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Brow Lift

Aging indicators, specifically those on the face, can be annoying and frustrating. Sagging in the eyebrows and frown lines across the forehead are unwanted signs of aging that can make a person appear constantly tired, sad, or angry. Heavy, droopy brows cover the eyes and make them less visible. The brow lift procedure is a surgical option that can reverse drooping in the eyebrows and forehead, reducing frown lines and forehead creases. Also referred to as a forehead lift, brow lift surgery can dramatically remove years of aging from a person’s facial appearance and make the eyes look more open, awake, and alert. Dr. Pontell offers a variety of brow lift techniques to provide patients with a personalized surgical experience. He has the experience, skills, and dedication to his work to provide his patients with beautiful results that look natural and last long.

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Achieved With a Brow Lift

Reduced Signs of Aging

Pesky aging indicators such as fine lines and wrinkles are often unresponsive to a healthy skin care regimen. Brow lift surgery will lift the eyebrows and forehead to provide a smoother appearance with fewer wrinkles. Patients can dramatically eliminate the presence of sagging, fine lines, wrinkles, and creases in the upper face.

Better Facial Harmony

When we have one area of the face we are unhappy with, it can affect the entire facial appearance. Once brow lift surgery is performed, patients will notice how the improvement in the eyebrows and forehead can create overall facial harmony. They will achieve a look that doesn’t appear “fake” or “unnatural,” but rather a look that presents a more refreshed and youthful version of themselves.

Increased Self-Confidence

Many people might steer away from taking pictures or attending social events because of the look of their aging face. Once signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin have been eliminated, patients can feel confident smiling in photos and happy to show off their more rejuvenated facial appearance.

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What Does a Brow Lift Entail?


Prior to your procedure, you will meet with Dr. Pontell and he will evaluate your facial structure, goals, and concerns. He will examine the structures of your eyebrows and forehead to determine how to create the most aesthetically pleasing outcome. Once he has a complete understanding of your goals, Dr. Pontell will suggest the appropriate brow lift technique for your facial anatomy.


There are many different techniques Dr. Pontell performs for brow lift surgery depending on a patient’s facial anatomy and goals. You may undergo one of the following brow lift surgery options:

  • Traditional brow lift surgery: There are two different ways a traditional brow lift can be performed. An incision is made in the fine hair across the frontal hairline and then into the hair-bearing scalp of the temples (pretrichial procedure), or the entire incision is hidden in the hair-bearing scalp (coronal procedure). Through the incisions, excess skin and muscle are removed, and the forehead is lifted to a youthful position.
  • Endoscopic brow lift surgery: Patients who need moderate correction in the forehead may be better suited for an endoscopic brow lift. It is less invasive and performed on those who have less skin to remove. Small incisions are made within the hairline, arching across the head above the forehead. An endoscopic camera is inserted through the incisions to allow Dr. Pontell to see the tissues within the forehead. He will detach the muscle tissues above the eyebrows, and the skin of the forehead is smoothed to reduce the appearance of frown lines.
  • Male brow lift surgery: Men and women have unique facial structures. Male brow lift surgery is designed to suit the individual features of a man to create a natural, more youthful appearance. Incisions are hidden along the forehead creases. This technique allows the eyebrows to be raised and the forehead to be smoothed without affecting a receding hairline, which is typical in men.


The head will be wrapped with gauze dressings to minimize bruising and swelling, and it should be kept elevated. Most patients return to work in one to two weeks and normal activities such as exercise in two weeks. Healing can take several weeks, and residual swelling will slowly diminish. Most patients will take several months for full recovery. Dr. Pontell will provide you with specific instructions on how to properly care for surgical wounds.


The placement of the incisions will depend on the technique employed. Typically, incisions will be hidden discreetly in the forehead within the hairline or along the frontal hairline. Scarring will fade and become less noticeable, if visible at all.


For the first few days after surgery, there will be some pain. However, Dr. Pontell will prescribe oral pain medication to alleviate any discomfort.

What If a Revision Brow Lift Is Necessary?

Some patients may want to undergo a revision brow lift because they were not satisfied with the original results, whether due to an inexperienced surgeon or a recent development of signs of aging. Patients should wait until healing is complete and at least another six months to one year before undergoing a revision procedure. Dr. Pontell can help you determine if you are an ideal candidate for a brow lift revision.


  • Who is the best candidate for a brow lift?
    Patients who are in good physical health and realistic in their expectations are ideal candidates for brow lift surgery. Those patients who do not smoke or who are willing to quit smoking at least one month before and one month after surgery will benefit the most from brow lift surgery. It is important that patients discuss any serious medical conditions they have with Dr. Pontell.
  • Will I be able to look like another person?
    Rhinoplasty will not give you the exact nose of a celebrity or another particular person; the procedure will refine or enhance the nose you already have. No person has the exact skin thickness, amount of cartilage, and bone structure as another person, so it is not possible to make an exact copy of another person’s nose. Dr. Pontell will review your desires and your anatomy to determine how he can provide the best result.
  • How long will my brow lift results last?
    Brow lift results are meant to be long lasting; unfortunately, it is impossible to halt the aging process. Patients who practice healthy habits and a regular skin care regimen can achieve a longer-lasting outcome.
  • What type of anesthesia is used for a brow lift?
    Local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or intravenous sedation can be used to provide patients with a comfortable surgical experience.
  • What are the risks and complications associated with a brow lift?
    As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks of complications involved with brow lift surgery. However, the chance of any of these issues is very low.
    • Anesthesia risks
    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Poor wound healing
    • Unfavorable scarring
  • Can brow lift surgery be combined with other plastic surgery procedures?
    Brow lift surgery can be combined with other facial procedures, such as eyelid surgery, facelift surgery, chin augmentation, neck lift surgery, and/or lip augmentation.

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