What is a Brow Lift?
Surgery to lift the brow (also known as a forehead lift or browplasty) is a popular cosmetic procedure for Shenandoah Valley men and women that helps create a higher brow position for a more youthful look to the top section of the face. A drooping brow can often create a tired or angry appearance. This procedure surgically improves a drooping brow to give you a refreshed face by eliminating excess skin from the forehead while also raising the eyebrows. Dr. Matthew Karen is a plastic surgeon in Winchester, VA who has completed brow lifts on patients of all ages to give them a more youthful appearance. BOTOX® and fillers are commonly performed along with brow lift surgery at Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery and Medispa for best results, producing a softer and smoother appearance.
What Are the Benefits of A Brow Lift?
A brow lift performed by Dr. Karen at Exclusively Faces can give both men and women a reinvigorated, youthful look. Additional aesthetic and practical benefits of the procedure include:
- Personalized care and treatment options depending on your goals
- Reducing a fatigued appearance, especially in the eyes and eyebrows
- Curtailing the appearance of crow’s feet, “11” lines, and facial creases
- Smoothing of facial skin
- Results that are long-lasting and appear natural
- Effects are recognizable soon after the procedure
"Dr: Karen and his staff made me feel comfortable and welcome. Their knowledge and expertise lead me back to them as I am currently residing three hours from Winchester. The results were definitely worth the travels."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jul 22, 2022
"Very happy with treatments I have received."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Mar 02, 2023
"I would never trust anyone else but Dr. Karen with my face! And his staff is always so cheerful and informative. His office is such a welcoming environment and they really take the time to educate patients on treatments."- G.M. / Google / Feb 24, 2023
"I am very pleased with my results"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 23, 2023
"I received a mini face-lift today! Dr. Karen and his team are top notch! I highly recommend."- T.P. / Facebook / Feb 22, 2023
Who is a candidate for a brow lift?
Ideal candidates for a brow lift have an angry or tired appearance due to excess skin and drooping brows. Patients considering this procedure should be in good health, which is why Dr. Karen performs a medical evaluation before moving forward. It’s also important to have realistic expectations for what this procedure can achieve and understand the potential risks and side effects involved. Our team at Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery and Medispa will review all of this information with you during a consultation.
What Can I Expect from My Brow Lift?
At the start of the procedure, you will be given sedation so you can stay comfortable and relaxed during your procedure. This may be done under IV sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the surgery. The incision technique performed in a browplasty is determined, depending on the degree of skin sag, if your forehead is affected, and the appearance of your hairline. Some of the many approaches to consider:
- Traditional Incision
Also called the open lift incision, the incision is placed behind the hairline at the top of the head and not only masks scars but also provides a certain degree of lift control during the procedure. The traditional incision is good for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines or for patients who are at risk for having a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision
This incision is placed directly along the hairline and allows more dramatic lifting of the brow for women and men who have a low risk for hairline recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also called a temporal brow lift, the lateral method places the incision in the hairline just above the temples, allowing the outer parts of the brow to be treated and is best for sagging that is visible in the outer brows. The lateral technique also helps to treat Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
This is a more modern method that places multiple small incisions beyond the hairline and inserts a tool known as an endoscope, which is pushed to the eyebrow to release its attachments. Using the endoscope's camera, the brow tissue is suspended using stitches to place the brow in its better position.
Recovery following a brow lift varies, typically with more swelling and discomfort with the traditional approach versus the endoscopic or lateral techniques. Overall, you will likely have some bruising and swelling around your eyebrows and near your eyes. Cold compresses may help to diminish the inflammation, and Dr. Karen recommends sleeping with pillows propped under your head for 3 – 4 nights following your brow lift. It is critical to avoid activities that may place pressure on the face. Typical recovery is about 2 – 3 weeks. The outcome can often be seen right away, resulting in a refreshed appearance that seems softer, more alert, and with a visible reduction in sagging skin and fine lines in the upper portion of the face.
Brow Lift FAQ
How much does a brow lift cost?
It is better to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Karen, who can give you the best results rather than choosing the lowest price. The cost of brow lift surgery will vary based on the technique chosen, the facility fee, anesthesia, and more. Once your treatment plan is developed during your consultation, an estimate of costs can be discussed. Dr. Karen can also go over payment methods we accept and where to apply for low-interest medical financing to make your surgery more affordable.
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a facelift or brow lift will depend on where you have sagging skin as well as your goals. You should candidly talk about your wants with Dr. Karen so he can help you choose which treatment is best. Some patients who come in wanting a facelift may find they only need a brow lift and vice versa. Using his experience, Dr. Karen can confidently help you develop your treatment plan — so you get your best results.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
You may consider one of the many nonsurgical treatments, such as laser skin tightening and injectables (like JUVÉDERM® and BOTOX®), that can give mild improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better if you want longer-lasting results and significant improvements. During your consultation, Dr. Karen can go over both your surgical and nonsurgical choices to help you decide which is best for your needs.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Karen will go over brow lift techniques during your consultation — so you know the advantages of each. He will then help you select the technique that best meets your needs and goals. Some of the factors that might influence your choice are your hairline (taking into account both your current hairline as well as your risk of future recession), the amount of loose skin, and the recovery time available.
Will my results look natural?
If you have an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Karen, your brow lift results will look natural. He will develop your treatment plan with the right technique for your needs and goals to help you look refreshed, not tight or frozen. During your surgery, Dr. Karen will concentrate on removing loose skin. The remaining tissue and skin will be smoothed — so your results don't limit your facial expressions or lift your eyebrows too high.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Raise and Rejuvenate Your Brow
Don't let your sagging brow make people wonder if you're sad, mad, tired, or angry — schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Karen to learn more about brow lift surgery at Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery and Medispa. By raising your hanging brow, you can improve your whole appearance and appear younger and more refreshed. For more information about this surgery, cost, or other rejuvenating procedures, call our Winchester, VA office today.
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