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Brow & Forehead Lift in Phoenix

Written by Dr. Ali Ghafouri

Also Serving Patients in Scottsdale

Brow Lift ScottsdaleAs our skin loses elasticity and becomes susceptible to the pull of gravity, the brow line falls. The result? Deep forehead wrinkles and lines around the eye area that make us look worn out, upset and even angry — the opposite of how you want the world to see you!

The good news is that brow lift surgery can lift the brow line to a more youthful position while at the same time smoothing out forehead wrinkles, and even deep creases, making you look several years younger in the process.

Dr. Ghafouri, an established oculoplastic surgeon specializing in eyelid surgery, can surgically modify underlying facial musculature and tissue to create a look that is natural — for both men and women, who have different brow lines. To learn more about brow lift surgery and find out if you are a good candidate, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Ghafouri by calling Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists today!

Would You Benefit from Brow Lift Surgery?

Brow lift surgery effectively addresses the following concerns:

  • A falling, heavy looking brow line
  • Wrinkles or deep creases along the forehead
  • Eyes that look hooded due to sagging eyelid skin and/or brows
  • Vertical (“11”) lines between the eyebrows
  • A tired or “unfriendly” facial appearance

Brow Lift Procedure Details

There are different techniques for brow and forehead lifting depending on the patient’s needs, age, gender and facial anatomy. The main difference among various surgical options for brow/ forehead lifting consists of placement of incisions, the amount and the region of the lift that is needed the most. Often the brow/forehead lift is combined with blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) to give a more lasting and natural appearance.

Coronal Forehead Lift:

This is the traditional technique in which a long incision is made behind the hairline within the scalp. A large section of the skin is excised from the scalp and then the forehead is dissected from its attachments to the bone. It is pulled back and then the skin incision is closed. Significant amount of lifting can be achieved with this approach. The main disadvantage of this procedure is that the frontal hairline is shifted further back, and the possibility of permanent scalp numbness. Another option is to place the incision within the mid- forehead creases. This is primarily used in naturally deep preexisting forehead lines.

Endoscopic Forehead Lift:

This is the newest type of forehead-lift surgery. In this approach, four 1-2 inch incisions are made parallel and behind the hairline. The surgeon inserts an endoscope through the small incisions to visualize the structures underneath the skin. The endoscope is mounted on the camera and then it is viewed on a TV screen. The muscles that caused frowning are selectively removed, and the whole forehead is pulled back. Sometimes, two small dissolvable screws are placed into the skull bone to temporarily support the forehead until it heals to its new location. This procedure could be performed under IV sedation or twilight anesthesia. This approach is less invasive than the coronal lift, there is much less chance of a visible scar or numbness.

Direct Brow Lift:

In this approach only the eyebrow is lifted and not the forehead. The incision is hidden within the brow hairline. This approach is used mostly in men with bushy and heavy eyebrows.


This procedure is always combined with blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). In this approach the sutures are placed through a blepharoplasty incision, anchoring the brow tissue to forehead area at a higher position. This approach only results in limited elevation of the eyebrows.

Recovering from Surgery

Forehead Lift MesaFor the first few days after brow/forehead lift surgery in Scottsdale, you will experience a mild to moderate amount of bruising and swelling on the upper portion of your face. To help alleviate swelling, use cold compresses on the area and sleep with your upper body elevated. Dr. Ghafouri will provide you with pain medication to help with any discomfort (usually mild) that you may experience during this time. He will also provide you with a list of post-operative instructions to follow, to ensure that your recovery is as complete and comfortable as possible. Most of Dr. Ghafouri’s brow lift patients are able to return to work one week after surgery, though they should refrain from strenuous and/or weight-bearing exercise for 2-3 weeks.

Before & After Brow/Forehead Lift Photo Gallery


How much does brow and forehead lift cost?

It depends on exact type of procedure and the extent of the surgery performed. All surgical procedures are individualized according to the patient’s needs. Surgical procedures include direct brow lift, browpexy, coronal forehead lift, mid forehead lift, and endoscopic forehead lift. Depending on the kind of surgery the cost varies $3950-7500.

How long does the brow lift procedure take?

The procedure itself may take 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the surgical techniques used. You will need to arrive at the surgery center approximately one hour before surgery and will be discharged about 30-45 minutes after the surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used for brow lift surgery?

The procedure is performed under general or IV (intravenous) sedation administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The IV sedation will put you in a twilight sleep during surgery.

Will the surgery leave a noticeable scar?

Because the incisions are made behind the hairline, any resulting scars are hidden.

How long will my results last?

The age-defying effects of brow lift surgery will last for many years. Your face will appear younger than your chronological age as a result. Other factors that help you maintain your results are protecting your face from sun exposure, quitting smoking and sticking to a good skin care regimen.

What are the possible risks and complications of the surgery?

As with any type of plastic surgery, general risks include infection, poor healing, scarring, and bleeding. The risks specifically associated with browlift include, dry eyes, photosensitivity (sensitivity to the sun), headache, temporary numbness in the scalp and around the incision area. . Please read our informed consent form for a more detail discussion. In the hands of an experienced and specialized surgeon like Dr. Ghafouri, brow lift surgery is very safe with minimal risk of complications.

Why should I have Dr. Ghafouri perform my brow lift surgery?

As a facial plastic surgeon specializing in facial procedures like brow lift surgery, Dr. Ghafouri has performed over 12,000 reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgeries focused on the eyes and face. He has the specialized training and focused surgical skill set needed to ensure the most attractive, natural-looking results for all patients, regardless of their age, gender or cultural background. If you are looking for someone to perform your forehead lift in Scottsdale or Mesa, AZ, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ghafouri.


Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists

9431 E. Ironwood Square Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Phone: (480) 905-1010

Fax: (480) 905-6988

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am - 5 pm

Tuesday: 8 am - 5 pm

Wednesday: 8 am - 5 pm

Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm

Friday: 8 am - 4 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed