Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers brow lifts to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas communities. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence. Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Christopher goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. He uses state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects such as scarring.

Who is a candidate?

You may be an ideal candidate for a forehead lift procedure if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have droopy eyebrows that make you look sad, angry, or older
  • You have deep (horizontal) forehead creases
  • You have deep frown lines and furrows between your brows
  • You have excess forehead skin that hangs over your eyes & blocks your vision
  • You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about the outcome of brow lift plastic surgery

Most brow lift candidates are between the age of 40 and 65 years. However, some people are predisposed to forehead wrinkles at an earlier age due to genetics or lifestyle choices. When you visit Dr. Balinger for your first Houston brow lift consultation, the surgeon will listen to you and examine your face before letting you know whether this surgical treatment is for you.

Types of Brow Lifts

Dr. Balinger specializes in several brow lift surgical methods to suit the needs of each patient.

Traditional Brow Lift

Also referred to as an open lift incision, this technique entails placing the incision at the top of the head right behind the hairline. This helps conceal scars as well as gives surgeons more ‘lift’ control during the procedure. This technique is ideal for individuals who have a sagging brow as well as frown lines. Many surgeons also use this technique for individuals who are worried about a receding hairline.

Endoscopic Forhead Lift

An endoscopic brow lift is a more advanced method for alleviating forehead wrinkles. The surgeon will create several small incisions just beyond the hairline and then use a special endoscope to reposition underlying tissue. An endoscopic brow lift has a shorter recovery duration compared to other surgical methods.

Lateral Brow Lift

Sometimes referred to as a temporal browplasty, this method places the incision inside the hairline right over the temples. This essentially allows the outer brow areas to be raised, thus helping correct visible outer brow sagging. A lateral brow lift may also be used to address Crow’s feet.

Trichophytic Brow Lift

This is a brow lift plastic surgery where the incision is placed directly against the hairline. A direct brow lift is commonly used on patients who have a lower risk of experiencing a receding hairline.

Dr. Balinger is uniquely positioned to recommend the best type of brow lift to reach your goals. The surgeon will discuss the suitability of each method and let you know what you can expect from the surgery.

Your initial consultation

During your first brow lift consultation, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and review your medical history to learn more about your health. The surgeon will also examine your brows and upper face before moving forward to the next step. This initial consultation – which is offered free of charge at Dr. Balinger’s office – is an opportunity to learn more about what this surgery entails, and what you can expect from the treatment.

Prepare for your brow lift

Once Dr. Balinger creates a customized treatment plan for you, the surgeon will let you know how to prepare for the surgery. You will be asked to stop taking some medication and herbal supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding. Smoking is also forbidden in the weeks before the surgery because it can increase the risk of complications and impair healing. The surgeon will let you know what to do on the night before the surgery, and what supplies you need to have in place for a smooth recovery.

Your surgical experience

Brow lift surgery is an outpatient surgery that is performed at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room or an accredited surgical facility. This surgery is usually performed in three steps.

1. Administer Anesthesia
A brow lift procedure may be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia, based on the specifics of the treatment and the surgeon’s preference. Feel free to discuss the choice of anesthesia with the surgeon during one of your pre-op consultation visits.

2. Create Incision
The surgeon will create an incision (inside the hairline or behind the hairline). Dr. Balinger will then tighten the facial muscles and ‘lift’ the forehead skin in line with the goals of the surgery.

3. Close Incision
After all the desired changes have been completed, the surgeon will close the incision(s). The treatment area will then be bandaged to protect it.

A brow lift surgery typically takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete, depending on the specifics of the surgery. Immediately after the surgery, you will be placed in an observation room where Dr. Balinger’s team monitors your vitals before you are allowed to go home for recovery.

Recovery After a Brow Lift

Postoperative pain is usually pain following a brow lift. The surgeon will provide pain medication to alleviate discomfort. Many patients experience scalp itching and numbness, which disappear with time. Swelling and bruising are also likely but can be reduced by keeping your head elevated while and utilizing cold compresses over the first few days. 

Small clips – which are normally used to close the incisions – will be removed within 7 days. How long it takes to recover from this surgery depends on the extensiveness of the procedure and the patient’s unique healing ability. Most people are however able to resume daily activities after about one week. Make sure to adhere to the surgeon’s post-op instructions in order to ensure a speedy recovery. Dr. Balinger’s office is available to answer your questions and provide the support you need throughout the recovery duration.

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Plan Your Procedure in Houston TX

The cost of a brow lift in Houston TX can vary dramatically based on the extensiveness of the treatment. Most of Dr. Balinger’s brow lift plastic surgery patients can expect to pay between $3,000 and $5,750 for this treatment. Health insurers usually will not cover elective cosmetic procedures. During your consultation visit with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will provide more info and generate a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform brow lifts and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for brow lift, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

Houston Plastic Surgery Associates

Average Cost

$3,000 - $5,750

Procedure Time

1-2 Hours

Recovery Time

1-2 Weeks


Not Covered

As you lose collagen and elastin in your skin, the forehead and brow area cannot resist the effects of gravity. The resultant sagging makes you look tired and angry. A brow lift tightens the forehead to give the upper area of your face a refreshed, young appearance. Dr. Balinger offers forehead lift procedures for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.


What is a brow lift?

A brow lift is a cosmetic procedure Brow Lift (Forehead Lift) in Houston, TX that targets signs of aging in the forehead area. Dr. Balinger may recommend a forehead lift when injectables do not produce the desired anti-aging benefits. A forehead lift may be performed endoscopically if you have less severe sagging, or incisions may be need for moderate to severe sagging. The procedure may soften forehead wrinkles, or Dr. Balinger may recommend that you use injectables to further smooth out the skin.

How much does a brow lift cost?

The average cost of a forehead lift is $3,000 to $5,750. After your consultation with Dr. Balinger, we will review the cost of your brow lift. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of a brow lift?

  • Raises eyebrows to the natural line along the brow bones
  • May help with crow's feet and horizontal forehead wrinkles
  • Can be combined with blepharoplasty and injectables

How is a forehead lift performed?

The incisions may be made:

  • In the temple area
  • Along the top of your face following the hairline
  • From ear to ear along the hairline
  • The endoscopic technique requires several small incisions along the hairline.

After making the incisions, Dr. Balinger may tighten the muscles with sutures before pulling the skin taut over the forehead and brow area.

What is recovery like after a brow lift?

The top of your head and brow area are wrapped to reduce swelling and help manage any discomfort. You will need to rest at home with your head elevated and apply cold compresses as required by Dr. Balinger. As the area heals, you may notice some bruising, swelling, tingling, itching, numbness, and other symptoms. You will need to avoid getting the incision wet until it is healed, so you may not be able to wash your face or hair, and you should take baths instead of showers.

How long will forehead results last?

Brow lift surgery will not stop the aging process, but you should enjoy the results for many years. Dr. Balinger may recommend medical spa treatments to correct any minor wrinkles that develop on your forehead and around your eyes.

The forehead and brow area shows the earliest signs of aging, and a forehead lift helps with moderate to severe wrinkles and sagging. Dr. Christopher Balinger offers a brow lift for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free forehead lift consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.

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