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.
Brow Lift Reviews
"Dr. Kridel is an artist and the absolute best. I am a 49yo Registered Nurse. He performed a full face life, brow lift, both lower and upper eyelids, and neck lift. I have never seen finer care from any doctor or staff. He's the only one?"- D.L. / Citysearch / Jan 18, 2005
"Dr Angela Sturm-Obrien Create a unique treatment plan for me . I was Tired of injections and filler and temporary results when i finally contacted her . She was very careful to listen to my desired results and now shortly after my rhino tip , brow lift and hairline reduction I am feeling happier then ever . Her Staff was the best that Ive met between USA and Canada . For me Dr Sturm seen the inner beauty in me and made it shine and sparkle . On a Rating scale it isnt fair enough to say nationally when to they rate top notch internationally to this Traveling winter snow Bird from Canada . Eva Mae Facebook only 8 days after now ."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 26, 2016
"Rhino Tip , Brow lift and Hairline procedures From the Office staff during all appointments I was treated with amazing care . Even to further this The Staff @ HHSS all gave her amazing reviews " I've never heard nurses talk so well about a doctor any where and I've Traveled a lot " . Dr Sturm's may be young but her mind and soul is wise and Skilled . No doubt I will see her again for any cosmetic / reconstructive procedures in the future . Staff went out of the way to help with my schedule."- E.M. / Healthgrades / Feb 24, 2016
"I was made welcome the first moment I walked into this office. The staff is extremely professional and friendly. If I ever needed to change an appointment, they were very helpful. Dr. Kridel made me feel relaxed and unafraid before, during, and after surgery. His great smile and wonderful bedside manner ranks him top of the list of physicians. I would not hesitate to have him do surgery on me again if needed."- B.B. / Office Visit / Feb 15, 2016
"Very Glad I Did This - Houston, TX - Look to the ears, ladies...and gentlemen!I read somewhere to judge the skills of a facial plastic surgeon by how your ears look after surgery. My incisions were virtually undetectable after surgery and by 2 weeks out I could wear a ponytail. No one in my family knows that I had the facelift...just that I look relaxed and refreshed. I've lost quite a bit of weight in the past few years, so people think my face shrunk from that, but I was very aware of my turkey neck and wore my hair forward to cover it. Three weeks after the surgery, I met with people I knew, and no one notices. As a patient who has worked in a hospital setting, I really wanted a surgeon who had an ENT background. Dr. Sturm O'Brien had that, plus she completed an extra year of specialized facial plastic surgery training. I was traveling to Houston for body contouring surgery and researched different facial plastic surgeons in the area. I wanted someone who would be with me over the years if I decided to go back in 10-15 years. I kept returning back to Dr. Sturm O'Brien. She was young, highly intelligent, skilled and there was something about her that I trusted. I'm a very good judge of character, and after meeting her, was confident in my decision to move forward. Also, professionals that I interacted with...other surgeons, nurses and ophthalmologists...had only positive things to say about her. After consultation with her, I made the decision to go forward with a complete facelift, endoscopic brow lift and lower bleph. Each person's consult is individualized...that's why I didn't put pricing info up above...it would also depend on the number of OR hours you would need plus anesthesiologist hours. I am adding some photos, but I'm a private person; I hope they help others. All of the photos are right after a shower (some soap suds if you look carefully) and with no makeup. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I also must add that the staff was great, especially Lisa, the nurse I saw most often and Linda, the fantastic patient coordinator."- M. / RealSelf / Aug 17, 2014
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.
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 $4,875-$7,000 for this procedure.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,875 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
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.