The brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a plastic surgery procedure which smoothes forehead lines and wrinkles and elevates drooping eyebrows in order to revitalize the forehead area. The brow lift may be performed on its own or with other procedures like an eyelid lift or facelift.
If you are healthy and looking to improve the appearance of a drooping brow and/or forehead and frown lines, you may be a good candidate for a brow lift.
During a consultation for a brow lift, Dr. Naderi will perform a routine examination, take a thorough medical history and discuss your goals. All aspects of the brow lift procedure will be explained including the technique, the anesthesia, the facility, the recovery, the risks, the costs and so on.
Dr. Naderi performs brow lifts at INOVA system hospitals which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital.
The brow lift may be performed with MAC (monitored anesthesia care) or general anesthesia.
The most common technique for the brow lift is the endoscopic technique which involves four small incisions made behind the hairline. Some patients, particularly male patients, may require a longer incision hidden inside of a deep forehead line. Patients with high hairlines may have the endoscopic approach combined with a small incision along the hairline. Once the incisions are made, frown lines are smoothed by altering the muscles above the eyes and the brow is elevated by lifting the forehead skin. The incisions are then closed.
The brow lift takes about an hour to complete.
The most common technique for the brow lift is the endoscopic technique in which four small incisions are made just behind the hairline. It may be necessary for some patients, mainly men, to make a longer incision hidden inside of a deep forehead line. The endoscopic approach may be combined with a small incision along the hairline for patients with high hairlines.
The incisions made for the brow lift do result in scars. The endoscopic technique involves several small incisions that are well-concealed behind the hairline, resulting in scars that are barely visible. Other techniques may involve larger incisions but efforts are made to conceal them within a deep forehead line or along the hairline.
Patients may experience some discomfort around the incision, along with numbness. Medication can help to control any discomfort that patients experience.
Recovery after the brow lift takes abut a week. Bruising and swelling will be present for the first week or so, and keeping the head elevated during the first few days can help to reduce the swelling. Bandages applied after surgery are removed within a day or two.
Most patients can return to work in about a week after the brow lift.
Patients will need to wait at least two weeks after the brow lift before partaking in strenuous activities and exercise.
The stitches are usually removed seven days after the brow lift.
All surgery carries potential risks. Those associated with the brow lift include possible numbness and tingling on the top of the scalp.
Insurance typically does not cover brow lifts when they are performed for purely cosmetic purposes, though patients should be sure to check with their own insurance company.
Financing is available for many plastic surgery procedures.
Dr. Naderi’s office in Reston, VA is conveniently located near the following:
- Northern Virginia
- Fairfax county
- Loudoun County
- Town Center
- Tysons corner
- Virginia beach
- Great falls
- Montgomery County
- Howard County
- Baltimore, MD
- Chevy Chase
- White Marsh
- Arundle Mills
- Washington DC
- Washington D.C.
- Adams Morgan
- Pentagon City
- North west
- Falls church