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Forehead Lift (brow lift)

A forehead lift (brow lift) is a common procedure used to smooth and reduce the lines in the forehead. With age, the upper third of the face from the tissue just above the upper eyelids to the hairline can begin to descend and wrinkles can develop not only horizontally across the forehead, but also between the eyebrows, giving one a tired or even sometimes angry appearance.

This procedure reverses this appearance, restoring a more youthful, rested countenance.


Two weeks prior to your operation, you will need to discontinue medications which can lead to surgical complications. You will meet with Dr. Parker and his nurse for a second visit, during which any remaining questions regarding the operation are answered. You will then be asked to sign a surgical consent which gives the doctor your permission to carry out the procedure of forehead lift.

Specific instructions regarding the date and time of your procedure will be given to you in writing. You will need to arrange for an escort to drive you to and from our surgical center on the day of the operation and for the first postoperative visit. You should wear loose fitting clothing that will wash easily in the event they are soiled. Do not wear jewelry, contact lenses, or bring valuables to the operating room.

Remove all body jewelry from pierced body parts; this can interfere with the procedure and may represent a safety threat to you because of the use of electrocautery during the procedure.

Do not shave your scalp prior to surgery; this may increase your risk of infection. Appropriate shaving will be done on the morning of your procedure. Perms and bleaching should be avoided for two weeks prior to and two weeks after your brow lift.

The balance of your surgical fee is due at the preoperative visit. You will receive prescriptions for preventative antibiotics to decrease your risk of infection and a narcotic analgesic for post-operative pain relief.

Recovery Period

You will most likely feel like sleeping for the rest of the day. Often, patients do develop a headache from the tension placed on their scalp.

Dr. Parker uses a long-lasting local anesthetic block to provide a measure of pain relief for several hours after surgery, but it will be necessary for you to take pain medication for about 3-5 days afterwards.

You will not be able to wash your hair until after your first postoperative visit. You should plan to apply ice compresses to your eyes to diminish swelling and bruising. You should anticipate some swelling and bruising around the eye area, which typically resolves in under 2 weeks.

You will be seen the day after your surgery, and your dressings removed. You will then be allowed to wash your hair. You will return for removal of wound clips on day 5 or 6.

Most patients return to work at one week or less. Final results are usually evident at 3-6 weeks, though there may be some minimal swelling which needs to disappear over the first three months.

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