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Brow Lift

A brow lift, also called a forehead lift, reduces the wrinkles and creasing that appear on the forehead. It can also reduce sagging in the brow and lift it if it is too low.

What to expect during brow lift surgery

The plastic surgeons at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, Maryland, can do two different kinds of brow lift, depending on the end result you want:

  • Endoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique. The surgeon makes small incisions behind the hairline.
  • Open surgery involves making incisions either at or behind the hairline to allow the surgeon to pull up the forehead and brows. This surgery allows better lift and wrinkle treatment. Scars are hidden behind the hairline.

Our surgeons can help you decide which surgery will work best for your goals.

Both endoscopic and open surgery are outpatient procedures. You will be given local anesthesia and sedation to ensure your comfort.

Recovery from brow lift surgery

For a few days after the surgery, you will have swelling and bruising on your forehead and possibly in the cheek and eye area as well. Your doctor will give you more detailed information and instructions for care prior to the surgery and after.

Generally, you can expect your recovery to take no longer than two weeks.

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