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What is a brow lift?

Brow Lift

A brow lift, or forehead lift, is the surgical lifting and smoothing of the forehead to create a more rested, youthful appearance. Most people have a brow lift for cosmetic reasons. A brow lift reduces the signs of aging, including creases and fine lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows. Brow lift surgery can also reposition low or sagging brows that hood the upper eyelid.

A brow lift is a common but major surgery that has risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options, such as Botox injections. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having a brow lift. 

Other procedures that may be performed

Your doctor may recommend additional cosmetic procedures to enhance your appearance. Common combinations include a brow lift and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), which removes excess skin at the upper or lower eyelids. Brow lifts are also combined with a facelift (rhytidectomy) to reduce the signs of aging in the face and neck.

Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Sep 4, 2016

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Medical References

  1. Brow lift. American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
  2. Forehead Lift. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
  3. Forehead Lift Surgery. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
  4. Browlift (Forehead Lift).Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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