From the Desk of Dr. Dean Toriumi: Endoscopic Brow Lift – A Primer
A brow lift is a procedure that alleviates creases and wrinkles on the bridge
of the nose and the forehead, commonly known as “frown lines.” A brow lift
actually lifts the skin, which minimizes creases and improves the
appearance of sagging eyebrows. The surgeon then smoothes and shapes
the skin to create a natural, refreshed appearance. A brow lift is often
performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty, cosmetic surgery of the
An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive technique that involves
several small incisions behind the hairline. Complications such as
bleeding, scarring, and infection are unusual. However, swelling and
bruising of the brow area – and sometimes the eye and cheek area – are
normal for 7 to 10 days following the procedure. Some patients may
experience minor numbness and itching in the area around the incisions.
Most patients are able to resume normal activities in about two weeks.
Dr. Dean Toriumi specializes in facial plastic surgery and reconstructive
surgery. He is past President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgery and is currently co-director of the Division of
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University of Illinois at
Chicago. A respected researcher, author, and teacher, he is also in private
practice in Chicago. Visit his website at www.deantoriumi.com.