A brow lift, also called a forehead lift, is designed to correct the sagging or low position of the eyebrows that can cause a tired or sad look. The procedure raises the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful position. A brow lift can sometimes soften the horizontal creases across the forehead. The procedure is often used to treat conditions associated with aging, and is also appropriate for treatment of certain inherited traits. Other rejuvenation procedures such as eyelid surgery or a facelift can be performed in conjunction with a brow lift.
The surgical technique recommended will depend on the position of the eyebrows, the amount of excess upper eyelid skin, and the height of the hairline. In some instances, an incision is made across the top of the scalp, beginning above the ears and hidden within the hair. Sometimes the incision is placed at the front of the hairline or, in some cases, toward the middle of the scalp. Through the forehead lift incision, parts of the muscles that cause wrinkling and frown lines can be modified or removed, excess skin can be removed, and the eyebrows can be lifted. One forehead lift technique uses an endoscope, a long, thin tube with a light on the end, attached to a video camera. The endoscope is inserted through several tiny incisions in the scalp and allows the plastic surgeon to see and work on the various internal structures of the forehead. The endoscopic technique requires minimal incisions, but in some instances, alternate methods may be preferable, or a combination of endoscopic and other techniques may be used.
Brow lift procedures can often be performed as outpatient surgical procedures with little down time for recovery.