The terms “brow lift” and “forehead lift” are often used synonymously to refer to surgical procedures that address aging from the eyebrows up. Though, to facial plastic surgeons, there is a subtle difference between the two procedures, even if they often address the same areas and concerns. Let’s take a closer look at the question, “What is the difference between a brow lift and a forehead lift?”
A brow lift–the most common of the two terms–as the name suggests, alters the position of the eyebrows. As the skin stops producing collagen and elasticity, it can cause the brows to droop which can make the area look aged. In extreme cases, it can even obstruct vision. A brow lift removes extra skin, tightens the remaining skin, and repositions the brows into a more youthful position.
A forehead lift can alter the positioning of the brows. However, the focus of the procedure is higher up on the face. A forehead lift surgery addresses deep wrinkles and sagging on the forehead. Brow lifts will also commonly correct the forehead, but will typically only correct as it pertains to repositioning the brows. Following a forehead lift, some patients may see no major difference in the position of their eyebrows.