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Brow Lift in Philadelphia

The forehead and eyebrows are often the first areas to show signs of aging. The effects of age, genetics, gravity, lifestyle and other environmental factors play a role in the aging of the upper portion of our face. Forehead wrinkles begin to develop and the eyebrows begin to sag. Heaviness and sagging of the forehead/brow can give patients a tired or angry appearance. Descent of the forehead/brow complex can also cause the upper eyelid to appear heavy and droop. For patients in Philadelphia and New Jersey, these lift techniques seek to improve this look by elevating the eyebrows to rejuvenate the eyes, improve hooding of the upper eyelids, and improve forehead wrinkles.

What is a brow lift?

A brow lift is a custom surgical procedure to lift the brow structure, smooth lines and creases, and restore your brows to a youthful position. This procedure also subtly lifts the eyelids to create a more open, well-rested facial appearance overall.

Board-certified facial plastic surgeons often utilize several techniques towards achieving forehead/brow rejuvenation. Doctors frequently employ the use of a surgical endoscope, a small operating “telescope”, which allows them to operate on this complex area through tiny incisions. The Endoscopic Forehead/Brow lift can be performed through five, half-inch incisions which are hidden behind the hairline.

Other traditional brow lifting techniques such as the direct browlift, indirect brow lift or tricophytic browlift may also be used depending on the characteristics of the patient.  Patients who display mild issues related to sagging brows can typically be treated with a more minimally invasive procedure such as a mini browlift.  This procedure requires less incisions, less surgical trauma and allows for a faster recovery.

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Are you a candidate?

If you have any of the following unwanted facial conditions, you may be a candidate for a custom brow lift:

  • Deeply-etched creases across your forehead
  • Your facial tissues have drifted down, with your eyebrows lower 
  • You appear tired or angry, even when well-rested
  • One eyebrow is higher than the other
  • Your eyelids are drooping
  • You have a heavy, thick, overhanging brow

Forehead/Browlift Procedure Facts

The surgical goal is to restore the natural position of a sagging forehead and eyebrows and to smooth forehead wrinkles. To solve the perceived appearance of being tired, sad, or angry caused by drooping of the forehead and eyebrows. To rejuvenate the forehead and “open up” the upper eyelid.

The procedure

A variety of techniques are available to rejuvenate the forehead and eyebrow. Dr. Corrado will discuss with you which procedures are best for you. He will also discuss the specific procedure chosen with you. Many times, the endoscopic forehead/browlift can be performed, allowing the procedure to be completed through tiny incisions hidden in the hairline. For patients with mild sagging of the brows, Dr. Corrado’s mini browlift may provide a more minimally invasive option to refresh your appearance. The anesthesia used would be IV sedation or general anesthesia based on patient preference. On occasion, a surgical drain may be used. It will be removed on the following morning after surgery.

Length of time

A forehead/browlift takes between one to two hours to perform, depending upon the type of lift. All procedures are performed in a fully accredited outpatient surgery center. Other procedures such as blepharoplasty (eye lift), mid-face lift, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or facial fat grafting may be performed at the time of surgery to complement your result.

After the procedure

All patients are sent home the day of surgery and are given post procedure instructions to follow. Overnight nursing care can be provided for the patient at an additional cost if the patient so desires. The patient will follow up the next day for a post procedure check and removal of any drains. The patient will then follow up on the 7th post procedure day for stitch removal.


Recovery times range between one to two weeks. Patients may return to work as early as one week. Strenuous activity should be avoided for three weeks after the procedure. Bruising and swelling generally resolve within one to two weeks. There is usually some numbness (usually temporary) due to stretching of the sensory nerves in the region of the forehead. Postoperative pain is controlled with prescription pain medications, or Tylenol.

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Why choose Dr. Corrado?

The skills and artistry of your facial plastic surgeon matter. Dr. Corrado is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and widely regarded as being among the most talented facial plastic surgeons practicing in the Philadelphia area. Beyond his years of education and practice, both on the east coast and in Beverly Hills, his artistry and advanced techniques have led to a reputation for excellence.

If you are considering an age-defying surgery, you want to ensure you are guided to the most appropriate procedure. While some patients may require an eyelid lift, for others, a brow lift achieves a more comprehensive correction to create a youthful, refreshed appearance.

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