About Brow Lift Surgery
Did you know that you can invigorate your facial appearance with a surgery that lifts the brow called a brow lift, browplasty, or forehead lift? Dr. Karen Leong in Newport Beach, CA consults with patients requesting a surgical repositioning of their falling brow as time and gravity have aged it into atrophy. Brow lifts are a popular rejuvenation procedure performed by a highly trained plastic surgeon when the brow sags forward creating a tired or angry appearance. Dr. Leong is an excellent surgeon who has performed open and endoscopic browplasty on both men and women with great results.
While brow lift surgery focuses on the brow itself, it may also have an improvement on the upper eyelids, Crow’s feet, and portions of the forehead. Cosmetic injectables (wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers) and laser skin resurfacing are commonly and safely combined with a brow lift for additional improvements for a refined texture and a more youthful appearance to the skin. Come in for a consultation at one of our Newport Beach facilities to discuss the details of our facial rejuvenation services and techniques.
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As we grow older, skin laxity diminishes and causes several portions of the face to droop. This is especially true about the upper face region of both women and men. When looking in the mirror, do you appear tired or angry, or notice frown lines between the brows? Do you have a drooping brow? If you answered yes, then a surgical brow lift by Dr. Leong may be the right cosmetic treatment for your goals.
Prior to surgery, anesthesia will be used. This can be done through general anesthesia or IV sedation depending on the complexity of the surgery. The incision technique used during a brow lift is determined based on the severity of sag, if the forehead is affected, and the position of the hairline. Dr. Leong will consider the following surgical approaches:
- Traditional open incision
Also called the open browplasty incision, this places the incision at the top of the head behind the hairline. The open incision not only conceals scarring, it provides a certain degree of controlled lifting during the procedure. The open incision works well for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines. This is the ideal incision if you are at risk for having a receding hairline.
- Endoscopic lift
This is a more modern technique used in browplasty. An endoscopic lift involves the placement of several tiny incisions in the hairline and insertion of an endoscope, which is pushed down to the area of the eyebrow to release its attachments. Through the camera of the endoscope, the brow tissue is suspended using stitches to lift the tissues into its higher position.
What to Expect
Recovery following brow lift surgery varies in each patient, with the majority of discomfort and swelling occurring with the open method versus the endoscopic or temporal techniques. Overall, there will be slight bruising and swelling in the upper face near the brows and possibly around the eyes. Cold compresses may help to reduce the swelling. Dr. Leong advises patients sleep upright for at least three nights following their surgery. It is important to avoid any movement or activities that may place stress on the face. The average recovery time from this procedure is about 2 – 3 weeks. The outcome can usually be seen immediately, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance that looks softer, more alert, and with a noticeable reduction in fine lines and sagging in the upper portion of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a brow lift cost?
It's more important to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Leong, who can give you the results you want rather than choosing a surgeon with the lowest fees. The cost of brow lift surgery will vary based on the technique chosen, the facility fee, anesthesia, and other factors. Once your treatment plan has been created in your consultation, an estimate of costs can be discussed. Dr. Leong can also go over payment methods and how to find low-interest financing so your surgery is easier to afford.
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you should get a brow lift or full facelift will depend on where you have sagging skin and your aesthetic goals. You should candidly discuss your concerns with Dr. Leong so she can help you decide what is best for you. Many patients come in thinking they want a facelift only to discover they actually need a brow lift and vice versa. With her experience, Dr. Leong can confidently help you decide on your treatment plan so you get the results you want.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
There are many nonsurgical treatments, such as laser skin tightening and injectables (like BOTOX and Juvéderm), that can give short-term improvements. However, a surgical brow lift is better if you want significant improvements and longer-lasting results. During your consultation, Dr. Leong can go over both your surgical and nonsurgical options so you can decide what is best for you.
What technique should I choose?
Dr. Leong will go over surgical techniques during your consultation to help you understand the advantages of each. Some of the factors that may influence your choice are your hairline (taking into account both your current hairline and your risk of a future recession), the degree of skin sagging, and how much time you can devote to recovery.
Will my results look natural?
When you choose a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Leong, your brow lift results will look like you — only better. She will develop your treatment plan for your needs and goals so you look refreshed and younger, not tight or frozen. During your surgery, Dr. Leong will focus on removing excess skin. The remaining skin and tissue will be smoothed so your results don't limit your facial expressions or lift your eyebrows too high.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $5,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Don't let your drooping brow make people think you're mad, sad, tired, or angry — schedule a consultation to learn more about a brow lift with plastic surgeon Dr. Leong in Newport Beach, CA. By correcting your aging brow, you can revitalize your appearance and look younger and more refreshed. Dr. Leong strives for natural-looking results so that your browplasty will have your friends and family saying you look more refreshed rather than asking if you had cosmetic surgery.