About Brow Lift Surgery
Many of our patients feel that their appearance doesn't accurately reflect the energetic, youthful person within. Cosmetic surgery can correct age-related concerns that contribute to a tired or even stern appearance, especially around the forehead and eyebrows. To address these concerns, board-certified plastic surgeon Roderick M. Urbaniak, M.D. performs a brow lift procedure, also known as a forehead lift, for women and men who want to reverse the signs of aging in the upper third of the face. A surgical brow lift (also called a browplasty or forehead lift) is a popular plastic procedure that helps create a lifted brow appearance, which can take years off of your face and soften your expressions. This works by removing excess skin from the forehead to improve the look of a sagging brow and rejuvenate your face. Dr. Roderick Urbaniak has performed brow lifts for countless men and women, granting them a youthful look. Wrinkle fillers and relaxers can be used in conjunction with brow lift surgery at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery for ideal results by further smoothing out lines and adding volume to select areas of the face.
As we get older, the elasticity of our skin depletes, which causes many areas of the face to sag. This often results in the descent of the eyebrows and excess upper eyelid skin. Our body responds to the extra skin in front of our eyes by contracting the forehead muscles. This leads to deep wrinkles, which are considered the hallmark of aging. The overall result of these natural occurrences is a change in the shape and position of the eyebrow, giving the entire eye area and face a tired or sad appearance. This is especially critical in the upper facial region and equally affects men and women alike.
When looking in the mirror, do you appear tired or angry? Do you notice frown lines between the brows? Are you bothered by a drooping brow? If you answered yes to any of these questions, brow lift surgery at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery may be the right cosmetic treatment for your needs. This procedure is a wonderful way to rejuvenate the forehead and eye areas. To qualify for this procedure, you should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for your outcomes. If you have any questions about your candidacy, contact our office to find out if this rejuvenation treatment could be ideal for you.
Prior to surgery, anesthesia will be administered to the patient. This can be done through general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the extent of the surgery. The incision technique used during a brow lift is determined based on the severity of sag, if the forehead is affected, and the position of the hairline. There are many approaches to consider:
- Traditional Incision
Also called the open lift incision, this places the incision at the top of the head behind the hairline. The traditional incision not only masks scarring; it also provides a certain degree of controlled lifting during the procedure. The traditional incision works well for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines. This is the best technique if you are at risk for a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision
This incision is placed right along the hairline. It allows significant lifting of the brow for women and men who have a strong hairline with little risk for recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also known as a temporal brow lift, this technique sets the incision inside the hairline just above the temples. The lateral incision allows the outer areas of the brow to be raised, and helps sagging that is present in the outer brows. The lateral technique also helps to correct Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
This is a more modern technique used for brow lifts. It places several tiny incisions in the hairline and inserts an endoscope, which moves down to the area of the eyebrow to release its attachments. Through the camera of the endoscope, the brow tissue is suspended using stitches to lift the brow in its higher position.
What to Expect
Recovery following brow lift surgery can vary, with the most discomfort and swelling occurring with the open technique versus the endoscopic or temporal approaches. Overall, there will be slight bruising and swelling in the upper face, near the brows, and possibly around the eyes. Cold compresses can help to decrease this swelling. Dr. Roderick Urbaniak advises his patients sleep upright for 3 – 4 nights following their surgery. It is important to avoid any movement or activities that may place stress on the face. The average recovery time from this procedure is about 2 – 3 weeks. The outcome can usually be seen immediately, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance that looks softer, more alert, and with a noticeable reduction in fine lines and sagging in the upper half of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a brow lift cost?
The cost of brow lift surgery will vary based on the technique chosen, the facility fee, anesthesia, and other factors. Once your treatment plan has been created in your consultation, an estimate of costs can be discussed. Dr. Roderick Urbaniak will go over payment methods we accept. Additionally, a member of our team can help you find low-interest medical financing so your treatment is easy to afford.
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a brow lift or full facelift will depend on where you have sagging skin as well as your goals. You should candidly discuss your concerns with Dr. Roderick Urbaniak so he can help you decide what is best for you. Many patients come in thinking they want a facelift only to discover they need a brow lift instead, or vice versa. With his experience, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak can confidently help you develop your treatment plan so you get the results you want.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
There are many nonsurgical treatments, such as laser skin tightening and injectables (like BOTOX and Juvéderm), that can provide mild improvements. However, a surgical brow lift is better if you want significant enhancements and longer-lasting results. During your consultation, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak can go over both your surgical and nonsurgical options so you can decide which is best for you.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Urbaniak will go over brow lift techniques during your consultation to help you understand the advantages of each one. He will then help you select the best technique for your needs and goals. Some of the factors that may influence your choice are your hairline (taking into account both your current hairline and your risk of future recession), the degree of skin sagging, and how much time you can devote to recovery.
Will my results look natural?
When you choose a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Roderick Urbaniak, your brow lift results will look natural. He will develop your treatment plan to address your unique needs and goals so you look refreshed and younger, not tight or frozen. During your surgery, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak will focus on removing excess skin. The remaining skin and tissue will be smoothed so your results don't limit your facial expressions or lift your eyebrows too high.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 3 – 4 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 hours
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Don't let your sagging brow make people think you're mad, sad, tired, or angry. If you feel plagued by hanging skin on the upper third of your face, schedule a consultation to learn more about a brow lift done by board-certified plastic surgeon Roderick M. Urbaniak, M.D. at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery. By raising your sagging brow, you can improve your entire appearance and look younger and more refreshed. Dr. Urbaniak strives to produce natural-looking results for his patients. Your forehead lift will have others saying you look younger rather than thinking you had plastic surgery.