• Anesthesia:
    Local +/- Sedation
  • Duration:
    45 minutes
  • Pain level:
  • Recovery time:
    10 -14 days
  • Resuming physical activities:
    4 weeks

A lateral brow lift minimizes wrinkles and lines by lifting the muscles along with the underlying tissue of the area above the lateral eyebrows. As we age the lateral brow tends to descend giving us a sad or tired look. A lateral brow lift can help refresh your face, make you look more awake and relaxed, and give you a more youthful appearance.

A lateral brow lift is a delicate procedure and should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Perry Gdalevitch. By tailoring your procedure to your exact needs, you can feel confident that you’ll achieve a refreshed appearance and the beautiful, natural-looking results you’ve always wanted. Book a consultation today to learn more about lateral brow lift surgery at the Phi Plastic Surgery Clinic in Montreal!

Patients who are good candidates for this procedure

  • Are at a stable and healthy weight
  • Have no significant medical problems
  • Non-smokers
  • Not on blood thinners
  • Have loose, sagging skin that lowers the positioning of the lateral brow

Patients who are poor candidates for this procedure

  • Obese (want or need to lose weight)
  • Smoker
  • Have serious medical problems
  • On blood thinners

Are you a good candidate?

Our Self-Evaluation Quiz can help you decide if a lateral brow lift is the right procedure for you.

Techniques for Lateral Brow Lift

A lateral brow lift can be performed using several different techniques. During your consultation, Dr. Gdalevitch will determine which method is more appropriate for you. The incision for brow lift surgery is typically in the anterior hairline close to the temples.

Through this incision, Dr. Gdalevitch accesses the underlying tissue and muscle beneath the skin. She then repositions these structures to correct the descent of the lateral brow and suspend the brow higher to a more youthful position.

At Phi Plastic Surgery, we believe that a beautiful body can take many shapes and sizes. The Phi philosophy centers on respecting your body's proportions and helping you let your inner beauty shine.

We offer our patients the best, most advanced techniques to help them achieve their aesthetic goals.

Pre-op & post-op instructions

These pre-surgical and post-surgical instructions are provided as essential services for you. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure optimum results. If there are instructions that need to be clarified, please feel free to contact our office as soon as possible. If some instructions are not followed, your surgery could be delayed if deemed necessary by your surgeon.


ONE MONTH before your surgery

  • Stop using contraceptive pills or hormone therapy.
  • A pre-operative visit (if necessary) approximately one month before your surgery will be scheduled to review your goals and provide you with additional information regarding your surgery.

THREE WEEKS before your surgery

  • Stop all consumption of collagen
  • Complete your preoperative tests. Be sure to complete all prescribed pre-operative tests (ECG blood tests, etc.). If all medical results and clearances of your tests are not received on time, your surgery may be delayed.
  • Prepare your surgery date: Plan to ensure a stress-free experience. Arrange your work leave and special assistance to help you with ride home. Prepare your return by organizing meals, delivery, babysitting, etc. Make sure you have someone scheduled to accompany you home after your surgery. Someone should also be on-call to help you during the first 24 hours after your surgery.

TWO WEEKS before your surgery

  • Stop the consumption of anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • A preoperative visit (if necessary), approximately two weeks before your surgery, will be scheduled to review your goals and provide you with additional information regarding your surgery.

SEVEN DAYS before your surgery

  • Stop taking any supplements or medications from the list below. These products can increase the risk of bleeding and other complications. Stop consuming any non-prescribed supplements including: Omega 3-6, nutricap, echinacea, glucosamine, fat burners, St. John’s wort. Aspirin, drugs containing aspirin or any anticoagulants such as arixtra pf, clopidogrel, plavix, coumadin, dalteparin, edoxaban, eliquis, apixaban, enoxaparin, fragmin pfsyringe, lepirudin, padaxa, dabigatran etexilate, xarelto, rivaroxaban.
  • Confirm your surgical support plan: This includes your transportation and post-surgical care, including an adult family member or a friend on-call for your support, 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Purchase any prescription provided by Dr. Gdalevitch (If applicable) and revise your pre-surgical instructions.

The day BEFORE your surgery

Prepare a bag. It should include:

  • All necessary papers
  • Your identification (RAMQ card)
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Glasses if necessary
  • Confirm the person who will assist you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Take a shower. Use a non-perfumed soap. Wash your hair. Do not put cream or lotions. Do not put deodorants, hair products, perfumes, or makeup.
  • Remove any nail varnish (even if transparent) from your hands and feet, including shellac, resin, gel or acrylic. All this reduces the risk of post-surgical infections and nails are monitored for blood circulation.
  • Do not eat anything or drink any dark liquids for 8 hours before your surgery. Do not drink any light liquids 6 hours before your surgery. Anything you eat can cause cancellation of your surgery and increase the risks associated with surgery and anaesthesia. This includes sweets, mints, chewing gum, tea or coffee. You can take a very small amount of water after brushing your teeth or taking medication.
  • Relax. Enjoy a good night’s sleep and avoid stress.


  • If you wish to have oral sedation, do not eat or drink 4 hours before the surgery. Present yourself at the time confirmed to you by a staff member one week before.
  • Do not train before surgery.
  • Please bring your medications which have been prescribed to you in a bag as above.
  • Please bring your compression socks if they have been prescribed to you.
  • Do not wear any make-up, jewellery, contact lenses, hairpin or piercings: during surgery, an electric cautery is used, any piercing or jewellery can cause burns.
  • Wear light and comfortable clothing. Wear a top that opens forward. Do not wear a sweater, turtleneck or tight clothing. You can wear a skirt, but pants and a jogging jacket are ideal. Flat shoes should be worn that are easy to put on and remove (no heels). A lip balm is recommended.

post-op instructions

The night of surgery

You can expect to have pain. For your comfort we recommend:

  1. Keep your head elevated (semi sitting position)
  2. Take extra strength Tylenol every 4 hours
  3. Take a medication like gravol 30 minutes before taking your prescribed pain medication to avoid nausea and
  4. Take the pain medication as prescribed around the clock for 48 hours
  5. Take your antibiotics if prescribed
  6. Avoid turning your head

Please contact us immediately if you experience any of the following

  • You have a fever of > 38.5
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Are experiencing hallucinations or unusual behaviour
  • Your pain is not controlled with the pain medication
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Bruises

The day after surgery

  • You can expect the pain to decrease after 48 hours
  • It is best to keep your head elevated as much as possible to prevent swelling
  • You can shower 48 hours after surgery

Healing and follow up

  • You will be swollen for 1-2 months
  • You should wear any garments to help limit the swelling
  • You should rest for 1 week
  • You will have a follow up appointment in 1 week to remove your stitches
  • You can leave the house after 1 week

The final result will be seen around 2-3 months. Scars continue to improve over 6 months to a year.

Your results

After lateral brow lift surgery, your forehead may be loosely wrapped with a bandage to minimize swelling and bruising. Initial wound healing may take 5-10 days, while full results can be seen 2-3 months post-op.

A lateral brow lift will help you attain a more esthetic brow shape and will accomplish the following:

  • Reposition the brow line and elevate your brow arch
  • Tightening of loose or weakened tissues
  • Increase self-confidence that comes with a more youthful-looking brow

The result is a rejuvenated overall appearance and higher brow positioning.

View most frequently asked questions

What is a lateral brow lift?

A brow lift is an operation to reposition the lateral brows higher

Are You a candidate for a lateral brow lift?

A lateral brow lift surgery is best suited for adult men and women with realistic goals and expectations for improving their brow area. Good candidates have healthy facial tissue and no life-threatening conditions or severe eye conditions at the time of surgery.

When can I go back to work after a brow lift procedure?

Most patients return to work in approximately 10 – 14 days when swelling and bruising resolve. We advise patients to avoid strenuous activity for one month.

What results can I expect from a brow lift?

To see how a brow lift may improve your appearance, look in a mirror and pull your eyebrows at the side of your forehead. If the appearance of a raised lateral brow pleases you, you would likely benefit from a lateral brow lift.

What other procedures can be combined with brow lift surgery?

Often a lateral brow lift surgery is combined with a facelift, mini facelift, neck lift, or blepharoplasty depending the patient’s aesthetic goals.

How much does the procedure cost?

Lateral brow lift

starting at $4,000

For a more beautiful and proportional you!

φ Phi is the Greek symbol that indicates the golden ratio, a ratio that is synonymous with beauty.

Dr. Perry Gdalevitch offers a unique approach that involves applying the principles of perfect proportions (phi) to help you achieve your aesthetic and reconstructive goals.

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