What is a Brow Lift?

A brow lift, also referred to as a forehead lift and browplasty, is among the range of facial plastic surgery procedures available to rejuvenate one's appearance. This procedure can restore a more youthful appearance to the upper third of the face. By removing excess skin and tightening loose muscles, the procedure corrects drooping brows, improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make you look angry or tired, and tightens the skin around your upper eyelid. See how Dr. Moran can improve your image with her recognized Nashville brow lift surgery.

  • Average Cost: Starts at $6k (not including facility and/or anesthesia)
  • Typical Recovery Period: 10-14 days.
  • Discomfort Level: Mild to Moderate
  • Anesthesia Options: General /Heavy Sedation 

What Can a Brow Lift Procedure Accomplish?

Whether you're looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, eliminate drooping eyebrows, or achieve a more refreshed expression, a browplasty has the potential to accomplish these goals and more. We will delve into the various benefits and outcomes that can be achieved through a brow lift procedure, offering you a closer look at the remarkable transformations it can bring to your facial aesthetics, such as the following:

  • Minimize creases that develop across the forehead or high on the nasal bridge (hence its other name, forehead lift)
  • Improve frown lines, or vertical lines between the eyebrows
  • Refresh a perpetually sad, angry, or tired appearance
  • Reposition a low or sagging brow

If you're intrigued by the possibilities of a brow lift in Nashville and envision a revitalized, youthful appearance, we encourage you to take the next step toward achieving your aesthetic goals. Dr. Moran, renowned for her expertise in cosmetic procedures, offers personalized consultations to help you explore a brow lift's potential benefits and suitability for your unique needs. 

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Dr. Moran's Insights on Brow Lifts

Listen to Dr. Moran as she addresses some of her patients' most common concerns regarding Brow Lifts.

Dr. Moran's Insights on Brow Lifts

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Why choose Dr. Mary Lynn Moran?

Dr. Mary Lynn Moran is the only female double Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in the state of Tennessee. She has over 28 years of experience in facial plastic procedures and is known throughout the nation for her dedication to exceptional patient care and natural results. 

She completed her training at Tufts, Boston University, and the University of Michigan, and was elected as the first female president of the AAFPRS. In addition, she’s a renowned speaker and educator, and an assistant clinical professor in the department of otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Brow Lift: What to Expect in my Procedure

Dr. Moran performs brow lifts with an endoscopic approach. First, she creates a series of tiny incisions well hidden within the hairline. She then inserts an endoscope with a tiny video device beneath the skin. Using the video as her guide, she separates the soft tissues and underlying muscle, trims away small portions of the corrugator muscles which are responsible for frown lines, and gently elevates the brow to a more youthful position with sutures.

Once your smooth and refreshed expression has been achieved, she will close the incisions and wrap a bandage around your forehead. Many of our Nashville browlift patients require in conjunction with another facial plastic procedure to ensure comprehensive results. In most cases, the additional surgery is a facelift or blepharoplasty.

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What a Brow Lift Can Offer

  • Youthful Appearance: It effectively diminishes horizontal forehead lines, furrows, and wrinkles, giving a more youthful complexion.
  • Elevated Eyebrows: A brow lift repositions drooping eyebrows, opening up the eye area and reducing the tired or "heavy-lidded" look.
  • Brighter Eyes: By alleviating sagging over the eyelids, it can create a more alert and refreshed appearance.
  • Reduced Frown Lines: The procedure can decrease the vertical creases between the eyebrows, often known as "11 lines" or glabellar lines.
  • Improved Vision: In cases where sagging eyebrows obstruct peripheral vision, a brow lift can offer functional benefits by clearing the upper field of sight.
  • Enhanced Self-Esteem: A rejuvenated forehead and brow region often lead to increased confidence in one's appearance.
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Am I a Candidate for a Brow Lift?

The most ideal brow lift candidates encompass a diverse range of individuals, both women and men, who share certain common attributes and objectives. These well-suited candidates:

  • Want to correct visible signs of aging and excess skin on the forehead
  • Have deep wrinkles and skin laxity in the target area
  • Are in good physical health
  • Have realistic expectations for surgery

Consulting with an experienced surgeon like Dr. Moran can help potential candidates determine their eligibility and explore the possibilities of a forehead lift tailored to their unique needs and aspirations.

Different Approaches to Brow Lift Procedures

Traditional Brow Lift (Coronal Brow Lift):

  • Technique: Involves a single, long incision made behind the hairline, extending from one ear to the other.
  • Benefits: Provides comprehensive lifting and smoothing of the entire forehead and brow area.
  • Candidates: Suitable for individuals with significant brow and forehead sagging.

Temporal Brow Lift:

  • Technique: Smaller incisions are made at the temples, focusing on lifting the outer portions of the brows.
  • Benefits: Targets the outer brow and can create a subtle lift, providing a more open and youthful appearance to the eyes.
  • Candidates: Ideal for individuals with mild to moderate outer brow sagging or asymmetry.

Direct Brow Lift:

  • Technique: Involves a direct incision just above the eyebrows, removing excess skin and lifting the brows.
  • Benefits: Provides a direct and noticeable lift of the brows.
  • Candidates: Suited for individuals with severe brow sagging or those who prefer a more immediate and dramatic change.

Transblepharoplasty Brow Lift:

  • Technique: Combined with upper blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), it elevates the brows through the same incisions used for eyelid surgery.
  • Benefits: Achieves a brow lift while addressing upper eyelid concerns simultaneously.
  • Candidates: Suitable for individuals with both upper eyelid and brow issues who desire a single surgical procedure.
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Which is Best for Me: Brow Lift or Blepharoplasty?

A brow lift and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) are both effective procedures, but they address different concerns in the upper face. To determine when a brow lift might be more appropriate than blepharoplasty, consider the following scenarios:

  1. Brow Sagging or Heaviness: If your primary concern is significant brow sagging or heaviness that causes your eyebrows to rest low on your eyelids, a brow lift may be the better choice. It can elevate the brows to a more youthful position and improve the upper eyelids' appearance by addressing the issue's root cause.

  2. Forehead Wrinkles and Lines: A brow lift can also help smooth forehead wrinkles and lines by repositioning the brow and tightening the underlying muscles. A brow lift may be more suitable if forehead lines are a significant concern.

  3. Eyelid Functionality: If your upper eyelids sag significantly, to the point where it affects your vision, a brow lift may be necessary to correct the underlying issue. Brow sagging can contribute to eyelid hooding, making a brow lift a more appropriate choice in such cases.

  4. Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation: Some individuals may desire a comprehensive facial rejuvenation that includes both a brow lift and blepharoplasty. Combining the two procedures can provide a harmonious and balanced result, especially when there are multiple concerns in the upper face.

  5. Individual Anatomy and Aesthetic Goals: Ultimately, the choice between a brow lift and blepharoplasty depends on your individual facial anatomy, aesthetic goals, and the specific issues you wish to address. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon is essential to determine the most appropriate treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

During a consultation, Dr. Moran will assess your facial characteristics and discuss your goals to recommend the most suitable procedure or combination of procedures to achieve the desired outcome.

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Brow Lift Recovery

The recovery period after a brow lift is crucial to achieving the best results. Post-operative swelling and bruising are common, usually subsiding within 10-14 days. Patients might feel tightness or discomfort across the forehead, which is managed with prescribed pain relief. Stitches or staples, if used, are typically removed within a week. While daily activities can often resume within a few days, strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks. It's essential to keep the head elevated and avoid direct sun exposure. As the healing progresses for browlift patients, the full benefits of the surgery become evident, often fully realized within a few months.

When to Expect Brow Lift Results

The timeline for noticing the results of a brow lift can vary depending on several factors. Immediately following the surgery, you'll typically see a noticeable change in the position of your brows. However, during the initial healing period, which lasts around 1-2 weeks, you may experience some swelling and bruising, which can temporarily affect your appearance. Within the 3-6 month mark, you'll witness the full, natural results as the swelling continues to subside and your brows settle into their new position. These results can last for many years with proper care and maintenance, although individual healing processes can differ. To get a more accurate understanding of your specific timeline and expectations, it's advisable to consult further with Dr. Moran during your initial consultation.

Brow Lift FAQ

Where will my brow lift be performed?

Will I have visible scars?

Can a brow lift be combined with other procedures?

What is the best age to have a browlift?

Which do I need, a brow lift or eyelid surgery?

How much does a brow lift cost?

Will my health insurance cover my brow lift?

Where will my brow lift be performed?

Dr. Moran performs brow lifts at a fully accredited surgery center in the Franklin, TN area.

Will I have visible scars?

Because Dr. Moran uses an endoscopic approach that requires very small incisions, there should be no visible scars. Any resulting marks will be hidden within your hairline and virtually imperceptible.

Can a brow lift be combined with other procedures?

Yes, a brow lift can be combined with other facial procedures, such as eyelid surgery or facelifts, to achieve a comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Pairing procedures can enhance overall aesthetic results and streamline recovery times.

What is the best age to have a browlift?

There isn't a specific "best age" for a brow lift; rather, the decision is based on individual needs and the presence of signs of aging or sagging in the brow region. It's essential to consult with a plastic surgeon to assess one's unique circumstances and determine the appropriate timing for the procedure.

Which do I need, a brow lift or eyelid surgery?

The need for a brow lift or eyelid surgery depends on your specific concerns and the areas of improvement you desire; a consultation with Dr. Moran can help determine the most suitable procedure for you.

How much does a brow lift cost?

The price of a brow lift procedure varies for each patient, as it is customized to their specific requirements. During your consultation at our Nashville-area office, we will evaluate the condition of your brow and forehead, and then create a personalized surgical plan. Once the plan is established, we will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your brow lift surgery. To accommodate your financial needs, we offer convenient financing options through CareCredit.

Will my health insurance cover my brow lift?

In general, health insurance typically does not cover brow lifts (forehead lifts) when they are performed solely for cosmetic purposes.

Experience Excellence with Dr. Mary Lynn Moran in Franklin, TN

Dr. Mary Lynn Moran is a Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who is dedicated to providing patients in the Franklin, TN area with exceptional patient care. If you’re interested in learning more about getting a browlift in Franklin, contact our office to schedule your consultation today.

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