Forehead or Brow Lift Information


In general, good candidates for forehead or brow-lift surgery are:

  • Healthy and do not have medical conditions that impair healing

  • Nonsmokers

  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations


In preparing for a forehead or brow lift, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

  • Stop smoking

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding and bruising


Initial wound healing may take 10 to 14 days. Sutures will be removed when it is appropriate. You should be ready to return to work and normal activity after 10 to 14 days.

Cosmetics can help camouflage any bruising. Even though you will look presentable to the public, you will find that the healing will continue for several weeks as the swelling dissipates, and incision lines refine and fade. It may take several months for your complete recovery.

Following your physician's instructions is essential to the success of your surgery. It's important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing.

Although infrequent, the risks and complications of forehead and brow-lift surgery include:

  • Partial recurrence of dropping brow

  • Hair loss

  • Loss of scalp sensation, usually temporary

  • Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)

Unlikely Complications