A brow lift, or forehead lift, is a type of cosmetic surgery used to lift sagging eyebrows or deep furrows between the eyes. It is often performed along with a facelift for a smoother facial appearance.
There are two types of forehead lift surgery — the classic forehead lift and the endoscopic forehead lift.
Classic or coronal forehead lift
The surgeon makes a cut or incision that starts at about ear level and goes across the top of the forehead to the other ear. In some cases, the surgeon may place the incision at the hairline. The surgeon then carefully lifts the skin of the forehead and removes any excess tissue and fat. If needed, the surgeon realigns the muscles. During the procedure, the eyebrows may also be placed at a higher level. Any excess skin is trimmed.
Endoscopic forehead lift
The difference between this method and the classic forehead lift is the size of the incision. With the endoscopic forehead lift, the surgeon makes three to five short scalp incisions that are each less than 1 inch long. A thin tube called an endoscope is then inserted through one of the incisions. This tube has a small camera on one end so the surgeon can see the muscles and tissues underneath. Then the surgeon places another tool that can lift the forehead skin into a different incision. Excess tissue and fat are then removed. If needed, muscles are realigned. Like the classic forehead lift, the eyebrows may also be placed at a higher level. There is minimal scarring and a shorter recovery time than the classic forehead lift.