As we age, the forehead can begin to droop, forming deep creases between the brows that may falsely create an angry or tired-looking appearance. While certain injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® can effectively diminish these aesthetic concerns for certain individuals, the results of these treatments are temporary and require continual touch-ups to maintain a lasting outcome. For those interested in a more enduring solution to aging of the forehead and brow region, brow lift surgery performed by Austin plastic surgeon Steven Holzman, MD may be an excellent option.
Brow lift surgery (also referred to as a forehead lift) can effectively release tension between the brows, alleviate drooping of the eyebrows and forehead skin, and dramatically reduce both vertical and horizontal wrinkles in the region for a more refreshed, rejuvenated appearance in the upper third of the face. In many cases, brow lift surgery is performed in conjunction with procedures such as blepharoplasty, facelift surgery, and non-surgical injectables for a more comprehensive facial enhancement.
Dr. Holzman is highly skilled in customizing forehead lift surgery to address his patients’ specific concerns while achieving incredibly natural-looking results. His intensive training, keen artistic eye, and meticulous surgical approach have combined to yield exceptional outcomes in facial rejuvenation over his years in practice, and he would be happy to help you attain the look you desire.
Good candidates for a brow lift typically include women and men who are bothered by one or more of the following cosmetic concerns:
Patients should also be in good general health and have realistic expectations for what can be achieved through forehead lift surgery. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Holzman will discuss all criteria for treatment, as well as thoroughly evaluate your unique needs and goals to determine if brow lift surgery or another aesthetic procedure would be right for you.
Dr. Holzman performs brow lift surgery using one of two possible techniques: orthoscopic or traditional brow lift. Orthoscopic brow lift requires only a few tiny incisions along the hairline through which specialized tools are inserted to carry out the surgical enhancements, eliminating the need for the traditional continuous incision along the hairline. In both versions of the procedure, dense muscle and connective tissue that have built up between the brows are removed to smooth and relax tight furrows. The forehead skin is also drawn upwards and excess is removed to restore youthful contours to the brow line.
Immediately following brow lift surgery, you can expect some degree of swelling, bruising, and tenderness throughout the treatment region, though these side effects are temporary and should resolve with time. Most patients do not experience significant pain, but any discomfort that does occur can generally be easily controlled with medication. While certain activities like vigorous exercise, heavy lifting, and contact sports will need to be avoided for at least a few weeks, you will likely be able to resume office-based work and/or other non-strenuous daily routines after approximately one week.
It is important to note that if additional procedures are performed simultaneously with your forehead lift, the recovery experience and timeline for healing may be different than described above. Based on your custom treatment plan, Dr. Holzman will be able to provide a more personalized description of what you can expect after brow lift surgery during your consultation.
The results of brow lift surgery usually last about 10–15 years—and potentially longer—before signs of aging develop to the extent that a touch-up treatment like injectables may be considered to prolong the outcome. That said, patients who received a forehead lift will always appear younger after these 10–15 years than they would if they had never undergone the procedure to begin with. Ultimately, elements such as skin care, sun exposure, smoking, genetics, and various other lifestyle and environmental factors will determine exactly how long your brow lift lasts.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of a brow lift in the United States was approximately $3,600* in 2018. This number, however, is only representative of the plastic surgeon’s fee and does not take into account hospital charges, anesthesia expenses, geographic location of the practice, or any details related to the complexity of individual treatment plans.
To receive a custom price quote for brow lift surgery, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holzman. After reviewing your specific case, he can provide a personalized estimate of the total cost based on your needs and goals. If interested, a member of our team can also discuss plastic surgery financing and payment plan options with you at this time to help make treatment as affordable as possible.
*This pricing was taken from data collected by ASPS and does not reflect the exact cost of brow lift surgery at Dr. Holzman’s practice.
If you are interested in brow lift surgery, please contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Steven Holzman, MD. We look forward to helping you achieve the look you desire!