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Can a brow lift permanently damage nerves so i wouldn't be able to lift my brows? i'd like to have a brow lift, but not if i'm going to risk losing to ability to have normal facial expressions.

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Dr. Thomas Lamperti answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

It : It would be very rare to permanently damage the nerves that move the forehead muscles during standard brow lift surgery. Brow lift surgery normally involves dissection in a plane deep to these nerves. You should discuss the risks of surgery with your surgeon to find out more details as there are a variety of types of brow lifts and each has different risks, incision, etc.

Answered 3/12/2019

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Dr. James Ridgway answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

There : There is a statistical risk for injury to the facial nerve which provides the ability to raise the eyebrow. There is also the risk of injuring the supraorbital sensory nerves which provide sensation to the forehead and anterior scalp. In experienced hands of a specialist these risks are exceptionally low. Be healthy and be well, james m. Ridgway, md www.Larrabeecenter.Com.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Benjamin Cilento answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Hi, : Hi, the brow lift is a series of surgeries, all of which are designed to dissect either deep to or superficial to the nerves that control movement... With that said there is a small risk of injury, usually transient, to these nerves. Because the risk is not zero we have to tell you about it... Hope this helps.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. David Levens answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

The : The nerve that supplies the muscles thet elevate the eyebrows is a branch of a very important nerve called the facial nerve. The branches to the eyebrows travel from the area of the ear up toward the forehead. They can be injured during facelift or browlift surgery. Both are rare occurrences. If it occurs, the vast majority results in temporary weakness, and very rarely it can be permanent. On the other hand, many brow lift techniques intentionally lessen the muscle effect of the frown muscles which minimizes the "11" lines and therefore certain less desirable facial expressions can be affected positively.

Answered 10/4/2016

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