals and expectations
  • Surgical options
  • Results
  • Recovery

As part of your consultation, your surgeon will also do a complete evaluation—which may include the following items:

  • Ordering lab work
  • Taking “before” photos for comparison
  • Assessing medical conditions, allergies, and medical limitations
  • Reviewing medications, supplements, alcohol, tobacco, or drug use 

A week before the procedure, you can prepare at home in the following ways:

  • Filling outstanding prescriptions
  • Purchasing any medical supplies as needed
  • Coordinating transportation and meals as needed
  • Staying hydrated

You should arrive early on the day of your procedure to avoid travel delays.

During the procedure

Your surgeon will work with you to determine the best type of brow lift for your desired results. A brow lift surgery lasts one to two hours and requires either local anesthesia or sedation. Your brow lift surgeon will create a small incision in your forehead to reposition the tissue, resulting in a lifted appearance.

Classic forehead lift

In a classic forehead lift, your surgeon will make an incision across your forehead at ear level or right along your hairline. Then they’ll adjust your skin, removing any excess fat or tissue causing wrinkles. Your surgeon may also realign your forehead muscles or eyebrows if needed.

Endoscopic forehead lift

In an endoscopic forehead lift, your surgeon will make an incision (smaller than the one used for a classic forehead lift) in an area hidden along your hairline. Then they’ll use special tools to move your brows into a more lifted position. This procedure is minimally invasive and has a relatively short recovery time.

Temporal forehead lift

In a temporal forehead lift, your surgeon will make a small incision hidden in your hair and use telescopes to lift your face. This procedure is for people who are happy with their inner brows but want to smooth and correct their forehead overall. However, this procedure doesn’t lift your central forehead and brow.

After the procedure

Once the swelling goes down, your face should have a more youthful appearance. While this should happen in the first week or two after surgery, it may take up to six months for all swelling to completely resolve. This means your results will become increasingly apparent over time. 

Remember that brow lift results won’t last forever. Additionally, your facial skin might begin to droop again as you age.

Your St. Luke’s plastic surgeon will customize your procedure based on your desired treatment results. The typical recovery milestones include the following: 

  • Day of surgery: You may walk around the house–but you should avoid showering.
  • One to two days after surgery: You may shower, but you’ll need to be gentle around your incisions.
  • One week after surgery: You may return to a less strenuous job–but be prepared for fatigue.
  • One to two weeks after surgery: You may resume driving if you are not taking prescription pain medication.
  • Two to four weeks after surgery: You may resume exercise if your surgeon approves.

Throughout the recovery process, you may experience several temporary symptoms:

  • Numbness
  • Itching
  • Pain (minor)
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

Swelling and bruising are most common in the two weeks after your procedure. Note that the sutures used are typically dissolvable, so you won’t need to have them removed. If removal is necessary, this will happen within the first two weeks.