Browlift (Forehead Lift)
The anatomic changes that occur in the upper face over time are the result of a loss of skin elasticity, repeated muscle contraction, and gravity. These three factors cause the development of horizontal forehead wrinkles, vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows, and descended eyebrows. This descent accentuates the development of excessive upper eyelid skin by causing the skin to fold on itself even more— a condition called “hooding.” Therefore, the appearance of the upper eyelids is very much dependent on the position of the eyebrows.
Fortunately, a brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, can rejuvenate this area of the face and give you a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Dr. Ali Sepehr is a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon and he can discuss how a brow lift may be the best option for your goals in a personal consultation.
- What is a Brow Lift?
- Brow Lift Candidates
- Brow Lift Procedure
- Brow Lift Recovery
- Brow Lift Results
- Brow Lift Scars
- Brow Lift Cost
- Non-Surgical Brow Lift
- Brow Lift FAQ
Please contact The OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery for more information on a brow lift.
Dr. Sepehr frequently combines other procedures including facelift or eyelid surgery with a browlift.
What is a Brow Lift?
A brow lift is designed to tighten lax skin on the forehead as well as elevate descended eyebrows to their natural positioning. This is done with the goal of restoring a youthful brow appearance, which is typically characterized by eyebrows that rest just above the orbital rim. By addressing the excess skin that tends to crowd the eyebrows—often creating an expression of stress or fatigue—a brow lift can also smooth frown lines and horizontal creases on the forehead for significant rejuvenation of the upper face. As a brow lift is intended to correct key indicators of age in this region, patients generally appear more refreshed and lively after the procedure and enjoy a younger-looking aesthetic.
Who is a Candidate for a Brow Lift?
Descended eyebrows may be improved by the brow lift or forehead lift operation, which is intended to lift the skin of the brow and prevent it from crowding and bunching up the upper eyelids. Candidates for this procedure often complain of looking tired or fatigued because of saggy brows, or even looking angry because of frown lines between the eyebrows which give off the perception of scowling. This procedure is designed to elevate the brows and reduce a heavy brow appearance. This can help open the eyes, making them look wider, brighter, and more rested. Furthermore, a surgical brow lift can remove the wrinkles between the eyebrows, creating a happier look. It can also smooth forehead wrinkles and give the entire upper third of the face a more youthful and elegant appearance. You may be a candidate for brow lift surgery if:
- Your eyebrow position has lowered and gives off the appearance of excess upper eyelid skin
- You would like to have a brighter, more open-eyed look
- You desire a more youthful expression by smoothing the forehead
How is the Brow Lift Procedure Performed?
Before the procedure you will meet the operating room nurse and the anesthesiologist, who will both ask you questions to make sure the operation proceeds as safely as possible. The procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours. When you wake up, you will have a soft head wrap dressing and a drain with a bulb. After the procedure, you will be monitored to make sure you have no pain or nausea. The nurse will also teach you how to care for the drain. You can expect to be at the surgery center for about half of the day. A variety of techniques are available and a consultation is necessary to determine which is the most appropriate. As with any procedure, your thorough understanding of the preoperative and postoperative instructions is essential to a successful outcome.
What is the Recovery Process From a Brow Lift Like?
Patients may experience discomfort in the form of a pressure headache. This can be well controlled with pain medication. After a brow lift, some swelling and bruising is expected. Please keep your head elevated above the level of your heart while sleeping to minimize the swelling that develops and to help expedite its disappearance. It is natural for the swelling to travel down the face while it is resolving. The amount of bruising and swelling varies, but typically most patients are sociable within 7-14 days.
Make-up can be worn immediately. If other procedures are performed at the same time as the brow lift, then avoid makeup over incisions for 7 to 10 days. Varying degrees of forehead numbness can occur. This can last a few weeks to a few months. Itching is expected and can be a sign of improvement. You can resume your cardiovascular or aerobic exercise after 2 weeks. Please avoid contact sports for 6 weeks.
As with all types of surgery, there are potential risks associated with brow lifts. Dr. Sepehr will speak with you about all of the risks and benefits of the procedure at your initial consultation, and he will be happy to answer all of your questions.
How Long Will Results From a Brow Lift Last?
A brow lift from Dr. Sepehr can typically last five to ten years, but results will vary depending on how you care for your skin, the kind of lifestyle you lead, and your unique genetic factors. To help extend the length of results, there are a variety of treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, that can achieve non-surgical enhancement and may be beneficial.
Will I Have Visible Scars After a Brow Lift?
There is the potential for residual scarring after a brow lift, as is typical with most surgical procedures. However, with Dr. Sepehr’s extensive training and experience, he can often hide these incisions along your hairline. This can make the final results of a brow lift look as natural as possible.
How Much Does a Brow Lift Cost?
The cost of a brow lift is determined by the degree to which the brow has descended and the surgical technique used during your procedure. Other factors, such as geographic location and the experience of a plastic surgeon, can also impact the cost of a brow lift. In general, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reports the national average price of a brow lift as approximately $3,290, not including hospital fees and other associated costs. The details of your treatment plan will determine the true nature of your brow lift expenses and we will provide a personalized quote after Dr. Sepehr examines your needs in a consultation.
Dr. Sepehr offers a number of payment options to make the cost of a brow lift as affordable as possible. Plastic surgery financing through trusted institutions like CareCredit® and Prosper® Healthcare Lending can allow qualified applicants to pay for their treatment over a period of time, rather than all at once. After gaining approval through the easy application process, patients can receive the enhancement they desire while accommodating any budgetary concerns by choosing from a multitude of low- to no-interest payment plans. If you have any questions about our accepted modes of payment, please contact our practice today.
Is a Brow Lift Using BOTOX® Cosmetic Possible?
If you prefer to avoid surgery, treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can be an effective way to rejuvenate the brow using minimally invasive techniques. As a neuromodulator, BOTOX® Cosmetic can temporarily inhibit the muscle contractions that lead to dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines, crow’s feet, and pronounced forehead creases. In turn, these expression lines can be smoothed, providing a more youthful and refreshed look for months at a time. Although injections with BOTOX® Cosmetic are not a method of permanent rejuvenation, nor can this non-surgical treatment mirror the quality of results yielded by a brow lift, BOTOX® Cosmetic can be an exceptional means of enhancement for individuals who want to achieve a noticeable outcome quickly, or who do not wish to undergo an operation.
Additional Brow Lift FAQs
Should I have a surgical or non-surgical brow lift?
A surgical brow lift may be beneficial if your goal is to reduce excess or sagging skin, crow’s feet, and/or wrinkles. A non-surgical lift may be better if you wish to improve your skin’s texture, smooth some wrinkles, and increase volume along the brow line with advanced dermal fillers. Non-surgical brow lift procedures may be a good option if you are not able to take off much time for a longer recovery process. Ultimately this decision is up to you, but Dr. Sepehr is available for a personal consultation to help outline procedure specifics.
Are there other procedures that can be combined with a brow lift for more comprehensive results?
If your goals are to create a more youthful appearance for the entirety of the upper face, many of our patients have had positive results after combining both a brow lift with an eyelid lift. The facial muscles in both of these areas work together to form expressions, and therefore typically wear at the same rate. An eyelid lift works to lessen a tired-looking appearance and a brow lift can improve skin laxity and creases along the upper facial skin and forehead. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sepehr can answer any questions you may have about combining eyelid surgery and brow lift. Cosmetic injectables and other rejuvenation procedures can also be ideal complements to brow lift surgery for patients who have aesthetic concerns in additional facial areas.
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
A brow lift is commonly considered a cosmetic procedure, meaning insurance is not likely to cover the costs. In some cases, if the weight of the forehead skin is pushing down the brows and the eyelids leading to impaired vision, some of the costs may be covered. It is best to check with your insurance provider to determine whether they offer coverage for brow lift surgery that is determined to be medically necessary. Our office staff would be happy to work with you to find financing options that could be beneficial.
Please contact The OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a brow lift consultation at our practice.