With aging, the brow can descend, causing the upper eyelids to feel heavy, and giving a tired or worried appearance. Muscles in the forehead try to compensate, which results in deep lines across the forehead from those muscles constantly trying to pull the brow up into a normal position.
A surgical brow lift lifts the brow back into its normal position. This is frequently combined with upper eyelid surgery, also known as upper blepharoplasty, to remove the extra eyelid skin that sometimes remains, even after a brow lift.
Brow lift surgery may be your best option if your drooping eyebrows, frown lines, and wrinkles across the forehead, which can all contribute toward your face having a tired, sleepy or sad appearance. Patients often frequently inquire about a ‘Botox brow lift,’ and while Botox can give the appearance of lifting to a normal brow, once the brow has descended, Botox usually only makes the heaviness worse and surgery is the best long-term option.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING BROW LIFT SURGERY?
There are several different ways a brow lift is performed. Incisions are typically concealed in the scalp region. Sometimes a special small camera called an endoscope is used to aid in the procedure. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and is customized to achieve your desired goals.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM BROW LIFT SURGERY?
Sutures are removed a week after having brow lift surgery and results appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal smoother forehead skin and a more youthful, rested appearance. Brow lift patients typically return to work after sutures are removed, and the pain after the procedure is very limited.
New plastic surgery advances used by the board certified plastic surgeons at The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery serving Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC, have made the brow lift a popular procedure, where results can last from five up to 10 years longer than with past brow lift methods.
HOW MUCH DOES A BROW LIFT COST?
The cost of brow lift surgery in Reston, VA, at Austin-Weston is around $6,100. The price includes the cost of surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, OR fees, postop garments and all post-op appointments.