Brow Lift

A Brow Lift, also known as a Forehead Lift, can erase years from your face, and make you appear more youthful, vibrant and refreshed. The brow and forehead lift procedure at Barr Plastic Surgery reverses the effects of time, gravity, overactive muscle function, and genetic aging in the forehead region.

Expertise and a Personalized Approach

Dr. Scott Barr is an aesthetic surgical expert who has performed thousands of aesthetic facial procedures during his 25 years experience as a plastic surgeon. His skill and experience generates aesthetic results that create consistently satisfied patients, who appreciate the talent and artistry involved in creating a younger, rejuvenated appearance while maintaining a natural and beautiful outcome.

Dr. Barr understands that each patient is a unique individual with a distinct set of appearance-related concerns.  He is devoted to providing his patients with the highest level of care while helping them achieve natural looking results. His skill at creating a beautiful aesthetic outcome has won him respect, gratitude and praise for over 25 years.

As an active contributor in international seminars and conferences, Dr. Barr is continuously expanding and updating his surgical techniques and practices in order to ensure that his patients receive the most current, safe and beautiful aesthetic outcomes. Dr. Barr uses advanced techniques and methods for improved scar placement, accelerated healing time and an overall rapid recovery.

Educate Yourself on Your Procedure

If you are considering a brow lift procedure, please continue reading for further information on this procedure. If you have any questions about forehead and brow lifts, or any of our other procedures, please contact us.

What are the Benefits of a Brow Lift Procedure?

Brow Lift patients often pursue surgery in order to correct a number of issues including:

  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Minimizing the effects of aging in the upper face
  • Drooping eyebrows
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead furrows
  • Hooding over the eyes
  • Eliminate the perception of sadness, fatigue, or even anger that a drooping brow can erroneously convey 

Like the thousands of patients who undergo this procedure every year, you too can erase the effects of time and gain the confidence you deserve.

Preparing for Your Brow Lift Procedure

What is the first step in pursuing the brow lift procedure?

The first step when considering brow lift surgery is to schedule your consultation with Dr. Barr. The consultation process provides an opportunity for you to obtain important information about the procedure and to have all your questions answered prior to proceeding with surgery. It also enables Dr. Barr to properly assess you and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for brow lift surgery.

You should be prepared to discuss your medical history, including any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries, all current medications, as well as any significant weight gain or loss.

During your consultation Dr. Barr will carefully examine your face, forehead and eyebrow area, and will assess your general health. Different surgical approaches and options will be discussed and he will explain which surgical approach would be best suited to you based on your individual characteristics and aesthetic goals.

The benefits, risks and potential complications associated with brow lift surgery will be thoroughly explained during this consultation. The information provided at this initial consultation will be comprehensive and thorough and will enable you to make an informed decision as to whether or not a brow lift procedure is the right choice for you. At the time of your consultation, a comprehensive instruction package will be provided to you that will ensure you are well informed.

Am I a candidate for a brow lift procedure?

The ideal candidates for a brow lift procedure are healthy men and women who have realistic expectations of surgical outcomes. You may be a good candidate for a forehead or brow lift if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Noticeable furrows or frown lines
  • A low, heavy brow that lack shape, a youthful position and arch
  • Lines above the nose
  • Horizontal forehead wrinkles
  • Low brows that make your upper lids look excessively heavy 
Can I combine another surgery with my brow lift procedure?

Many patients pursue other facial aging changes during the same consultation. When communicating with our office to book your consultation, please let us know all procedures you would like to discuss during the consultation. It may be possible to schedule another procedures at the same time as your brow lift procedure.   

The Procedure

What will I need to do prior to my brow lift surgery?

Prior to your forehead or brow lift you will be scheduled for a pre-op session with a Registered Nurse to review your medical history and your post-op instructions. She will review the information you will need to know in order to prepare yourself for surgery and the normal post-operative course.


Where will my brow lift procedure be performed?

Your procedure will be performed in the state-of-the-art facilities of Barr Plastic Surgery, located within the Northern Ontario Surgical Centre.

The Northern Ontario Surgical Centre has been awarded accreditation by the CAAASF (Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) and the CPSO (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario) for meeting the standards of a hospital in regards to monitoring, emergency and resuscitation equipment. With two levels and entrances that conceal the actual size of the facility, the centre itself spans 8000 square feet and incorporates fully equipped major and minor operating rooms, a monitored multi-bed recovery area, 10 laser and treatment rooms, spacious consultation areas, private offices, elegant waiting areas and a private waiting room and secure rear entrance/exit for additional privacy when you leave after your procedure.   

How is a brow lift procedure performed?

During the brow and forehead lift procedure, the muscles and skin that cause drooping and sagging are removed or altered to smooth your forehead, raise your upper eyelids and minimize your frown lines. Dr. Barr employs different surgical techniques to lift the brow, including minimal lateral incision technique, the hairline brow lift or bicoronal brow lift. Choice of technique and placement of incisions depend upon individual patient characteristics such as the degree of correction needed, the height of your current forehead and your hairline. Alternative techniques, and the implications each present, are discussed in detail during your consultation. It is Dr. Barr’s primary concern to ensure your procedure results in optimal surgical changes to best suit your individual needs and aesthetic goals.

Classic Hairline Brow Lift

This technique involves an incision that is hidden and follows your hairline in a staggered step pattern. This technique is used for those who have excess brow length/height and significant forehead lines, in addition to midline creases and brow drooping. This technique also allows shortening of a forehead for improved facial proportions and aesthetics.  Patients whose hairline is too high are extremely pleased with the correction this technique offers.

Classic Bicoronal Brow Lift

This technique involves an incision that is completely hidden within the hair. The incision is behind your hairline and undetectable immediately after the procedure is done. The best candidates for this technique are patients who have significant forehead lines and brow drooping, along with multiple midline creases and a relatively short forehead. By using this technique, Dr. Barr is able to provide all the aesthetic benefits of a brow lift, while having the incision completely hidden.


Who will administer the anaesthetic?

A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer your anaesthetic, stay with you during the entire operation, and will be there as you wake up.

Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns?

Post operative patients have 24/7 access to medical staff to answer any questions or address any issues or concerns a patient may have. Patient and surgical coordinators, as well as nursing staff, are available during normal operating hours and after normal operating hours, Dr. Barr is available by pager and cell phone.


How much does a brow lift procedure cost?

Pricing for your brow or forehead lift procedure will depend on whether you have concurrent procedures along with your brow lift and will be provided to you during your consultation.

Patients choosing to invest in their self-confidence and happiness through cosmetic surgery have many options available to make this investment more manageable. Our Patient Coordinators are familiar with various payment options and can facilitate the process for you.

Is full payment required or do you offer a financing plan?

Affording your procedure can be made simpler by using Medicard which enables you to pay for your surgery with monthly payments. Please note that this company is not affiliated in any way with Barr Plastic Surgery. For more information on how financing can help you afford your procedure, visit:


  •  Fax, online, phone application
  • Approval within 1 business day
  • Payment terms: 6 months to 5 years
  • No down payment
  • Rates based on overall credit history (11.9% – 25%)
  • No penalties for early payments
Is my procedure tax deductible or covered by insurance?

Forehead and brow lifts are considered cosmetic surgery and therefore not usually covered by private or provincial insurance such as OHIP.  Some patients have such heavy upper eyelids that OHIP will occasionally cover this part of the procedure if done at the same time. At the time of your brow lift consultation, if appropriate, Dr. Barr will discuss this option with you.


What is included in the surgical fee?

The facility fee includes the following:

  • all surgical supplies, drapes, sutures, disposable items, medications used during the procedure and surgical instruments
  • the specialized surgical team including Dr. Barr, the anaesthetist, nursing staff, recovery room staff and processing staff
  • operative garments and dressing supplies
  • follow up visits

You will also be provided with prescriptions for medications to be taken after surgery. If you do not have insurance coverage for medications, these medications will be at an additional cost to you.

Is a deposit required? When is it due?

There is a $500 deposit for any surgery under $5,000, a $1000 deposit for any surgery over $5000 and a $2500 deposit for any surgery over $10,000.

When is payment for the surgery due?

Payment for your surgery is due 14 days prior to your surgery date. Payment can be made by:

  • Cash
  • Certified Cheques
  • Mastercard or VISA
  • E-transfers
  • Financing plan


Will I need to stay overnight following my brow lift surgery?

Brow lift surgery is an outpatient procedure. Following your surgery you will need a friend or family member to pick you up and be available at your home for the  next 24-48 hours. This person should be familiar with your prescriptions and post-surgery instructions. This information will be discussed with you and your friend/family member prior to leaving Barr Plastic Surgery on the day of your procedure.


How long will it take me to recover from my brow lift procedure?

Dr. Barr’s extensive experience in performing forehead and brow lifts will help to ensure that your post-operative recovery is minimized. You will be discharged with a dressing in place, which is left intact for approximately 24 hours after surgery. You will be instructed to keep your head slightly elevated when sleeping for the first few days after surgery.

Generally, post-surgical bruising and swelling will begin to disappear after about 1 week. You will be up and around in one day. Most patients return to work within 7 to 10 days. You will be scheduled for a follow-up visits at the time of discharge. Sutures are removed at 7 to 10 days, depending on the surgical technique used. All surgical patients are asked to refrain from activities that may increase their blood pressure, such as working out in a gym, for two weeks.  Progression to full activities can start at two weeks following your procedure.   

Will I have scarring?

Dr. Barr takes every precaution to ensure your scarring is as minimal as possible and hides the incisions so that they are almost undetectable. Time improves all incisions. During the post-operative visits Dr. Barr and his staff will discuss methods to optimize your incisions. These include massage, sun avoidance and silicone gel or sheeting. If needed, the use of light based treatments and injections can further improve incisions.   

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