Brow Lift (Forehead Lift)

What is a brow lift or forehead lift?

A brow lift or forehead lift (also known as a browlift or browplasty) is a surgical procedure used to alleviate wrinkles on the forehead and/or sagging eyebrows.

Brow lifts are used to correct unwanted horizontal or vertical lines and wrinkles on the forehead, including frown lines or furrows between the eyebrows. These lines may make some people appear as if they’re permanently frowning or worried.

Do all brows need to be lifted? Or is brow “shaping” more important?

Old-fashioned concepts in brow lift surgery stress that all brows need to be lifted. But this is not necessarily an improvement in some cases.

Endoscopic brow lift procedures have decreased the downtime for the patient, and increased the number of brow lifts performed, but they often fail to achieve their intended goals.

Depending on your facial features, more than 30% of the population shows an actual elevation in brow position as we age. This observation makes clear that not every brow should be lifted.

Actually brow shape and position of the tail of the brow is more important than the overall position of the brow.

Our brows change shape as we age and this is much more important than the height of the brow on the forehead. Additionally, we may lose volume in key areas of the brow – this can be significantly improved by restoring volume with a natural filler such as your own body fat. (Read more about Fat Transfer or Fat Grafting here.)

In fact, less aggressive procedures aimed at improving the shape of the brow and restoring volume to the brow are a vast improvement over the “old” paradigm of simply raising the brows.

Also, when we improve the position and shape of the brows we often find that the upper eyelid procedures needed to restore a youthful brow/lid interface are less aggressive than those we used to perform.