A forehead lift, also known as a browlift or browplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to elevate a drooping eyebrow that may obstruct vision and/or to remove the deep “worry” lines that run across the forehead and may portray to others anger, sternness, hostility, fatigue or other unintended emotions.
The eyebrows help relay emotions one feels, including anger, surprise, sadness, and happiness. The aging process can cause the eyebrows to droop. This may cause an individual to appear tired, worried, or sad even when he/she is not feeling these emotions. Restoring the eyebrows to their natural position can help rejuvenate the aging face and help relay your true emotions to other individuals. This procedure can also help you better visualize your upper eyelids.
In people with severe brow drooping, it may help improve or correct peripheral visual loss. In such cases where this type of visual loss of documented by an eye doctor, insurance may cover some of the cost of the procedure. The eyebrow lift may also be performed to correct eyebrow asymmetry (two eyebrows that are at different heights). There are many ways to perform a browlift; the best approach varies with each patient. Your physician will explain the advantages and disadvantages of the different approaches during your consult. In general, browlifts are done through incisions that are either hidden in or behind the hairline. Usually, this procedure is performed using an endoscope to minimize the size of the incisions and reduce recovery time. Sometimes (especially in male patients), the incision is hidden in a prominent forehead crease.