What to Expect From a Forehead Lift


Forehead lift, which is also known as a browlift, is a surgical procedure that aims to reposition the brows to a higher more youthful position correcting the saggy eyebrows that tend to overshadow the upper eyelids. It also softens the lines and wrinkles formed on the forehead and between the eyes. These lines can often make one appear angry, tired or stressed.
The upper face, or the area around the eyes, is undoubtedly one of the most defining features of one’s face and these are the reasons why people go for a forehead lift surgery in Dubai. This procedure corrects the unwanted alterations of your upper face and gives you a youthful look.

The Purpose Of Forehead Lift Procedure

Brow ptosis or drooping of the brows can result in a tired and heavy looking upper face with hooding of the upper eyelids.
Also one can develop horizontal lines on the forehead for various reasons. The causing factor can just be one’s age. The wrinkles can also develop owing to the basic structure or type of one’s face.
The same is the case with the vertical lines or frown lines, which appear between the brows. Factors like continuously working under pressure, having eyesight problems, and merely developing the habit of frowning or squinting during reading can cause such creases to appear.

Being part of the overall landscape of the face, the forehead influences one’s look to a great extent. The very purpose of forehead lift surgery is to correct these changes and give people a young-looking appearance.

Expected Results From Forehead Lift

You can expect the following results from the forehead lift procedure:

  • Smoother forehead skin
  • Reduced forehead wrinkles and creases
  • Lifted eyebrows
  • Eyes that look more open and fresh
  • Enhanced eyebrow arch
  • A youthful touch
  • Improved condition of lines around the outer corner of your eyes

Quick Question: Can a Forehead lift fix crow feet?

A forehead lift does not completely fix crows feet (wrinkles on the outer edges of one’s eyes), but it does significantly relax them to an extent. However, if you want them gone, you can consider adding botox for this area or a deep chemical peel or laser.

How Is A forehead lift Performed?

A Forehead lift is performed either under a local anesthesia with added sedation or a general anesthesia.
The Plastic Surgeon then prepares the site of the incision by sectioning the hair so it doesn’t come in the way of the procedure.
There are two main types of incisions used for a forehead lift. Nowadays your Plastic Surgeon will perform the procedure via small tiny incisions in the hairline with the help of an endoscope which is a small camera. Traditionally however a long cut was made extending from one ear, over the head, to the next ear. Very rarely with very large foreheads the incision is placed in front of the hairline.
The skin and the underlying structures are then lifted and pulled back and secured in the new higher position. The incisions are then closed.

Are you a good candidate?

Any person who is physically healthy is a good candidate for the procedure. Nonetheless, you should be a non-smoker or should stop smoking months before you go for the surgery.

Preparation Before Surgery

Your Plastic Surgeon will help you adequately prepare for the procedure. Here are the normal suggestions that doctors give before your surgery:

  • Standard lab tests
  • A thorough medical evaluation
  • Stopping the intake of Aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Quitting smoking


Care After Surgery

  • Let the bandages around your head stay in place to subside swelling and avoid bruising
  • Try to keep your head in an elevated position for the first three days to assist with the drainage
  • Keep your wounds clean to avoid infection
  • Don’t pick your scars after the wrappings have been removed
  • Don’t apply heat to the operated area
  • Avoid heavy physical activity after the forehead lift


Possible risks

Complications of this procedure are rare but include:

  • Nerve damage and subsequent inability to move brows
  • Asymmetry in facial appearance
  • Infection
  • Hair loss at the area of the incision
  • Excessive bleeding

Recovery Period

The recovery period for forehead lift surgery is between two to three weeks. One can be expected to return to routine work within this period. After two weeks most of the swelling and bruising will have resolved however swelling continues to improve over the next six weeks.

Consultation With Al Shunnar Plastic Surgery

If you have any more questions related to this procedure, feel free to reach out to our team. Your individual session with one of our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons will be scheduled to evaluate you for the procedure.