If you are troubled by drooping brows or deep furrows in the forehead, a brow/forehead lift may be able to provide you with a younger and more refreshed appearance. Our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Tiffany McCormack, works to rejuvenate the area without creating a “surprised” look by meticulously repositioning and tightening the skin and muscles of the brow. The goal is to provide a natural-looking result that makes you appear less tired and more relaxed.
What is a Brow Lift?
Due to genetic predisposition, sun exposure, lifestyle factors, and the natural aging process, the area around the eyes and brow typically exhibits the most pronounced signs of age. As skin starts to become more lax, individuals often develop horizontal forehead creases, “frown lines,” and sagging eyebrows. These concerns can culminate to create a sad, angry, or fatigued appearance. A brow lift is a surgical procedure designed to tighten excess tissue, smooth the brow region, and raise drooping eyebrows for a more youthful look in the upper third of the face. Forehead lifts are usually performed using an endoscopic or minimally invasive approach. Recovery is generally rapid, with most patients able to resume normal activities within seven to ten days. Furthermore, this procedure is frequently performed in conjunction with an upper and/or lower blepharoplasty to address sagging skin around the eyes as well as under-eye bags.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Brow Lift?
A brow lift can be an exceptional way to refresh your facial appearance if you experience the following concerns:
- Eyebrows that have descended from their original position
- Sagging skin in the forehead
- Deep furrows or horizontal lines in the brow
- “Frown lines” between the eyebrows
Those interested in a brow lift should also be relatively healthy, with no uncontrolled medical conditions that may impede the healing process. Dr. McCormack will review your medical history and examine your aesthetic concerns during a consultation to help you determine whether a brow lift is the most ideal option to achieve your goals.
How is the Brow Lift Procedure Performed?
Dr. McCormack usually performs a brow lift using the endoscopic technique, meaning smaller instruments and incisions are utilized when compared to a traditional procedure. An endoscopic brow lift can minimize the damage to surrounding tissue, resulting in a relatively shorter recovery period than other approaches. Placing incisions discreetly within the hairline, Dr. McCormack will carefully elevate and/or reposition the brow’s underlying tissue to smooth prominent furrows, raise descended eyebrows, and achieve the desired aesthetic. Depending on your needs, the surgery is typically an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia.
What is Brow Lift Recovery Like?
After brow lift surgery, patients will likely experience mild bruising and swelling for a few days. This typically subsides as healing progresses, but oral pain medication and ice packs can help manage any discomfort. In most cases, the endoscopic brow lift allows patients to make a full return to work and normal activities in seven to ten days. The aesthetic achieved from a brow lift can be apparent soon after surgery, although the outcome generally improves as swelling continues to go down. Once the final outcome is realized, the results can be very long-lasting and often reverse years of facial aging in the brow.
How Much Does a Brow Lift Cost?
As a personalized procedure, the price of a brow lift varies according to the details of a patient’s treatment plan. The cost is generally determined by factors such as:
- The type of anesthesia used
- The type of technique used
- The extent of surgical work required
- Whether the surgery was performed in complement to other procedures
With these considerations in mind, the national average cost of a brow lift is listed at around $7,100 according to patient reviews on RealSelf.com. However, your total cost estimate will also likely be influenced by the geographic region where the procedure is performed, as well as the experience of your plastic surgeon. To accommodate the diverse needs of our patients, our office accepts a number of payment methods and works with highly reputable plastic surgery financing companies like CareCredit®, ALPHAEON™ Credit, and Prosper® Healthcare Lending. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to learn how these options can make treatment more affordable for qualified applicants through flexible payment plans that offer low monthly installments.
Is a Brow Lift with BOTOX® Cosmetic Possible?
While BOTOX® Cosmetic cannot provide the same longevity of results as a brow lift, the injectable treatment can be a great way to rejuvenate the brow area without the downtime associated with cosmetic surgery. BOTOX® Cosmetic works by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles that are prone to the formation of expression lines—also referred to as dynamic wrinkling. Depending on your aesthetic goals, BOTOX® Cosmetic can smooth horizontal forehead creases, “frown lines” between the eyebrows, and other facial wrinkles while providing a modest lift to the brows. Many patients use the anti-aging treatment to refresh the appearance of the upper face and achieve excellent results that can last up to six months before touch-up treatments are necessary. If you are seeking an alternative to a surgical brow lift, Dr. McCormack can examine your cosmetic concerns and recommend the most effective treatment for your goals.
To learn more about a surgical brow lift, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. McCormack, please contact our practice today.