Forehead Lift (Brow lift) FAQs

General FAQs
  • Q1 :

    Are the results permanent?

  • You may say that the results are semi-permanent.  We are going to continue to age and our brows will droop -- it is a fact of life, unfortunately. Of course the endoscopic techniques may not last nearly as long as the coronal lift but they are by far less invasive.
  • Q2 :

    How is Brow Lift performed?

  • After you are anesthetized or sedated, your surgeon will determine the area which need to be excised and where the best incision placements would be for your particular needs.  You will have this skin dissected and your surgeon will move and suture your muscle or skin, depending.  Or he or she may excise or "clip" your corrugator muscle to prohibit or hinder you from frowning in the future.  After the internal work has been done your incisions will be sutured and a pressure dressing will be applied.
  • Q3 :

    What are the risks of Brow Lift?

  • There is a chance of hematoma (blood clots), numbness from nerve damage and hyperpigmentation (permanent discolorations) caused by the bruising.  There may be asymmetry and/or undesired results resulting from your brow lift.  Possible infections may arise and scarring can be apparent depending on the incision placement.  There can be necrosis of the tissues at the incision lines, resulting in additional tissue removal.  If performed by an unskilled surgeon, it is very possible to have your skin pulled too tight and result in a very "surprised" look.  Although you may look this way at first -- it should relax.
  • Q4 :

    What does a typical Brow Lift consultation entail?

  • Your surgeon will go over your options that can realistically attain your goals.  You will discuss the risks and complications as well as anesthesia choices and fees.  As well as what to expect post-operatively.  This is the time where you can ask questions regarding your concerns and determine if this surgeon is for you.  Do not be afraid to inquire about anything.
  • Q5 :

    What should I expect post-operatively?

  • Expect to be swollen, tender and possibly bruised.  This is very normal so do not be alarmed at the presence of any of the above.  If you are in pain, take your prescribed medications and do not forget to take your antibiotics and apply your eye salves if instructed.  You will be groggy from the anesthetic so this is a good thing, do not fight it.  This helps you rest and adjust to your healing period without pain or memory of pain.
  • Q6 :

    When will I be able to see the results?

  • The results are immediate but you will be swollen, remember to be patient during the healing period and the full results should be visible in a few months.  You may also think that your brows are too high, this is normal and will relax.  Any numbness along the incisions should subside by 6 months but may remain indefinitely in some patients.  Remember that as each day goes on you will be that much closer to your final result -- so be patient.
  • Q7 :

    When will the stitches be removed and does this hurt?

  • The sutures and/or staples will be removed in a week to 10 days.  It may hurt a little but your surgeon can give you injections of a Lidocaine (a pain reliever) in case your staples are difficult or painful to remove.