Browlift / Forehead Lift

The forehead is an essential component to evaluate when appraising facial rejuvenation. Whereas the facelift addresses the lower two-thirds of the face, a browlift/forehead lift focuses on the upper one-third. When a forehead sags, the eyebrows descend and push the upper eyelid tissues downward onto the eyelashes. Women often seek advice about upper eyelid lifts so that they can apply makeup without smudging.  They are surprised when plastic surgeons demonstrate that a forehead lift will correct part, or sometimes all, of their upper eyelid problems, often eliminating the need for upper eyelid corrective surgery. The deep furrowing on the forehead and the frown lines between the brows are also improved with browlifts.   Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, can perform browlift (forehead lift) surgery to address these concerns and help you achieve your goals with natural-looking results.

What are the benefits of Browlift surgery?

Browlift and forehead lift procedures offer numerous benefits, including:

  • Reduction in signs of deep wrinkles, lines, and creases between the brows and along the forehead
  • The aesthetic upward curve of the lateral brow is restored or enhanced in the female brow
  • Upper eyelid crowding is improved, often eliminating the need for upper eyelid surgery
  • Application of makeup without smudging is facilitated for women
  • The effects last much longer than injectable treatments and other non-surgical office procedures
  • Creation of a youthful appearance cannot be understated
  • A natural look is accomplished

Browlift / Forehead Lift Goals for Women and Men


Multiple goals are established for forehead lifts in women. The horizontal lines running across the forehead and the vertical lines descending between the eyebrows can be significantly reduced, and sometimes even eliminated. The lateral one-third of the eyebrows is lifted above the orbital rims of the eyes in an effort to enhance a slowly-rising feminine arched appearance. The frown muscles, a frequent target for BOTOX® injections, are detached and partially excised. This addresses furrows that often display an angry or stressed persona. With brow and forehead lift procedures, Dr. Okamoto can create a more youthful appearance with results that look natural and last for years.


Since men typically have different cosmetic goals, the technique differs from women.  Instead of enhancing an arched bow, the male forehead lift raises the eyebrows more evenly from side to side. Although this is an operation that is performed less frequently in men, the results are equally gratifying in the properly selected candidates.

The Browlift / Forehead Lift Procedure

Browlifts are performed on an outpatient basis. There are various methods that plastic surgeons utilize. Dr. Okamoto will describe the options available and advise the best for your needs during the initial consultation. Incisions for browlift surgery are usually made behind the hairline, which helps to conceal scars and generally make them unnoticeable.  Immediate improvement is accomplished, which becomes more natural over the next few months.

This treatment can be performed as a standalone procedure or be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as eyelid surgery, facelift, or fat injections, to further enhance results.

Browlift / Forehead Lift Recovery

Recovery depends upon the degree of bruising and swelling caused by the surgery. For some, it can be as little as a week to ten days, but a more conservative guideline is three weeks. Head elevation facilitates the healing process. Strenuous exercising should be avoided during the first two weeks.

Dr. Okamoto will explain all aspects of the browlift procedure and answer any questions you may have during the initial consultation. If this procedure is a good option for your needs and goals, he will create a customized treatment plan designed to meet your expectations.

Results Gallery

All of the subjects in the Facelift Gallery have had Forehead Lifts as part of their makeovers.  Please refer to our before and after photos for examples.

For more information on browlift (forehead lift) procedures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eric Okamoto, please contact Fremont Plastic Surgery today.

*Individual results may vary