A browlift (or forehead lift) can improve wrinkles, smoothing the skin of the forehead. A Browlift can also raise the position of the eyebrows, providing a more youthful and refreshed appearance to the eyes and upper face. Today, Botox is often used to address concerns of aging changes to the forehead and brow position as well. The plastic surgeons of PPSD will work with you to determine the best treatment plan, surgical or non-surgical, for your individual needs.

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A Good Candidate for a Browlift…

  • Is anywhere from 35-65 years of age
  • Suffers from a furrowed, wrinkled brow with heavy lines and creases
  • May suffer vision problems from low-hanging eyebrows
  • Wishes to complement and enhance the results of a blepharoplasty or facelift
  • Is in good mental and physical health
  • Has realistic expectations for improvement rather than perfection

Choosing the Right Surgeon for Your Forehead Lift

Today’s trends in cosmetic surgery demand subtlety and nuance, with patients striving for a natural aesthetic that preserves expression and provides a youthful, rejuvenated appearance. PPSD’s board-certified plastic surgeons specialize in conservative yet effective changes that enhance each patient’s unique, organic beauty while reducing unwanted flaws. Trust is the key ingredient in a successful procedure, which is why we offer a personalized private consultation prior to surgery at an office location most convenient to you.

We see patients in Charlotte, Gastonia, Shelby, Hickory, Lake Norman and surrounding cities. When you meet with your doctor, he or she will begin an in-depth process of gathering your medical history and a list of prior surgeries and current medications. This is the time to share your personal expectations, discuss before and after photos, and ask as many questions as you like. Your surgeon with work with you to arrive at a treatment plan best suited to your individual needs.

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What Can I Expect from a Browlift?

Surgery is performed in the comfort of one of our AAAASF-accredited operating centers under general anesthesia. A browlift usually lasts anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending on the complexity of the changes required. If eyelid surgery or a facelift is being performed at the same time, then the procedure can take longer. Your surgeon will select one of three common approaches outlined below.


During the traditional coronal browlift, an incision is made along the scalp, stretching from one ear to the other. Any scarring is hidden by the hairline. The forehead skin is lifted, tightened and repositioned, refreshing the eyes and upper face.


Shorter, less invasive incisions are made at the temples so that wrinkles and creases around the brow may be smoothed away. The temporal browlift is sometimes the approach chosen when a blepharoplasty is being performed simultaneously.

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This is the newest and most common technique used to achieve a browlift. The plastic surgeon inserts a tubular camera (endoscope) through tiny incisions along the hairline. The camera connects to a video monitor that allows the surgeon greater precision of movement and thus less disruption of healthy tissue. The endoscopic approach generally results in fewer scars and faster recovery times.

After surgery

Patients recovering from a browlift will encounter a certain amount of swelling, numbness and bruising. These symptoms may be lessened with pain medications and the use of cold compresses during the post-operative period. Keeping the head elevated for the first few days following surgery will also reduce swelling.

All sutures and bandages are removed within the first week after surgery. Most patients find that they can tolerate a return to work and normal activities within 10-14 days, but vigorous exercise should be reintroduced a bit further into the recovery process. Avoid intense sun exposure for at least 2 months. Remember that while your results will be visible in part right away, in some cases it may take up several months to see the final results of the surgery.

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