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Facelift surgery has remained one of the most requested facial plastic surgery procedures in the nation for decades, and its popularity continues year after year. However, when it comes to surgical facial rejuvenation, there are many terms used that may be confusing. Often, different surgeons or specialties may use the same terms for different procedures or combinations of procedures. At times, there may be alternative procedures that are better suited to an individual’s goals, or which may complement a facelift. One such option is the brow lift procedure. Both facelift and brow lift procedures offer significant benefits depending on the unique concerns and goals of the patient. There are many cases when both procedures are recommended, as they treat completely different areas of the face.

Here are some of the basic distinctions between a facelift and a brow lift:


A traditional facelift addresses the lower-third area of the face, in addition to the upper neck region and the area under the chin (submental area). For patients who are experiencing moderate to severe signs of aging in these areas—such as wrinkles, jowls, muscle “banding” in the neck, and inelastic skin—a facelift may be recommended. This treatment can eliminate excess skin, tighten the underlying musculature, and enhance lower facial and neck contours by bringing out the patient’s natural bone structure. Lifting also improves skin firmness, contour, and and providing a more youthful appearance. A facelift procedure typically requires a two-week recovery period before patients are both physically and socially ready to return to work. This varies between patients. There are some patients that feel fine to go back to work after one week and don’t mind of they are still in the early stages of healing, others prefer to wait longer prior to returning to their normal social and work schedules.

Brow Lift

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a cosmetic surgery that targets drooping or low-positioned eyebrows, smoothing forehead wrinkles and improving the overall appearance of the upper face. This procedure is often said to “brighten” and “open” up the eyes and make patients look more awake. Unlike a facelift, which targets the lower two-thirds of the face, a brow lift specifically rejuvenates the upper face. Dr. Hrisomalos is often able to use an endoscopic approach to the procedure, which allows her to better visualize the region while minimizing the size of the incisions needed and being able to place the incisions behind the patient’s hairline so they are essentially invisible. Brow lifts may be ideal for individuals seeking a more youthful and refreshed upper facial appearance, and are often paired with traditional facelifts for more comprehensive rejuvenation. Brow lifting is also often performed in conjunction with upper blepharoplasty to allow for full periorbital rejuvenation.

During your initial consultation with our double-board-certified Zionsville facial plastic surgeon, Dr Emily Hrisomalos, your skin will be thoroughly evaluated, and your cosmetic goals will be discussed. At that time, Dr. Hrisomalos can recommend the best option for your needs and develop a customized treatment plan designed to meet your expectations with natural-looking results. In some cases, either a facelift or a brow lift can be combined with other procedures for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Each surgical plan is specifically tailored to the needs, expectations, and lifestyle of the patient. In general, Dr. Hrisomalos likes to base recommendations on what patients are the most bothered by. Thorough discussion and examination allow her to explore and explain your options during the initial consultation and talk with you about the most ideal treatment plan.

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