About Brow Lift Surgery
A surgical brow lift (also called a forehead lift or browplasty) is a popular plastic treatment that helps create a higher brow position, which provides a younger look to the upper section of the face. A droopy brow can frequently cause an angry or tired appearance. A brow lift surgically corrects a drooping brow to give you a refreshed face by eliminating excess skin, while lifting the eyebrows. Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. is a plastic surgeon in St. Petersburg, FL who has completed brow lifts on men and women to give them a more youthful appearance. Injectable wrinkle relaxers and fillers are frequently performed in conjunction with brow lift surgery at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery for ideal results, producing a smoother and softer appearance.
Brow Lift Reviews
"I had a great experience with Dr. O'Brien and his team! Highly recommended! - I went to Dr. O'Brien with apprehension over having plastic surgery of any kind. I knew from my primary care physician that I needed a blepharoplasty. After consulting with Dr. O'Brien, I felt at ease and much better informed. I decided on a brow lift and mini-face lift along with the blepharoplasty. One year later and I am constantly being told how young I look. The result is very natural..."- B. / RealSelf / Nov 05, 2017
"I highly recommend Dr. O'Brien...I left my consultation with him with all of my questions answered about the procedure I was contemplating. His staff is exceptional...I am extremely happy with my results...S. HansonSt. Petersburg"- S.H. / Healthgrades / Dec 06, 2016
"Dr. O'Brien is a True Artist! - St Petersburg, FL - I severely needed a facelift due to sun exposure & aging. However, I looked at least 10 years older than I was. I had a full facelift, brow lift, neck. The whole works. When I saw the results, I was amazed! He performed a miracle. I call him "Miracle Man." This year I went for an arm lift which I severely needed due to losing 80 lbs. over 12 years ago. My arms look like a young..."- B. / RealSelf / Oct 29, 2014
"Going for a More Refreshed Appearance: Facelift, Necklift, Browlift, and Dermabrasion - Dr. O’Brien is an excellent plastic surgeon. I met with him several times throughout the year before deciding on my surgery and found him to be very professional and passionate about his work. He is also quite realistic about what will and will not work for you. The surgical center and their staff are top notch. They were always available to address any concerns I may have had and were v..."- S. / RealSelf / Dec 30, 2017
When you get older, skin elasticity reduces and causes many areas of the face to sag. This is particularly critical in the upper face and typically impacts men and women. When looking at yourself in a mirror, do you appear angry or tired, or see deep wrinkles in between your eyebrows, or are bothered by your sagging brow? Brow lift surgery at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery can be the ideal aesthetic procedure for your needs.
Before the procedure, anesthesia is given to the patient. This may be done under IV sedation or general anesthesia based on the extent of the procedure. The incision performed in a browplasty is chosen depending on the degree of skin sag, if the forehead is addressed, and the appearance of the patient's hairline. Some of the different techniques that may be used:
- Traditional Incision
Also known as the open lift incision, this puts the surgical incision behind the hairline at the top of the head. The traditional incision not only masks scars, but it also allows a certain amount of lift control throughout the surgery. The traditional incision is good for those with both frown lines and a sagging brow. The traditional brow lift is the better technique for patients who are concerned about a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision
The trichophytic incision is made directly against the patient's hairline. A trichophytic incision permits more dramatic lift in the brow for women and men who have low risk for hairline recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also called a temporal browplasty, the lateral method sets the incision inside the hairline slightly over the temples. The lateral incision permits the outer areas of the brow to be raised, and helps sagging that is visible in the outer brow. The lateral technique also helps to correct Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
The endoscopic lift is a more modern method employed in a brow lift. This method makes multiple small incisions beyond the hairline and inserts an endoscope, which moves to the eyebrow to release its attached tools. Using the endoscope's camera, the brow tissue is repositioned with stitches to place the brow in a better position.
What to Expect
The recovery period after a brow lift can vary, with the most swelling and discomfort reported with the traditional technique compared to the temporal or endoscopic approaches. In general, patients feel some swelling and bruising in the upper portion of the face around the eyebrows and sometimes near the eyes. Cold compresses can help to decrease the inflammation. Dr. O'Brien recommends patients sleep with pillows propped under their head for 3 – 4 nights after their brow lift. It is critical to avoid any activities or movement that can put pressure on your face. The typical recovery period from a brow lift is around 2 – 3 weeks. The results can often be seen right away, with a refreshed appearance that seems more alert, softer, and with a visible improvement in sagging skin and fine lines in the upper half of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a brow lift cost?
It is better to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. O'Brien, who can give you the best results rather than going with the lowest price. Your costs for brow lift surgery will depend on the technique used, anesthesia, facility fees, and more. When your treatment plan is developed during your consultation, cost estimates can be made. Dr. O'Brien will also explain payment methods and where to apply for low-interest financing to make your surgery more affordable.
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you need a facelift or brow lift will depend on your goals and where you have excess skin. You should openly talk about your wants with Dr. O'Brien so he can help you choose which treatment is best. Some patients come in wanting a facelift may find they would be better with a brow lift and vice versa. Using his experience, Dr. O'Brien will confidently help you develop your treatment plan to give you your best results.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
You may consider one of the many nonsurgical options, including laser skin tightening and injectables (like Juvéderm and BOTOX), that can provide mild improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better for longer-lasting results and significant improvements. In your consultation, Dr. O'Brien can go over both your nonsurgical and surgical choices to help you decide which is better for your needs.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. O'Brien will explain brow lift techniques in your consultation so you know the benefits. He will then help you select the technique that best meets your needs and goals. A few of the factors that might influence your choice are your hairline (factoring in both your current hairline as well as your risk of developing a receding hairline), the amount of loose skin, and recovery time available.
Will my results look natural?
If you have an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. O'Brien, your brow lift will appear natural. He will create your treatment plan for your needs and goals to help you appear refreshed, instead of frozen or tight. When performing your brow lift, Dr. O'Brien will concentrate on removing loose skin. The remaining tissue and skin will be smoothed so your results don't lift your eyebrows too high or limit your facial expressions.
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Do not let your sagging forehead make others wonder if you're sad, mad, angry or tired — schedule an appointment to get more information about brow lift surgery with Dr. O'Brien at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL. By raising your hanging brow, you can improve your whole appearance and seem more youthful and refreshed. Dr. O'Brien strives for results that look natural; your forehead lift will have others saying you look younger instead of thinking you had plastic surgery.