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Posted on July 12th, 2010 by The LookinGood Team

Brow lift: A surgical procedure in which the skin of the forehead and eyebrows is tightened to eliminate sagging eyebrows or correct frown lines in the forehead.

Also called a forehead lift, this procedure wipes your worries away – or at least those pesky worry lines that aging and stress tend to grant to many of us. Ranking 22nd among all cosmetic procedures, the brow lift has only been around since 1995. There are several different types of procedures:

  • “Coronal” involves making an incision at or just past the hair line and removing excess skin and possibly some muscle from the forehead area. A plus is that the surgery may result in a lower hairline, however, there could also be noticeable scarring.
  • A newer approach is endoscopic surgery, which involves several smaller incisions as opposed to one longer incision. This surgery adds some time to the one- to two-hour procedure, but is less invasive and there is a smaller chance of temporary scalp numbness.
  • A subcutaneous lift involves incisions made at the hairline and scarring may be visible.
  • A temporal brow lift, sometimes called a lateral lift, involves pulling the skin horizontally rather than vertically, and sometimes results in an exotic, cat-like look, but may also eliminate crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes.

Brow lift surgery is sometimes combined with bletharoplasty (eye lift). Sutures are removed in 7-10 days. The average recovery time is two weeks, and the after-effects are swelling and numbness, which can also affect the eyes and cheeks. The cost for this procedure varies widely, anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000, depending on the type of procedure and area of the country you’re in.


  • Here is a straightforward look that explains the different types and subtypes of this procedure.
  • How about a video of an endoscopic surgery?  First pictures, then surgery footage.  It isn’t bloody – sort of like cutting up a chicken – but it’s probably not for the faint of heart. 

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