Brow Lift

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Jonathan Pontell is a nationally recognized expert in Facial Cosmetic Surgery. For more information about the facelift procedure please view our Facelift Philadelphia page.

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a cosmetic surgery that can take years off of a person’s face, giving their eyes a more open, awake, and alert appearance. Dr. Jonathan Pontell provides patients with various brow lift choices to achieve their aesthetic goals in Philadelphia.

He possesses the experience and skills required to help make his patient’s cosmetic dreams a reality, with beautiful results that are natural and long-lasting. For more information, call (610) 688-7100 or contact us online. 

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About Brow Lifts

Wrinkles, fine lines, and droopy brows are a normal part of getting older. When they develop in the forehead, brow, and area around the eyes, they can significantly impact our appearance. Signs of aging can be troubling and make us feel less than our best. These can include sagging in the eyebrows and frown lines across the forehead, making us appear tired, sad, or upset when we don’t feel that way. Beyond that, a heavy, sagging brow hangs over the eyes, making them less visible and occasionally impairing vision. This result of the aging process is called brow ptosis. (1) 

A brow lift can increase eyebrow symmetry, eliminate forehead wrinkles and frown lines, and give the eyes a more youthful appearance. It typically entails lifting the skin and muscles of the forehead as well as other surgical muscle modifications to give a more youthful appearance.

Defying the Aging Process

The aging process may make patients feel they no longer identify with the person they see in the mirror. While many non-surgical protocols claim to address this problem, very few can produce satisfactory results. At the Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center, our brow lift procedure can treat these issues and improve the overall aesthetic of the face.

Brow Lift Overview

  • Average Cost Range: Around $8,000
  • Discomfort Level: Mild to Moderate
  • Anesthesia Options: Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia
  • Recovery Period: 10 to 14 Days
  • Results Length: Long-lasting, although the natural aging process will continue and can affect the results
  • Potential Benefits: Improving the symmetry of the eyebrows, eliminating forehead wrinkles and frown lines, creating a smoother, firmer forehead, creating more youthful-looking eyes, increasing self-confidence, correcting sagging eyebrows

Benefits of Brow Lifts

Reduced Signs of Aging

Patients often find that fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging are seldom responsive to a healthy skincare regimen alone. Brow lift surgery raises the eyebrows and forehead, giving the patient a smoother appearance and fewer visible wrinkles. This procedure can dramatically reduce sagging, fine lines, and creases in the upper face region.

Improved Facial Harmony

If even one region of the face is out of proportion with the rest, it can dramatically affect the face’s perceived harmony. Upon undergoing a brow lift in Philadelphia, patients understand how important the placement of the eyebrows and forehead is to the overall facial appearance. Patients walk away looking like a younger, more revitalized version of themselves rather than appearing overdone.

Increased Self-Confidence

Signs of aging in the face can cause some individuals to feel more reluctant to be social. Once fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging have been adequately addressed, patients feel more confident smiling in photos and letting the world see their new, rejuvenated facial appearance. Brow lift results can be life-changing because they dramatically improve how patients see and feel about themselves.

Who is a Candidate for a Brow Lift?

Patients of sound body and mind with realistic expectations for the procedure’s outcomes are considered ideal candidates for a brow lift in Philadelphia. If this sounds like you, a brow lift might be the right choice. Patients who do not smoke typically see the most benefit from brow lift surgery. Smokers must stop smoking for at least one month before and after the procedure, as smoking can increase the likelihood of complications during the surgery and healing period.

Personal Consultation

Before undergoing a brow lift in Philadelphia, you will meet with Dr. Pontell to fully assess your facial structure, aesthetic goals, and concerns. Your eyebrows and forehead will receive a thorough evaluation to curate a plan that will achieve the best results possible. You should disclose any major health concerns you have, and prepare to answer questions about your medical history. Upon completing his evaluation, Dr. Pontell will provide you with a treatment plan. To schedule your consultation, call (610) 688-7100 or fill out this form.


We will give you personalized instructions to prepare for your brow lift procedure. These will be based on the information that we gather at your consultation. These may include changes to your medications, as well as substances and activities to avoid. You should quit smoking for as long as you can before and after your procedure. You should also avoid blood-thinning substances like ibuprofen and herbal supplements. Preparing for surgery can help to ensure that your procedure goes smoothly and that you can recover safely. 

Brow Lift Procedure

Traditional Brow Lift

Two different methods exist for performing a traditional brow lift. With one approach, the pretrichial method, Dr. Pontell makes an incision in the fine hairs across the front portion of the hairline and then cuts back into the hair-bearing part of the temples. The other approach, the coronal method, involves hiding the entire incision in the hair-bearing scalp. These incisions create an access point through which Dr. Pontell removes excess skin and muscle. The forehead is then elevated to a position that leaves the patient looking younger and more rejuvenated.

Male Brow Lift

It’s no secret that men and women have vastly different facial structures. Male brow lift surgery serves the same function as a traditional brow lift, but it is specifically designed to accentuate the natural features of the male anatomy. With this approach, incisions are made in the creases of the forehead, keeping them hidden. This method allows Dr. Pontell to elevate the eyebrows without affecting a receding hairline, a common occurrence for many men. This process honors the masculine facial structure while revitalizing the forehead. This procedure is also called the mid-forehead brow lift. (2)


Following the treatment, we will wrap your head in a gauze dressing to mitigate bruising and swelling. You must keep your head elevated for the first few days. Most patients can return to work after about one to two weeks and resume exercise after two weeks.

It is essential to bear in mind that the healing process can last several weeks. Most patients will require several months of recovery before the final results are visible. We will provide you with a set of instructions to help you through the recovery process.


Your results may be partially obscured by swelling for several weeks. When the swelling has gone down, you will be able to see the transformative results that this procedure can have on your brow. The results will be long-lasting, though your face will still be susceptible to the process of aging. Living a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet, proper sun protection, and regular exercise will help to slow this process down and keep you looking youthful longer. 

Corresponding & Complementary Procedures 

While most brow lift procedures are surgical, Dr. Pontell provides patients with non-surgical options such as Ultherapy and BOTOX. Patients who are seeking a brow lift procedure may also benefit from receiving a blepharoplasty, facelift, or dermal fillers at the same time. These non-surgical treatments can further improve the brow lift results by smoothing out wrinkles, adding volume to the face, and filling in areas that have become hollow.

To learn more about the procedures that Dr. Pontell offers, visit our blog

How Much Do Brow Lifts Cost in Philadelphia?

Each brow lift treatment plan is tailored to the individual and is dependent on an initial consultation. To book your in-depth meeting with Dr. Pontell, call (610) 688-7100 or visit our contact page.


Do brow lifts leave visible scarring?

Every technique is different in terms of where the incisions are made. Incisions are hidden in forehead creases, the hairline or in the hair bearing scalp,  making them virtually invisible to onlookers. Scarring will fade over time.

Are brow lift procedures painful?

Patients will likely feel some pain and discomfort for the first few days following the procedure. Patients will receive a prescription for oral pain medication to help mitigate these effects.

Should I get a revision brow lift?

In some cases, patients may undergo a revision brow lift because the results of a previous procedure were not to their liking. It is a good idea to wait until at least six months after the healing process has finished before considering a revision procedure. Dr. Pontell can assess if a patient is a good candidate for a brow lift revision.


  1. De Jong R, Hohman MH. Brow Ptosis. PubMed. Published 2021. 
  2. Jawad BA, Raggio BS. Direct Brow Lift. PubMed. Published 2022.