Drs. Russell Kridel and Angela Sturm offer brow lift surgery (also referred to as a forehead lift) for patients whose eyebrows have fallen with age and whose foreheads have deep wrinkles. You may think that your upper eyelids are the problem, when actually, it’s the forehead that’s pushing down the eyelids and giving a tired, angry look. Brow lift surgery is a permanent way to improve deep forehead wrinkles and support and reshape drooping brows that develop after years of facial expression. It is a relatively minor procedure that will make a major difference in a patient’s overall appearance. This procedure can make you look anywhere from five to ten years younger after recovery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,500 - $6,500
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
The brow or forehead lift is often part of other rejuvenating procedures performed in one operating day. When doing a forehead or brow lift, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm often use the endoscopic technique, where they make small, minimal incisions just behind the hairline. Here, they place a scope under the forehead area to clip frown muscles. Using sutures, they pull up the brow and forehead to a higher, more youthful level. What’s great about the endoscopic forehead lift technique is that it doesn’t require an incision all the way across the forehead and scalp; thus, the hair is preserved, which is an important consideration for most patients.
Brow Lift for Men@headingTag>
Dr. Kridel has performed thousands of brow lifts on men with great success in giving them a natural, yet youthful look. For men, the natural position of the eyebrow is slightly lower than a woman’s. This means there is less leeway before droopy eyebrows affect upper eyelids, resulting in a sad or tired appearance. In males, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm take care not to elevate eyebrows too much as a high eyebrow is more appropriate for women.
"Dear Dr. Kridel, Today, One year after you operated me, I want to send you my greetings and my deepest grateful. I remember you very often. Every day whenever I breath, when I realize that my perforation is closed, I remember of you and I feel grateful for your expertise and your marvelous hands.?I will never forget you. I will never say thank you enough times.?Thousands of thanks and best regards."- J.G. / Office Visit / Mar 01, 2013
"I had a perforated septal perforation from a previous sinus surgery. My symptoms kept getting worse, so I wanted to see if anything could be done to repair the hole. I was referred to Dr. Kridel by my ENT doctor who said he was a specialist in this type of surgery. There is no question in my mind that I made the right decision to have Dr. Kridel do the surgery. My perforation is gone, my symptoms are gone and my life is back. The attention to detail and the level of care I received was beyond my expectations. Highly recommend."- J.B. / Google+ / Nov 15, 2014
"I chose this physician based on two physician referrals. I am a 60 year old female that had a face lift and lower bleph. I appear 20 younger from having had the surgery. Not only is he competent, but friendly and answers all questions. This procedure would have cost me double in NYC where I live. His pricing is in line with other plastic surgeons that I consulted with in the Houston area. YES I would recommend Dr. Kridel for facial reconstructive and cosmetic surgery."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 09, 2012
"Expensive, but excellent, result repairing septal perforation caused by poor septoplasty overseas in 2009. I am so thankful my wife found Dr. Kridel through internet research & he was also highly recommended by a relative's neighbor (ENT) as being *The Best* at this procedure. In addition Dr. Kridel seemed to manage subtle 'straightening' of my nose as well. However I am most pleased at great success of surgery, as other doctors overseas and in Atlanta had only predicted 50-60% chance of fully closing reasonably large septal perforation. Dr. Kridel's staff were helpful and accommodating. He also trains up & coming medical 'fellows', sharing his expertise, knowledge and skills with young surgeons. Additionally if you have to spend several weeks in Houston to have healing carefully monitored, as I did, it is an interesting place to visit with plenty of museums, parks, shopping options and a huge variety of dining & (healthy) take-out food choices."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Feb 09, 2012
"I had facial plastic surgery done by Dr. Kridel and the results are amazing! I did a lot of research before I chose a facial plastic surgeon, and I highly recommend Dr. Kridel. The pre-operative and post-operative care is top-notch. He attends to every detail. His staff is professional, caring and very impressive. I am so pleased that I chose Dr. Kridel."- Anonymous / Vitals / May 06, 2012
All brow lifts are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically takes around 2 hours to complete depending on the approach. Patients can generally return to work and resume normal activities within a week to 10 days following surgery. Patients may notice some bruising, numbness in the forehead and scalp, or raising eyebrows can feel odd. These are small nuisances to most patients and will diminish over a rather short period of time. Facial features will settle and take on a natural look within a few weeks. It may take several months for the optimal surgical results to take effect.
Brow lift surgery is tailored to every patient’s individual goals for aesthetic improvement. Most patients can expect to pay between $4,500-$6,500 for this procedure.
Brow Lift FAQs@headingTag>
Same as a Facelift?@headingTag>
A forehead or brow lift is different than a facelift. A brow lift is addresses the forehead and eyebrows which make up the upper one third of the face. The MVP facelift is really a lift of the lower two thirds of the face and neck. Therefore, for some patients combining the two procedures will be the optimal treatment plan.
Brow Lift or Facelift?@headingTag>
This will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation. Many times, the effects of aging take place in the forehead region alone. If wrinkles, loose skin and sagging eyebrows exist on the forehead, then a brow lift or forehead lift may be sufficient. For drooping jowls and wrinkles along the lower area of the face, then another procedure such as a full facelift may be worth consideration. Sometimes these procedures can be combined for maximum results.
Will I Look Fake?@headingTag>
While a brow lift produces results that allow patients to appear more awake and alert, the results are often subtle. An experienced surgeon will work within the confines of a patient’s facial structure and skin tone to create natural results that avoid a wide-eyed or hyper-alert appearance.
Can I Just Use Botox?@headingTag>
No, not necessarily. BOTOX is a great non-surgical option that can improve the wrinkles and fine lines of the forehead. However, it will not lift the forehead and improve sagging and drooping features if they exist. Patients who are contemplating surgery may want to try BOTOX first and see if the results satisfy their aesthetic goals. If BOTOX proves ineffective, then a brow lift will probably help in this area.
The incisions made during a brow lift procedure are usually well concealed once they heal. Whether they are placed in the hairline or brow line, every effort is made to keep the incisions along natural folds and hairlines so they are not visible after surgery.