Brow Lift Risks and possible complications


General risks related to the anaesthetic apply also in the case of brow lift surgery. It is important to discuss with your surgeon past medical history aspects, as they can influence the risks related to the anaesthetic.


Infection is a common risk for brow lift surgery, and during the first week after the intervention antibiotics are prescribed. This does not eliminate the risk of infection and, indeed if you believe that there may be an early infection starting after your surgery, you should notify your surgeon straightaway.


Bleeding is also a well understood risk after surgical interventions and it is relatively rare in the case of forehead lift. In most instances the consequence is purely related to a more significant bruising, but taking precautions like avoiding aspirin, resting with the head elevated and avoiding leaning forward in the first few days after your operation, contributes to controlling this risk.

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are also risks associated with the anaesthetic. Clots in the leg veins can pose significant health problems and patients are normally encouraged to start walking within hours of their surgery, which in combination with other measures like compression stockings can help reduce the risk of clots.

Nerve damage

There is a relatively low risk of damage to the nerves that move the forehead and lift the eyebrows. A temporary injury can lead to a degree of asymmetry in the forehead lines and position of the eyebrows but will correct itself. A permanent injury may require treatment to improve the appearance of the forehead, in particular if on the normal side there is a lot of activity in the forehead muscles.

Decreased hair density

Decreased hair density around the incision lines and other areas where surgery takes place has been described but is uncommon. In general terms, alopecia when it has been described as related to forehead lift has been of temporary nature. With current techniques for endoscopic brow lift surgery, this is a very low risk.


Asymmetry is part of the human body's development, and cannot be overcome by any medical or surgical treatment. The degree of asymmetry present at the beginning of the operation can be improved upon but not completely.


Numbness in the forehead and scalp has also been described in relation to brow lift surgery, more commonly as a temporary event and is related to the tension applied to the skin and nerves of the forehead. It may in some instances also lead to permanent patchy numbness, but this is effectively rare.

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