Brow Lift

Brow lift surgery, also called a forehead lift, is one of several cosmetic procedures that can help to elevate the brows and restore them to a natural, youthful position.

As we age, the natural elasticity of our skin begins to lessen in the forehead, brow, and eyelids, leading to a low or sagging brow, and an expression at rest that makes others think we’re tired or angry. This surgical procedure also can work to improve wrinkles in the upper and middle portions of the face. The result of a brow lift procedure is a rejuvenated appearance in the forehead, eyebrow, and eyelid areas.



Removal of horizontal creases across the forehead will help to reveal smooth, youthful skin above the eyebrows.


Vertical furrows between the brows, commonly called “frown lines,” can help to express a more cheerful and relaxed facial appearance compared to an “angry” appearance with a sagging brow.


Drooping brows that hang over the eyes can make you appear tired or unhappy. With a brow lift, this skin is elevated, providing a more refreshed and alert appearance to your eyes and eyelids.


Droopy, excess skin and fatty tissue from the eyebrows can be lifted to correct impaired vision from this overhang of the eyelids.

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How do I know when I’m ready for a brow lift?

Many people can benefit from a targeted cosmetic procedure like a brow lift. To know if you might be ready for forehead rejuvenation, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have heaviness in your brow or eyelids?
  • Has anyone asked if you are angry or tired when are not?
  • Do you have deep lines and wrinkles in your forehead and/or between your eyes?
  • Are you generally healthy?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, in addition to being in overall good health, you might be a good candidate for one of Dr. Gilpin’s specialized brow lift techniques.



  • Utilizes several tiny incisions hidden within the hairline
  • Uses an endoscope (thin tube with a camera and light attached) to see and adjust the brow position to a new, relaxed height
  • The muscles of the forehead and between the eyes are surgically relaxed, to correct deep wrinkles and lines


  • Utilizes an incision hidden along or within the hairline above the forehead (also called coronal brow lift)
  • The skin is lifted, which moves the brow to a natural, rejuvenated position
  • The muscles of the forehead and between the eyes are surgically relaxed, to correct deep wrinkles and lines
  • Excess skin is removed, and the new brow position is secured as the incision is sutured together


Dr. David Gilpin is a highly respected Nashville facial surgeon with not one but two board certifications for plastic and facial surgery. This demonstrates his expertise in the area of facial rejuvenation, but experiencing his demeanor firsthand is why many people choose Gilpin Facial Plastics for their procedures. Learn more about brow lifts and other procedures that might be right for you by calling our office or contacting us online today.



  • How long does a brow lift last?

    The longevity of results from your brow lift will vary, however, most patients retain their results for 5 to 7 years. It is important to note that your skin continues aging, by getting the brow lift you will look younger, but you will still age.

  • How painful is a brow lift?

    Dr. Gilpin performs the brow lift procedure using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation with local anesthesia. This ensures that patients feel no pain or discomfort during their brow lift procedure. This procedure is outpatient so patients can go home to relax the same day. It is common to feel slight discomfort and tightness in the forehead which can be managed with pain medication.

  • What age should you get a brow lift?

    There is no exact ideal age to get a brow lift procedure. Patients choose to undergo a brow lift when they have signs of aging in the forehead area. Most of our patients are between the ages of 40 and 65.

  • Does a brow lift help hooded eyes?

    Many patients seek a brow lift to fix their hooded eyes. A brow lift can be used to treat hooded eyes if they are caused by a drooping brow. However, if the hooded eyes are caused by excess skin or fat in the upper eyelids then a blepharoplasty may need to be performed, in addition to the brow lift.

  • What is the time frame for recovery after a brow lift? Does a brow lift hurt?

    Most patients experience minimal pain after a brow lift, and typically report a feeling of “tightness”. This resolves over the next three to four days as you recover. Dr. Gilpin advises that you sleep with your back and head elevated for the first few days after the procedure, and mild activities such as walking can be performed during this time. Most patients can return to work one week after surgery, but strenuous activities and heavy lifting must be avoided for at least a few weeks. During your consultation, we will provide you with specific instructions to follow after your procedure to ensure the safest and most effective recovery.

  • What procedures are commonly combined with brow lift surgery?

    Dr. Gilpin typically performs facelift surgery, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), and injectable fillers along with some brow lifts to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.

  • How do I know if I need an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) combined with my brow lift to rejuvenate my eyes?

    During your consultation, Dr. Gilpin will examine your brows and eyelids to determine if an eyelid lift would be needed to optimize your results. He will explain and demonstrate in the mirror how sagging brows as well as excess tissue in the eyelids can contribute to drooping in the upper eyelids. To determine if a brow lift alone will correct this condition, place your fingers just above your eyebrows and lift them into a more favorable position. If most of the skin in the upper eyelid is improved, a brow lift is most likely right for you. If excess tissue in the eyelid remains, eyelid surgery may also be needed to rejuvenate the eyes. Lower eyelid surgery can also be performed to remove excess skin and bags below the eyes.