What is a Brow Lift?
A sagging brow can oftentimes cause an angry or tired appearance. A brow lift (also known as a browplasty or forehead lift) surgically improves a drooping brow to give you a refreshed face by eliminating excess skin while also lifting the eyebrows. A browplasty is a popular aesthetic treatment that helps create a higher-brow appearance, which offers a more youthful look to the upper area of the face. Plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet has performed countless brow lift surgeries on both women and men to help them create a more youthful, awake, and happy appearance. Dermal fillers and BOTOX® are commonly used in conjunction with a forehead lift at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa to even further enhance results, producing a softer and smoother look. For more information, contact our New Orleans, LA office today to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Charvet.
"I am so happy that I followed a Facebook recommendation to receive a consultation with Dr. Charvet and his staff. I met with 3 other surgeons. None of them made me feel the way Dr. Charvet and Dominique did. I really felt that Dr. Charvet was confident in his work, yet realistic about how my results would be. I decided to schedule my Mommy Makeover with them. This was my first ever cosmetic procedure. Six weeks later, I am very pleased with the way it is coming together. I feel much happier when I look in the mirror. Each follow up visit with Dr. Charvet is good! He really knows what he’s doing! Highly recommend Magnolia to anyone who wants to feel like a new woman. "- T.M. / Healthgrades / Jul 29, 2023
"After years of wanting to get rid of my lower belly fat, I decided to go to a plastic surgeon to see what procedure options would be best for me as a 50th birthday present for myself. I choose Magnolia Plastic Surgery and Medspa and I am extremely happy with the whole process. Dr. Charvet and his staff made me feel very comfortable from the beginning and throughout the process. He explained the different options and the outcome and we decided on Vaser Lipo. I am over 100% happy with my results. I am very thankful to Dr. Charvet and his team. I no longer worry about my lower belly pooch and have so much more self confidence."- L.R. / Google / Jul 24, 2023
"My visit at Dr.Charvet’s office was a wonderful experience. It also exceeded my expectations. Your unwavering dedication, skill, and compassion have undoubtedly played a great role in achieving such a positive outcome. My procedure was better than I expected Dr. Charvet is a first class plastic surgeon. I would highly recommend him to any friends or family for any of their cosmetic needs. Amy Cox"- A.C. / Google / Jul 14, 2023
"I recently had the privilege of undergoing a mommy makeover procedure with Dr.Charvet, and I cannot express how thrilled I am with the results. From the moment I walked into the clinic, Dr. Charvet and his entire team provided an exceptional level of care and professionalism. Dr.Charvet possesses remarkable surgical skills and expertise. He took the time to thoroughly understand my aesthetic goals and addressed all of my concerns with patience and compassion. His extensive knowledge on all things in his field. He will answer your questions with statistics and detailed reason for all of his post-op instructions. Follow all of his instructions to the T and you will be in very good hands. My decision to get the surgery was something that was in the works for over a year. Now that I am 5 weeks post op I'm angry I didn't do this surgery last year! I shouldn't have waited, from that 1st visit with Dr.Charvet in 2022 I knew I had the right doctor for me. If you are considering a mommy makeover or any other cosmetic procedure, I wholeheartedly recommend Dr.Charvet. His skill, expertise, and compassionate approach make him the ideal surgeon to trust with such an important journey."- I.G. / Google / Jun 30, 2023
"I’m so glad that I found Dr Charvet and the team! They were professional, friendly and patient. Most importantly they are good at what they do! Dr Charvet answered all my questions, addressed my concerns. Thanks so much!"- C.E. / Google / Jun 29, 2023
How is a Brow Lift Performed?
Prior to your brow lift, we will give you anesthesia so you can remain comfortable during treatment. The incision performed in a browplasty is chosen based on the severity of skin sag, if the forehead is addressed, and the appearance of the hairline. There are many approaches to consider:
- Traditional incision: Also known as the open lift incision, an incision is placed behind the hairline at the top of the head. This type of incision works well for those with a sagging brow and frown lines and for those concerned about a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic incision: This incision is placed along the hairline and allows significant lifting of the brow for patients who have a strong hairline with little risk for recession.
- Lateral brow lift: Also called a temporal brow lift, this method starts the incision within the hairline slightly over the temples, allowing the outer parts of the brow to be treated and works well for sagging that is present in the outer brows. It can also help smooth Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic forehead lift: This method makes several small incisions in the hairline and inserts an endoscope, which travels down to the eyebrow to release its attached tools. Through the endoscope's camera, the brow tissue is repositioned with stitches to lift the brow in its better position.
Recovery after a brow lift varies. Typically, there's more discomfort and swelling with the traditional technique versus the temporal or endoscopic techniques. In general, there is some swelling and bruising near the brows and sometimes around the eyes. Cold compresses can help diminish the inflammation. Dr. Charvet advises patients to sleep with pillows propped under their head for at least three nights after their brow lift and avoid any activities or movement that can pressure the face. The average recovery time from this procedure is around 2 – 3 weeks. The results can often be seen right away with a refreshed appearance that looks softer, more alert, and with a visible reduction in fine lines and sagging in the upper face.
Brow Lift FAQ
How much does a brow lift cost?
It's more important to concentrate on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Charvet, who can give you the results you want rather than choosing the cheapest surgeon. Your costs for brow lift surgery will depend on the technique used, anesthesia, facility fees, and more. When your treatment plan has been created during your consultation, cost estimates can be discussed. Dr. Charvet can also go over payment methods we accept and how to find low-interest financing to make your surgery is easier to afford.
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a brow lift or full facelift will depend on where you have sagging skin as well as your goals. You should openly discuss your wants with Dr. Charvet so he can help you choose which treatment is best for you. Many patients come in thinking they want a full facelift to discover they would achieve better results with a brow lift and vice versa. Using his experience, Dr. Charvet will confidently help you develop your unique treatment plan to give you the results you want.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
There are many nonsurgical treatments, including laser skin tightening and injectables (like BOTOX and JUVÉDERM®), that can give mild improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better for longer-lasting results and significant improvements. During your consultation, Dr. Charvet can go over both your nonsurgical and surgical choices to help you decide which is better for you.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Charvet will go over surgical techniques in your consultation to help you know the advantages of each. He will then help you decide on the technique that best meets your needs and goals. A few of the factors that may influence your technique choice are your hairline (factoring in both your current hairline as well as your risk of future recession), the degree of skin sagging, and how much time you can devote to recovery.
Will my results look natural?
If you choose a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Charvet, your brow lift results will look natural. He will create your treatment plan with the right technique for your needs and goals — so you look refreshed and younger, not tight or frozen. When performing your brow lift, Dr. Charvet will concentrate on removing loose skin. The remaining skin and tissue will be smoothed — so your results don't limit your facial expressions or lift your eyebrows too high.
A Refreshed, Natural, Happier Look
Do not let your sagging brow make people think you're sad, mad, angry, or tired — schedule a consultation to get more information about brow lift surgery with plastic surgeon Dr. Heath Charvet at Magnolia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa. By lifting your hanging brow, you can rejuvenate your whole appearance and seem more youthful and refreshed. Dr. Charvet strives for results that look natural for a refreshed, beautiful look. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our New Orleans, LA office today.