Brow Lift/Forehead Lift

In Scottsdale, AZ

Lift and rejuvenate the upper face.

What is a Brow & Forehead Lift?

As we age, the facial muscles become lax and collagen production slows down, leading to sagging skin and deep wrinkles like vertical forehead lines. A brow lift, also called a forehead lift, addresses low

brows and signs of aging on the forehead. Dr. Ghafouri offers several different types of brow and forehead lift surgery to our patients at Arizona Oculoplastic Surgery.

Before And After

Would You Benefit from Brow & Forehead Lift?

Men and women who want to rejuvenate their upper face and brighten their eyes are often great candidates for a brow lift. Cosmetic concerns addressed with this procedure include:

  • Deep vertical forehead wrinkles
  • Drooping eyebrows and/or eyelid skin
  • Glabellar lines (frown lines) between the brows
  • Constantly tired or aged appearance

Different brow lift techniques can better target different concerns. To learn whether you are a good candidate and to discuss your surgical options in more detail, we recommend you schedule a consultation with Dr. Ghafouri.

The Brow Lift Procedure

The brow and forehead lift is an outpatient procedure that can be performed under general anesthesia or twilight sedation with a local anesthetic. The surgical procedure can take as little as 30 minutes or up to 2 hours, depending on the techniques being used. Dr. Ghafouri will carefully place your incisions so that the resulting scars are well-hidden.

Types of Brow and Forehead Lifts

Coronal Brow Lift

The coronal approach is the traditional brow lift technique. During the procedure a long incision is made behind the hairline and a large section of excess skin is excised from the scalp. The remaining forehead skin is pulled back and then the incision is closed. A significant amount of lifting can be achieved with this approach, but one disadvantage is that the hairline is shifted back. There is also a greater possibility of permanent scalp numbness. To avoid shifting the hairline, another option is to place the incision within the mid-forehead creases where deep forehead lines naturally exist.

Endoscopic Brow Lift

In this approach, four small, parallel incisions are made behind the hairline. Dr. Ghafouri inserts a tiny camera called an endoscope through the small incisions to visualize the structures underneath the skin. The muscles responsible for deep frown lines 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. Endoscopic brow lifts are less invasive than the coronal lift, and there is much less chance of a visible scar or numbness.

Direct Brow Lift

The direct brow lift only lifts the brows, not the forehead. However, there is a significant amount of brow lifting that can be achieved and frown lines between the brows can also be improved. Incisions are typically hidden within the brow hairline, making this a great choice for men who naturally have bushy or heavy eyebrows.


A browpexy combines a forehead lift and an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). Sutures are placed in the underlying tissue through blepharoplasty incisions. These sutures anchor the brow tissue at a higher position in the forehead area. Although the browpexy has the added benefit of brightening the eyes, this approach only allows for limited elevation of the eyebrows.

Brow & Forehead Lift Recovery

Full brow lift recovery can take several weeks but most patients are able to return to work in one week and more strenuous activities in about three weeks. For the first few days after surgery, mild to moderate swelling, bruising, and discomfort will occur but can be alleviated with prescription pain medication and cold compresses. Dr. Ghafouri will also provide you with a list of post-op instructions so that your recovery is as smooth and comfortable as possible. Your rejuvenated, youthful appearance will last for many years and can be maintained with a healthy diet and quality skincare routine, including daily sunscreen application.

Frequently Asked Questions About Brow & Forehead Lifts

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.

Meet Dr. Ali Ghafouri

Dr. Ghafouri MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with specialized training in oculoplastic and orbital surgery. His exclusive specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid and facial surgery sets him apart from other plastic surgeons who practice a larger range of facial and body surgeries. The eyes are a complex and dynamic structure that requires the trained eye of an eyelid surgeon like Dr. Ghafouri to achieve the best possible results. He has performed over 12,000 aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries, each with a personalized approach and commitment to exceptional results.

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