What Is An Eyebrow Lift?



If you have fatty tissue or excess skin hanging over your eyes or you have lines or creases across your forehead you may be considering an eyebrow or forehead lift. Excess skin, lines and wrinkles can make you look older and sometimes you look as if you are angry. A brow or forehead lift may make you look much more youthful and attractive.

You want to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon when you are thinking of undergoing surgery for an eyebrow or forehead lift. The surgeon can help you decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure and can explain the risks and benefits.

Traditionally a brow lift was done by the plastic surgeon making an incision behind the ears and continuing to the top of the head. The surgeon works through the incisions to remove or modify excess skin and muscle and secure tissue that is causing the wrinkles and lines.

A second method is called an endoscopic brow lift. With this method the surgeon makes small incisions behind the hairline and then inserts a small camera to see where the skin or muscles need to be removed or tightened. A small instrument is then inserted to allow the surgeon to lift the brow and secure it so lines and wrinkles will be minimized.

The surgical procedures for the brow lift allows the surgeon to raise the brow and achieve the most results.


After surgery you may have some discomfort or numbness around the incisions for a short time. You may be able to go back to work in a few days. There may be some swelling or bruising, but most signs of surgery should be gone in a few weeks.

A brow lift may be done non-surgically, but these are temporary improvements and will need to be repeated on a periodic basis. Although these procedures are much cheaper than the surgical procedures, over time you may be spending more money using the non-surgical procedures since they do have to be repeated to keep the results.

A chemical brow lift can be accomplished by the use of either Botox or Dysport. These chemicals may relax the muscles that pull down the eyebrows allowing the muscles that pull up the brow to function again.

The chemical lift may be combined with laser peels which may tighten the forehead and raise the eyebrows. Or, fillers may be placed under the eyebrow to give the look of a raised eyebrow.

The chemical lift cannot lift the brow as much as a surgical lift, but there should be some improvement in appearance. The chemical lift may last between three and six months before it needs to be repeated.

With the chemical lift side effects may include some bruising or bleeding near the needle insertion points.

While the surgical brow lifts are done by qualified board certified plastic surgeons with years of specialized training the chemical lifts may be done by other physicians or ophthalmologists who already have the skills and who have been trained in the procedures by the pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs.

If you are considering a brow lift discuss the procedures with your health care professional to determine if you are a good candidate and what procedure will work best for you.