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Forehead Lift Surgery

At AesthetiCare Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Orange County, San Diego, and Riverside, our skilled surgeons can give you a refreshed and more youthful appearance with a forehead lift. 

Constant use of the muscles in the forehead will directly result in muscle loss and an aged appearance. Also, a drooping forehead can cause excessive skin in the upper eyelid area. This can cause you to look old and tired. 

Advancements in surgery mean there are now less invasive techniques to achieve a more rested and youthful appearance. Forehead wrinkling and drooping excess skin above the brow will be eliminated with a forehead lift.


You will find the most accurate and knowledgeable information and advice—as it relates to your interest in enhancing your appearance with forehead lift surgery–throughout our website. Attention to detail in all areas of your surgical experience is of paramount importance to us. From your initial consultation, pre-operative preparation, and surgical procedure to your compressive aftercare, our physicians and staff place your safety and satisfaction ahead of everything else.

What Is a Forehead Lift?

A forehead lift—also referred to as a brow lift— is a surgical procedure that can smooth the forehead, lift the eyebrows and minimize frown lines. Laughing and crying, smiling and frowning are all facial expressions that involve using your forehead. You can’t avoid it; your forehead is always moving, and, eventually, it will take its toll on your skin. As we age, our forehead gradually sags, causing drooping eyebrows, forehead furrows, and frown lines. A relatively easy surgical procedure, the forehead lift can smooth and minimize frown lines. You will look rested and more alert.

How Is a Forehead Lift Performed?

Your surgeon will make an incision in an inconspicuous area either at or behind your hairline extending across your forehead. The skin is separated from the underlying muscles. Excess skin and muscle are removed, the skin is pulled back, and the incision is closed. Scarring is usually minimal and hidden along the hairline or in the hair.

What Is My Forehead Lift Recovery Like?

After your brow lift, you may experience some soreness and discomfort. This can be controlled with pain medication prescribed by your surgeon.

You will need to rest with your head elevated for two to three days. Bruising and swelling begins to fade in about a week. There may be some numbness and itching on the top of your scalp as the nerves heal. Some of your hair around the incision may fall out, but hair loss is rarely permanent.

A forehead lift can enhance your appearance, reduce or minimize creases and lines, and increase your self-confidence. Your friends won’t realize that you’ve had facial surgery unless you tell them.

Frequently Asked Questions About Forehead Lift Surgery

Does a forehead lift offer permanent results?

The effects of your forehead lift will continue to be present for many years. However, as you age and continue to use your forehead muscles, there will be some natural deterioration of the initial results.

Am I a good candidate for a forehead lift?

A good candidate for a forehead lift:

  • Has heavy eyebrows, deep frown lines, or deep forehead wrinkles
  • Is in general good health
  • Is a non-smoker or willing to give up smoking before and after their procedure
  • Has realistic expectations for the procedure

Your doctor will evaluate if you are a good candidate for a forehead lift procedure during your consultation. This will include reviewing your medical records and checking your current health.

What is the right age to get a forehead lift?

Most people get a forehead lift between the ages of 40 to 60. However, genetics can play a role in some people needing a forehead lift at a much younger age.

Is a forehead lift an outpatient procedure?

Yes, while the surgery can be performed both on an inpatient and outpatient basis, most people go home the same day as their surgery. As the surgery requires anesthesia, you will need a ride home and someone to stay with you for the first night.

How long does a forehead lift procedure take?

Usually, the surgery takes between one and two hours.

Does a forehead lift cause scarring?

Yes, a forehead lift procedure will result in some scarring. However, if you use a professional, experienced surgeon, this scarring will be limited and hidden along the hairline.

What are the risks associated with a forehead lift?

Any surgery has an element of risk. Anytime anesthesia is used, there is a chance for complications. Some additional risks with a forehead lift include:

  • Scarring
  • Hair loss
  • Skin loss
  • Nerve injury
  • Hematoma

Your doctor will evaluate your current health condition and medical records to determine you are a good candidate for the procedure. 

How long will recovery take?

You can usually expect to have the stitches removed one to two weeks post-surgery. Most people can go back to work within one to two weeks.

Should I combine other facial procedures with my forehead lift?

Forehead lift surgery is commonly performed in conjunction with other facial surgeries, such as facelift surgery or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). These combinations will allow all aspects of your facial aging to be addressed. Alternatively, some patients choose to combine their forehead lift with non-surgical treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, dermal fillers, or a non-surgical facelift

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