Brow Lift

UPMC Stofman Plastic Surgery Group provides Brow Lifts to patients from Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.

A Brow Lift, also known as a Forehead Lift, is a procedure designed to minimize the creases that develope across the forehead, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose; improves what are commonly referred to as “frown lines”; as well as repositioning a low or sagging brow.

Why A Brow Lift?

If you are bothered by expression lines or other signs of aging in the brow region, a brow lift can enhance your appearance by achieving the following:

  • Minimize the creases that develop across the forehead, the upper bridge of the nose, and between the eyes
  • Improve “frown lines”, vertical creases that develop between the eyebrows
  • Reposition a low or sagging brow that is “hooding” the upper eyelid
  • Raise the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful position

Rejuvenation procedures that are typically performed in conjunction with a brow lift include:

  • Eyelid Surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes
  • Facelift to correct aging changes in the mid- to lower face and neck regions
  • Skin Resurfacing techniques

Is A Brow Lift Right For Me?

A brow lift is a highly individualized procedure that should be done for your own personal reasons, not to fulfill the expectations of others, or to conform to what is deemed the “ideal image”. Brow lift surgery is a good option for you if:

  • You are in good physical health
  • Your overall outlook is positive
  • You have specific yet realistic goals in mind in terms of results

Brow Lift Procedure

During your initial consultation, our skilled surgeons discuss your goals and desires, as well as  review available techniques and incision sites.  A Brow Lift procedure will vary according to each individual, and can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or with general anesthesia. Common incision sites include the central scalp and temples, either behind or at the hairline.

A brow lift can sometimes be performed using an endoscope (surgical video device) and special instruments placed through small incisions made within the hairline. This allows the tissue and muscle beneath the skin to be repositioned, altered or removed, correcting the source of visible creases and furrows in the forehead.

Correction of a low-positioned or sagging brow may be made with or without the use of an endoscope through incisions at the temples and in the scalp. This technique may be done in conjunction with incisions hidden within the natural crease of the upper eyelids to eliminate frown lines between the brows, on or above the bridge of the nose.

Techniques are also available that can lift the brow through a traditional upper eyelid incision during a blepharoplasty operation. There would be no additional scars.

An alternative brow lift technique is the coronal brow lift. The coronal brow lift can pinpoint specific regions of the brow to correct. This technique involves an incision from ear to ear, lifting the forehead and removing excess skin from the scalp.

The incision lines from a brow lift are well concealed within the hair or the natural contours of the face, unless placed at the hairline to shorten the forehead.

Recovery and Results

Results appear gradually as swelling and bruising, which will subside to reveal smoother forehead skin and a more youthful, restful appearance. The actual recovery time will vary according to the patient and the procedure. Following your post-procedure instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

Once recovery is complete, patients report increased satisfaction as well as self-confidence from a more rested-looking facial appearance.

Be sure to ask questions: It’s very important to address any concerns you have with our experienced staff. All successful surgeries begin with open and honest communication between doctor and patient. Are you considering plastic surgery? Contact us to schedule a consultation and let us educate you about your options and the procedures available.