browlift We often do not think of the eyebrows as aging, but as the skin on the forehead begins to sag, the brows can descend until they no longer frame the eyes properly. The entire upper portion of the face can take on an aging, tired, and sometimes sad or angry appearance.

Luckily, a browlift (also called a forehead lift) can correct these issues, as well as smooth forehead wrinkles in order to restore the upper one-third of the face to a more youthful and rested look.

Dr. Rodwell has extensive experience performing brow lifts on both men and women. Many patients choose to have a facelift at the same time as a brow lift for an overall enhanced appearance. Others often require eyelid surgery to address hooding of the upper eyelids.

Dr. Rodwell’s skill and attention to detail is special, and I consider myself lucky to have chosen a time when he was available to touch my life.

— Gwen W.

Why consider a Browlift?

A Browlift can:

  • Lift sagging eyebrows to their original position
  • Reshape flattened eyebrows to create a natural arch
  • Smooth forehead wrinkles
  • Tighten the entire upper one-third of the face

Dr. Rodwell’s Approach to Brow Lifts

Dr. Rodwell is well-versed in a variety of open browlift procedures with incisions hidden within or at the hairline. Excess skin and tissue is removed, and the skin is lifted toward the hairline where it is sutured closed in its tighter position. Careful attention is directed at the muscles of the forehead, especially those that cause the deep lines and wrinkles just between and above the eyebrows. These muscles can be weakened so that the deep wrinkles are softened which gives the same result as using Botox.

In many cases the technique that Dr. Rodwell uses can actually LOWER the hairline.  This procedure can be performed to target a high hairline or forehead, or it can be combined to also help raise low eyebrow position at the same time.

Appearance of a hairline-lowering browlift incision hidden within the hairline at just 1 month after surgery

Dr. Rodwell takes care to make sure that the new position of the brow looks natural and not too tight. Your eyebrows should always be in a relaxed and natural placement, never in a position that will cause you to look “surprised.”

A brow lift is an outpatient procedure that can be performed using a local anesthetic and sedation or general anesthesia for your comfort.

What to Expect After a Browlift

As with most surgeries, you will feel some tenderness, swelling, and bruising after your browlift. You can prevent swelling by using cold compresses or ice packs and elevating your head when you lie down. A light bandage is worn during the first night after surgery, but fortunately, Dr. Rodwell’s patients do not have to keep an uncomfortable drainage tube placed under the skin.

You will require 1-2 weeks off from work for recovery, but Dr. Rodwell will provide full post-operative instructions and pain medication. He will monitor your progress during follow-up examinations and will do all he can to make sure your recovery is as fast and comfortable as possible.

When the swelling has fully subsided, you will be able to see the final result of your browlift.


Out of a profound respect for the privacy of our patients we do not publish a gallery of before and after patient photographs on the internet. Representative photographs from actual patients are available for review in the office during your consultation.

If you are considering a browlift in Charleston, contact Dr. Rodwell today to discuss your candidacy.