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Will my brow movement come back normal after a forehead lift?
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Usually
After a typical uncomplicated brow lift without permanent nerve damage or muscle resection, brow activity should return with 3 weeks being a common time period of observation.

In brief: Usually
After a typical uncomplicated brow lift without permanent nerve damage or muscle resection, brow activity should return with 3 weeks being a common time period of observation.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. David Levens
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
A forehead lift gently raises the brow position into an aesthetically pleasing position which can positively effect the entire upper eyelid/forehead region.
At the same time, the muscles that tend to pull the inner brow down and in causing frown lines can be treated to lessen their effect and thus limit certain expression lines. Some return of movement is both expected and more natural.

In brief: Yes
A forehead lift gently raises the brow position into an aesthetically pleasing position which can positively effect the entire upper eyelid/forehead region.
At the same time, the muscles that tend to pull the inner brow down and in causing frown lines can be treated to lessen their effect and thus limit certain expression lines. Some return of movement is both expected and more natural.
Dr. David Levens
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
There are many different types of browlifts.
In some, the muscles of the forehead are cut out or weakened with cuts. If they are removed, they may not regrow. If a nerve was damaged or cut, it will usually regrow in six months but it may never be as strong as it was before the surgery. Ask your surgeon what he/she did in the surgery and if movement is expected to return.

In brief: It depends
There are many different types of browlifts.
In some, the muscles of the forehead are cut out or weakened with cuts. If they are removed, they may not regrow. If a nerve was damaged or cut, it will usually regrow in six months but it may never be as strong as it was before the surgery. Ask your surgeon what he/she did in the surgery and if movement is expected to return.
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
The question makes me wonder if the concern is about the corrugators or the frontalis muscles. The goal is often to interrupt, as well as prevent normal frowning in the future. The goal is not to stop surpise with destruction of the frontalis muscles and protection of the nerves is done.e
Dr. Robert Wald
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: It Should
Browlifts can be performed either endoscopically or though a forehead or scalp incision.
Generally, there is some temporary effects on the sensory nerves. The motor nerves are almost always preseved. However, with any surgery, there may be a rare case when brow movement is impaired. In some cases, there may be a few weeks delay for full recovery of the motor nerves if they are bruised.

In brief: It Should
Browlifts can be performed either endoscopically or though a forehead or scalp incision.
Generally, there is some temporary effects on the sensory nerves. The motor nerves are almost always preseved. However, with any surgery, there may be a rare case when brow movement is impaired. In some cases, there may be a few weeks delay for full recovery of the motor nerves if they are bruised.
Dr. Robert Wald
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Usually
Depending on type of lifting, amount of swelling, etc.
Limited mobility is pretty normal. Occasionally there can be injury or swelling of a small nerve located on the outside of the forehead area which can be stretched or injured. Over several weeks-months this typically returns.

In brief: Usually
Depending on type of lifting, amount of swelling, etc.
Limited mobility is pretty normal. Occasionally there can be injury or swelling of a small nerve located on the outside of the forehead area which can be stretched or injured. Over several weeks-months this typically returns.
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Houtan Chaboki
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Brow movement
Once some healing has occurred and swelling reduced, brow movement normally returns after forehead lift surgery.
The muscle and nerves become swollen after cosmetic surgery, which may limit movement in the early recovery period. Speak with your plastic surgeon regarding any concerns you may have.

In brief: Brow movement
Once some healing has occurred and swelling reduced, brow movement normally returns after forehead lift surgery.
The muscle and nerves become swollen after cosmetic surgery, which may limit movement in the early recovery period. Speak with your plastic surgeon regarding any concerns you may have.
Dr. Houtan Chaboki
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Dr. Brock Ridenour
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It should
Brow and forehead lifts can occasionally stretch the nerve branch that controls brow movement.
In nearly all cases, the movement returns to normal after a few days or weeks.

In brief: It should
Brow and forehead lifts can occasionally stretch the nerve branch that controls brow movement.
In nearly all cases, the movement returns to normal after a few days or weeks.
Dr. Brock Ridenour
Dr. Brock Ridenour
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Yes the nerves that allow muscle movement should not be damaged at surgery.

In brief: Yes
Yes the nerves that allow muscle movement should not be damaged at surgery.
Dr. David Sherris
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