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Details of a brow lift

Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift helps correct sagging of the eyebrows, frown lines and forehead creases that can negatively influence the facial appearance. Depending on various factors, the procedure can be performed a variety of ways: with a hairline scar; with temple scars; or endoscopically, with small scars behind the upper hairline in the scalp. The objective is a smoother, more rejuvenated forehead and a brighter appearance to the face and eyes.

Who is a good candidate for a brow lift?

Good candidates for a brow lift are generally men and women over 35 who have deep frown lines, forehead creases and excess tissue of the upper eyelids, particularly lateral hooding over the eyes. Some individuals have brow descent or low brows that make them look angry or tired. Clients should be in good mental and physical health, with realistic expectations for improvement rather than perfection.

This procedure may be combined with blepharoplasty (removal of excess eyelid skin), a facelift, or facial fat grafting to rejuvenate the entire face. During the initial consultation you will discuss with Dr. Shermak what you would like to improve so she can understand your expectations and determine how to best achieve the desired result.

I don’t want to look overdone. How do I avoid looking surprised?

The brow lift is not overdone. The brows will maintain their shape with elevation that opens the eyes and allows you look more rested and refreshed.

What incisions are used?

Most individuals undergo the endoscopic approach that involves small incisions hidden in the hair. This approach leads to a refreshed improvement. There are other approaches that use an eyelid incision which, in concert with upper lid surgery, leave no visible scar, great for individuals with thinning hair. To correct isolated hooding over the side of the eye, an incision hidden in the temple hairline can elevate the side of the brow and even the upper cheek. The traditional browlift incision historically traveled along the forehead hairline, was more visible and caused scalp numbness – this incision is rarely used.

What is the recovery like for a brow lift?

Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. You may experience temporary swelling, numbness, discomfort, and bruising. Most resume regular activities and return to work after one week. Stitches or staples are removed approximately 1 week after surgery.

What’s next? Schedule a Consultation

We invite you to call Dr. Shermak’s Baltimore plastic surgery office at 410-324-6592 to schedule your personal, comprehensive consultation today. You can also learn more by visiting our online library of before and after photography for former brow lift success stories.

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We are officially open, thanks to Governor Hogan!

We welcome new patients and are looking forward to performing elective surgical procedures, starting the week of May 11.

This is a new day, with new safety protocols. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and respect the continued risk COVID-19 presents. For this reason, we will be instituting the following protocols:

  • We will have Sandy stationed at our entryway with sterilizer and a COVID-19 survey for our new patients to fill out. Sandy will also check your temperature and collect your paperwork at the door – our medical intake form can be filled out prior to your coming to the office, or you can fill it out after you arrive.
  • Please bring a mask for any in-office visits. If you are coming for surgery, please bring a paper mask if you have one. For any other visits, cloth masks or paper masks are fine.
  • We need any patient waiting to be seen to wait in your car until we can safely accommodate you in an exam room. We need to respect social distancing and are spacing our patients out to assure safety.
  • We can only allow the patient to come in to the office for examination. Friends or family will need to wait outside the office.
  • For those assisting our postoperative patients on the day of surgery: we ask that you kindly wait in your car and we will call you in to discuss postoperative instructions.
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As of July 1st, the staff members at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland will no longer routinely be wearing masks following the state guidelines per Governor Hogan.

All of our staff members are vaccinated.

If any patient would prefer that the medical staff member caring for them wear a mask, please let us know and we will gladly do so.

We treat patients with compormised immune systems and we need to be respectful of their needs.

We are asking patients who are not fully vaccinated to please wear masks while in our office so that we may continue to safely accomodate our patients with weakened immune systems.

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