Brow Lift / Forehead Lift


Do you feel as if the position of your eyebrows hangs too low on your face? Do you have age-related lines on your forehead that you want to remove? If so, a brow lift or forehead lift may be the perfect treatment option for you. This cosmetic plastic surgery procedure can revitalize drooping or lined foreheads, adjust the skin above the eyes to smooth the forehead, diminish frown lines, and elevate the eyebrows. As a result, patients can restore a more youthful appearance that makes them look less tired, angry, or sad.


What does brow lift / forehead lift  surgery address?

This procedure is the perfect treatment for patients who are looking to correct:


  • Frown lines (wrinkles on the forehead)
  • Excessive skin above and around the eyebrows
  • The effects of aging with inelastic skin
  • A brow position that is too low

What does a brow lift / forehead lift entail?

The forehead and eyebrows make up the upper one-third of the face. A standard face and neck lift is really a lift of the lower two-thirds of the face and neck. A forehead lift is a facelift of the upper one-third of the face. It may be combined with a standard face and neck lift or an eyelid lift to provide a more harmonious overall facial rejuvenation.


A forehead lift is recommended for people whose eyebrows have become droopy with time and whose forehead has deep wrinkles. It is a more permanent way to improve the deep horizontal and vertical grooves on the forehead that develop after years of facial expression.


Both a brow lift and forehead lift are standard, outpatient procedures. You will be under general or local anesthesia during the entirety of the surgery. Dr. Delia can utilize two techniques to perform this surgery: traditional or minimally invasive. During the operation, Dr. Delia will evaluate the skin above your eyebrows to smooth your forehead, elevate your brows, and diminish your frown lines for a more symmetric and rejuvenated appearance of the upper face.


During a traditional brow lift or forehead lift, Dr. Delia will make a limited incision behind your hairline.If you have thinning hair, the incision can be placed further back to minimize visibility. Next, your forehead skin will be lifted, tissue will be removed, muscles will be adjusted, and your brows may be lifted. Any excess skin will be trimmed, and the incision will be closed up with stitches. The scar is typically within the hairline and well-concealed.


During your one on one consultation with Dr. Delia, you will discuss what approach will be best for your own personal aesthetic goals.

After the procedure

There is some recovery involved, however, with less invasive up-to-date techniques, this may be minimized. Many people may say how well rested you look, or ask if you’ve changed your hairstyle. This procedure alone can make you look anywhere from five to ten years younger.


After your operation, you will be able to return home. You will be encouraged to walk around that evening to prevent blood clots and promote healing. If surgical staples were used to close the incision, they would be removed one week after your surgery (along with your stitches).

Patients are usually able to return to work after 4-6 days. The majority of your swelling and bruising will fade after a week, and strenuous activities should be avoided during that time. Scars from a brow or forehead lift typically disappear within a few months and are well-concealed.

Who are good candidates for a brow lift / forehead lift?

A forehead lift can minimize the visible signs of aging in the upper face, drooping eyebrows, “hooding” over the eyes, deep forehead furrows, and deep frown lines. Although often coupled with facelift surgery, men and women of any age may benefit from a forehead lift to correct inherited conditions such as droopy brows or deep frown lines.


Deep furrows on the forehead, frown lines over the eyes, drooping eyebrows and hood-like skin over the eyes are all conditions that can make you look older than you are or feel. Whether age or heredity causes these conditions, a forehead lift (or brow lift) can give you a more youthful, well-rested appearance.  Dr. Stephen Delia has been providing forehead lifts for many years in his practice.


Slight changes in the height of the eyebrows can have major effects on your apparent age and remarkable effect on how your eyes appear.  Many women pluck or wax their eyebrows in order to change the height of their brow. A higher arched eyebrow is a sign of youth and can highlight your eyes and draw attention to them. A droopy eyebrow with hooding of the eyelids, may draw attention away from your eyes, and is more typical of the male brow.


The decision to receive plastic surgery is a highly personal one. During your consultation Dr. Delia will discuss your aesthetic goals and recommend a treatment path that is unique to your anatomy.

Schedule a consultation in the South Shore of Boston

If you have been considering a facial rejuvenation procedure, a forehead/brow lift may be the answer for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Delia to begin your journey to a new you. Contact us online or call our practice on the South Shore at 781-934-1599 to get started.

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