Brow Lift in Houston, TX

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Houston, TX facial plastic surgeons Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Sean Delaney offer brow lift surgery (also referred to as a forehead lift) for patients whose eyebrows have descended 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 responsible for eyelid hooding and giving a tired, angry look. Brow lift surgery is a definitive 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.

Surgical Technique

The brow lift is can be performed as a stand alone procedure or as part of a larger facial rejuvenation procedure. Brow lifts are frequently performed together with eyelid surgery, facelift, facial fat transfer, and skin resurfacing . When doing a forehead or brow lift, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Delaney often use the endoscopic technique, making small, minimal incisions just behind the hairline. They place a scope under the forehead area to modify the frown muscles. Using sutures, they pull up the brow and forehead to a higher, more youthful level. However, for those with tall or excessively curved foreheads, the endoscope cannot reach. For these individuals, a different type of brow lift called a trichial lift may be more appropriate. With the trichial lift, the incision is hidden within the hairline and the incision is angled in such a way to allow for the hair to grow back through the incision to camouflage the resultant scar. Lastly, for those with early signs of brow descent who do not require lifting of the central eyebrows, a temple brow lift is an excellent option for a more targeted rejuvenation of the lateral eyebrows.

Great browlift results! - I'm thrilled; it's even better than I expected! The results are subtle to everyone else, but make a big difference to me (which I think is what most people want from plastic surgery)! The doctor(s) and staff were incredibly friendly, thorough, and caring. I would highly recommend this office to anyone thinking of having a facial cosmetic procedure!

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Great browlift results! - I'm thrilled; it's even better than I expected! The results are subtle to everyone else, but make a big difference to me (which I think is what most people want from plastic surgery)! The doctor(s) and staff were incredibly friendly, thorough, and caring. I would highly recommend this office to anyone thinking of having a facial cosmetic procedure!

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I had a browlift with Dr. Kridel last August and I couldn't be more pleased with my results! I'm in my 30's and my brows weren't terrible -- They were just very straight. Dr. Kridel was able to raise them so I now have a noticeable arch. I love them! Added bonus, I haven't really needed any botox! My forehead is much smoother after the surgery.

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Dr Kridel combines surgical expertise, knowledge of facial structure and art to produce transformational, yet natural outcomes. I had neck, face and brow lifts along with CO2 laser. I returned to work 10 days after surgery. My coworkers are all telling me how great I look while they try to figure out my secret! esp. as there are no scars or incision lines! Dr Kridel and his resident Dr Raul were very accommodating as I traveled from out of town for the procedure. Highly recommend.

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I was depressed over looking older than I felt. It was important to me that my results look natural. I am very happy with the outcome and feel much better. Dr. Kridel is an amazing surgeon. His staff is excellent and all my questions and calls have been answered promptly. I would recommend Dr. Kridel extremely highly to anyone considering facial plastic surgery.

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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. Delaney take care not to elevate eyebrows too much as a high eyebrow is more appropriate for women.

During/After Surgery

Brow lifts are performed under intravenous sedation as an outpatient procedure at our in-office 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.

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Expected Costs

Browlift surgery can be performed on its own as well as in combination with other surgical procedures, such as facelift and/or blepharoplasty.  Our award-winning and extensively published surgeons, Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Sean Delaney, tailor a treatment plan to elevate and position each brow specific to your aesthetic goals resulting in an extremely natural look with incisions that are hidden. Cost for Browlift range from $8,500 to $14,500 and includes surgical fees, FPSA OR (operating room), and Anesthesia fees.  Because every individual is unique, the level of complexity and the type of browlift (endoscopic or trichial) will determine pricing.

Same as a Facelift?

A forehead or brow lift is different than a facelift.  A brow lift addresses the forehead and eyebrows, which make up the upper one-third of the face. The MVP facelift addresses the lower two-thirds of the face and the neck. Therefore, combining the two procedures will be the optimal treatment plan for some patients.

Brow Lift or Facelift?

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 facelift may be worth consideration. Sometimes these procedures can be combined for maximum results.

Will I Look Fake?

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 surprised appearance.

Can I Just Use Botox?

No, not necessarily. BOTOX is a great non-surgical option that can improve the wrinkles and fine lines of the forehead. Botox can be injected under the tail of the eyebrow to give a person a "chemical" brow lift of 2-3 millimeters. However, it will not lift the central forehead and cannot adequately improve the appearance of hooded eyelids. Furthermore, for those who already have droopy brows, forehead Botox injections may exacerbate brow ptosis by paralyzing the frontalis muscle, which is the primary muscle that lifts the eyebrows.

Visible Scarring?

The incisions made during a brow lift procedure are usually well concealed once they heal. Whether they are placed in the hairline or hairline, every effort is made to keep the incisions along natural folds and hairlines, so they are not visible after surgery.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.