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While the aging process affects everyone differently, the upper face is typically one of the regions affected the most. As fine lines on the forehead and around the brow area develop into deep wrinkles and sagging skin, your face may start to make you look older than you feel. A brow lift effectively improves signs of aging in the forehead and brow areas to restore a youthful look to the face. Often referred to as a “forehead lift,” brow lift surgery can improve the following conditions:

  • Wrinkles across the forehead
  • Vertical creases between the eyebrows (frown lines)
  • Sagging brows that can impair vision
  • Skin Care

You may be a good candidate for brow lift surgery if you:

  • Are in good general health (no major health conditions)
  • Do not smoke
  • Choose to undergo the procedure for yourself
  • Have realistic expectations of the results

During your initial consultation, Dr. Barlow will personally meet with you to discuss your desires for this procedure and gain a thorough understanding of your overall goals and expectations. He will also review your medical history and any current medications you are taking. Dr. Barlow will then perform a physical examination of your face before he explains the procedure, where your incisions will be made, and the results you can expect.


Brow lift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and general anesthesia is administered to eliminate patient discomfort throughout the procedure. After tiny incisions are made in the hairline of the scalp, the underlying tissues are adjusted and excess skin is removed. The remaining skin is then redraped to reveal a smoother, more youthful facial appearance, and the incisions are closed with sutures. It’s important to remember that a brow lift will not restore a youthful appearance in the mid or lower face. To improve these regions, an eyelid lift or facelift can be performed in conjunction with a brow lift.


Directly after the procedure is finished, bandages will be placed over the incisions and cold compresses can be applied to reduce swelling. Prescribed medication will help alleviate any pain that exists during the first few days after treatment, and patients usually feel good enough to return to work about a week after surgery. However, any strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks to allow for a safe and proper recovery.


Patients are typically very satisfied with the results of their procedure and can expect their appearance to improve over the coming weeks. Although a brow lift is intended to be long lasting, there is no way to completely stop the aging process. Therefore, it is highly recommended that patients follow the necessary skin care steps to protect and maintain their new, youthful appearance. If you want to diminish the signs of aging and restore youth to your face, contact our Northern Virginia practice by calling Annapolis at 410-224-2395 or Tyson’s Corner at 703-448-3800 today. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Haven Barlow is dedicated to helping you achieve excellent results.

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