An endoscopic browlift is performed to restore a more naturally youthful appearance and less fatigued look while maintaining or improving visual function. Many men and women are increasingly seeking browlift surgery to restore a younger look that softens frown lines and the perception of scowling.
There are many different philosophies and as many methods to correcting the position of the eyebrows. Some surgeons pull too much which can create a surprised look. Other surgeons use implantable plates secured to your skull to suspend the brow. Dr Kolstad has extensive experience in a variety of techniques and will tailor your surgery to meet your specific goals.

Dr. Kolstad prefers to hide all of the incisions in the scalp where they are easily camouflaged with hair. He uses a small camera attached to an endoscope to lift your brow. With the camera he can also remove many of the muscles that cause frown lines between the eyebrows. By using these small incisions and new techniques your recovery time will be significantly reduced. Dr. Kolstad is very conservative with the lift and will not pull the eyebrows into a surprised position.

If the appearance of your brow is making you appear older than you feel, a brow lift can give you incredible results. This procedure reverses the effects of gravity on the forehead and upper brow by re-suspending your brow in its youthful, natural position. Repositioning the brow may also be necessary to achieve the optimal improvement in eyelid surgery, attracting attention to opened, more inviting eyes.

Dr. Kolstad uses multiple techniques to reposition the brow. After discussing your surgical goals and evaluating your unique facial features Dr. Kolstad will present different strategies to address your concerns.

The most common type of brow lift uses endoscopes and small incisions that are placed within the hair bearing scalp. Faces with a long or prominent foreheads are better treated with forehead shortening browlifts. Faces requiring only subtle lateral brow elevations are candidates for minitemple lifts.

During your consultation Dr. Kolstad will address the benefits and limitations of each technique to help guide your decision about which procedure is best for you.

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Many times the brow can be lifted with medicines like Botox or Dysport. When Botox is placed in precise and specific locations, it can actually elevate the outer brow. This puts the outer brow in a more youthful position and elevates some of the fullness of the upper eyelid.

If you have signs of early brow descent, ask Dr. Kolstad if you are a good candidate for a Botox Brow Lift.

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* Individual results may vary.


The forehead lift procedure itself typically takes between one and two hours to complete, and is most commonly performed with a combination of local anesthesia and sedation, although general anesthesia is sometimes used. The incisions are inconspicuous and are placed with the hair-baring scalp. Overnight a drain is occasionally placed depending on the degree of surgical dissection.

Frequently Asked Questions

A common concern of any brow lift procedure is the fear of ending up with an expressionless brow or a surprised appearance that is sometimes associated with bad plastic surgery. Dr. Kolstad’s expertise and experience with endoscopic brow lifts, combined with his aesthetic eye for achieving a natural appearance, allows him to offer long-lasting results without making his patients look “done.”

You will have a soft dressing covering your forehead, neck and cheeks. You may go home after surgery as long as you have someone to observe you for a 24 hour period.

Most people take about 10 days off of work to recover. By the tenth day, all sutures and clips have been removed, the majority of the swelling has resolved and any residual bruising can be camouflaged with make-up.

Many of our patients do not complain of significant discomfort, with the majority using only Tylenol as needed. Prescription pain medicine is made available to you and we recommend that you have it available in case it is needed.


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