A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is designed to reduce the horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, nose, and eyes, as-well-as the vertical frown lines between the eyebrows.
As we age, the elasticity in our forehead naturally diminishes often allowing our eyebrows to drop toward our eyelashes. A Brow Lift is designed to lift sagging eyebrows, and place them in a more visually appealing position. Although these lines and wrinkles occur naturally over time, they are a source of concern for many.
For some, a brow lift is a sufficient surgical correction, while others prefer to combine other surgical procedures with the Brow Lift. Combined procedures often include Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery), a face lift, or non-surgical Laser Skin Resurfacing. Dr. Kuhlman-Wood can tailor the best course of action to take depending on your areas of concerns and individual findings.
If you are bothered by signs of aging in your forehead and around your eyes, you may be a good candidate for a brow lift.
To be recommended by Dr. Kuhlman-Wood for a Brow Lift, you will need to be physically healthy.
If you are a smoker, you will be required to quit for at least four (4) weeks prior to surgery and remain smoke free until your surgical results have been fully achieved. Smoking has been proven to interfere with the body’s naturally healing process. For your safety and to achieve the desired surgical outcome, Dr. Kuhlman-Wood screens for Nicotine prior to surgery.
The entire staff at Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery™ is committed to providing a frictionless surgical experience. It begins with listening to your needs and continues through appropriate education and care across your entire surgical experience. This includes providing you the care you need while you recover.
Dr. Kuhlman-Wood performs all Brow Lift Procedures at either Northwest Specialty Hospital or PleasantView Surgery Center. Both facilities are Doctor-owned facilities and have impeccable records of patient success and satisfaction. Factors such as schedule availability, procedural complexity and your individual needs will determine the location of your procedure.
On the day of your Brow Lift, you will check in at the front desk and be placed in the pre-operative section of the surgical center. Dr. Kuhlman-Wood will meet you prior to surgery to answer any questions you may have, calm your nerves and verify you are ready for the procedure. During this time, an IV will be placed to delivery the necessary Anesthesia (Anesthesia types vary depending on patient and procedure). Dr. Kuhlman-Wood will have determined an individualized technique for your procedure depending on your individual findings. Using a special marker, she will place marks on your forehead to serve as her surgical guides.
If Dr. Kuhlman-Wood is performing a "direct brow," she will make an incision over the eyebrows capable of hiding in your natural rhytid/wrinkle. This method allows for less dissection and a quicker recovery period.
For the coronal incision method, an incision is made from ear to ear, traveling across the top of the head. Once the incision is made, the skin of the forehead is lifted, and muscle adjustments are made. This type of incision will be naturally hidden within your hair. Brow lifts performed using either technique are typically closed with special medical clips, sutures that will later need to be removed, absorbable sutures, and/or skin adhesives.
After the Brow Lift is complete, your forehead may need to be taped, or the upper part of your head wrapped, in an attempt to minimize any potential bruising or swelling. It is common for bruising and swelling to occur immediately after the procedure, and last for a few weeks. After this initial adjustment period, the bruising will subside to reveal a smoother forehead, and a more youthful appearance.
The staff at Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery™ will schedule your necessary follow-up visits to have any drains or non-dissolving stitches removed. Dr. Kuhlman-Wood will prescribe and council you on the appropriate medications to take to prevent infection, aid in your healing, and reduce pain. She will also provide guidance on when it is appropriate to resume your normal daily activities, like exercise and work.
There are many factors that can determine the cost of a Brow Lift. However, you should expect to pay between $5,000 and $9,000. This includes Dr. Kuhlman-Wood’s surgical fee, the cost of anesthesia, facility fees for the hospital and/or surgical center, medical tests, clothing and bandages required after the procedure, and prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics. This also includes 90 days of post-operative care.
Health insurance plans typically do not cover the Brow Lift Procedure; however, Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery does offer financing to help break up the cost over time. Although monetary cost is important, it is only one of several factors to consider. It is equally important to find a surgeon who is board-certified by the ASPS, trustworthy, and close enough to reduce travel time between visits – especially after your procedure. Perhaps most importantly, choose a surgeon with whom you are comfortable to share in your surgical journey.