Brow Lift Surgery (Forehead Lift or Browplasty) – Leesburg, VA

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About Brow Lift Surgery

Surgery to lift the brow (sometimes known as a forehead lift or browplasty) is a popular aesthetic treatment that helps create a higher brow position, which provides a refreshed look to the upper area of the face. A sagging brow can many times cause an angry or tired appearance. A browplasty surgically corrects a drooping brow to give patients a refreshed face. Dr. Phillip Chang is a plastic surgeon in Leesburg, VA who has completed browplasty on patients of all ages to give them a more youthful appearance. While brow lift surgery concentrates on the brow specifically, it can also have an improvement on the upper eyelid, wrinkles in the outer corner of the eyes (Crow's feet), and some of the forehead. Injectable wrinkle treatments like BOTOX are commonly performed along with a forehead lift at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center for best results, producing a smoother and softer appearance. Call our office in Leesburg, VA to learn more. 

Ideal Candidates

When you grow older, skin elasticity diminishes and causes several portions of the face to droop. This is particularly important in the upper face and usually impacts women and men. When looking at yourself in a mirror, do you seem angry or tired, or see deep wrinkles in between your eyebrows, or are bothered by your sagging brow? A surgical brow lift at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center can be the ideal aesthetic procedure for your goals.

Surgical Technique

Before the procedure, anesthesia is used. This may be done under IV sedation or general anesthesia based on the complexity of the procedure. The incision performed in a browplasty is chosen depending on the degree of skin sag, if the forehead is addressed, and the unique makeup of a patient's hairline. In most cases, Dr. Chang utilizes the hairline/open incision method. Some of the different techniques that may be used:

  • Traditional/Open Incision
    Also known as the open browplasty incision, this puts the surgical incision behind the hairline at the top of the head. The open incision not only conceals scars, it allows a certain amount of lift control throughout the surgery. The open incision is good for those with both frown lines and a sagging brow. The traditional brow lift is the ideal incision for patients who are concerned about a receding hairline.
  • Trichophytic/Hairline Incision
    The trichophytic incision is made directly against the patient's hairline. A trichophytic incision permits more dramatic lift in the brow for patients who have low risk for hairline recession.
  • Lateral Brow Lift
    Also called a temporal browplasty, the lateral method starts the incision within the hairline slightly over the temples. A temporal incision permits the outer sections of the brow to be treated, and is best for sagging that is visible in the outer brow. A temporal brow lift also helps to treat Crow’s feet.
  • Endoscopic Forehead Lift
    The endoscopic lift is a more modern method employed in browplasty surgery. This method makes multiple small incisions beyond the hairline and inserts the endoscope, which is pushed to the eyebrow to release its attached tools. Using the endoscope's camera, the brow tissue is repositioned with stitches to place the brow in a better position.

What to Expect

The recovery period after a brow lift varies in each patient, with the majority of swelling and discomfort reported with the traditional method compared to the temporal or endoscopic techniques. In general, patients feel some swelling and bruising in the upper portion of the face around the eyebrows and sometimes near the eyes. Cold compresses can help to reduce the inflammation. Dr. Chang recommends patients sleep with pillows propped under their head for at least three nights after their brow lift. It is critical to avoid any activities or movement that can put pressure on your face. The typical recovery period from a brow lift is around 2 – 3 weeks. The results can often be seen right away, with a refreshed appearance that seems more alert, softer, and with a visible improvement in sagging skin and fine lines in the upper portion of the face.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a brow lift cost?
It is better to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Chang, who can give you the best results rather than going with the lowest price. Your costs for brow lift surgery will depend on the technique used, anesthesia, facility fees, and more. When your treatment plan is developed during your consultation, cost estimates can be made. Dr. Chang will also explain payment methods and where to apply for low-interest financing to make your surgery more affordable.

Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you need a facelift or brow lift will depend on your goals and where you have excess skin. You should openly talk about your wants with Dr. Chang so he can help you choose which treatment is best. Some patients come in wanting a facelift but may find they would be better with a brow lift and vice versa. Using his experience, Dr. Chang will confidently help you decide on your treatment plan to give you your best results.

What about nonsurgical treatments?
You may consider one of the many nonsurgical options, including laser skin tightening and injectables (like Juvéderm and BOTOX), that can provide short-term improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better for longer-lasting results and significant improvements. At your consultation, Dr. Chang can go over both your nonsurgical and surgical choices to help you decide which is better for your needs.

What technique should I choose?
Dr. Chang will explain surgical techniques in your consultation so you know the benefits. He will then help you choose the technique that best meets your needs and goals. A few of the factors that might influence your choice are your hairline (factoring in both your current hairline as well as your risk of developing a receding hairline), the amount of loose skin, and recovery time available.

Will my results look natural?
If you have an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Chang, your brow lift will appear natural. He will create your treatment plan for your needs and goals to help you appear refreshed, instead of frozen or tight. When performing your brow lift, Dr. Chang will concentrate on removing loose skin. The remaining tissue and skin will be smoothed so your results don't lift your eyebrows too high or limit your facial expressions.

Rejuvenate Your Appearance

Do not let your sagging forehead make others wonder if you're sad, mad, angry or tired — schedule an appointment to get more information about brow lift surgery with plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA. By correcting your hanging brow, you can revitalize your whole appearance and seem more youthful and refreshed. Dr. Chang strives for results that look natural; your browplasty will have your friends and family saying you look more refreshed instead of thinking you had cosmetic surgery.

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