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How Long Until You Can Move Your Eyebrows After A Brow Lift?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


For many men and women, the earliest signs of aging begin to appear on the forehead and around the eyes. Deep lines, droopy eyelids, and a heavy brow can actually make people look older than they are, which can be, understandably, frustrating. Facial plastic surgery is one of the most effective ways to reverse these age-related concerns, restore a more youthful appearance, and dramatically improve your overall look.

Board-certified Las Vegas plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi and the expert team at VIP Plastic Surgery offer the most advanced, cutting-edge cosmetic procedures designed specifically to address facial aging, including the brow lift. If you are considering brow lift in Las Vegas and have questions or concerns about how you will look and feel after the procedure, use this helpful information to make sure you know what to expect during brow lift recovery.

What does a brow lift do?

Brow lift surgery is designed specifically to lift and tighten the forehead, brow line, brows, and other features of the upper face. Loss of skin elasticity and descending tissue are normal side effects of aging, both of which contribute to visible forehead lines, wrinkles, and other issues in the brow area. Common concerns that can be addressed or corrected with brow lift surgery include:

  • Forehead lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Hanging upper eyelids
  • Crow’s feet
  • Downturned eyes
  • Drooping eyebrows
  • Heavy brow
  • Tired or angry appearance

How is a brow lift performed?

There are a number of approaches that can be used during brow lift surgery. Because each patient’s anatomy, concerns, and goals are different, Dr. Khorsandi takes great care to customize every brow lift to meet the patient’s specific needs. The most common Las Vegas brow lift techniques include:

  • Traditional/open incision: This type of brow lift is characterized by a lengthy incision across the top of the head, relatively far behind the hairline. The beveled nature of the incision allows the hair to grow through it, further concealing the resulting scar.

  • Trichophytic incision: For patients with a naturally good hairline position and little risk of hairline recession in the future, a trichophytic incision – which is placed along the hairline itself – may be an ideal option. Trichophytic incisions are also beveled to allow concealing hair growth, and the surgeon can make dramatic enhancements with this direct approach.

  • Endoscopic brow lift: A less invasive option that can still produce stunning results is the endoscopic brow lift, which involves tiny incisions beyond the hairline.

In addition, a lateral brow lift can be performed to address downturned outer corners, while hairline advancement can be used to reduce the size of a large forehead while also correcting age-related imperfections.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Khorsandi will carefully evaluate your concerns, skin tone, and other factors to help determine the most appropriate type of brow lift for you. Using advanced Vectra 3D imaging, Dr. Khorsandi can show patients a simulation of how their results may look based on the type of brow lift that is performed. Oftentimes, patients can achieve the most ideal and longest-lasting results through a combination of procedures. Common procedures that are paired with a brow lift include blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), facelift, and the use of cosmetic injectables.

How long is brow lift recovery?

Recovery after brow lift can vary from patient to patient and depends heavily on which surgical approach was used. For instance, recovery after a traditional brow lift is typically longer and more extensive than recovery after an endoscopic brow lift.

Generally speaking, patients should expect some level of discomfort, bruising, and swelling for the first several days after an invasive brow lift procedure. Cold compresses and prescription medication can help relieve these symptoms, and patients should sleep on their backs with their heads elevated to promote proper healing and reduce further swelling. Most patients are able to return to work about 1 – 2 weeks after a brow lift, though some residual swelling may be present. Strenuous physical activity should be restricted for about 4 – 6 weeks, or until cleared by your surgeon. While there will be a visible improvement in your look virtually immediately after surgery, the final results can take up to six months or longer to develop as the swelling resolves and the tissues settle.

How long will I be numb after a brow lift?

Temporary numbness or loss of sensation is a normal and expected part of the brow lift recovery process. Many patients are surprised to learn that it can take up to 6 – 12 months to fully regain sensation in the forehead and top of the head after brow lift surgery, though it can happen sooner in some cases. Once the majority of the swelling subsides, which usually happens in about two weeks, patients should begin to be able to make more normal facial expressions, including raising the eyebrows, even though they still feel numb. While this sensation may take some time to get used to, the overwhelming majority of patients agree that the temporary numbness after brow lift is well worth their stunning new look.

Rejuvenate your face and regain your confidence with a brow lift in Las Vegas, NV

If friends and family are beginning to point out that you look tired, angry, or worn out – even though you feel fine – it may be time to consider your options for freshening up your look. Call the knowledgeable team at VIP Plastic Surgery to schedule your private face-to-face or virtual consultation with internationally recognized board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today, and discover how life-changing brow lift surgery in Las Vegas, NV can benefit you!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.