A Forehead Lift or "brow lift" restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired.

In a forehead lift, the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping are removed or altered to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines. The conventional surgical method may be used, in which the incision is hidden just behind the hairline; or it may be performed with the use of an endoscope, a viewing instrument that allows the procedure to be performed with minimal incisions. Both techniques yield similar results - smoother forehead skin.

A forehead lift is most commonly performed to minimize the visible effects of ageing. However, it can also help people of any age who have developed furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscle activity. Individuals with inherited conditions, such as a low, heavy brow or furrowed lines above the nose can achieve a more alert and refreshed look with this procedure.

Forehead lift is often performed in conjunction with a facelift to provide a smoother overall look to the face. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may also be performed at the same time as a forehead lift, especially if a patient has significant skin overhang in the upper eyelids.

Patients who are bald, who have a receding hairline, or who have had previous upper-eyelid surgery may still be good candidates for forehead lift. The incision location may just need to be altered or a more conservative operation performed.

Additional Information

  • Duration of operation: 1 hour
  • Anaesthetic: Conscious sedation if performed in doctor's rooms (for adults) or general anaesthetic if performed in theatre.
  • Hospital stay: Same day if performed under conscious sedation or 1 night if performed under general anaesthesia.

Recovery

  • Driving: 3-5 days
  • Back to work: within 1 - 2 weeks
  • Exercise: 4 weeks

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