Brow Lift Surgery

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, can improve the appearance of an aging brow area. The procedure does this through lifting and tightening the forehead and raising the eyebrows. After a brow lift, forehead wrinkles and tension lines are minimized. This creates a fresher, more youthful look to the area above the eyes.


Eye brow position is a frequently overlooked area but heavy brows can make you look angry, tired and older than you are. Brows may begin to sag over time due to frequent scowling, frowning or squinting to read or avoiding the sun. Eyebrow shape and fullness trends frequently change with fashion but the general position remains the same. There are several techniques that can be used to restore the eyebrow position to their proper position.

Dr. Butz has experience performing advanced endoscopic brow lifts, transpalpebral browlift (through an upper eyelid incision) and more traditional hairline incisions.

Why a brow lift

The best time to have a forehead/brow lift is at the first signs of drooping and wrinkles in the forehead and eye area. Both Dr. Daniel Butz and our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Campbell, have treated male and female patients in a wide range of ages with eye brow and forehead problems. To determine the possible outcome of brow lift surgery, you can conduct this simple test. While looking in a mirror, place your palms at the outside areas of your eyes just above your eyebrows, and then gently move the skin out and up to raise the area. The resulting elevation of the eyebrow brightens the appearance of the eyes by providing a more youthful, rejuvenated “frame” around the eye.

Best Candidates

Ideal brow lift candidates are healthy men and women who desire improvements in the following:

  • Heavy drooping brows
  • Brow ptosis
  • Asymmetric Brows
  • Deep forehead rhytides or wrinkles

The forehead lift procedure

Our doctors use an endoscope, a small tube used to view the body’s interior, in the majority of our brow lift procedures. This allows for minimal incisions during the procedure. Because the incisions are hidden within the hair and all of the surgery is performed under the skin, the incisions are virtually undetectable. During brow lift surgery, small muscles are removed between the eyes to lessen the wrinkles between the eyebrows. Forehead tissue is moved, elevated, and secured in a more pleasing position. A high forehead can actually be reduced in size. At the same time, the brows are elevated by making a beveled incision within the hairline. This results in lowering the hairline and the resulting scar is hidden just behind the first few hairs.

The technique used depends on hairline position and patient preferences. Endoscopic brow lifts are performed using small incisions hidden in the hairline. A lighted video scope is used in combination with specialized instruments to release the tethering ligaments. The brows are then suspended and positioned on a dissolvable hook, called an Endotine.

A transpalpebral brow lift technique can be used when combined with an upper blepharoplasty. The brow is elevated and stabilized in a more appropriate position using dissolvable sutures or an Endotine.

Preparing for Your Procedure

As with any procedure, you should stop any medication or supplements that are not essential for 10-14 days prior to decrease your risk of bleeding complications. Please refer to your list of medications to avoid and always check with your Doctor prior to stopping medications.

Brow lift recovery and results

Brow lift surgery at Quintessa is done as an outpatient procedure. Patients who undergo endoscopic brow lift surgery will typically recover and no longer see signs of surgery within one to two weeks. During recovery, there is usually little or no bruising and minimal swelling. The resulting improvement to the brow area is immediate and results last a lifetime.

Postoperative Planning

The procedure is typically performed in an accredited outpatient surgery center with the assistance of an anesthesiologist under light anesthesia. You may have some bruising and swelling that will subside in 24-72 hours. Most people have minimal pain and are ready to be social in 7-10 days. You should avoid rigorous exercise for at least 2 weeks but we encourage you to be up and walking several times throughout the day.

How much does a Brow lift cost

At Quintessa, we believe every patient deserves their own Quintessa Story. We know that as you begin your relationship with us, you’ll have many questions for our team of licensed expert medical providers. One of the most popular questions we are asked is, “how much does it cost?”.  We would love to tell you but this answer varies based on each individual. To receive a personalized cost estimate and learn more about Quintessa, schedule a consultation today!


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Milwaukee & Madison Area Brow Lift Services

At Quintessa Aesthetic Center, we’re proud to serve Wisconsin’s greater Milwaukee and Madison areas.

We currently perform brow lift surgery at the following locations:

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