Brow lifts and forehead lifts, also known as Browplasty, are two of the more popular cosmetic procedures for the upper one-third of the face. As you age, a drooping brow and eyes can make you appear tired and sometimes angry. When the skin around them becomes loose or puffy, it can make you appear older or more tired than you feel. A browplasty a.k.a “brow-lift” is a safe and reliable procedure to lift the eyebrows up creating a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Patients often come in believing that they need a brow lift or forehead lift but perhaps only need an upper lid Blepharoplasty, which is a cosmetic operation to remove the excessive skin that can accumulate above the upper eyelid. Eyelid surgery can be combined with other lifting procedures as well as skin resurfacing to provide optimal rejuvenation. For most patients, a consultation with Dr. Mobley is an excellent way to determine if brow-lifting, blepharoplasty, or a combination of the two is best to achieve your cosmetic goals.
Dr. Mobley has taught his surgical techniques internationally and has written numerous medical articles and book chapters on his innovations. Dr. Mobley is a national authority on Facial Plastic Surgery and is published in some of the leading teaching texts of our time.
There are four main ways to change the position of the brow and eyebrow area. Most commonly, I perform an endoscopic forehead lift. This is the more modern way to lift the brow, and allows me to accomplish a brow lift by placing only five small incisions hidden in the hair of the scalp. For men with thinning hair there are other surgical options.
There are three main components that contribute to your final cosmetic surgery fee. The first component is the surgeon’s fee. The final surgeon’s fee can only be determined after a full consultation with Dr. Mobley. He will perform a complete history and physical exam and carefully discuss your concerns.
As a reference point, a recent survey of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery showed the average professional fee (surgeon’s fee) of forehead and brow lift surgery to be $4800. Dr. Mobley’s professional fee is usually in that range. However, there are 2 additional fees for every cosmetic operation: the surgical facility and the anesthesia provider.
Dr. Mobley does not skimp when deciding where to do your surgery. Your surgery will be performed in a state of the art certified surgical facility and you will be cared for by some of Utah’s top anesthesia providers.
When you combine all 3 fees (Surgeon, Facility, and Anesthesia), the final “out the door” cost for your brow-lift can range from as low as $4200 up to over $5200. Remember, you can always find a lower fee, but at Mobley MD we pride ourselves on the fact that Dr. Mobley is one of the most well regarded Facial Plastic Surgeons in the Intermountain West. There are no regrets when you choose the best.
After your consultation, you will leave the office with an easy to understand written quote in which we will list the costs of these three components for your individualized surgical plan. Keep in mind that the facility and anesthesia fees are time-based and so may change based on the actual length of your surgery.
During the first week there will be some swelling and possibly some bruising in the upper forehead or upper eyelid region (click link for example image). Approximately one week after surgery, you’ll return to have any stitches removed. Most patients are completely ready to go back out in public 10-14 days after the operation.
For patients who have an excessive amount of upper eyelid skin and have undergone a Visual Field test to confirm that the excess skin is affecting the peripheral vision, the insurance company (and Medicare) may pay for this type of surgery. Only a complete medical evaluation can determine if you might fall into this category.
If you do light (office) work, particularly if you work from home, you could return to these activities four to five days after the operation. If you do more physical work, seven to ten days is more appropriate.
Every type of surgery has risks. It’s my ethical responsibility to educate you on these risks so you can make the best possible decision for yourself while weighing these risks against the benefits of surgery. My training helps me to minimize these risks to the best of my ability, but I cannot eliminate them entirely. Common risks include loss of hair follicles near incision sites, numbness to forehead, facial nerve weakness, and asymmetry. The risks above are the most common ones that I think you should be aware of, but they are not a complete list of all possible risks. When I see you in consultation and we begin to formulate your surgical treatment plan, I’ll review with you not only these common risks but also the less likely complications that may occur.