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Please note online appointments can only be booked for our Wayne office at this time. Please call 267.627.6463 to schedule appointments with Dr. Ho in Center City (Philadelphia).

For consultations or treatment visits booked online, a consultation or deposit fee of $150 will be charged at the time of scheduling.

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Brow Lift Surgery in Philadelphia

Conveniently located to serve Philadelphia, Wayne, and the entire Main Line.

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Introduction to
Brow Lift

Eyebrows tend to descend with age and can make the eyes appear more tired or sad. Depending on the nature of your aesthetic concerns and goals, Dr. Ho will select the most suitable eyebrow lift technique to give your eyes a fresh and more youthful look.

Before & Afters

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Brow Lift: Before & After Videos

Brow Lift and Eyelid Surgery: Before & After

I do not have enough words to express my joy with Dr Ho and her artistry! A couple of months ago, at the recommendation of a dear friend, I met with Dr Ho to discuss options for my eyes in particular. For the past five years or so, I had developed permanent dark circles and bags under my eyes (despite more than adequate amounts of sleep) and my eyelids were starting to look very hooded. Dr Ho was incredibly thorough during our consultation, clearly and plainly explaining her suggestions.

 Her demeanor is friendly and absolutely genuine. Furthermore, she is conservative with her approach so she will not try to “sell” you on something you don’t need….just keeping her eye on making you look your natural best! After my consultation, I decided to proceed with her recommendation of an eyebrow lift, upper/lower blepharoplasty (eyelids), facial fat transfer and laser resurfacing. My surgery went beautifully. Now is the best time to mention that Dr Ho’s bedside manner has the perfect balance of calm, nurture and confidence. Not once did I feel frightened or concerned in her capable hands. Additionally, she made herself available during the post-op period (still does) for any questions, concerns, etc., always responding in a timely manner!

Brow Lift and Blepharoplasty: Before and After

This beautiful female patient in her 70s was bothered by her heavy brows, redundant upper eyelid skin, and lower eyelid bags. We pursued brow lift, upper eyelid surgery, and lower eyelid surgery with facial fat transfer and CO2 laser resurfacing for the ultimate global eyelid rejuvenation result. Her only cosmetically sensitive scars in her upper eyelids have healed beautifully. We are so thrilled with her beautiful, natural results.


Before and After: Brow Lift

Female patient in her late 60’s who underwent brow lift surgery for brow and eyelid rejuvenation.



Browlift + Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty: Before and After


This beautiful 50 year-old actress came to me for surgical consultation, interested in eyelid rejuvenation. She was bothered by the heavy appearance of her upper eyelids and lower eyelid bags. We pursued a global surgical approach including brow lift, upper eyelid surgery, and lower eyelid surgery for the ultimate eyelid rejuvenation outcome. We are so thrilled with her beautiful, natural results. Brow position is an important consideration in patient evaluation for upper eyelid surgery. Brow lift surgery elevates heavy brows and opens up the eyes more compared to eyelid surgery alone. Combining multiple surgical procedures together instead of pursuing one surgery alone also creates a more dramatic yet still natural result with only one period of downtime.


Brow Lift Patient Testimonials

Brow Lift and Eyelid Surgery: Testimonial

I am truly grateful for this patient’s beautiful brow lift, upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, and facial fat transfer surgical results and even more humbled by her kind testimonial.

What is Brow Lift?​

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Brow lift is a surgical procedure designed to elevate the position of the eyebrows. The eyes are the first features of the face to demonstrate signs of aging. With aging, the forces of gravity bring about downward descent of the eyebrows (brow ptosis), which in turn may contribute to a heavy appearance of the upper eyelids as well. While non-surgical treatment options such as neurotoxin can help create a temporary brow elevation effect, only brow lift surgery offers a more permanent and definitive solution to brow ptosis. Dr. Ho specializes in brow lift and performs each surgery according to the anatomic issues and surgical goals of the individual patient. ​​

What are the different surgical approaches to Brow Lift?​

​There are several different techniques in brow lift surgery, and the most ideal approach may vary by patient. The most commonly performed approach is the endoscopic brow lift, which utilizes minimal incisions in the hair-bearing scalp and releases suspending tissues and ligaments to mobilize and elevate the brows. The ideal candidate for this approach possesses a flat forehead with a normal or low hairline. If a patient demonstrates a high hairline, they may be more suited for a trichophytic or pretrichial brow lift approach where the incision is placed within or in front of the anterior hairline, respectively. The coronal brow lift is an older surgical technique that involves a longer incision in the hair-bearing scalp but is associated with higher risk of paraesthesia and is not indicated for patient with high hairlines or male pattern baldness. A temporal brow lift addresses the lateral component of the brows only and is performed through incisions made in the temple portion of the hair-bearing scalp. A mid forehead brow lift is performed via incisions made along forehead wrinkle lines, whereas direct brow lift is done through incisions made directly above the brows. These two approaches are typically pursued in bald male patients with prominent forehead wrinkles and/or asymmetric brows. ​​

Post-Operative Instructions for Brow Lift

These post-operative care instructions are for patients who have undergone a brow lift procedure and are essential for achieving optimal results. Patients are encouraged to contact Dr. Ho or her staff with any questions before or after surgery.

Activity Instructions and Restrictions:
– Patients should start walking soon after surgery to prevent blood clots and aid recovery.
– Avoid excessive movement of the eyebrows for the first 2 weeks until the skin heals.
– No heavy lifting over 10 pounds, straining, strenuous activity, or prolonged bending for 2 weeks.
– Use over-the-counter stool softeners like Colace if constipated.
– Avoid household cleaning for 2 weeks and no head or neck turning exercises or swimming for 4 weeks.
– CPAP use should only resume after clearance from the surgeon.

Head Positioning:
– Keep the head elevated 30 degrees at all times for the first week to minimize swelling.
– Sleeping in a recliner or with two pillows behind the head is recommended.

Cool Compresses:
– Apply cool compresses (ice packs or frozen vegetables) to the upper face, particularly areas with swelling and bruising, for 20 minutes every few hours for the first 48 hours to reduce swelling, bruising, and discomfort.

– Resume drinking and eating as tolerated after surgery.
– Start with gentle, bland foods to encourage appetite and avoid upsetting the stomach initially.
– A low-salt diet can help minimize post-operative swelling.

– Showering can be resumed the day after surgery, with gentle washing of the hair allowed 24 hours after surgery.
– Avoid scrubbing the incision areas or soaking them in water.

Incision Care:
– Gently clean incision lines with a Q-tip dipped in tap water or saltwater three times daily.
– Apply Aquaphor or Vaseline to hairline incisions and Alastin Skin Nectar or ointment to skin incisions three times daily for the first month.
– Follow sun protection precautions, including SPF 35 sunscreen, for the first 6 to 12 months after surgery.

– Take prescribed antibiotics and narcotic pain medication as directed.
– Complete the entire antibiotic prescription.
– Take over-the-counter Tylenol for mild pain and avoid NSAIDs for the first two weeks to prevent bleeding.
– Call the surgeon’s office if experiencing nausea, vomiting, or worsening pain and swelling.

Self Care:
– Resume wearing eye glasses the day after surgery, ensuring they don’t dig into the eyebrows.
– Contact lenses can be resumed a day after surgery (one week after eyelid surgery).
– Avoid tweezing eyebrows for two weeks.

Driving Restrictions:
– Avoid driving during the first week after surgery, especially while taking narcotic pain medication.

Work and Social Activities:
– Return to work or social activities depends on physical activity and public contact levels.
– Most patients can return in 7 to 10 days.

Follow-up Appointments:
– The first follow-up appointment is scheduled 7-14 days after surgery to remove sutures/staples and check surgical sites.
– Follow-up appointments at two weeks for re-evaluation are important.

What to Expect After Surgery:
– Swelling and bruising in the upper face are common and will resolve over two weeks.
– Pain can be managed with Tylenol or prescribed medication.
– Body temperature may slightly increase but should not exceed 100 degrees.
– Weakness and tightness are typical and will gradually improve.
– Numbness may occur but usually subsides with time.
– Scars will fade and soften over time, with proper care and sun protection.
– Hair thinning near incisions is temporary.
– Accidental injuries to the face are common but usually not concerning.

Contact Dr. Ho’s office if experiencing fever, increased pain, signs of infection, nausea, vomiting, drainage from wound sites, open areas along wound sites, difficulty breathing, or chest pain.

Brow Lift Surgical Recovery

Post-Surgery Recovery Process

Just a little over two months after surgery and I am already completely healed. Honestly, I was in great shape one month in but now you cannot even tell that I had anything done! All people notice is that “something” is different, I look “refreshed” and….the best one… look ten years younger! What is your secret??? My secret is Dr. Tina Ho and I don’t mind telling everyone because if you are looking to refresh your look, this is a name you definitely need to know!


“I pursue a conservative approach to brow lift to avoid putting the patient at risk of an overcorrected and unnatural result.”

Dr. Tina Ho

Dr. Tina Ho
Your Brow Lift Surgery in Philadelphia will be performed by Dr. Tina Ho in her surgery center in Philadelphia.


What is Dr. Ho’s approach to Brow Lift?

As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ho is a distinguished expert of the face and is experienced in various surgical techniques for brow lift. Patients from all across Philadelphia and Wayne as well as from further out in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York seek out Dr. Ho for brow lift surgery. Dr. Ho dedicates extensive time and effort with every patient to determine which surgical approach best meets their goals and expectations. Dr. Ho pursues a conservative approach to brow lift: she avoids removing excessive skin or placing tissues into excessive suspension that may put a patient at risk of an overcorrected and unnatural result. Her surgical technique focuses on creating a natural, refreshed result that is catered to the individual patient’s anatomy. In addition, Dr. Ho often performs upper eyelid surgery in conjunction with brow lift to further enhance a patient’s rejuvenated eye appearance. Her goal is to create a more youthful and aesthetically balanced look for every brow lift patient. ​​

What should patients expect after Brow Lift?
Each brow lift procedure is different and catered to the individual patient. Therefore, the types of incisions utilized as well as extent of swelling, bruising, and tenderness that occur after surgery will vary by patient. Every brow lift patient will follow-up with Dr. Ho one week after surgery for suture removal. Each patient will then follow-up again at weeks to months out at regular intervals for re-evaluation. The down time for brow lift is usually minimal; most patients can return to normal daily activities apart from heavy lifting, straining, and strenuous activity the day after surgery. Patients should expect immediate bruising and swelling after surgery that typically resolve by one to two weeks out from surgery. Post-operative pain is usually mild and managed well with prescribed pain medication. Improvement in the appearance of the eyebrows is typically observed immediately or after most of the bruising and swelling has subsided. Dr. Ho seeks regular follow-up with her patients to ensure that every patient heals well and is satisfied with their surgical outcome.
What are other surgical procedures that are routinely performed with Brow Lift?
It is common for other procedures to be performed at the same time as brow lift surgery, depending on the patient’s anatomic issues and surgical goals. They include but are not limited to the following: facelift, neck lift, upper and lower eyelid surgery, fat transfer, and laser skin resurfacing. Dr. Ho is experienced in a wide range of aging face procedures and will thoroughly evaluate each brow lift candidate and discuss with them whether they would benefit from additional procedures at the time of their surgery. ​​
What are the Ideal Eyebrows?
Dr. Ho believes that while every face is unique, the ideal eyebrows help contribute to a more awake, refreshed look to the eyes and are harmonious with the rest of the face. The ideal eyebrow rests just above the supraorbital rim (upper bony of the eye socket) and arches at the level of the lateral border of the iris in females and rests at the supraorbital rim with less arching in males. The medial end of each eyebrow should line up vertically with the lateral aspect of the nostril on the same side, whereas the lateral end should approach an oblique line that passes tangentially from the nostril to the lateral corner of the eye on the same side. Dr. Ho uses several of these anatomic principles as a foundation for her surgical approach as well as her aesthetic intuition in eyebrow lift surgery.
How Much does a Brow Lift Cost in Philadelphia?

The cost of a brow lift in Philadelphia with Dr. Ho ranges from $7,000 to $8,000, which includes both facility and anesthesia fees. When comparing prices to other surgeons in the area, be aware that some of their quotes may not include all necessary costs.

It’s important to keep in mind that pricing for brow lifts can vary greatly based on the surgeon’s expertise and location. While it’s possible to find lower prices for brow lift surgery, be cautious of offers that seem too good to be true. An experienced and skilled surgeon like Dr. Ho is crucial for producing effective and safe results in the delicate areas of the face.

It’s best to ask Dr. Ho or her surgical coordinator during the initial consultation to understand what the total cost includes. There are financing options available via CareCredit.

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