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Patient Information: Brow Lift

Discover a surgery guide for patients on Brow Lift procedures - the repositioning of brow depression.

Usually, due to the ageing process, some or all eyebrow elements are depressed.  While brows correction is also a result of a classic forehead lift, depression of the outer sides of brows can be lifted with other approaches. Those are smaller approaches through an incision on the temple, incision directly above the brows, or blepharoplasty incisions. A similar technique of gentle pull of the skin and tissue, followed by tissue removal along with muscle adjustments, is also performed in these approaches. Preparation may include a detailed history of medical history and medications, physical examination, smoking cessation, antiplatelet and anticoagulant withdrawal for about one week before surgery

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Ensure you consider all aspects of a procedure. You can speak to your surgeon about these areas of the surgery in more detail during a consultation.


The procedure approximately takes between one to two hours.


General anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or local anesthesia are options.


This is most often an outpatient procedure.

Additional Information

Several conditions may apply after the procedure:

  • Temporary swelling and bruising
  • Numbness (temporary)
  • Itching
  • Headaches

  • Hair loss
  • Contour abnormalities
  • Infection
  • Hematoma (blood collection under tissue)
  • Abnormal scars
  • Nerve damage with loss of sensation or muscle weakness
  • Asymmetrical look
  • Reoperation

A thin tube may be inserted for one to two days to drain the excess blood or fluid. A light pressure dressing on the head will be applied for several days after the surgery. Avoid showering for the first 2-3 days. Patients should sleep with their heads up for a couple of nights. Stitches may be removed after 7-10 days of surgery. The resolution of bruising and swelling may vary up until 2 weeks. It takes about 7-10 days for a full recovery and return to work. Strenuous activity should be discontinued until at least 3 weeks after the surgery.  Sun exposure should be limited to avoid hyperpigmentation during the first three to six months after the procedure.

Immediate results can be seen postoperatively, but some patients may see the best results in 1-3 weeks. Patients should pay attention to the instructions after surgery for maximum results. Long-term results usually are permanent.