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Who Is a Candidate?

Brow lift surgery is usually performed on adult men and women who have healthy facial tissue and muscles and have realistic goals for improvement of the brow.

A Brow Lift may be a good option for you if:

  • You are healthy and do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that will impair healing
  • You have a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for brow surgery
  • You do not have serious eye conditions
  • You look tired or angry even when you are not
  • You tend to frown when you are concentrating
  • You have frown lines or deep creases in the forehead

You should tell us if you have any of the following medical conditions:

  • Glaucoma
  • Dry eyes
  • Graves’ disease or any other thyroid disorder
  • Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, or other circulatory disorders

But because every case is unique, the only way to accurately determine which procedure is best for you is to consult with Dr. Alexander. Also, there are many options to rejuvenate the structures around the eye, making the eye look younger and more rested.

For more information about our brow lift surgery procedure, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.


Prior to surgery, we will have you:

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

During a preoperative appointment, usually 1-2 weeks before surgery, we will:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Tell you what to do on the night before and morning of surgery
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your procedure
  • Explain post-operative care and follow-up as well as what help you will need after the procedure


Pain from the brow surgery is usually minimal. Occasionally, patients have a headache that can last overnight. Pain pills are provided but are usually not required after the first couple of days. Significant pain is extremely rare.

The decision to have a brow lift is extremely personal, and you will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks are acceptable.

We will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications.

The risks include:

  • Temporary muscle weakness
  • Temporary numbness of the forehead
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Eye irritation or dryness
  • Possibility of revisional surgery

It is very important to ask Dr. Alexander questions about your procedure. It is natural to feel some anxiety beforehand, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with us.


Cost is always an important consideration in elective surgery. However, when choosing a plastic surgeon for a Brow Lift, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort are just as important as the final cost.

A quote will be provided to you after your consult with Dr. Alexander. Be sure to ask about our patient financing plans.

Cost may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Operating room and supplies
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Medical tests
  • Anesthesia fees


Anesthesia—General: The patient is asleep, requiring that the airway be protected either by a standard breathing tube or by a laryngeal mask (LMA), an inflatable mask that is placed in the back of the throat but not down the trachea. An anesthesiologist releases gases through the airway which put the patient asleep. Drugs may also be given through the IV.

Anesthesia—Local: The surgical area is numbed up with an injection, but the patient is awake. Sometimes a patient will be given an oral medication, like Valium, to help with relaxation.

Anesthesia— Sedation (Twilight): The patient is made sleepy with medications given through an IV. The level of sedation can be adjusted, from barely sleepy to very sleepy. Occasionally sedation is given by the surgeon, but most of the time it is administered by an M.D. anesthesiologist.

Blepharoplasty: Eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both.

Brow Lift: A surgical procedure to correct a low-positioned or sagging brow. It smoothes furrows across the forehead and between the brows.

Endoscope: A surgical video device sometimes used during brow lift procedures.

Skin Resurfacing: Treatment to improve the texture, clarity, and overall appearance of your skin.


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