Brow Lift

Heavy, low eyebrows can cause you to look perpetually tired or angry. The brows gradually descend over time for a variety of reasons, including the natural aging process, sun damage, and genetics. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Houtan Chaboki performs brow lift surgery, also called a forehead lift, in Washington, DC to help women and men look rested and youthful again. He specializes in an endoscopic, minimally invasive brow lift technique that offers distinct advantages over traditional methods.

Dr. Chaboki focuses his practice exclusively on facial plastic surgery. To learn more about brow lift surgery and other procedures that can minimize the signs of aging, request your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his office at (202) 800-2085.

Brow Lift Before & After Photos





Dr. Chaboki performed an endoscopic brow lift to elevate and open up this patient's upper eye and brow areas. The improvement in the upper eyelids was achieved with incisions hidden within the hairline. No incisions were used in the upper eyelids.





This patient had a combination brow lift and upper eyelid lift to give this patient a refreshed, more youthful look.

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Brow Lift Improvements

A brow lift is cosmetic plastic surgery of the eyebrow and forehead area that provides one or more of the following improvements:

  • Raises the middle and outer portions of the brows
  • Tightens sagging skin
  • Removes bulging fat
  • Lifts drooping upper eyelids
  • Smoothes forehead wrinkles

The procedure can rejuvenate a patient's facial appearance by opening up the area around the eyes and creating a smoother forehead. The aesthetic result is a more youthful, relaxed, and refreshed appearance.

Brow Lift & Upper Eyelid Surgery

Patients are often uncertain about whether a brow lift or eyelid surgery will give them the improvements they want. Dr. Chaboki assesses the eyelids, especially the upper eyelids, when determining whether a patient may benefit from brow lift surgery.

To rejuvenate the upper third of the face, some patients need a brow lift alone, some need upper eyelid surgery, and some need both brow lift and upper eyelid surgery. As a facial rejuvenation specialist, Dr. Chaboki is able to determine the unique needs of each patient.

Types of Brow Lifts

Dr. Chaboki is trained and experienced in many variations of the brow lift procedure. After a comprehensive evaluation, he will recommend the options best suited to you based on your areas of concern, the amount of correction you would like to achieve, and your underlying facial anatomy. Brow lift options include:

  • The traditional brow lift, also called a coronal brow lift or complete brow lift, involves an incision behind the hairline that typically runs across the top of the head from ear to ear. A strip of scalp is usually removed during this procedure.
  • The endoscopic brow lift, also called a minimally invasive brow lift, involves small incisions hidden in the hairline
  • The lateral brow lift, also called a temporal brow lift, raises only the outer portion of the eyebrows and involves incisions placed about 1 to 2 centimeters behind the hairline at the temples that can range from 2 to 10 centimeters long.
  • The non-surgical brow lift is performed with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to temporarily lift the outer brows by relaxing the facial muscles that pull the brows down. The results are typically more subtle than those from surgery.

Advantages of the Endoscopic Technique

Although the endoscopic approach is technically more demanding and requires more specialized training, Dr. Chaboki prefers this technique because it offers several advantages over the traditional technique, including:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less invasive
  • Lower rate of complications
  • Reduced scarring, bruising, bleeding, swelling, itching, and numbness
  • Faster recovery

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Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation

Dr. Chaboki performs a variety of surgical and non-surgical procedures to reduce the signs of aging. He can perform these procedures individually or along with a brow lift. Options include:

  • Facelift tightens lax skin and lifts sagging cheeks and jowls.
  • Eyelid surgery of the upper and lower eyelids removes sagging upper eyelid skin and reduces puffy under-eye bags.
  • Med spa treatments, such as facial fillers, chemical peels, and BOTOX Cosmetic, provide non-surgical rejuvenation for patients who are not ready for cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Chaboki will review your options during your comprehensive evaluation and determine a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and cosmetic goals. Visit his Facial Rejuvenation Overview page for additional information.

How It's Performed

Brow lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically takes less than one hour to perform. During the endoscopic brow lift procedure, Dr. Chaboki may insert a small video camera (endoscope) into several small incisions placed just behind the hairline. The endoscope provides him with a clear view of the muscles and tissues beneath the forehead skin. Dr. Chaboki then inserts another instrument through one of the small incisions to lift the skin and remove or alter the brow muscle, if necessary.

During an endoscopic procedure, the eyebrows and forehead can be lifted and secured at the optimal height through the use of an advanced, suture-less mechanism called the Endotine® Forehead fixation device. Each Endotine device dissolves gradually following surgery while the tissues heal in their new, lifted position.

Recovery After Brow Lift Surgery

After brow lift surgery, patients commonly experience a mild headache, rather than pain, which is usually manageable with prescription pain medication. The endoscopic brow lift causes less discomfort than traditional brow lift surgery.

You will experience a certain amount of swelling and bruising for the first week or 2 after your procedure. As the incisions heal, you may experience some numbness or itching, both of which are normal and diminish with time. You can expect to resume light activity within a couple of days after brow lift surgery.

If you're in the process of deciding whether a brow lift is right for you, you likely have some questions right now:

  • What age is appropriate for brow lift surgery?
  • How do I know if I need eyelid surgery or a brow lift?
  • Where are the incisions placed for brow lift surgery?
  • Will I need time off work or school after brow lift surgery?

For answers to these questions and many others, visit Dr. Chaboki's Brow Lift FAQ page.

Your Rejuvenated Look

Most brow lift patients are very pleased with their refreshed and rejuvenated appearances. It may take several weeks to see the final results, but your new look will be well worth the wait. Although you will appear younger for a long time after plastic surgery, it cannot stop the aging process, and you should continue to see Dr. Chaboki for skin care and maintenance of plastic surgery results.

For detailed information about this procedure, visit Dr. Chaboki's Brow Lift FAQ page.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.