Surgery Details - Direct Brow Lift



As oculofacial surgeons, we encounter patients seeking facial rejuvenation, particularly in the brow and forehead area. The direct brow lift, also known as an “open brow lift,” remains a valuable technique for addressing brow sagging and achieving a refreshed appearance. In this essay, we delve into the intricacies of direct brow lift surgery, covering its mechanisms, comparison to other techniques, ideal candidates, procedural details, recovery, and visual outcomes.


The direct brow lift involves a single incision made from ear to ear across the forehead. By lifting the brow area, this technique corrects sagging, reduces frown lines, and rejuvenates the upper face. Let’s explore the key aspects of this time-tested procedure.


  1. Incision Placement: The direct brow lift creates incisions directly above the eyebrows for precise lifting. This allows the plastic surgeon to alter underlying muscle and remove excess skin.
  2. Muscle and Skin Alteration: By accessing the forehead directly, the surgeon can eliminate deep brow furrows, smooth fine lines, and correct brow ptosis.
  3. Permanent Enhancement: While the results are permanent, they will be subject to the effects of natural aging over time.

Comparison to Other Browlift Techniques

  • Direct vs. Endoscopic Brow Lift:
    • Incisions: Direct brow lifts involve a longer incision, while endoscopic browlifts use smaller, minimally invasive incisions.
    • Tissue Dissection: Endoscopic lifts utilize a camera and small instruments to dissect tissues, minimizing trauma and promoting faster recovery.
    • Ideal Candidates: Direct brow lifts are especially helpful for candidates looking to smooth deep brow furrows or creases.

Ideal Candidates

  1. Functional Corrections: Older individuals with deep furrows over the brow or those requiring functional elevation of the brow.
  2. Unilateral Brow Ptosis: Candidates with unilateral (one-sided) brow ptosis.
  3. Not for Forehead or Glabella Concerns: Direct brow lifts are not recommended for addressing concerns with the forehead, glabella, or temples.

Procedure Details

  1. Preparation:
    • Consultation: Assess patient goals, forehead anatomy, and hairline position.
    • Incision Planning: Determine the precise placement of the ear-to-ear incision.
  2. Surgical Steps:
    • Incision: Make the coronal incision within the hair-bearing skin.
    • Forehead Elevation: Lift the forehead skin, adjust muscles, and reposition the brow.
    • Hairline Management: Discuss potential hairline changes with the patient.
  3. Recovery:
    • Wound Healing: Usually takes about two weeks.
    • Bruising and Swelling: Progressive improvement over seven to 14 days.
    • Sutures or Staples Removal: After seven days.
    • Public Comfort: Most patients are comfortable in public after two weeks.
Post-Operative photograph: Brow Ptosis, excess skin, 6 days Pre-Operative photograph: Brow Ptosis, excess skin: 1 month Pre-Operative photograph: Brow Ptosis, excess skin




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