Brow Lift

In Birmingham, AL

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Price: Starting at ~ $5,000

Procedure Time: 1 hour

Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks


Brow Lift

Your eyebrows are the frame to your eyes, the windows into your soul, and the cornerstone of expression and communication. A droopy eyebrow can create miscommunication in terms of sending off incorrect signals or facial expressions. A Brow Lift in Birmingham, AL from dual board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Blake Raggio at Raggio Facial Plastic Surgery can help address this challenge and give your face a youthful refresher. We invite you to schedule a consultation or read below to learn more about one of the best brow lift surgery Birmingham has to offer. 

Brow Lift Expert In Birmingham, AL

What is a brow lift?

A Brow Lift, also known as a forehead lift, addresses wrinkles and frown lines on your forehead, suspending and lifting your eyebrows as well as tightening the area between your hairline and brow line. 

This procedure attempts to reverse normal effects that occur with aging and stress, by either repositioning the brows to a more natural position or by eliminating skin that creates drooping eyebrows, forehead furrows, and frown lines in the upper facial anatomy.

When performing a brow lift, Dr. Raggio’s goals include repositioning your eyebrow shape to a more elevated, attractive, and flattering position. In addition to providing a more pleasant appearance to the eye region and upper third of your face, you will likely see a tightening and smoothing effect on your facial skin and a reduction in forehead wrinkles.

A Brow Lift often includes one or more of these different techniques, which Dr. Raggio will determine based on your underlying anatomy, as well as your specific goals and expectations:


Classic Lift

Another name for a Trichophytic or Pretrichial (hairline) incision, this classic brow lift involves a well-camouflaged hairline incision used to lift the eyebrows by shortening the forehead by removing a strip of skin and underlying tissue along the inconspicuous hairline incision.

As an added benefit, by reducing the area of the forehead, your hairline will be lowered – which is ideal for those with a high forehead. This procedure lifts everything upwards from your eyebrows, while also targeting the shape and symmetry of the eyebrows.

Coronal Lift 

A Coronal brow lift is similar to the classic lift, but differs in that the incision is made on the crown of your head, pulling everything up via that hidden incision. Because this type of approach also makes your forehead higher, a Coronal Brow Lift may be suitable for patients with low hairlines.

Direct Brow Lift 

A direct Brow Lift involves the precise removal of a section of skin and underlying tissue via an incision hidden above the eyebrows or in the forehead for those patients with prominent and deep-set forehead wrinkles (e.g., male patients). The direct brow lift technique eloquently lifts a sagging brow by removing a precise amount of forehead skin which vertically elevates the brows. Because of the incision’s close proximity to the brow itself, the direct browlift represents a fantastic way to precisely address eyebrow shape and asymmetry, down to the millimeter. 

The best candidates for a direct brow lift are patients with a severely drooping brow and significant forehead wrinkles where Dr. Raggio can naturally hide the incision along your eyebrows. This direct brow lift approach may also be preferred for patients with a high forehead or receding hairline as it lowers the line on your forehead. Of note, because this technique relies heavily on meticulous suture technique, Dr. Raggio personally performs all of your suturing and stitching, taking great care when positioning the scar and fully camouflaging it along your eyebrows.

Endoscopic Lift

The Endoscopic Lift relies on 3-5 very small hairline incisions that are hidden at various points in the scalp, leaving no visible scar.
This procedure tightens and smoothens the entire forehead while lifting and suspending all portions of the eyebrow to “open up” your upper face which ultimately enhances the attractiveness of your eyes as well. Eyebrow shape and asymmetry can also be addressed with this type of lift. However, an endoscopic type of brow lift may not be ideal for someone with a heightened forehead or for someone who has severe brow asymmetry or descent.

Minimally Invasive Temporal Brow Lift

Yhe temporal brow lift represents a great way to reposition the brows to a more youthful shape by addressing specifically the lateral, or outside portion of the brows and suspending them to a more attractive position. The minimally invasive temporal brow lift is performed via 1 small incision hidden in the temple hairline. The results of this brow lift are often subtle and very natural, making patients with subtle brow descent great candidates for this procedure. Also, the downtime associated with this type of brow lift approach often equates to less bruising and swelling given the minimally invasive nature of the approach. For patients seeking a maximal periorbital or eye rejuvenation result, the temporal browlift is often paired with an upper lid blepharoplasty for optimal effects. Also, patients undergoing facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a facelift or neck lift, would also likely benefit from a temporal brow lift as well to achieve the best results.

Overall, Dr. Raggio will thoroughly discuss the benefit-risk analysis of each brow lift technique to see which approach best suits your needs and goals. This will be determined based on your underlying anatomy, as well as your specific desires and expectations amongst other characteristics.

What are the benefits of a Brow Lift?

Many of our patients who have received a Brow Lift in Birmingham Alabama have shared some of the benefits of their procedure:

  • Overall more attractive appearance to the upper third of the face
  • Eliminates frown lines
  • Helps improve vision by pulling your eyelids open
  • Improves forehead appearance
  • Less negative social feedback with a positive-looking expression
  • Long-lasting results
  • Removes excess skin
  • Tightens sagging eyelids
  • Youthful face

Who are the best candidates for the Brow Lift procedure?

Anyone interested or feeling the need to get a Brow Lift in Birmingham Alabama is welcome and invited to visit the Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery facility. That being said, some patients are more ideal brow lift candidates than others, having some of the following characteristics:

  • Age 30 or above
  • Droopy eyebrows
  • Wrinkled forehead 
  • Have realistic expectations
  • No history of surgery complications
  • No underlying medical conditions
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First steps of a Brow Lift

What’s the first step to scheduling a Brow Lift?

If you are looking into undergoing a Brow Lift in Birmingham, AL, your first step is to schedule your comprehensive consultation with dual board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Blake Raggio. During the appointment, you can ask questions about the procedure, discuss your aesthetic goals, and have Dr. Raggio examine your face. He will also ask you some questions about your medical history to create a personalized treatment plan that combines your aesthetic goals and physical needs.

Dr. Raggio will then create your customized surgical treatment plan, which will include a discussion regarding the specific techniques he plans on using, the particular type of sedation he will use, and all the other aspects surrounding your surgery. Once you are satisfied with the plan, you will meet with our wonderful Patient Care Coordinator to discuss financing options and schedule your surgery. You will also be provided with detailed and thorough pre-operative instructions to guarantee you experience the highest potential of having a successful surgery and a smooth recovery.

How do I know if I am a candidate for Brow Lift surgery?

Candidacy for procedures is determined case-by-case during your private consultation. Medical, anatomical, and emotional health are the main factors regarding criteria for cosmetic surgical procedures. During your consultation, Dr. Raggio will help determine your surgical candidacy based on your desired goals and expectations, amongst other factors, (e.g., age, underlying health, allotted downtime, etc.). Patients electing for a procedure under anesthesia will require clearance by their PCP or Cardiologist prior to surgery. Please note that for anesthesia safety, our surgery suite allows a maximum BMI of 32. If your BMI is above 32, or if you are more than 20 pounds away from your goal weight, please wait until you have reached those goals before scheduling a consultation. Additionally, you must be nicotine-free for at least eight weeks before and after your chosen procedure.

What to expect on
the day of Brow lift

On the day of your surgery at Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, AL, you will again meet with Dr. Raggio and review the details surrounding your procedure one more time, and then you will be escorted to the in-office surgical suite and be administered anesthesia in the form of deep sedation (no intubation or breathing tube) so you experience a comfortable and pain-free brow lift experience with less associated nausea and faster emergence or awakening from anesthesia. In certain cases and with prior discussion, this procedure can also be performed entirely under local anesthesia.

Once you are sedated, Dr. Raggio will begin your surgery using the choice of technique discussed in the consultation.

A Brow Lift will usually take 1 hour to perform, depending on the techniques Dr. Raggio uses and how your body and tissues respond to the procedure implemented. Though not likely, a drain may be placed to lessen and get rid of any unwanted fluids or drainage arising related to the surgery.

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Brow Lift

Your Brow Lift will be performed as an outpatient procedure at Dr. Raggio’s state-of-the-art surgical facility in Birmingham AL, which means you will be able to return home after your surgery with the help of a responsible family member or friend.

Expect some mild swelling and bruising, which will abate in a few to several days. You will be provided with detailed post-operative instructions that Dr. Raggio’s team has carefully curated that will help make your recovery as easy and smooth as possible.  

Patients may shower and wash their hair on the first postoperative day unless a surgical drain has been placed. During the first five days after your procedure, you are encouraged to “take it easy,” and avoid any heavy or strenuous activity or heavy lifting, routinely place cool compresses on your forehead and upper facial area, and keep your head elevated above 45 degrees to minimize swelling.

You may go on some light walks, as well as up and down stairs, on the first day post-surgery. If you are feeling well enough, you could potentially return to work in about ten days, but you should plan on taking at least 1-2 weeks off and expect to return to full physical activity generally starting three weeks from the procedure. Of course, Dr. Raggio will guide you in this regard.

As with all surgical procedures wherein incisions are utilized, there will be some degree of peri-incisional scarring from a brow lift procedure. However, rest assured that Dr. Raggio carefully designs the exact location and orientation of the incisions such that the scars will be well camouflaged, barely visible, and nearly imperceptible by the time full scar maturation has occurred (6-12 months postoperatively). Of note, Dr. Raggio offers CO2 laser scar resurfacing to all of his surgical post-operative patients starting approximately 2 months after surgery to optimize the appearance of any visible scars.  

How much does a Brow Lift cost in Birmingham, AL?

The cost of a Brow Lift with double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Raggio in Birmingham, AL starts at $5,000 but varies based on the type of technique used as well as the choice of sedation or anesthesia. To get an accurate estimate of the price for your specific brow lift procedure, we encourage you to schedule your consultation with Dr. Raggio so that he can create the best surgical plan for you. Our Patient Care will assist in providing you with the cost after your customized treatment plan is created.

Why choose Dr. Raggio for Brow Lift?

Dr. Blake Raggio embodies a holistic approach to Brow Lift Surgery, prioritizing each patient’s unique goals and concerns. With a comprehensive facial analysis, he meticulously evaluates all aspects before recommending personalized surgical or non-surgical interventions. Dr. Raggio’s patient-centric philosophy ensures collaboration throughout the treatment journey, culminating in a tailored plan that prioritizes patient satisfaction.

Utilizing proven techniques, both surgical and non-surgical, Dr. Raggio strives to achieve durable and natural-looking results aligned with the patient’s cultural and ethnic values. His commitment extends to upholding classical beauty ideals, ensuring outcomes that stand the test of time.

Dr. Raggio’s success is indicative of his esteemed credentials and qualifications. 

He strongly believes in educating the next generation of clinicians and serves as a Clinical Adjunct professor with the Faulkner Physician Assistant Studies Program, as a Clinical Adjunct professor with Tulane University Medical Center Department of Head and Neck Surgery in New Orleans Louisiana, and as a Clinical Preceptor for the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine

He is an active member of multiple medical societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS) as well as the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS)

Lastly, Dr. Raggio is one of only a few Fellowship-Trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in the entire Birmingham Hoover Metropolitan area, and has obtained rare Dual board certification in both Head and Neck Surgery as well as Facial Plastic Surgery.

For these reasons, patients can be confident and rest assured that they will receive the absolute best care and service with Dr. Raggio and his team at Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, AL

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Schedule your Brow Lift consultation

If you’d like to improve the appearance of your brows, refresh the region around your eyes, and/or improve your forehead’s appearance from saggy and wrinkled to tightened and lifted, an advanced Brow Lift procedure from Dr. Blake Raggio at Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery is the perfect fit for what you need. 

To schedule your one-on-one consultation, please contact our office to request an appointment, and a helpful member of our team will reach out to you and help you take the first step toward a more youthful appearance!

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Patient reviews

  • Torrey

    5 Star Review

    I am a week post-op from my cosmetic rhinoplasty with Dr. Blake Raggio, a Facial Plastic Surgeon here in Birmingham, Alabama. I just had my cast removed today and I could not be happier with my results already!

  • Jessica

    5 Star Review

    Thank you, Dr. Blake Raggio, for the excellent work on my nose. The Rhinoplasty to correct the deviated septum and nostril closure went so smoothly. My breathing has improved and the before and after pictures were amazing. Your knowledge and skills improved my health and facial profile.

  • Pamela

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Blake Raggio is an amazing Facial Plastic Surgeon. I am one week out from having my
    Blepharoplasty and Browlift and could not be more pleased. Not only is he a talented Facial Plastic Surgeon he also has a wonderful bedside manner.

  • Elizabeth

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Raggio and staff get an A+ for their superb care! From the time you walk in the door to the time you leave, you will be treated like family! Best of all you’ll leave looking younger and feeling good! You can’t beat the care and compassion from Dr Raggio and his staff!

  • Chelsea

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Raggio is the absolute best! He listens and is very precise with his injections. I am extremely happy with the results I have gotten with him. He does not push any services on you, either. I have uploaded two pictures to show the difference. I get Botox and lip filler.

  • Sheila

    5 Star Review

    I went to Dr Reggio for my eyelids. They were folding over. I was scared to have the surgery but the right eye was bothering me. So I decided to have the surgery and this Doctor is such a delight and kind-hearted. I am very, very happy with the way my surgery turned out. I would highly recommend Dr. Raggio to anyone!

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