The forehead muscle (frontalis) is the only elevator of the eyebrows, so it’s common for it to become overused, thickened, or stretched as we age. With the addition of gravity, genetics, sun exposure, and harsh environments, dynamic furrows eventually form permanent creases, which can cause us to have an aged, stressed, or tired appearance. With a forehead lift, patients can enjoy a lasting solution to eyebrow or forehead heaviness without the need for repeated muscle relaxer injections (BOTOX® Cosmetic) or dermal fillers.
What Are the Benefits of a Forehead Lift?
Natural Facial Expressions
Forehead, or brow, lift surgery targets moderate to severe laxity in the upper face by tightening facial muscles, repositioning fat, and trimming lax skin. Brow lift surgery produces natural-looking and revitalizing results that restore your ability to express your full gamut of emotions. No longer will you have to look annoyed or tired when you are actually expressing some other emotion.
Restored Facial Balance
If your tissue laxity is limited to one area of the face, such as the brows or forehead, your facial features will appear unbalanced. Brow lift surgery is ideal for patients whose signs of aging are limited to the upper face or those who have undergone a cosmetic procedure on their lower face, such as a facelift. By addressing the upper-third of the face with a brow lift, patients can maintain harmonious facial contours.
Reduced Signs of Aging
Forehead lift surgery can significantly reduce signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Many patients are familiar with what is known as the “11” frown lines that form in between the brows and the deep lines that form horizontally across the forehead. A forehead lift reduces or eliminates many of these, allowing for a smoother, tighter forehead.
What Happens During a Forehead Lift?
Your consultation with Dr. Butler is an essential part of your forehead lift/brow lift procedure. During this meeting, Dr. Butler will:
- Perform a physical examination
- Review your medical history
- Discuss your desired goals for this procedure
- Evaluate the thickness, texture, and elasticity of your forehead skin
- Evaluate your bone structure
- Evaluate the overall appearance of your eyebrows and eyelids and the position of your eyebrows
- Use information and digital imaging to determine the most appropriate surgical approach
- Explain your chosen surgical approach in great detail
Forehead Lift Procedure
Your forehead lift/brow lift surgery is performed in our fully accredited Santa Monica surgery center under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Extra time is allotted for more involved procedures, but, as a rule, brow lift surgery requires one hour to perform. This is an outpatient procedure, and you will be transported comfortably to the recovery center shortly after treatment.
Forehead Lift/Brow Lift Techniques
Dr. Butler uses only the most advanced and refined brow lifting techniques. These techniques allow the underlying fat, muscles, and deep tissues to be lifted, contoured, and repositioned according to your characteristics. Additionally, when necessary, loose skin can be trimmed and refitted.
- Endoscopic Brow Lift – Tightens forehead tissues and lifts sagging brows using the assistance of a fiber-optic camera. This technique allows for smaller incisions made behind the hairline.
- Transblepharoplasty Brow Lift – Tightens forehead tissues and lifts sagging brows from below through a typical upper eyelid lift incision in patients who require moderate correction.
Forehead Lift/Brow Lift Incisions
Forehead lift and brow lift incisions are made along or within the hairline. Dr. Butler also provides options for men with a bald head or a receding hairline.
Restoration of Volume
Having studied the forehead for years, Dr. Butler understands that lifting and repositioning the tissues is not always enough. Many patients benefit from the restoration of additional facial volume. Fat grafting can provide natural enhancement to the temples or thinning areas of the brow.
Your forehead lift/brow lift results will become apparent shortly after your operation and continue to improve over the following weeks. You will notice a smoother, more youthful forehead appearance that will last for years to come.
Recovery after a forehead lift is typically resolved within a few weeks. To prevent bleeding after surgery, you should keep your head elevated and avoid heavy lifting for the first few days. It may take a few weeks or months for all subtle swelling to subside.
Dr. Butler discreetly hides all forehead lift incisions within the hairline or in pre-existing lines about the eyes. Scars will fade over time, given the proper care.
The cost of forehead/brow lift surgery is unique to each patient, and, therefore, price will vary according to your needs. Dr. Butler’s staff will provide you with an accurate brow lift cost estimate during your consultation.
Forehead/brow lift surgery is performed under anesthesia to ensure no pain during or immediately following the surgery. Any resulting discomfort can be alleviated with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Forehead Lift
Is a forehead lift permanent?
Dr. Butler believes that nothing is permanent when it comes to surgery since no surgery can stop the natural aging process. Still, you will continue to look younger and more rejuvenated than if you did not have your forehead lift.
What are the side effects of a forehead lift/brow lift?
Complications with forehead lift and brow lift surgery are rare, but they are possible. Potential physical complications include:
- Changes in skin sensation, which are usually temporary
- Adverse reactions to the anesthesia
- Unfavorable scarring
You can reduce your risk of these side effects by following all of Dr. Butler’s recommendations before and after the surgery.
What are the non-surgical alternatives to a forehead lift/brow lift?
While significant forehead aging is best addressed with brow lift surgery, patients who experience a mild degree of forehead aging may find relief with non-surgical dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic, or laser resurfacing.
What procedures can be combined with my forehead lift/brow lift?
A forehead lift is often performed in combination with a neck lift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), or nasal reshaping (rhinoplasty). Liposculpture (fat grafting) can be utilized for patients with deficient, excess, or misplaced fat in the face or neck.