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Forehead / Brow Lift

Information on Forehead / Brow Lift Surgery in Canada

Approximate Cost

$3,000 – $8,000



1 – 2 weeks


Forehead / Brow Lift Surgeons


Possible Complications

(The following is general information: Consult with your plastic surgeon for more detailed complication risks – specific to your body, current health and exact chosen procedure)

Bleeding and bruising are common

rare risk of:
hematoma (collection of blood under the skin thats removed by the surgeon), infection, temporary or permanent injury to nerves, raised scarring, loss of hair

Forehead lift / Brow lift in Canada

A forehead lift (also known as a browlift) can improve the visible signs of aging of the forehead. Most people interested in a forehead lift have drooping brows, horizontal lines and sagging skin on their forehead.

Forehead lifts involve the muscles and tissues that cause drooping and wrinkling being removed or altered to create a smooth forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines.

There are 2 methods of lifting the forehead: a classic forehead lift and an endoscopic forehead lift.

The classic forehead lift: With this technique an incision is made across the top of the head just behind the hairline, or if you have a high forehead the incision can be made right at the hairline to avoid adding even more height to the forehead. In patients with balding hair a mid-scalp incision may be used. Before the surgery your hair may be trimmed in the incision area. Once the incision is made the forehead skin is lifted, and the underlying tissue can be removed and the muscle can be released or altered to reduce frowning. The skin is then draped back and brows are elevated slightly to create a more rested look. Excess skin is removed and then sutured or stapled into place. Your surgeon will probably put dressings on you and wrap you with a bandage that compresses the area slightly.

The endoscopic forehead lift: This technique is the same as the classic forehead lift, however instead of an incision across the top of the head the surgeon makes three to five short scalp incisions, each smaller than an inch. A device called an endoscope – a pencil-like camera device connected to a television monitor – is inserted through an incision so the surgeon can view the tissues and muscles. An instrument is then inserted through one of the other incisions and used to lift the skin and remove tissue and alter the muscle. The eyebrows can be lifted and secured and once the procedure is complete the incisions are sutured or stapled. This technique results in less scarring, however it’s not ideal for those with sagging skin as no excess skin is removed like with the classic technique.

The surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis or some patients are asked to stay overnight. After your surgery you will be asked to keep your head elevated to avoid increased swelling. If you had a drain put in to drain blood that will be removed in a day or two. You will feel discomfort and your forehead might feel tight, but pain can be controlled with medication. You can expect your forehead and face to be swollen and bruised and this can last for a few weeks. Stitches may come out in 5 days, if staples were used in your scalp they might stay in longer.

Women with longer hair find it easy to hide the incisions by wearing bangs. If you are a male with short hair you may want to grow your hair a little before surgery.

Your surgeon will give you specific recovery instructions but usually you will be asked to rest for the first week. You will probably be instructed not to participate in strenuous activities for 2-3 weeks.

In general, the goal of any forehead lift should be to provide a natural more rested youthful appearance which is not artificial in any way. It’s effects typically last 5 to 10 years.

A forehead lift is often performed with a facelift or eyelid lift.