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Brow Lift (forehead lift) Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am a good candidate for brow lift (forehead lift) surgery?
Brow lift (forehead lift) surgery is a procedure to minimize forehead creases, drooping eyebrows, hooding over the eyes, and/or frown lines by removing excess tissue, altering muscles, and tightening the forehead skin.

The best candidates for brow lift (forehead lift) surgery are men and women who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look. They are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations.


Are there other options for treating my forehead if I don't need to elevate my eyebrows; I am only unhappy with the prominent wrinkles on my forehead and the vertical creases between my eyebrows?
Yes, Botox is an effective way to reduce the appearance of forehead creases and the lines between the eyebrows.


What is the length of a typical brow lift (forehead lift) surgery?
A brow lift (forehead lift) generally requires 1 to 2 hours to perform.


What type of anesthesia is used for brow lift (forehead lift) surgery?
Usually, local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is used to perform a brow lift (forehead lift). A general anesthetic, in which you are completely asleep, may also be used.


Is a brow lift (forehead lift) performed as an outpatient?
Yes, brow lift (forehead lift) surgery is usually performed as an outpatient.


Where is brow lift (forehead lift) surgery performed?
Brow lift (forehead lift) surgery is performed in an ambulatory surgery center, at a surgical hospital, or in the outpatient department of a hospital.


What is the cost of brow lift (forehead lift) surgery?
The cost of brow lift (forehead lift) surgery ranges from $2,500 to $3,500. The variability in cost is related to the time and complexity of the surgery required in each individual.


Is brow lift (forehead lift) covered by insurance?
No, brow lift (forehead lift) and other cosmetic surgeries are not covered by insurance.


Can brow lift (forehead lift) be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
Brow lift (forehead lift) can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).


How long will it take to recover from brow lift (forehead lift)?
Individuals usually return to work within 7 to 10 days. Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for 4 weeks. Some bruising and swelling may last up to 2 weeks.


How will I feel and look immediately following brow lift (forehead lift)?
There is temporary swelling, numbness, and bruising. Headaches, itching, and tightness of the skin may also occur.


Is brow lift (forehead lift) a painful procedure?
There is discomfort for several days following brow lift (forehead lift) that is controllable with the use of pain medications taken by mouth.


What are some of the risks of brow lift (forehead lift)?
Complications are infrequent. Potential risks of brow lift (forehead lift) include bleeding, infection, noticeable scarring, or thinning of hair along the scar if placed within the hair of the scalp. There is a risk of injury to the facial nerve, causing loss of motion, muscle weakness, or asymmetrical look.


Are there scars that result from brow lift (forehead lift) surgery?
During brow lift (forehead lift) surgery, incisions are made either within the scalp above the forehead, or along the junction of the forehead and the scalp. Every effort is taken to make the scars as inconspicuous as possible. Healing is a gradual process, and the scars may remain slightly pink for six months or more after surgery. Eventually, though, the scars fade to a thin, nearly invisible white line. In the case of incisions within the scalp, there is a risk of hair thinning next to the scar.


How long do the results of browlift (forehead lift) last?
The results last for years, however, the effects of aging and gravity continue to act on the face after surgery.


 
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