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.

What Does the Browlift / Forehead Lift Procedure Involve?

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.

Coronal Browlift

In most cases, Dr. Okamoto will utilize the coronal browlift surgical technique. Incisions for this type of browlift surgery are usually made behind the hairline, which helps to conceal scars and generally make them unnoticeable. Immediate improvement can be 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.

What Is the Browlift / Forehead Lift Recovery Process Like?

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.

Browlift Before-and-After Photo Gallery

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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.

Will I Have Visible Browlift Scars?

Fortunately, since the incisions for a browlift are typically placed in areas concealed by the hair, the resulting scars from this procedure are often virtually unnoticeable to others. Dr. Okamoto will explain what you can expect in terms of residual scarring in further detail during the consultation. By following post-operative instructions and taking good care of the incisions during the recovery process, you can increase the likelihood that they will heal properly. In addition to being in a less noticeable area behind the hair, the signs of scarring should also diminish to some degree as time passes.

How Long Does a Brow Lift Last?

The benefits of browlifts typically last for many years – sometimes a lifetime. However, the longevity of the effects is also dependent on lifestyle habits. It is important to maintain a healthy diet, avoid smoking, and take good care of your skin. With proper care, the results of browlift/forehead lift surgery can last for a very long period of time.

Is a Non-Surgical Browlift Possible?

Although it is not possible to achieve results that will last nearly as long as what a surgical browlift can accomplish, there is a non-surgical alternative to this procedure that may be ideal for some patients who are considering less invasive options for upper facial enhancement. BOTOX® Cosmetic/Dysport® injections can benefit individuals who are interested in smoothing out forehead creases and frown lines between the brows. This injectable treatment is very popular for these concerns; however, please note that the results of a “browlift with BOTOX® injections” or a browlift with Dysport® are temporary, and follow-up treatment every three-to-six months will be necessary to maintain the effects. Also, no injectable treatment is capable of lifting a sagging brow, or reducing lines and creases in this area with results as long-lasting as a browlift.

Another non-surgical procedure that may prove beneficial to some patients is called Ultherapy®. This treatment involves the application of ultrasonic energy to the skin, which can help provide a subtle “lifting” effect to the eyebrow areas. Ultherapy® can be a good option by itself, or combined with BOTOX® Cosmetic/Dysport® injections.

Dr. Okamoto will be happy to answer your questions and help determine whether a surgical browlift or a non-surgical treatment will be the better option for your needs and goals.

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