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Brow Lift

Conveniently located to serve Philadelphia and Wayne.
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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.

Brow Lift and Eyelid Surgery: Patient Review and Results

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!

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.

“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


What is Dr. Ho’s approach to Brow Lift?
As a 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 Newtown 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.
Your Brow Lift will be performed by Dr. Tina Ho in her surgery center in Philadelphia.