WHAT IS Brow Lift Surgery?
Brow lift surgery (also known as a forehead lift or browplasty) is a popular aesthetic procedure that helps to create a lifted brow appearance, which provides a refreshed look to the top portion of the face. A drooping brow can lead patients to appear angry or tired, even if they're feeling just fine. To address this, a brow lift surgically improves a drooping brow to produce a refreshed face by removing excess skin and raising the eyebrows higher along the forehead. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino has performed brow lifts on both men and women in Doylestown, PA, Bucks County, Montgomery County, and the surrounding Philadelphia areas to help them achieve a more youthful appearance. Wrinkle fillers and relaxers can be offered in conjunction with brow lift surgery at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa for ideal results since they help to further smoothen the skin on the forehead.
"Dr. Tamburrino is a master at his craft. He is a doctor that knows his branch of medicine very well. After doing a google search I called the office and spoke with Andrea, she was so understanding and comforting to me that it just made me want to spend the 100 dollars for a consultation. That was the best 100 dollars I have ever spent. From that point Dr. Tamburrino took time not only understanding my issue but understanding how I felt about it. He answered ever question I had and provide the reassurance I needed. What made me make a decision to have the surgery was what he said it is "life changing". I thought how many things in life can you do that actually well change it. He did a excellent job and his staff was very support as well as his wife Anna. Definitely without a doubt use him again getting any procedure that I might need. Thank you Andrea and all the staff and you Dr. Tamburrino."- T.N. / Google / Mar 08, 2023
"Words cannot express how highly my family and I recommend Dr. Tamburrino from Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa! For us, it’s all about the experience, from booking the consultation to post-surgery care. My experience at Dr. Tamburrino’s office has been nothing less than stellar. Honestly speaking, I don’t think the staff would have it any other way. This team operates from a foundation of being a family-oriented office first. The team treats you like a human vs. a client. They get to know you and your family and wow you at every touch point you encounter on this journey. If you are searching for an experienced and brilliant plastic surgeon, look no further, you must have a conversation with Dr. Joe! I went in for a brachioplasty consultation and ended up getting lipo. The results (only two months later) are phenomenal and life-changing. It was the trust that was built during a transparent consultative conversation that gave me the confidence to choose Dr. Tamburrino. He has talked me through the expectations of every step leading into surgery and post-surgery, maintaining my confidence in the process. The after-care has been nothing less than exceptional. The reviews say it all. What else can I say? I am a customer for life! I will, without a doubt, consult with him anytime for any future services. Thank you - Dr. Joe, Andrea, Anna, Alexis, & Susan!"- J.C. / Google / Mar 02, 2023
"I went to see Dr. Tamburrino for my gynecomastia and can't say enough good things about my experience. The staff was incredibly pleasant and made me feel comfortable even though I was very self conscious about my condition. I was awake during my surgery and although I was nervous at first, my nerves quickly went away and had a great time listening to music and conversing with everyone. My recovery was pretty quick and painless and everything healed really well to the point that you wouldn't be able to tell that I had surgery. Dr. Tamburrino made me feel confident in my skin again and can't thank him enough for it. I wish I had done it sooner and would go through the entire experience 100x over again."- T.R. / Google / Apr 26, 2023
"Dr. Tamburrino and his staff immediately make you feel like family. The office is beautiful but you never feel like the pristine surroundings are anything but warm and inviting. I was lucky enough to have met Dr. Tamburrino 10 years ago when I was unlucky enough to need his expertise in breast reconstruction as part of my cancer plan. He always made me feel completely at ease and gave me confidence that I was in good hands. When my daughter decided she wanted to pursue breast reduction surgery, I tracked Dr.Tamburrino down and we made the hour 1/2 drive to his new office in Doylestown. (Yes , he’s that good!) My daughter, who has severe social anxiety, was made to feel so welcome by the office staff and even more so by Dr. Tamburrino himself. We had seen another surgeon prior to this who was on our insurance plan, but neither one of us felt comfortable with the surgeon or the fact that she would not give us any degree of certainty as to what size my daughter could expect to be following the reduction. Dr. Tamburrino (who works without the constraints of insurance rules) made it clear that my daughter was going to be the size SHE wanted to be. He did an amazing job and was so supportive throughout the process . He was available any time of day for questions following the surgery and his lovely wife (who is a nurse in his practice) would call me with support that was more like a dear friend on the other end of the phone reassuring me and guiding me through post operative care. My daughter couldn’t be happier with the results. We are forever grateful for the entire experience provided by Dr. Tamburrino and everyone in the office."- C.A. / Google / Apr 11, 2023
"I am a breast cancer survivor and underwent bilateral mastectomies. Dr. Tamburrino performed my bilateral DIEP Flap reconstructions along with several revisions/follow-up procedures in part related to my deliberate weight loss. He is extremely well-educated and well-trained, with a depth and breadth of surgical experience and expertise and a more comprehensive foundation in general medical knowledge, pharmacology and biochemistry than most surgical specialists. He is, by temperament, thoughtful and cautious and always takes a "patient safety first" approach. He has a genuine respect and warmth for women (traits I relate to the positive influences in his life by his mother and his wife). His surgical skills are superb. He prepares patients for procedures with a thorough, yet plain-spoken, explanation of the details of the operation and recovery along with all potential benefits and risks and takes time for any and all questions. He remains as available to patients through the last office visit of their post-op recovery as he was for the initial consultation. His staff is as dedicated to patient safety and comfort as he is. I always knew that I was in the hands of a good man who is a superb surgeon who has my best interests at heart. I am thrilled with my results. Several medical professionals helped me survive breast cancer. Dr. Tamburrino is the member of my team that made me feel whole again. I am a very grateful to him and his staff."- M.H. / Google / Apr 03, 2023
WHO SHOULD GET A BROW LIFT?
When looking at yourself in a mirror, do you seem angry or tired, or see deep lines between the eyebrows, or are bothered by your sagging brow? This phenomenon usually occurs because skin elasticity diminishes as we age, which causes various areas of the face to sag and hang. This is especially noticeable in the upper facial region and affects both women and men equally. If this describes your current situation, then getting a brow lift at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa may be the ideal aesthetic treatment for you. To be a candidate for brow lift surgery, you must be in good overall health. Attending a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tamburrino will help you figure out if this cosmetic procedure is right for your needs, concerns, and goals.
What are the benefits of a brow lift?
Patients are drawn to brow lifts for a variety of reasons, including:
- A minimally-invasive way to combat signs of aging
- Seamless, natural-looking results
- Rejuvenated facial appearance without the use of fillers and injectables
- Ability to maintain movement for expression and motion of brows and forehead
- Quick recovery time, with swelling minimized around two weeks following the procedure
HOW IS BROW LIFT SURGERY DONE?
Before surgery, anesthesia will be given to the patient. This can be done using general anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the extent of the procedure. The incision technique used during a brow lift is chosen based on the severity of skin sag present, whether or not the forehead will be addressed, and the appearance of the patient's hairline. Some of the techniques Dr. Tamburrino may utilize during your procedure include:
- Traditional Incision
Also known as the open lift incision, this surgical technique places the incision behind the hairline at the top of the head. The open incision not only conceals scarring, but it also provides a certain degree of controlled lifting throughout the procedure. The traditional incision works well for those with both frown lines and a sagging brow. The traditional brow lift is the preferred incision for patients who are at risk of developing a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision
The trichophytic incision is made directly against the patient's hairline. A trichophytic incision allows significant lift in the brow for patients who have a low risk for hairline recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also called a temporal browplasty, the lateral method places the incision inside the hairline slightly above the temples. A temporal incision allows the outer parts of the brow to be raised and works well for sagging that's present on the outer brow. It also helps to address Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
This is a more modern technique used in a brow lift. This method requires the creation of several small incisions in the hairline. From there, an endoscope is inserted, which will be maneuvered down to the area of the eyebrow to release its attachments. Using the camera of the endoscope, the brow tissue is repositioned using stitches to place the brow in its better position.
What to Expect
Recovery following brow lift surgery varies with the most swelling and discomfort occurring with the open method versus the temporal (lateral) or endoscopic methods. In general, there will be slight bruising and swelling in the upper face near the brows and sometimes near the eyes; however, cold compresses may help to reduce this swelling. Dr. Tamburrino often advises patients to sleep upright for 3 – 4 nights following their surgery. It is critical to avoid any movement or activities that may put pressure on your face.
The typical recovery period from this procedure is about 2 – 3 weeks. Your surgical outcomes can usually be seen immediately, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance that appears more alert, softer, and with a noticeable reduction in sagging skin and fine lines in the upper portion of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a brow lift or full facelift will depend on your goals and where you have excess skin. You should candidly talk about your concerns with Dr. Tamburrino so he can help you choose which treatment is best for your goals. Many patients come in thinking they want a facelift only to discover that they require a brow lift or vice versa. Using his years of experience, Dr. Tamburrino will confidently help you formulate a treatment plan to give you the results you want.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
If you're nervous about getting surgery, you may be considering one of our many nonsurgical options, including laser skin tightening and injectables (like Juvéderm and BOTOX), to provide mild improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better for longer-lasting results and significant cosmetic enhancements. During your consultation, Dr. Tamburrino will go over both your surgical and nonsurgical options to help you decide which is better for your needs.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Tamburrino will go over surgical techniques during your consultation and inform you of the advantages of each. He will then help you select the best technique for your needs and goals. Some of the factors that might influence the technique used are your hairline (taking into account both your current hairline, as well as your risk of developing a receding hairline), the amount of loose skin present, and how much time you can devote to recovery.
Will my results look natural?
If you go to a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Tamburrino, your brow lift results will be natural-looking and seamless. He will create a treatment plan to suit your needs and goals and help you appear refreshed rather than frozen or tight. When performing your brow lift, Dr. Tamburrino will focus on removing loose skin. The remaining skin and tissue will be smoothed so your results don't lift your eyebrows too high or limit your facial expressions.
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
You no longer have to let your sagging forehead make people wonder if you're sad, mad, tired, or angry. To learn about your options to address facial sagging, schedule an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Doylestown, PA. By correcting your sagging brow, you can rejuvenate your entire appearance and look more youthful and refreshed. Dr. Tamburrino strives to produce results that look natural. Your brow lift outcomes will have your friends and family commenting on your refreshed, glowing appearance!