What is a brow lift?

Brow lift is a surgical procedure that re-suspends the skin and soft tissue of the shutterstock_232611751forehead and upper eyes.  It  can also address the vertical and horizontal wrinkles of the forehead. It is often performed in conjunction with a blepharoplasty.

What does brow lifting involve?

Brow lift surgery can be performed in several ways.  All methods involve lifting the skin of the forehead and advancing it higher.  It can be performed through a direct brow lift, which simply involves excising a crescent of tissue above the eyebrow.  It can also be performed through a pretrichial, or hairline incision. Another method of brow lift is a coronal incision located behind the hairline.  There are also more minimally invasive techniques such as minimal incision or endoscopic brow lift.  As these techniques can result in different scars, and alter the hairline, a plastic surgeon will have to determine what type of brow lift is most appropriate for each specific patient. You can observe a 3D animation of a brow lift, or forehead lift on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website in the face section of videos.

Who is a good candidate for brow lift?

A normal eyebrow is located slightly above the bony prominence above the eye in women, and at the bony prominence in men.  Brow lift is a great technique for those patients whose brows have fallen below these levels.  Often people think that they have drooping eyelids when in fact it is the brow that is low.

Who is a poor candidate for a brow lift?

Brow lift will not be performed in prior or present smokers.  The procedure relies on a good blood supply to the very thin facial flaps.  The blood supply in smokers is permanently altered, putting them at excess risk for complication.

What are some of the risks of brow lift?

Please refer to the following form published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

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Will I need to be admitted to the hospital for a brow lift?

No, brow lift is an outpatient procedure for which you will go home the same day.

What is the brow lift recovery? Time off of Work? Driving? Restrictions?

This is dependant on the type of work you perform.  Many patients will require 1-2 weeks.  Avoid straining or heavy lifting for 2 weeks month. You may drive when you are off narcotics and feel confident to control the car.  Most patients are able to drive within 1 week.

How much does brow lift surgery cost?

The US average cost for brow lift surgery is $5000. Dr. Graham’s all inclusive pricing can be found here.

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