Drooping brows can make a person look fatigued or aged. A brow lift restores these features to their original, higher position, creating a more rested and youthful appearance. The procedure is commonly performed in combination with an upper eyelid blepharoplasty to address multiple aesthetic concerns in the same surgical session.

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Patients in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia choose Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery for their procedure because of the quality of our care and the expertise of our surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter. We prioritize safety, comfort, and a natural-looking, attractive result in all of our procedures, including brow lift. Desirable outcomes are the result of our years of experience, our specialization in facial plastic surgery, and our commitment to achieving each patient’s aesthetic goals.

The Benefits of a Brow Lift

We commonly associate drooping or heavy brows with aging and fatigue. The downward force of the brows can also cause your upper eyelids to sag and to hood the eyes. These physical traits can influence the way that family, friends, and colleagues perceive you, even when you are younger and more rested than you look.

CCFPS performs brow lift procedures for Washington, DC-area patients to:

  • Conservatively restore their brow to its younger position.
  • Rejuvenate their appearance in a way that is attractive and in harmony with their other facial features.
  • Give their eyes a more open and alert appearance.

CCFPS and Your Care

Beyond patient safety and comfort, the aesthetic priority with a brow lift is to add just the right amount of height for a look that’s natural and youthful — not surprised. Dr. Porter has the experience and training to provide this type of subtle revision. She holds a rare dual certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, and she brings over 20 years in practice to the care of Washington, DC-area patients.

When you come to CCFPS for your initial consultation, Dr. Porter will talk with you about your treatment goals, discuss your medical history, and perform an examination to see if a brow lift is good option for you. Some of the features Dr. Porter may examine include:

  • The position of your brows.
  • Your upper eyelids and whether they have developed excess skin.
  • Lateral eyelid hooding.

If you are a good candidate for a brow lift, Dr. Porter will also talk with you about combining the procedure with blepharoplasty or a facelift to achieve your desired outcome. In an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, Dr. Porter will remove excess skin and fat to create a more alert and open appearance. A facelift will focus on excess skin, skin laxity, and jowling in the lower face and neck to return a firm and youthful aesthetic.

Along with these surgeries, Dr. Porter may also recommend that you have BOTOX® prior to blepharoplasty. Injections can minimize the pull of brow muscles during the healing process, which can improve your result.

Treatment With a Brow Lift

Dr. Porter performs brow lift procedures on an outpatient basis, typically at the Suburban Outpatient Surgery Center in Bethesda or at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. A brow lift can take anywhere from 1-3 hours, during which:

  • Anesthesia will keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
  • Porter will place small incisions on the face or scalp.
  • Most of the surgery occurs beneath the skin where signs of the procedure will be well hidden.

You can expect bruising and swelling for about a week after surgery, at which point you will return to CCFPS to have your sutures removed. When you have fully healed, you should appear more youthful, rested, and alert while still maintaining natural expression in your features.

Brow Lift Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can a Brow Lift Eliminate the “Angry Look” on My Face?

    Yes, it is entirely possible for a brow lift to improve the angry appearance on a person’s face. As a person ages, creases begin to form along the forehead and between the brows. These creases and wrinkles give the face a harsh look, even if the person has an otherwise neutral expression. Additionally, small wrinkles and creases next to the lids can make the eyes look tired, further contributing to an unintended expression of annoyance and anger. The look is exacerbated when a person smiles or frowns.

    To eliminate these issues, a brow lift works by pulling the skin of the forehead upward and weakening some of the muscles that pull the forehead down. The result is a taut and smooth forehead and brow that reduces the harsh, serious-looking wrinkles many Washington, DC, patients face. Patients will look years younger and happier, as their default expression will no longer be a scowl.

    In addition to no longer looking perturbed at the world, Washington, DC, patients will also find a brow lift provides them with the following cosmetic benefits:

    • Eyes that are more open and alert, reducing the tired appearance that many people experience as they get older
    • Bringing the brow back into proportion and harmony with the other features of the face
    • Restoring the brows to how they looked when the patient was younger

    For patients who are uncertain if a brow lift can benefit them, Dr. Porter offers a consultation to talk about the desired results and whether they can be achieved.

  • Where Are the Incisions Made When Getting a Brow Lift?

    Where the incisions are made in a brow lift all depend on the type of brow lift performed. There are two main types of brow lifts that provide slightly different results depending on what the Washington, DC, patient is looking to achieve:

    • A traditional brow lift involves making an incision along the hairline. That way, if a scar does form, it will be extremely unnoticeable, as the hair will hide it. After the incision is made, the skin is pulled up, excess skin is removed and then closed back together. Stitches for a traditional lift are removed after about a week to 10 days. This approach is used for patients with a high hairline or longer, rounded forehead.
    • An endoscopic brow lift is similar to a traditional lift in that incisions are also made along the hairline to minimize the appearance of scars. However, the incisions used here will not be as long. Instead, Dr. Porter makes several smaller incisions and then using a tiny scope with a camera on the end to locate excess tissue underneath the skin.

    Because Dr. Porter is aware that her patients may be afraid of scarring, she uses the endoscopic approach whenever possible. While Dr. Porter will do everything she can to ensure the incisions heal smoothly, it is possible that scars may form. Luckily, the placement of the incision obscures the scars as much as possible, so most people won’t be able to spot them unless they are specifically looking for them. Additionally, if patients avoid the sun and continue to moisturize the area daily, many scars fade within a few years.

Brow lift is a targeted and conservative surgery that can provide subtle and noticeable rejuvenation. To learn more, schedule an appointment with CCFPS online or by calling our Washington, DC-area office at (301) 200-4153.