A sagging brow and wrinkled forehead can develop over time and often create an angry or sad expression that may not reflect how the person truly feels. Dr. Hiatt offers the brow lift procedure, also known as a forehead lift, at his practice in Mesa, AZ to correct these signs of aging and restore a more youthful, refreshed appearance to the upper face. A brow lift is often combined with facelift and eyelid lift procedures in order to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.
A brow lift treats the following:
- A low or drooping brow that may hang over the eyelids
- Horizontal creases across the forehead
- Vertical furrows between the eyebrows (“frown lines”)
- Wrinkles between the eyes on the upper bridge of the nose
The Ideal Brow Lift Candidate
During an initial consultation, Dr. Hiatt will review your medical history and the condition of your forehead to determine if a brow lift procedure would be right for you. Ideal candidates do not smoke and are physically and mentally healthy. Prospective patients should have appropriate expectations of the procedure and know that although the brow lift is a restorative procedure and can correct signs of aging, it will not stop the forehead and brow from continuing to age naturally over time. To understand the results that can be achieved with a brow lift, please visit our brow lift before and after photos of Dr. Hiatt’s previous patients.
Brow lift Procedure Steps
The brow lift procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
Coronal Brow Lift
This technique requires an incision along the crown of the head behind the hairline. The forehead and eyebrows are elevated, and excess skin is removed. This method can correct specific areas of the brow and is ideal for patients with excess skin on the forehead. The recovery time for a coronal brow lift is approximately one week.
Brow Lift Recovery
After surgery, dressings will be applied to the treated areas, and the forehead will be wrapped to minimize swelling and bruising. The majority of bruising and swelling will subside within approximately one week, at which time the patient may return to work and normal activities. The forehead will continue to heal for several weeks as swelling diminishes and incision lines fade. Recovery time varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the overall health of the patient.
Brow Lift Risks
As with any procedure, there are some risks associated with brow lift surgery. These are rare and include, but are not limited to:
- Changes in skin sensation (usually temporary)
- Skin discoloration
- Skin loss
- Eye irritation or dryness
- Fluid accumulation
Brow Lift Costs
According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the national average surgeon fee for a forehead lift procedure was $3,099 in 2011. This number does not include the cost of anesthesia, the surgical facility, and the cost of any medical tests or prescriptions that may be needed. The cost of brow lift surgery also varies depending on the technique used and the geographic location of where the surgery is performed. You will receive the most accurate brow lift cost estimate during your initial consultation.
If you are interested in the brow lift procedure, please schedule a consultation with our board certified surgeon, Dr. Hiatt, by calling(480) 844-1410 or filling out our online contact form today.