Brow Lift

A Rejuvenated Forehead with Brow Lift Surgery in Chevy Chase & Washington, D.C.

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, can restore a more youthful appearance to the eyebrow and forehead area. This procedure is the perfect complement to facelift surgery and is often paired with the procedure. While a facelift corrects the lower portions of the face, a brow lift addresses age-related changes in the uppermost regions of the face. Combine these procedures together for whole-face rejuvenation.

The brow is one of the most dynamic areas on the face. When you laugh, smile, frown, and make other expressions, the muscles in the brows and forehead move. These muscle contractions can cause creases to develop in the skin, especially around the eyes, between the brows, and on the forehead. Botox® helps to smooth many of these wrinkles by gently relaxing specific facial muscles, but over time patients may require a surgical solution to achieve their desired appearance. A brow lift treats wrinkling and creases on the upper face and raises sagging brows.

Dr. Singleton loves working with patients to create their ideal look. Surgery to restore the brow to a more aesthetically appealing position is one of the most common procedures Dr. Singleton performs in his Chevy Chase facial plastic surgery practice.

Call us to learn more about this procedure or to explore the many other facial treatments we offer.

Is a Brow Lift Right for Me?

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Explore the brow lift procedure and learn more about your options for facial rejuvenation with a consultation at our office in Chevy Chase. We invite you to visit our elegant and private office where you will meet with our surgeon Dr. Adam Singleton, receive treatment recommendations and advice, and get answers to your questions about the brow and forehead lift procedure. A consultation provides one-on-one advice, personalized to each patient.

A brow lift may be right for you if:

  • You have wrinkling on the forehead or between the brows
  • You have sagging eyebrows
  • There is excess eyelid skin as a result of the heavy brow
  • You are unhappy with the appearance of a naturally heavy brow

Good candidates for the procedure are:

  • In good overall health
  • Able to commit to the recovery period after surgery
  • Realistic in their expectations for the procedure
  • Ready to enjoy a more youthful brow appearance

During your consultation, we’ll help you determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Patients with minor aging in the brow area may be better suited for non-surgical Botox®. Many patients who desire surgical correction of their brow would benefit from simultaneous eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

At the end of your consultation you’ll have the opportunity to schedule your brow lift procedure if you’re ready. Don’t worry, we never pressure patients into choosing surgery. We want you to choose the best option for you, forehead lift or not.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have any questions about a procedure or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singleton, please contact our office.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have any questions about a procedure or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singleton, please contact our office.

The Brow Lift Procedure

If you choose to schedule a brow lift, we’ll schedule any needed pre-operative checks and set a time for your procedure. On the day of surgery, you’ll arrive at the surgical center in the morning. We perform all surgical treatments at an offsite facility, equipped with all the necessary surgical and safety equipment. You’ll need someone to bring you to surgery and take you home after as you won’t be able to drive.

The day of surgery is busy and filled with important last-minute checks. You’ll meet your surgical team and check in with Dr. Singleton one last time to review goals for the procedure. If we need surgical marking during the procedure, we’ll make them before you head into the operating room.

A brow lift is often performed using local anesthesia and an IV sedative. Some patients may require general anesthesia, especially if the brow lift is being done at the same time as other facial plastic surgery procedures. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable before surgery begins.

Dr. Singleton is trained in various techniques for brow lifting procedures. Endoscopic surgery, which uses very small incisions and tiny surgical devices to perform the surgery is one of the most common methods Dr. Singleton uses. Open surgical techniques, where larger incisions are placed at or behind the hairline can be used when circumstances dictate. Dr. Singleton is extensively trained in the trichophytic technique, which allows your own hair to grow through the surgical scars, making the scars essentially invisible.

Incisions for a brow lift are typically placed in the hairline. Placement varies depending on anatomy, goals for surgery, and the specific surgical techniques that Dr. Singleton decides to use. Tissues and muscles are tightened to smooth out lines and wrinkles and to restore a more youthful brow positioning. When Dr. Singleton has achieved the desired results, he’ll close your incisions and bandage the area. Patients spend a short time in recovery before returning home.

We’ll meet with your caregiver after the procedure to explain recovery protocols and to give a post-surgical report. You’ll be groggy and tired so we find it is best to share this information with your caregiver too. We will assess your recovery the next day when you return to meet with Dr. Singleton.

Tips for a Successful Brow Lift Recovery

A successful forehead lift recovery starts with the right preparation. Dr. Singleton will provide you with detailed recovery instructions so you can get ready for recovery before your procedure. Remember, our friendly staff members are on hand to answer any questions or address concerns throughout the recovery process.

Patients report that the first couple of days are the most challenging. Pain medications help patients to rest comfortably. After the first couple days, patients start to feel better and can slowly begin to resume their regular activities. Dr. Singleton recommends walking around the block or down the street, starting the day after your procedure, for its healing benefits.

Patients typically miss 1-2 weeks of work, more if they work in a strenuous job. Wait to perform heavy lifting and exercise for 3-4 weeks.

Complementary Treatments to Enhance Your Brow Lift Results

A brow lift is often paired with other procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. Pairing treatments together offers the patient many benefits, including better results and a shared recovery period. Consider receiving your forehead lift with one of these enhancing, complementary treatments.

Take the Next Step by Scheduling a Consultation

Are you ready to learn more about brow lift surgery? Call our offices to schedule your personalized consultation with our fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Adam Singleton. Our office proudly serves patients across the D.C. metropolitan area including the areas of Washington, D.C., Bethesda, and Chevy Chase.

Frequently Asked Questions About Brow Lifts

Every brow lift consultation we offer includes time for questions and answers. We encourage patients to make a list of their questions and bring it to their initial consultation. Find the answers to the top brow lift surgery questions below.

Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift is a surgical procedure designed to restore youth to the eyebrow and forehead areas, making it an effective treatment for the signs of facial aging on said areas.

Expect brow lift before and after comparisons to show a marked improvement in the uppermost regions of the face.

The forehead lift smoothens deep creases and wrinkling on the forehead and raises sagging eyebrows. It also reduces but not eliminates the lines between the eyebrows (a.k.a. frown lines) and the wrinkles around the eyes (a.k.a. crow’s feet).

To be a good candidate for a forehead lift, you must have pronounced facial aging symptoms in the upper regions of the face, be in good health, and have realistic expectations about the procedure.

Wrinkles around the eyes, or crow’s feet, can only be softened by a brow lift. Botox®—a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that injects a paralyzing toxin into the subdermal muscles—is the appropriate treatment for this issue. Brow lift surgeons often combine such treatments with the forehead lift and other types of facial plastic surgery for a more complete restoration of the entire face.

Yes. A forehead lift can be done simultaneously with surgical and nonsurgical procedures to improve the appearance of the entire face. For instance, it can be combined with a facelift, eyelid lift, and rhinoplasty, and even treatments targeting other areas of the body such as the abdomen or the breasts.

Brow lift surgery is typically performed while the patient is completely unconscious. Most doctors use general anesthesia supplemented with local anesthesia to ensure the patient’s long-lasting relief from pain. This, of course, will make it necessary for the patient to have someone drive them home after the surgery.

Generally speaking, brow lift surgery can be completed in one to two hours.

You may end up with such an unwanted result only if you have the procedure performed by a questionable doctor.

Experienced, respected, certified brow lift surgeons will only elevate your forehead by the appropriate amount to produce a more youthful appearance. Make sure to go to Dr. Singleton for your forehead lift needs.

Patients can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the areas treated. These side effects rapidly subside after 48 hours, however. Your doctor will prescribe medication that will drastically reduce any pain. You may also apply ice compresses to the swollen areas to minimize the swelling.

You’ll make a complete recovery in around three weeks.

Before that, it’s strongly advised to take a leave from work lasting at least a week. You can resume most regular activities between one and two weeks. Avoid rigorous exercise and other physically demanding activities for about three weeks.

It’s more accurate to say the results are long-lasting. A forehead lift can last up to 15 years. However, it can’t stop the aging process and the effects of gravity, both of which will eventually cause the brow area to begin sagging once more. You can, of course, choose to undergo the surgery again once this happens.

All surgeries result in scarring. However, good brow lift surgeons will only make incisions where the patient’s hair is thickest to effectively conceal scars.

Your brow lift cost will depend on the complexity and type of the procedure required to meet your specific needs. You’ll have to attend a consultation with your surgeon to get a more accurate answer to the question, “How much is a brow lift?”

Insurance may cover the forehead lift cost if your vision is being obstructed by the sagging skin of your brow. You’ll need to provide medical documentation of this visual field obstruction to your insurance carrier before they can offer coverage.

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox® and dermal fillers can smoothen forehead lines and wrinkles. Make-up techniques using lift and snatch brow pens can also create the illusion of a younger-looking brow. However, while these solutions are effective, they provide results of a shorter duration. They also can’t lift a sagging brow.

For a more long-lasting solution, you’ll have to undergo brow lift surgery.

The surgery may be performed at a surgeon’s clinic, a hospital, or an outpatient surgical facility.

The best forehead lift is offered at Capital Facial Plastic Surgery clinic at 2 Wisconsin Cir #820, Chevy Chase Village, Maryland. Learn more about the procedure by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Singleton, our fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon.