Brow Forehead Lift

Cincinnati Plastic Surgery Specialists in Brow Lifts and Endobrow Lifts

Thank you for considering UC Health Plastic Surgery for your plastic surgery procedure. We offer a safe, comfortable atmosphere in our modern, state-of-the-art facility located in West Chester, Ohio, convenient to both Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. Brow Lifts and Endobrow Lifts are conveniently performed right in our well-equipped procedure rooms. We offer a friendly staff of nurses and administrative support to help with your scheduling issues and questions.

What is a Brow Lift or Endobrow Lift?

A forehead or “brow” lift often results in a more youthful, refreshed look. It improves frown lines, elevates the eyebrows to a more normal position, and smoothes forehead wrinkles to eliminate that angry, sad or tired look. A forehead lift is most commonly performed in the 40-60 age range to minimize the visible effects of aging. However, it can also help people of any age who have developed furrows or “frown lines” due to stress or muscle activity. Individuals with a low, heavy brow or furrowed lines above the nose can achieve a more alert and refreshed look with this procedure. Forehead lift is often performed in conjunction with a facelift to provide a smoother overall look to the face. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may also be performed if a patient has overhanging skin on the upper eyelids.

Procedure Benefits

  • Improves frown lines
  • Elevates the eyebrows to a more normal position
  • Smoothes forehead wrinkles

Private Consultation

Your plastic surgeon at our conveniently located Cincinnati offices will first examine your forehead and upper eyelid region, including the position of your eyebrows, the amount of excess upper eyelid skin, and the height of your hairline. You will discuss your goals and expectations, and the surgeon will explain your surgical options. The surgeon will evaluate your overall health to ascertain that you are able to undergo this procedure. You should be prepared to discuss your complete medical history, including previous procedures and any medications you are taking (including vitamins). You will also discuss the cost of the procedure, keeping in mind that this is an elective procedure which is not covered by most insurance companies.


If you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, it must be controlled before you can undergo this procedure. For at least two weeks prior to surgery, you must stop taking any blood-thinning medications and herbal supplements. After you have scheduled a surgery date, you will make an appointment for pre-admission testing and a physical exam. The surgery should take place within 2 weeks after the results of these tests have been returned. You will receive guidelines on eating and drinking, taking vitamins and medications, and smoking. Smoking should be stopped 2-3 months before the operation because it reduces the blood supply to tissue. In fact, some surgeons will refuse to perform elective surgery on smokers due to this risk.

You should arrange for someone to drive you home from our Cincinnati offices after your surgery and to help you out for a few days as needed.

Procedure Overview

The procedure is performed in 1-2 hours as an outpatient surgery in our surgical facility in West Chester. You will receive general anaesthesia or a combination of local and regional anaesthesia. The incision is usually behind the hairline. The length and number of incisions will depend upon your features. If your hairline is high or receding, the incision may be placed just at the hairline. The skin of the forehead is lifted, the underlying tissue is removed, and the muscles of the forehead are altered or released. The eyebrows may also be elevated. The incision is closed with stitches or clips. Gauze or an elastic bandage will cover the incision. You should be ready to go home after a few hours, although some patients stay overnight. Often the surgical approach uses an endoscope, which is a viewing instrument that allows the procedure to be performed with 3-5 very small incisions.

Recovery and Healing Time

There may be some numbness and slight pain around the incision, which can be controlled with prescription medication. Bandages will be removed a day or two after surgery, and sutures will be removed in 7-10 days. You should keep your head elevated for 2-3 days following surgery to reduce the swelling. Bruising may last 2-3 weeks and the eyes and cheeks might feel swollen. Any blood-thinning medications or herbal supplements should be avoided until the surgeon says they are okay to resume taking. You should not smoke or be exposed to secondary smoke during the healing process. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a week to 10 days. Vigorous physical activity should be limited for several weeks, and you should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun or extreme heat for several months. As the nerves heal, there may be some itching on the scalp which may last for as long as six months. Some hair around the incision may fall out or be thinner, but this will return to normal within a few weeks or months.

Procedure Risks

  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Loss of sensation around the incision line (very rare)
  • Hair loss around the incision line (very rare)

UC Health Plastic Surgery in West Chester, has three nationally recognized Cincinnati plastic surgeons.

Located north of Cincinnati, we serve West Chester, Mason, Loveland, Indian Hill and the rest of Greater Cincinnati and Dayton for all of their plastic surgery procedure needs.

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