Forehead Lift


What is a forehead lift?

As middle age approaches, age related changes begin to appear in the brow and forehead. Repeated movement of facial muscles causes furrows to develop between the brows and horizontal lines to form on the forehead. Additionally, the long-term effects of gravity manifest as drooping eyebrows and a heavy, tired, or angry appearance around the eyes.

Botox® is an excellent treatment for the horizontal forehead and vertical frown lines. A more permanent solution to address both the lines as well as the drooping brow is a forehead lift (also called a brow lift). A forehead lift can restore the brows to a more youthful position, decrease excess upper lid skin slightly, and soften frown lines.

How is a forehead lift performed?

Drs. Thompson, Henstrom, and Manning perform forehead lift surgery in the operating room under a general anesthetic. The incisions are hidden in the hairline. This procedure is often combined with a temporal lift or midface lift, as the same incisions are used for all of these procedures. In addition, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is often performed with a forehead lift. The brow is restored to a more youthful position and the frowning muscles are weakened.

  • Restores youthful appearance and position of the brow
  • Long-term or permanent correction of frown lines and creases
  • Can improve eyelid appearance
  • Allows excellent results with well hidden incisions
  • One of the most long-lasting surgical procedures
  • Safe and effective

Reasons For Browlift or Forehead lift surgery

Aging or natural genetics can cause the brows to move downward over time. Skin and soft tissue lose strength and ability to snap back after muscles stretch over time with natural facial movement. This causes the brow to come down into the eyelid area, causing distance to shorten between the brows and eyelashes.

The lower position of the eyebrows can make one look tired, sad, or angry.  You may consider a brow lift if you have a low brow line or sagging eyebrows that also contribute to heavy eyelids.


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Forehead lift surgery faq's

A full facelift is performed under a general anesthetic with a patient completely asleep. UFP has a state of the art accredited surgical suite in Draper where most of our surgeries are performed. We also perform some of our surgeries at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful. Incisions are made from in front of the hairline and ear, all the way on the back side of the ear and into the posterior hairline. A majority of the time we also include an incision under the chin for better access into the neck. Facial and neck tissues are elevated in a way to release them from deeper attachments and allow them to be lifted and supported in a superior direction. Permanent stitiches are then placed in the elevated deeper muscles layers of the face to lift and suspend. The strength of the lift is truly in lifting the deeper tissues and placing the tension on that tissue. Excess skin is then excised all around the incision and the incision is closed with sutures that will be removed over the intervening 7-10 days. We typically use 2 drains under the skin to help evacuate any possible excess fluid from under the tissues and help prevent a hematoma.

Utah Facial Plastic's double board-certified facial plastic surgeons are specialized in facelift, browlift, and neck lift surgery. They are able to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure or another procedure and if it is necessary. They will exam individual facial features and signs of aging, curating a plan just for you. Recommendations may include combining with other procedures for overall facial rejuvenation, ultimately the decision to move forward with a procedure is personal. Honest and optimal recommendations will be made to address facial aging and personal desires. 

There is a fair amount of discomfort in the first few days of your recovery due to the extensive tissue trauma involved with a facelift, but most patients note that it is tolerable. Bruising and swelling may more bothersome than the pain, although this will pass, preparing for the process and having patience is part of a rewarding recovery. The skin will feel tight in the face and the neck. There are also areas of numbness that can last for months. This is completely normal, and will resolve over time. Numbness is simply a result of your facial nerves adjusting to the re-draped skin.

Utah Facial Plastics has been practicing for 16 years. Our surgeons are specialized in procedures of the face and neck, performing 8 times as many facelift procedures than the average plastic surgeon nation wide. They have extensive training and experience and are highly noted amongst their peers. With locations in Layton and Draper, UT we have been serving patients all along the Intermountain West region and surrounding areas. 

Our surgeons and staff have a great reputation, with UFP having over 2500 5-star reviews.  Learn more about our facial plasti surgeons and their credentials along with our accredited surgical suite. We are transformation you can trust. 

Utah Facial Plastics performs general anesthesia procedures in our on-site accredited surgical suite in Draper, Utah or in local hospitals such as Lakeview Hospital and Lonepeak hospital. Following your consultation, a surgical coordinator will get you additional information such as cost, preparing for surgery and recovery, as well as scheduling information. 

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Interested in getting a forehead or brow lift  in Salt Lake City, Draper, Layton, Utah and the surrounding areas? Contact Utah Facial Plastics for more information or to schedule an appointment call 801.776.2220.

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