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Brow Lift

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Procedure Duration

Surgery Length

1 Hour



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Synopsis of Surgery

Tightening and lifting of drooping skin near and around your forehead and eyebrow area will smooth out deep wrinkles and give the appearance of a more youthful and rejuvenated look.


4 weeks until resuming physical exercise

1 week off from work/household duties


General Anesthesia

Alternative Names

Endobrow, Forehead Lift

Reverse the effects of time and recapture a more youthful and refreshed look with a brow lift. A smoother, lifted appearance of the area above the eyebrows can make you look years younger and more relaxed.

What Is a Brow Lift?

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, corrects drooping brows and diminishes the horizontal lines and furrows that can make you appear angry, sad or tired. The muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping are changed in order to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines.

Experience and Innovation to Improve Patient Outcomes

At the Plastic Surgery Clinic we perform approximately 100 brow lift procedures per year, making us very experienced in brow lift surgery. Our main philosophy is to achieve a soft and natural look for all our patients, while performing the operation as safely as possible.

In order to meet that goal, Toronto plastic surgery providers Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin have developed extensive expertise with an innovative endoscopic brow lift technique that provides you with more precise results, quicker recovery times, and much less scarring.

Empower Yourself with Knowledge

If you are considering this important surgery please explore the links on the left to learn more. If you have more questions about whether a brow lift is for you, please contact us [email protected] to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin.

What is a brow lift?

What Is a Brow Lift?

A brow or forehead lift is a surgical procedure that helps reduce wrinkle lines that develop around the forehead and between the eyes, improving frown lines. It can be used to raise sagging brows that have created a hooded effect on the upper eyelids, repositioning them to create a more youthful-looking, alert appearance.

Most forehead lift operations take about two hours. A friend or relative will need to come and pick you up, take you home and stay with you for 24 hours.

Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin are experts in an innovative technique called an endoscopic brow lift that minimizes scarring and reduces recovery time. In this procedure, the hair is parted and four or five short scalp incisions, each less than an inch in length, are made within the hair. The resulting scars are nearly invisible and are further hidden by your hair.

An endoscope – a 4 mm-wide pencil-like viewing scope connected to a television monitor – is inserted through one of the incisions, providing your plastic surgeon with a clear view of the muscles and tissues beneath the skin. Your surgeon uses another instrument, inserted through a different incision, to the lift the forehead skin and remove or modify the muscles and underlying tissues to produce a smoother appearance. The eyebrows may also be lifted and secured into a higher position by absorbable fixation devices placed behind the hairline. When the lift is complete, the scalp incisions are closed with stitches and clips and the area is washed to prevent irritation.

Where Your Brow Lift is Performed

Your forehead lift can be performed right on site in the state-of-the-art facilities of The Plastic Surgery Clinic. The clinic meets and even exceeds national, provincial and municipal health care facility standards in such important areas as equipment quality and infection control.

If you prefer, you can choose to have your surgery at one of the hospitals where our highly skilled plastic surgeons, Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin, enjoy privileges. These include the Mississauga site of the Trillium Health Centre, where Dr. Lista was Chief of Plastic Surgery, and the University Health Network, where Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin continue to provide their services.

No matter where you choose to have your surgery, there is always a surgeon on call to respond to your concerns. In addition, a board-certified anesthesiologist will administer your local or general anaesthetic, stay with you during the entire operation, and will be there as you wake up.

The Best Candidates for a Brow Lift

The Best Candidates for a Brow LiftA brow lift can be performed on people of any age who have furrows or frown lines brought on by stress or muscle activity, as well as inherited conditions, such as a low, heavy brow or furrowed lines above the nose. In order to visualize what a brow/forehead lift could do for you, look into a mirror and place the palms of your hands at the outer edges of your eyes, above your eyebrows, and gently draw the skin up to raise the brow and the forehead area.

A brow lift is sometimes performed in conjunction with a facelift to provide a smoother overall look to the face. If a patient has skin overhanging the upper eyelids, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may also be necessary. Patients who believe they need upper-eyelid surgery often find that a brow/forehead lift better meets their surgical goals. If you are bald, have a receding hairline, or have had previous upper-eyelid surgery, your Toronto forehead lift surgeon will simply alter the incision location or perform a more conservative operation.

While a brow/forehead lift can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, it may not change your looks to match your ideal. It is important that you carefully deliberate about your expectations and discuss them with your cosmetic surgeon before undergoing the operation.

Preparing for a Brow Lift

A brow lift is a very individualized procedure, so the first thing we do is listen: we listen to your needs; we ask you to describe your ideal look.

Your consultation will involve a physical examination and a careful medical history. Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad or Dr. Austin will spend as much time as you need to make sure both you and your surgeon know exactly what you want. It may not always be possible to meet all your expectations with surgery, so it crucial that you understand what is a realistic outcome.

Your cosmetic surgeon will also instruct you on how to prepare for surgery in order to achieve the best result, including guidelines on eating, drinking, and taking certain vitamins and medications. Smokers should plan to stop smoking for a minimum of one or two weeks before surgery and during recovery, as smoking decreases circulation and interferes with proper healing.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly. If you smoke, it’s especially important to stop at least one month before and after surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, and can seriously affect the healing of your incision areas.

Recovery Following a Brow Lift

Following surgery, your head will be wrapped loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any excess fluid. This tube will be removed the day after your surgery and the large dressing will be replaced with a much lighter dressing. This will allow you to shower and wash your hair. Significant discomfort after a forehead lift is rare, yet if you do experience any discomfort we will prescribe pain medication.

You should be up and about in a day or two, but make sure you get plenty of rest in the first week – you should let your body spend its energy on healing. Most of our forehead lift patients are back at work between 10 days to two weeks after surgery, while endoscopic patients may feel ready to return even sooner.

You should avoid strenuous activity including sex and heavy work, for at least two weeks, though walking and mild stretching are fine. Strenuous aerobics or weight lifting should be avoided for a month. Makeup can mask most bruising that remains, but you should be especially gentle with your face and hair, since your skin will be both tender and numb, and may not respond normally at first.

Brow Lift Risks & Complications

Complications are rare and usually minor when a brow/forehead lift is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.

In rare cases, the nerves that control eyebrow movement may be injured on one or both sides, resulting in a loss of ability to raise the eyebrows or wrinkle the forehead that may require additional surgery or may be permanent.

Another rare complication, the formation of a broad scar, may be treated surgically by removing the wide scar tissue so a new, thinner scar may result. In addition, some Toronto brow lift patients experience hair loss along the scar edges. Typically temporary, but sometimes permanent, loss of sensation along, or just beyond, the incision line is common, especially with the classic forehead lift procedure. Infection and bleeding are very rare, but are possibilities. If a complication should occur during an endoscopic brow/forehead lift, there is a small chance that we may have to abandon the endoscopic approach and switch to the conventional, open procedure. This may result in a more extensive scar and a longer recovery period.

You can reduce your risk of all complications by closely following our instructions both before and after surgery.

Brow Lift Photo Gallery

Most of our Toronto and Mississauga brow lift patients are pleased with the results of their forehead lift. Until they see how much younger and more rested they appear, they don’t realize just how much their forehead contributed to the overall signs of aging.

While a brow/forehead lift is very effective and lasts for many years, your face will nevertheless continue to age, and you may want to repeat the procedure one or more times, perhaps five or ten years later. A brow/forehead lift does not stop the clock, but years later you will continue to look better than if you’d never had a forehead lift at all.

If you’d like to see all of our procedure photo collections, please see our photo galleries.

How Much Does a Brow Lift Cost?

Brow lift procedures are usually not covered by OHIP (or other provincial health plans), nor are they covered by most company benefits plans. You may be surprised to discover, however, that cosmetic surgery can be quite affordable, especially with financing plans that spread the cost out over time. Our patients frequently remark that, what they initially saw as a high cost, now feels like an important investment in their wellbeing. It is important to note that the price of a procedure can vary based on a variety of factors. When you speak with your plastic surgeon in consult you will be given a more specific estimate.

To find out more about the cost of a brow lift, please contact us by phone or e-mail or by filling out the Request for Information form below.

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