Brow Lift Surgery Cost
Reviewed by Yael Halaas, MD
Considering brow lift surgery? If you are, brow lift cost is likely an important consideration.
Brow lift surgery cost typically comprises anesthesia fees, facility fees and surgeon fees. The cost varies based on the type of brow lift you choose and whether or not other procedures such as eyelid surgery, laser skin resurfacing or lip augmentation are done at the same time.
The national average for plastic surgeon fees for brow or forehead lifts is $3,861, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. When anesthesia fees and the facility fee are tacked on, brow lift typically runs anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000.
Why the wide range? Some more extensive brow lifts such as the coronal lift may cost more than their less-invasive counterparts. Non-invasive brow lifts using Ulthera may be cheaper still because they only require local anesthesia and can be done in your doctor's office. Brow surgery costs also tend to be higher in urban areas where surgeons are in greater demand.
There are also some hidden brow lift surgery costs, including any medications that are necessary, such as painkillers and antibiotics. The cost of supplies like foam wedge pillows, cold compresses and/or camouflage make-up are also extra and can add up. There may also be costs for preoperative blood work and exams before your brow lift. Some surgeons charge for a consultation, and this may or may not be deducted from the total brow lift cost should you book a surgery.
Brow Lift Cost: Insurance Issues
The brow lift is considered a cosmetic surgery and, as such, is usually not covered by insurance. If the brow lift cost is prohibitive, ask your surgeon about any payment or financing plans.
If you are thinking about other facial rejuvenation procedures, it may make sense (and cents) to do them at the same time as your brow lift. Add-ons can make the surgery more complex and riskier, but they also help offset costs because there is only one facility and anesthesia fee.
Finally, don't be penny wise and pound foolish. Lots of non-core-trained specialists such as dentists and gynecologists now perform cosmetic surgeries, and may do so at cut rates to boost profits. Choose a board-certified facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon for your brow lift. These are the professionals who have the most appropriate training and experience to ensure the best outcome for you.
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