The lateral forehead lift: An introduction to the surgical technique and its advantages

The lateral brow lift, also known as a temple lift or lateral forehead lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to tighten and lift the outer eyebrow areas and the temple region. This procedure is particularly popular with patients who notice signs of sagging and wrinkling in these areas and want a rejuvenated, radiant appearance.

Anatomy and ageing process

With increasing age, the skin loses elasticity and the effects of gravity become more visible. This often leads to drooping eyebrows, wrinkles on the forehead and a general loss of firmness in the upper part of the face. The lateral forehead lift focuses specifically on the lateral areas of the forehead and the eyebrows, which can lead to a more natural and less invasive result compared to a full forehead lift.

The intervention

The lateral forehead lift is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes small, well-hidden incisions in the hairline or in the natural skin folds of the temporal region. These incisions lift the skin, remove excess tissue and tighten the underlying muscles and structures.

After tightening, the skin is reattached and the incisions are closed with fine sutures. Due to the minimally invasive nature of this procedure, recovery time is shorter than with more traditional facelift methods, and scarring is minimal and well hidden.

Advantages of the lateral forehead lift

  1. Natural results: Because the procedure targets the lateral areas of the forehead and eyebrows, the results appear natural and avoid the often unnatural, “surprise” look that can occur with some full brow lifts.
  2. Minimal scarring: Strategic placement of incisions along the hairline or in natural skin folds means scars are barely visible.
  3. Short recovery time: Patients can usually return to their normal activities within a few days, and full recovery takes place within a few weeks.
  4. Improved self-perception: Many patients report a significant improvement in their self-confidence and satisfaction with their appearance after the procedure.

Candidates for the lateral forehead lift

Ideal candidates for this procedure are usually between 40 and 60 years old and show specific signs of skin aging in the temple and forehead region. The surgeon will carry out a comprehensive consultation and assessment to ensure that the patient is suitable for the procedure and has realistic expectations of the results.

Aftercare and risks

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications with a lateral brow lift. The most common include swelling, bruising, infection and temporary numbness in the treated areas. It is crucial to follow the surgeon’s aftercare instructions closely to minimize the risk of complications and promote healing.

In the first few days after the procedure, patients should avoid strenuous activity and keep their head elevated to reduce swelling. Cool compresses can also help to relieve swelling and discomfort. Most patients can return to work within a week after the procedure, depending on the nature of their work and the extent of the procedure.

Long-term results and maintenance

The results of a lateral brow lift can last for several years, depending on individual factors such as skin type, age and lifestyle. Regular skin care, sun protection and a healthy lifestyle can help prolong results and promote overall skin health.


The lateral forehead lift offers an effective solution for those who want a targeted rejuvenation of the lateral regions of the forehead and temples. With its natural results, minimal scarring and short recovery time, it is an attractive option for many patients. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to have a thorough consultation and evaluation with a qualified plastic surgeon to ensure that the procedure meets individual needs and expectations.

By understanding the techniques, benefits and potential risks of the lateral brow lift, patients can make an informed decision and achieve the best possible aesthetic outcome.