A forehead lift or "browlift" is a procedure that restores a more youthful,
refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and
improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired.
In a forehead lift, the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping are removed
or altered to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines. Dr. Reichner
may use the conventional surgical method, in which the incision is hidden just at or behind
the hairline; or it may be performed with the use of an endoscope, a viewing instrument that
allows the procedure to be performed with minimal incisions. Both techniques yield similar
results -- smoother forehead skin and a more animated appearance.
A forehead lift is most commonly performed in the 40-60 age range to minimize
the visible effects of aging. However, it can also help people of any age who
have developed furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscle activity.
Individuals with inherited conditions, such as a low, heavy brow or furrowed
lines above the nose can achieve a more alert and refreshed look with this procedure.
Forehead lift is often performed in conjunction with a facelift to provide a
smoother overall look to the face. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may also be
performed at the same time as a forehead lift, especially if a patient has significant
skin overhang in the upper eyelids. Sometimes, patients who believe they need
upper-eyelid surgery find that a forehead lift better meets their surgical goals.