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Brow Lift


What is brow or forehead lift surgery?

Forehead or brow lifts are cosmetic procedures that move the eyebrows back to where they should be, at or above the bony orbit. The lift may also smooth the wrinkles in the forehead and reduce drooping skin above the eyes. As a result of the surgery, the eyes appear more open, rested, and youthful. There are many variations of the brow lift procedure, including the endoscopic brow lift, coronal brow lift, and temporal brow lift surgery.

Can I see before and after pictures of people in the Cape Girardeau area who had a brow lift?

During your brow lift consultation visit at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, Dr. Humphrey will show you before-and-after pictures of patients who have undergone the procedure. You will see firsthand the difference the cosmetic procedure made for these people.

What is the average cost of brow lift surgery? Is there a charge for the consultation?

The price of a surgical brow lift varies for each person. It depends on the extent of the surgery necessary to reduce excess skin and forehead wrinkles.

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“Had such a great experience! Everything from the consultation to follow-up appointments was amazing! The staff is so pleasant and wonderful and I was always informed of the next steps 🙂 Would definitely recommend Dr. Humphrey!”

“The staff is always very friendly. Dr. Humphrey was great as a surgeon and made me feel very comfortable the whole time. If I had to have another procedure, I would definitely go back to Heartland Plastic surgery.”

“Wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend it, they went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable, and even when I had an emergency regarding finances due to my bank they made it a point to stay open later than they had to until I had it straightened out. They make sure that you understand everything that it is done and it’s a huge confidence booster!”


Will insurance cover any of my fees? If not, do you have financing available?

There is a small possibility that commercial insurance would cover your brow lift if your vision is impaired by the overhang of the skin caused by brow ptosis. A visual field study test will need to be performed by your eye doctor and brought to your consultation. This test will measure the degree of vision loss. A predetermination letter, visual field study, and photos will then be sent to your insurance so coverage can be determined.

If your surgeon considers the procedure cosmetic, Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery accepts several types of payment options. They are cash, credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express), money orders, cashier checks, and financing with an agency of your choice. A cosmetic brow lift is not covered by commercial insurance and must be paid in full before surgery. Make sure financing arrangements are made prior to surgery.


Can my upper eyelid surgery be covered by my insurance?

Occasionally we see patients who come in for a consultation for upper eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty and question whether their insurance will cover this procedure.  Oftentimes, there is a combination of several issues.  One is brow ptosis, where the eyebrows…

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Facelift Recovery Guide

Are you scheduled to receive a facelift? Feeling excited about your facelift procedure is completely natural; after all, a more vibrant and youthful appearance is waiting for you when the process is complete! If you are wondering what to expect…

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I am planning a vacation and would like my procedure done before my vacation. How do I decide the correct time?

Frequently, the idea of a nice vacation is a catalyst for seeking consultation regarding cosmetic surgical or non-surgical procedures. Every patient is different. Deciding the correct timing prior to or after a vacation is best may in a one-on-one consultation…

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Do I have to stop smoking before having a brow lift?

Yes, Dr. Humphrey requires the patient to stop smoking one month before surgery and one month after surgery. Nicotine in cigarettes, vapes, and other tobacco products decreases the blood supply to the skin, and blood supply is important to the healing process. We also require patients to eliminate secondhand exposure to all tobacco and marijuana products for the same duration.

Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for surgery?

To reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma, you must stop taking blood thinners and vitamin E at least two weeks before and after surgery. If you are taking prescription blood thinners, you may need to get medical clearance from your family physician as well as instructions on how to stop these medications. We also want all herbal medication and diet pills (prescription and over-the-counter) stopped at least two weeks before surgery and one week following.

At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, cosmetic surgeries are elective procedures. Therefore, the patient must be in overall good health before the surgery can be performed. If there are questions regarding your health, medical clearance from your family doctor may be required.


On average, how many brow lift surgeries does Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery perform in a year?

Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery averages 10 to 15 brow lifts a year.

Is it possible to go blind?

Risks are associated with brow lift surgery, and one of them is blindness. Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery has never had a patient with this complication and is not personally aware of anyone who had this side effect. Although this complication is extremely rare, your brow lift surgeon will address the issue at the time of your consultation.

Is there a better time of year to have the surgery performed?

You should make sure you schedule your surgery at a time that will allow you to heal. After brow lift surgery, you will have a 10-15 pound lifting restriction (that will include lifting children) for at least two weeks following surgery. You also have to make adjustments at work due to swelling, bruising, and being on pain medication. On average, patients take a week to ten days off work. Patients with physically demanding jobs, or those who are in the public eye because of their job requirements, may need to take more time off to heal. Brow lift patients at Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, on average, had bruising for 1-2 weeks.

I would like to consider a brow lift. What should I do next?

At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, J. Stewart Humphrey, MD is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He offers plastic and hand surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Sikeston. Heartland Plastic Surgery is located 72 miles from Paducah, KY and 50 miles from Carbondale, IL. Your next step is to contact our office today to schedule your initial brow lift consultation. Before your visit, write down all your questions and concerns and bring them with you so your surgeon can address them. Call us now at (888) 515-2847. Do not put this off any longer!


Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Dr. J. Stewart Humphrey is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the gold standard for plastic surgery certification in the United States. Dr. Humphrey…

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