For many people, the forehead and eyebrows are areas of the face that show some of the first signs of aging. Over time, the skin on the forehead and around the eyes loses elasticity, causing wrinkles and the appearance of drooping eyebrows or upper eyelids that can make a person look older than they feel. With a brow lift by Dr. Larry Lickstein, patients from throughout Northern Virginia and Loudoun County can achieve a naturally more refreshed and youthful appearance.
What is a Brow Lift?
Brow lift surgery, sometimes referred to as a forehead lift or eyebrow lift, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to rejuvenate the appearance of the upper portion of the face. During a brow lift, a plastic surgeon elevates the brow line, removes excess skin, and smooths wrinkles on the upper face. Horizontal forehead wrinkles, vertical creases between the eyebrows, and wrinkles between the eyes and on the bridge of the nose can all be improved with a forehead lift or eyebrow lift.1
Why Choose Elle Aesthetic Arts and Plastic Surgery for Your Brow Lift?
At Elle Aesthetic Arts and Plastic Surgery, our goal is to help our patients achieve their cosmetic goals without altering the unique features that set their appearance apart. Dr. Larry Lickstein is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in operating on the delicate skin around the eyes and forehead to help patients appear naturally refreshed, not “pulled tight” or overdone.
Dr. Lickstein always takes a personalized approach to cosmetic surgery. During your private consultation with Dr. Lickstein, you will have the opportunity to candidly discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns as well as view examples of his work. Dr. Lickstein will make sure you are ready to make an educated and confident decision about your plastic surgery treatment plan.
Benefits of a Brow Lift
A brow or forehead lift addresses many signs of aging on the upper face, yielding benefits such as:
- Higher brows for a more alert, youthful appearance
- Improved eyebrow shape and contours
- Tighter, smoother skin on the forehead
- Reduced hooding of the upper eyelids
- Reduced appearance of brow furrows, frown lines, and crow’s feet
Brow Lift: What to Expect
Preparing for Brow Lift
The most essential step in preparing for a brow lift is to attend a personal consultation with Dr. Larry Lickstein. Here, Dr. Lickstein will perform a brief examination and review of your medical history before educating you about the brow lift procedure. You will be given detailed instructions on how to prepare for your eyebrow lift as well as what to expect during the recovery time.
The Brow Lift Procedure
There are a number of different brow lift techniques, and Dr. Lickstein will customize your procedure to suit your unique goals and features. Brow lift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Some limited brow procedures such as a browpexy can be performed in the office under local anesthesia.
To begin the brow lift surgical procedure, Dr. Lickstein will make an incision. Next, he will tighten underlying tissues, elevate the eyebrows to a more youthful position, and trim away any excess skin. The incision is then closed with sutures.
For some patients, an endoscopic brow lift is suitable to meet their goals. During an endoscopic forehead lift, Dr. Lickstein makes small incisions on the scalp. An instrument called an endoscope is used to elevate the brows and upper eyelids and smooth the forehead skin.2
Recovery After Brow Lift
Following a brow lift, it is normal for patients to experience some bruising and swelling. A cold compress can help reduce swelling, and Dr. Lickstein will prescribe pain medication to help you stay comfortable. As you recover from a brow lift, it is helpful to rest with your head in an elevated position. Most patients are able to resume normal (non-strenuous) activities 7 to 10 days after a brow lift procedure.
Who is a candidate for a brow lift?
If you are looking to elevate and improve the contours of your eyebrows while reducing signs of aging to your upper face, you may be a good candidate for a brow lift. In general, the ideal brow lift candidate is in good overall health and has realistic expectations about what can be achieved through cosmetic surgery.4
What are the potential risks of a brow lift?
Brow lift is considered to be a safe procedure, especially when performed by an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Lickstein. Still, all cosmetic procedures are associated with some risks and complications. Potential side effects of a brow lift include:
- Hair loss at the incision
- Dry eye
- Numbness or changes to skin sensation5
Contact Elle Aesthetic Arts and Plastic Surgery
If you are interested in learning more about brow lift surgery or other facial rejuvenation options available at Elle Aesthetic Arts and Plastic Surgery, please contact us to schedule your personal consultation. We proudly serve patients from throughout Northern Virginia.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What is a brow lift? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/brow-lift. Accessed May 31, 2022.
2 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What are the steps of a brow lift procedure? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/brow-lift/procedure. Accessed May 31, 2022.
3 Hopkins Medicine. Brow Lift. Available: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/forehead-lift. Accessed May 31, 2022.
4 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Who is a good candidate for a brow lift? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/brow-lift/candidates. Accessed May 31, 2022.
5 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What are the risks of a brow lift? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/brow-lift/safety. Accessed May 31, 2022.