What is a forehead and brow lift?

Forehead lifting, also known as brow lifting, is an irreversible surgical procedure that corrects saggy eyebrows, resulting in a refreshed and less tired appearance.

It is often combined with upper blepharoplasty.

Man with forehead lifting

Male treated with endoscopic browlift and upper blepharoplasty
Source: Dr. Moubayed’s practice. Photos published with informed written consent of the patient. Not a guarantee of results. Educational purposes only.

Male treated with endoscopic browlift and upper blepharoplasty
Source: Dr. Moubayed’s practice. Photos published with informed written consent of the patient. Not a guarantee of results. Educational purposes only.

What are the potential benefits of brow lifting?

The normal position of the eyebrows in a female should be about a centimeter above the orbital rim, and it is at the level of the rim in males. With time, the eyebrows sag, causing heaviness in the upper eyelids and causing a tired or angry look.

Lifting of the brows opens the eyes and decreases this tired or angry look that many patients complain of.

What is the difference between a forehead lift and a temporal lift?

A temporal lift is a variation of the forehead lift where it is the lateral aspect of the brows (closer to the temples) that is mainly lifted.

What are the risks of forehead or brow lifting?

Like any surgery, forehead lifting presents the universal (but minimal) risks of scarring, bleeding (and bruising), infection (superficial or deep), and pain (temporary or permanent).

However, the main risk of any cosmetic surgery is to not be satisfied with the result. After a proper consultation that includes a complete examination and photo evaluation, Dr. Moubayed can generally produce the results desired by the patient. However, we do not control the healing of tissues, and some patients heal in an unpredictable way producing asymmetries or irregularities that can sometimes require touch-ups.

Forehead lifting involves the risk of producing paralysis of a facial nerve branch, temporary (and sometimes permanent) numbness of the forehead and scalp, hair loss, and changes in skin pigmentation.

Dr. Moubayed is a surgeon that is exclusively trained in facial surgery. He has a conservative and individualized approach with each patient. All patients are followed closely after surgery with very precise and very clear instructions. All of this is done in order to minimize the risks listed above.

Source: Moubayed et al., Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Concepts, Questions, Answers, 1st ed.

What happens during a forehead lifting consultation?

A consultation starts with a complete questionnaire and physical examination. Photos are taken and analyzed with your surgeon. This is an essential communication tool as some patients want changes that are not always possible in surgery.

Then, we talk about surgery and recovery, and Dr. Moubayed answers any and all questions you may have.

Multiple consultations are sometimes necessary before deciding to proceed with surgery. Cosmetic facial surgery is an important decision to make and it is important that you are well informed before proceeding with it.

How long does it take to perform a forehead lift?

Forehead lifting is a surgery that is executed with finesse and precision to minimize nerve injury. When practiced using modern technique, it takes in general about an hour.

What type of anesthesia is used for forehead lifting?

Forehead lifting can be performed under local anesthesia, or local anesthesia with sedation. When combined with a more extensive surgery such as a facelift, it can be performed under general anesthesia.

For general anesthesia, the type of anesthesia used is total intravenous anesthesia (without using anesthetic gases). This type of anesthesia is safe and helps reduce nausea and coughing after surgery. Our patients often report how positive their anesthesia experience was.

How long is recovery from a forehead lift?

Patients leave the surgical center the same day and recover at home with a large dressing and very precise instructions.

Your first post-operative appointment will take place 5 to 7 days later, where your dressing and stitches and staples will be removed, and your wound will be examined. At that point you can return to your regular activities and any bruising can be hidden with concealer.

Light physical activity can be resumed after a week, but for more vigorous activities like weightlifting, it is recommended to wait three weeks to minimize bleeding risk.

Source: Moubayed et al., Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Concepts, Questions, Answers, 1st ed.

How long does swelling last after forehead lifting?

After a week, you will very presentable in society. The majority of swelling decreases over the first three months, but minimal (barely visible) swelling can persist for up to a year.

What is non-surgical brow lifting?

Non-surgical brow lifting is when neuromodulators (botulinum toxin) is used to raise the eyebrows. This is a temporary solution that must be repeated.

How do I find the best surgeon for forehead lifting in Montreal?

It is important to look at multiple factors during your submental liposuction surgeon choice:

1- Does your surgeon have specific expertise in facial surgery and anatomy to be able to minimize complications?

2- Can your surgeon perform all types of procedures on the forehead and eyes to be able to choose which one is most adapted to your needs?

3- Did you have a positive experience and feel comfortable during your consultation?

Before and after photos of brow lifting

How do I contact Dr. Moubayed for a consultation?

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