What is a forehead lift?

The forehead lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that also is known as a brow lift or temporal lift. The procedure cosmetically corrects creases in the forehead skin, hooded upper eyelids, and sagging eyebrows.

During a forehead lift, the surgeon maneuvers tissues and removes segments of muscles and skin that cause wrinkles or deep frown lines. This procedure sometimes is performed along with other forms of cosmetic surgery.

There are two methods to lift the forehead and eyebrow areas: the classic lift and endoscopic lift.

  • The classic lift, sometimes called a “coronal lift,” involves one continuous incision, from ear to ear across the top of the head. To correct a high forehead the surgeon might recommend the incision follow the frontal hair line.
  • In the endoscopic lift, the surgeon makes a few shorter incisions in the scalp. He or she inserts a scope (a thin tube attached to a camera) into one of the incisions in order to view the tissues and muscles from a screen while using another device inserted in another incision to make the necessary alterations. In this procedure, the tissue will be anchored either with a temporary or permanent stitch or anchor below the scalp. These anchors will keep the tissue under control for years. Because the incisions are smaller, this procedure is less invasive. You will experience minimal scarring and shortened recovery time.