Brow Lift

Forehead wrinkles are very common, particularly as we age. The forehead’s frontalis muscle, which contracts when we raise our eyebrows, can cause wrinkles to develop across the forehead. Brow lifts are very popular cosmetic procedures that help patients rejuvenate the appearance of their upper face by tightening wrinkled forehead skin and frown lines, and gently raising their eyebrows.

Our highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons have performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. We invite you to book a consultation to discuss your goals and treatment options.

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Brow lifts remedy:

  • Deep, horizontal wrinkle lines across the forehead and above the bridge of the nose

  • Frown line wrinkles between the eyebrows

  • Sagging brows that overlap the upper eyelids, closing off the appearance of the eye

  • Drooping or lowered eyebrows

As we age, it’s not unusual to notice the appearance of horizontal forehead wrinkles, sagging skin, drooping eyebrows, and frown lines. Although Botox injections can temporarily alleviate these signs of aging, the sole permanent solution to rejuvenate the forehead and eyebrow regions is through a brow lift surgery.

Brow lift surgery targets the upper third of the face, whereas full facelifts address the lower two-thirds of the face and the neck. Many patients combine these procedures to rejuvenate, tighten, and lift the entire face during a single procedure. Our goal during brow lift surgery is to accentuate your natural beauty and restore youthful skin in the forehead and brows – making you look better, not different. Poor brow lifts look unnaturally tightened, asymmetric, raise the hairline, or show visible scarring.

Before your brow lift, we will discuss your surgical goals and medical history during a consultation with your surgeon. We’ll examine your anatomy, take photographs and measurements, and will make treatment recommendations based on your goals. We will also walk you through the brow lift procedure, potential complications and risks, anesthesia, recovery, and aftercare. Some patients may be candidates for insurance coverage of brow lift surgery if it impacts their vision.

What to Expect

Brow lift procedures generally take around one to two hours, and you can go home the same day. Generally, direct and pretrichial brow lifts may be performed under local anesthesia to numb the area, whereas endoscopic brow lifts or brow lifts with eyelid surgery are typically performed under IV sedation. Someone else will need to drive you because you won’t be able to operate a vehicle after anesthesia.

Brow Lift Procedural Approaches

Based on your anatomy and goals, we’ll recommend the most appropriate treatment option. There are several different brow lift incision patterns and procedural approaches we can choose from:

  • Direct brow lifts raise the entire brow and can be combined with eyelid surgery through the same incisions. For this procedure, we make an incision in the eyelid, above the eyebrow, or in the middle of the forehead. We hide these incisions in natural contours of the face or wrinkle creases to minimize scar appearance.
  • During an endoscopic brow lift, we make tiny incisions and use a camera under the skin to navigate tissue planes while elevating the brow skin.
  • Temporal brow lifts address drooping on the outer edges of the brows. For a temporal lift, we’ll make either a full incision or two small incisions tucked behind the hairline near the temples.

Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.

Brow Lift Recovery and Aftercare

To optimize healing, we ask our patients to follow these recovery guidelines after their procedure. If you notice increased redness, discharge, or pain near your incision, please give us a call right away.

  • Incision Aftercare: Keep your incision areas clean and avoid touching them. If we use removable stitches, we’ll see you in a week to remove them.

  • Medications: We may prescribe pain medications and an antibiotic ointment to apply to the incisions. Over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol, can help relieve mild pain.

  • Scar Massage: Scar massage can improve the appearance of your incision lines. Don’t worry about buying expensive scar creams – Aquaphor or cocoa butter will work. Only begin scar massage once the incision area has fully healed, around two weeks, and gently massage the skin.

  • Sleeping: Elevate your head in bed to reduce swelling.

  • Activity: Avoid bending at the waist and straining. Walking is fine early on. Please wait around four weeks before resuming strenuous activity.

  • Bathing: You can shower after 48 hours. Try to keep the nasal area dry, and don’t submerge your head in water for four weeks to reduce the risk of infection.

Brow Lift FAQs

The national average procedural cost of a brow lift is around $3,900, plus charges for surgical facilities, anesthesia, and medications. Prices can vary based on your plastic surgeon. Please set up a consultation with one of our surgeons to learn more about the procedure and to receive a personalized quote.

Good brow lift candidates are healthy, fully grown, nonsmokers, and don’t have any medical conditions that would disrupt healthy wound healing processes. BMI is also a consideration we take into account. When you meet with one of our surgeons for your brow lift consultation, we will discuss your goals and anatomy to determine which cosmetic procedures would be best suited to meet your unique needs.
At our practice, we offer interest-free financing options through Care Credit and PatientFi.

You May Also Be Interested In:

  • Botox

  • Dermal Fillers

  • Eyelid Surgery

  • Laser Skin Resurfacing

  • Mini Facelift

  • Neck Lift

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