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Updated: 1/14/2003 11:29 am
The eyebrow-lift, sometimes called a forehead-lift, is a procedure intended primarily to tighten skin and reduce wrinkling from the brow area and up. It can improve signs of aging such as frown lines and sagging eyebrows, which give your face a tired or angry expression. While a brow-lift may lessen upper eye wrinkles and crow's feet, its effectiveness in the mid-face is limited. Thus, an eyebrow-lift is often performed in combination with other techniques such as a face-lift or eyelid surgery. Brow-lifts are generally outpatient procedures performed under local anesthesia. Typically, the incision is made at or in the hairline to hide the scar. Through this incision, a doctor works to re-suspend the forehead and eyebrows, then redistributes or cuts away the excess skin. In some cases, a surgeon may use a lighted instrument called an endoscope (IN-doe-scope), which allows an interior view of the forehead area. The endoscope tends to reduce risks like scarring, receding of the hairline, and scalp numbness, which often result from traditional methods. Still, some swelling and bruising will occur, and may last several weeks. After surgery, patients need to limit their activities but can probably go back to work within two weeks.

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