A brow lift, sometimes referred to as a forehead lift, is a surgery that helps elevate the eyebrows and smooth the appearance of the forehead. This procedure, offered by Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Leo Lapuerta, creates a more alert and younger-looking facial appearance. During a brow lift, the incision can be made in various locations, including behind the hairline on top of the head, or directly above the eyebrow. The goal is to lift and elevate the eyebrows. During the consultation, Dr. Lapuerta will determine which brow lift technique will best meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. Dr. Lapuerta has facilities in Houston, Katy, and Pearland Texas conveniently located for brow lift patients.
There are several techniques that can be considered during a brow lift procedure. Some of the approaches are interchangeable with a forehead lift, but may be used to achieve different objectives.
Also known as a direct brow lift, this approach places the incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Depending on the structure of the brow, an incision can also be made at the brow hairline to complete this process. Weak and sagging skin and tissue will be lifted and reattached to the brow bone. This approach does not affect the forehead and works to treat a sagging eyebrow and eyelid.
ENDOSCOPIC BROW LIFT
This approach provides a subtle change in the position of the eyebrows. It uses several small (1-inch or smaller) incisions near the hairline of the forehead where an endoscope (specialized camera) is placed, and surgical tools are used to elevate the eyebrows. The stitches are located inside the incision to help minimize scarring. While this technique is a common approach, sometimes the results can be unpredictable.
CORONAL BROW LIFT
This approach places the incision lines several inches above the hairline of the head. These incisions are typically long, yet still hidden by the patient’s hair. This technique repositions the eyebrows by pulling them up to offer an alert and revitalized appearance. Sometimes hair will need to be removed during the incision closure process where the skin is reattached. This particular approach does offer dramatic results and in most cases actually repositions the hairline higher.
All brow lifts are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically takes around 2 hours to complete depending on the approach. Patients can generally return to work and resume normal activities within a few days following surgery. Patients may feel that their new facial structure is not as symmetrical as it should be, nor how they anticipated. This is a common anxiety. Facial features will settle and take on a natural look within a few weeks. It may take several months for the optimal surgical results to take effect.
Each brow lift surgery is tailored according to how subtle or dramatic patients desire their results to be. Most patients can expect to pay between $3,500-$6,500 for this procedure.