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Brow lift Facial Plastic SurgeryBrow lift is a facial plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce the wrinkles and lines that naturally form on the forehead due to aging or other factors. The horizontal lines on the forehead and little vertical lines between the brows can make a person look stressful, angry, or older. An experienced cosmetic surgeon can address this condition with brow lift.

Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V) is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing brow lift and various other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. With brow lift, Dr. V can remove deep grooves and wrinkles between the brows and over the forehead, and reposition the brow line. She receives patients from Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and surrounding communities.


Brow lift cosmetic surgery procedure may be well suited for individuals who are bothered by the appearance of droopy brows, tired or angry look on the face, deep furrows between the brows, conspicuous horizontal lines across the forehead, or heavy upper eyelids. The candidate should not be suffering from an eye infection or another health condition that could hinder the surgery or recovery.

Surgical Procedure

Brow lift may be performed as a traditional surgery or as an endoscopic procedure, which is less invasive. The procedure is usually completed in about one to two hours.

Traditional Brow Lift

The surgery may be performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation with local anesthesia. The surgeon will place an incision across the forehead underneath the hairline. Through the incision, the skin will be lifted to reposition the brows and smooth the wrinkles. Any loose skin will be excised to provide a tighter looking skin. The surgeon will finally close the incision with sutures.

Endoscopic Brow Lift

In this procedure, the surgeon will place multiple small incisions along the scalp. Through the incisions, an endoscope will be inserted to enable the surgeon view the targeted area below the skin on a monitor. The surgeon will then lift the forehead skin to remove excess muscle tissue that is causing the wrinkles, and reposition the brows. Loose skin will be excised and the incisions will be closed with sutures.


Brow lift surgery can remove several aesthetic flaws in the upper third part of the face. Some of the key benefits of this procedure include the following:

  •     Rejuvenated appearance of the eyes and face for a more youthful, pleasant, and approachable appearance
  •     Reduction in tension of the forehead muscles
  •     Improved position and definition of the brows
  •     Enhanced results for the face when brow lift is combined with eyelid lift or facelift.
  •     Low scarring, naturally looking results, fewer risks, speedier recovery with endoscopic brow lift


The patient may have to wear bandages for a day or two following the surgery. Ice packs can be used to minimize initial swelling, and the surgeon may prescribe pain medications for the first few days. Strenuous activities should be avoided for about two to four weeks. Most patients can return to their workplace or resume routine tasks in about one week.

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