Brow Lift


The brow is a central area of the face and, depending on its appearance can have a notable effect on the appearance of the face at large. As we age, the brow can naturally move downward, creating a more harsh or severe appearance and altering the resting expression of the face. Brow lifts help patients achieve a more youthful and vibrant appearance, restoring vitality to the face. Benefits include an increased sense of confidence and self-esteem, a refreshed appearance, and the alleviation of related issues, including sagging eyelids.

What is a Brow Lift?

A brow lift is often referred to as a forehead lift or forehead rejuvenation. It is a cosmetic procedure intended to raise the brows, thus improving the appearance of the forehead and brow area. This is done by raising the soft tissue and skin of the brow and forehead.

The reason for this surgery is generally due to aging, as aging naturally causes the brows to move downward due to a loss of elasticity in the skin and soft tissue. This causes the distance between eyebrows and eyes to grow shorter. This can cause one’s appearance to seem tired or even angry. A brow lift can help restore a more pleasant and attractive appearance to the face.

Melanie L. Aya-ay, M.D.


Dr. Melanie Aya-ay is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa Bay with over 15 years of plastic surgery experience specializing in cosmetic surgery, reconstructive breast surgery and minimally invasive techniques for facial and body rejuvenation.  She is known for her skill and excellence in revision surgery, specifically for difficult breast surgery revisions.  Dr. Aya-ay is an Allergan Medical Institute (AMI) National Trainer for Facial Aesthetics and AMI National Speaker for Plastic and Regenerative Medicine.  She is honored to be the first female surgeon to hold this dual faculty position with Allergan.

Dr. Aya-ay is the CEO and owner of Melanie L. Aya-ay, MD Plastic Surgery as well as Vivia MedSpa, an elite luxury medical spa in North Tampa.  Her practice and her team have been built on the values of honesty, integrity, education, safety, and providing comprehensive aesthetic care with natural results.  Your consultation with Dr. Aya-ay will be an educational experience so that you can be assured that you are making the choices that are best for you. Our staff will provide all the assistance needed to help you navigate through the process for a successful Plastic Surgery experience.


Brow Lift Procedure

The procedural steps for a brow lift are dependent on the type of brow lift being implemented. There are several different types of brow lifts, Dr. Aya-ay uses the specific techniques that are explained below.

Pretrichial Brow Lift: During a pretrichial or hairline brow lift, an incision is made between the beginning of the hairline and the top of the forehead. A small amount of skin and tissue is then removed from the top of the forehead so that your hairline is not pulled back. This procedure is generally done for patients with a high forehead.

Lateral Brow Lift: The lateral brow lift is for patients who need only a small lift of the lateral portion of the brow. In this case, a smaller incision is made a couple of centimeters behind the hairline in the lateral forehead/scalp region.

Brow Lift Recovery and Aftercare

During recovery the head should be elevated and rested, accompanied by pain medication recommended by Dr. Aya-ay. Cold compresses can be used to relieve swelling in the area. Be sure to avoid any excessive pressure or motion of the incision area to avoid postoperative complications.

Numbness and itching may occur but should lessen as the recovery time progresses. Incision bandages will generally be removed by Dr. Aya-ay within a few days, and sutures will be removed from a week to ten days following surgery. Swelling may last several weeks. Dr. Aya-ay and her staff will review the postoperative instructions with you at your consultation and again at your preoperative visit to ensure that you are comfortable with your postoperative care.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about brow lifts or other potential options, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Aya-ay. A consultation is a chance to collaborate to decide what procedure or treatment would be best suited for you and your needs. To schedule your consultation appointment, contact our Tampa office.

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