Temple Lift Surgery (Temporal Lift)

What is the difference between a Temple Lift and a Brow Lift?

A brow lift or forehead lift (AKA a browlift or browplasty) is a plastic surgery procedure used to alleviate forehead wrinkles and/or sagging eyebrows by lifting the entire eyebrow and forehead area. The procedure corrects unwanted horizontal or vertical lines including frown lines or furrows between the eyebrows.

In comparison, a temple lift is a much less invasive procedure that lifts only the outside corners of the brows which are located on the temples (the lateral forehead) and does not alter the middle of the brow and forehead.

A temple lift raises the “tail” of the eyebrow only, not the center of the eyebrow. It gives the eyes a more “open” and youthful appearance without looking like you’ve “had work done”. The temple lift is a subtle yet powerful procedure that brightens the eyes and results in an elegant and youthful shape to the brow.

Who is an ideal candidate for a Temple Lift?

A temple lift is recommended for those who may have drooping brows or “hooded” eyelids due to natural aging producing a sad or worried appearance, but who are otherwise happy with the rest of their forehead. In fact, a sagging temple is a much more common sign of aging than a sagging brow, making a temple lift an ideal procedure for most people who are seeking facial rejuvenation.

For example, if you are using Botox to rejuvenate your forehead and brow area, you may only need to lift the outside corners of your brow for a more youthful looking appearance.

How is a Temple Lift performed?

A temple lift involves making a bilateral temporal incision within the hair above the ear so that scarring is virtually invisible. The underlying tissue is then raised upwards, tightened, and any “crow’s feet” lines leading out of the corners of the eyes are also smoothed out and softened. The skin is then tightened and any excess is trimmed and sutured closed.

The temple lift procedure is most frequently done under general anesthesia.

How long will it take to recover from the procedure?

Your sutures are removed within 7 to 10 days after the procedure. Because the sutures are hidden entirely within the hair, you will be able to return to work well before they are removed.