Brow Lift & Forehead Lift in San Diego, CA

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About Brow Lift Surgery

Brow lift surgery (also known as a forehead lift or browplasty) is a popular cosmetic procedure that raises the position of the brows, removes excess skin, and provides lasting outcomes. As a result of the surgery, a more youthful and awakened look to the upper portion of the face is created. A drooping brow can often cause women and men of any age to appear tired or angry. A brow lift addresses this unpleasant look by surgically excising loose forehead skin and lifting the brows to a higher placement on the upper face. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson has performed countless brow lift surgeries for men and women alike to create a more youthful appearance. Injectable wrinkle treatments, like BOTOX, can be performed in combination with a brow lift at the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic for optimal results, producing a smoother and softer appearance that will remain for the years to come.

Ideal Candidates

As we age, our skin elasticity begins to decrease and causes various aspects of the face to sag. This is particularly true for the upper face and impacts men and women alike. When looking at your reflection in a mirror, do you appear angry or tired? Do you see deep wrinkles in between your eyebrows? Are you bothered by your sagging brow line? If any of these scenarios describe you, then a brow lift at the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic could be the ideal aesthetic procedure for your needs. During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Laverson will be able to determine your candidacy for the procedure and create a customized treatment plan that addresses your concerns and meets your goals. In some cases, an entire brow lift may not be necessary.

Surgical Technique

Surgical methods for lifting the forehead can be accomplished with closed or open incisions. Closed incisions are small and thin in size while open incisions are longer but concealed by the natural folds and creases of your body. Surgical brow lift approaches often vary somewhat between men and women. This will be discussed during your consultation. Some of the possible techniques that could be used for your procedure are:

  • Traditional Incision
    Also known as the open brow lift incision, this puts the surgical incision behind the hairline at the top of the head. This incision not only hides scars, but it also allows a certain amount of lift control throughout the surgery. This type of incision is good for those with both frown lines and a sagging brow. The traditional brow lift is the preferred method for patients who are concerned about a receding hairline.
  • Trichophytic Incision
    The trichophytic incision is made directly against the patient's hairline. A trichophytic incision permits a more dramatic lift in the brow for men and women who have a low risk for hairline recession.
  • Lateral Brow Lift
    Also called a temporal browplasty, the lateral method places the incision in the hairline slightly over the temples. It permits the outer parts of the brow to be lifted and works well for sagging that is visible in the outer brow. It also helps to smooth Crow’s feet.
  • Endoscopic Forehead Lift
    The endoscopic lift is a more modern method employed in brow lift surgery. This method makes multiple small incisions beyond the hairline and inserts a tool known as an endoscope, which travels to the eyebrow to release its attached tools. Using the endoscope's camera, the brow tissue is repositioned with stitches to place the brow in a better position.
  • Temporal Brow Lift
    Dr. Laverson commonly performs a temporal brow lift in conjunction with facelift surgery for his patients. This technique involves the creation of a slightly larger incision than that used for an endoscopic forehead lift. Through this incision, he will be able to lift and reposition the tissues of the outer brow area to create a raised and alert appearance.

What to Expect

The recovery period after a brow lift will vary, depending on the technique used during your surgery. Post-op swelling and discomfort is more often reported with open surgical approaches when compared to closed incision methods. In general, patients will feel some swelling and bruising in the upper portion of the face. This is typically centralized around the eyebrows and near the eyes. Cold compresses can help diminish some inflammation. Dr. Laverson advises patients to sleep with pillows propped under their head for the first several nights after their brow lift. It's critical to avoid any activities or movement that can put pressure on your face. The typical recovery period from a brow lift is around 1 – 2 weeks, and your results will last for many years. Following your surgery, you will notice a refreshed look that appears more alert and softer. You will also see a visible improvement in sagging skin and fine lines in the upper face.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a brow lift cost?
The costs for your brow lift surgery will depend on the technique used and the anesthesia fees. Once your goals and concerns have been discussed, Dr. Laverson will evaluate the condition of your brows and forehead and help you determine the best course of action. From there, we will be able to accurately estimate your costs and discuss payment methods we accept. Ask a member of our team if you qualify for medical financing.

Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you need a facelift or brow lift will depend on your goals and where you have excess skin. You should openly discuss your aims with Dr. Laverson so he can help you choose which procedure is best for your unique situation. Some patients who come in wanting a full facelift may find that they're better suited for a brow lift and vice versa. Using his extensive surgical experience, Dr. Laverson will help you create a personalized treatment plan that accomplishes your desired results.

What about nonsurgical treatments?
If you don't wish to opt for a surgical procedure that provides lasting effects, you could consider one of our many nonsurgical alternatives, including RF skin tightening and injectables (like Juvéderm and BOTOX), that can produce mild improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better for longer-lasting results and significant improvements. In your consultation, Dr. Laverson can go over both nonsurgical and surgical options to help you decide which is better for your needs.

Which technique is right for me?
Dr. Laverson will explain brow lift surgery techniques in your consultation so you know the benefits of each one. He will then help you decide on the technique that best meets your needs and goals. A few of the factors that might influence the technique used are your hairline (factoring in both your current hairline, as well as your risk of developing a receding hairline), the degree of loose skin present, and the amount of time you can spend in recovery.

Will my results look natural?
In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Laverson, the results yielded from your brow lift will look natural and beautiful. He will formulate a treatment plan that accurately addresses your needs and goals to help you appear refreshed rather than frozen or tight. When performing your brow lift, Dr. Laverson will concentrate on removing loose skin. The remaining tissue will then be smoothed so your results don't lift your eyebrows too high or limit your facial expressions.

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Don't let your sagging forehead make others wonder if you're sad, mad, angry, or tired — schedule a consultation to learn more about brow lift surgery performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson. By lifting your hanging brow and removing excess skin, you can rejuvenate your whole appearance while looking more youthful and refreshed. Dr. Laverson strives to produce lasting results that look natural so you'll look refreshed and bright for the years to come.

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