San Diego & La Jolla, CA
- What is a brow lift? (forehead lift)
- Am I a Candidate?
- Non-surgical Alternatives
A drooping, sagging brow and forehead can make you look much older than your numerical age. You may look tired, angry or sad despite your good nature. Perhaps you need to lift your brow with your fingers to see clearly. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Reagan, can restore a youthful brow position with a brow lift.
What is a Brow Lift?
Lift heavy brows and enjoy a refreshed expression with brow lift, under the expert care of Dr. Brian Reagan. A brow lift, or forehead lift, elevates low or sagging brows into a more natural position on the face, restoring a pleasant, approachable look. Dr. Reagan’s approach is simply to restore the tissues to where they once were — not stretch them into an unnatural position. Brow lift also minimizes pesky wrinkles and creases along the forehead.
Changes in the skin around the eyes are key signs of aging, and very hard to disguise. Wrinkles, fine lines and furrows give you a tired appearance that can make you look older, far beyond your years.
Your eyes may be the window to the soul, but the adjacent thin, delicate skin is the frame; and every work of art deserves a beautiful, well-crafted frame.
That is the function of brow lift — to dramatically change the appearance of the upper face, from the eyes to the forehead. It smooths out creases, wrinkles and frown lines, restoring a look of vitality.
Lines and sagging skin in the brow area can create a perpetual look of sadness and exhaustion; brow lift reverses this process by resetting the clock on your skin’s tone and integrity.
Am I a Candidate for Brow Lift?
Candidates for a brow lift or forehead lift should be in good physical health and be nonsmokers. You will need to have realistic expectations for the procedure and a promising outlook for your results.
If you have unsightly wrinkles and creases on your forehead and furrows between your brows that make you appear angry or overly serious, a brow lift may be right for you. A brow lift is also suitable for anyone struggling with a hooded upper eyelid effect in which the eyebrows droop over the eyelid crease — in some cases even impacting vision.
A brow lift can offer several anti-aging benefits, including:
- A youthful position of the natural eyebrow arch
- Reduce the appearance of drooping or sagging upper eyelids
- Smoothen lines and wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows and outer edges of the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Eliminate excess skin tissue from the forehead
- Tighten underlying muscles and structures under the brows
Brian Reagan, MD, FACS
Dr. Brian Reagan is a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine. Dr. Reagan is renowned for his surgical skills and commitment to patient satisfaction. Dr. Reagan has been featured on local media outlets, including ABC 10, and recognized as one of the “Best Plastic Surgeons in San Diego” by San Diego Magazine, and “Best Plastic Surgeons in La Jolla” by La Jolla Light Newspaper.
Types of Brow Lift
The brow lift procedure is performed with various techniques. Dr. Reagan may use the classic brow lift (open brow lift), endoscopic lift or a limited incision method to elevate your brows and reduce lines and wrinkles.
Open Brow Lift
The open brow lift is performed using one incision from one ear across the top of the head to the other ear and will likely be concealed within the hairline. Excess tissue is removed, and the necessary alterations are made to restore a younger-looking forehead.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
An endoscopic brow lift uses a series of short incisions in the scalp and a small, thin tube connected to a camera for Dr. Reagan to see the tissues and muscles on a screen. A separate surgical device is used to perform the endoscopic procedure. Temporary or permanent stitches anchor the tissues in precise locations to elevate the brow position. The endoscopic brow lift is less invasive and leads to less scarring and a shorter recovery.
See What Our Patients Have to Say!
“I had the best experience with Dr. Reagan. The moment I met him I knew I could trust his word and advice regarding my procedure. He knew exactly what to do and I was over the top happy with my results. He gets personal with you and ensures you are comfortable every step of the way. His staff is excellent as well, very friendly and helpful.”
Brow Lift Procedure
Brow lift involves lifting forehead skin, thereby tightening the brow area and smoothing out the entire upper face. Three to five incisions of approximately one-half inch each are made beyond the hairline to achieve this lifting and stretching.
For patients with thin hair or receding hairlines, the incisions and resulting scars can be placed higher. Many patients choose to add eyelid surgery or facelift to their brow lift procedure.
Keys to a Successful Surgery
Surgical precision is key to a satisfying outcome with brow lift, but not sufficient. Equally important is the artistic talent and skill of your surgeon.
This is especially true when it comes to achieving natural balance in the brow area. The inner brow must be raised in harmony with the outer brow for a proportionate, natural-looking result. Judgment is another important quality to seek in a plastic surgeon.
Dr. Reagan has the judgment and experience to know that simply stretching skin, without regard to the subdermal muscles and ligaments that often generate wrinkles, will not create a satisfying outcome. He looks at the entirety of your facial geometry, above and below the surface.
Choosing a highly-experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Reagan, who performs procedures in an accredited surgical facility, can mitigate some potential risks and complications. However, no surgery is without risk. Brow lift risks may include:
- Anesthesia complications such as a bad reaction
- Excessive bleeding
- Facial nerve injury
- Loss of hair where the incisions are made
- Inadequate wound healing
- Sensation changes such as numbness or itching
- Facial nerve damage, including weakness or paralysis
- Poor scarring
- Blood clots (rare)
Dr. Reagan will discuss the potential risks before your brow lift and answer all your questions so you can make an informed decision.
Brow Lift Recovery
The brow lift recovery process takes around two weeks, and sutures are removed around this time or when appropriate. Most patients return to work and everyday activities 10 to 14 days after their brow lift. You can expect some swelling and mild bruising, and Dr. Reagan will give you detailed post-op instructions. Make sure you follow the directions for recovery and call our office with any questions or concerns.
While you’ll likely be presentable after the first two weeks, your forehead and brow will continue to heal with scars fading and swelling subsiding. It can take a few months for full recovery after a brow lift.
Brow Lift Results
Dr. Brian Reagan is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and well-known for his patient-based philosophy and dedication. He will customize your brow lift to preserve your unique facial traits and restore a youthful brow position. You can view our brow lift before and after gallery to see photos of Dr. Reagan’s previous patients and read our reviews to better understand what you can expect from the brow lift procedure at True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine.
Our plastic surgeon will design a surgical plan to give you a more youthful appearance and address a drooping brow and consider your needs, goals and personal preferences to deliver the best results possible.
When will I see results?
You will notice your initial results right after your brow lift, but post-surgical swelling and the incisions will need time to heal and fade. Your full brow lift results should be visible a few months after your procedure when you’ve recovered fully.
How long will my results last?
A brow lift offers long-lasting results, but the effects of aging, gravity and sun exposure may impact the appearance of your overall face, including your forehead and brows. You can lengthen your brow lift results with proper sun protection and living a healthy lifestyle.
How Much Does a Browlift Cost?
The cost of a brow lift varies based on several factors, such as whether the face procedure is performed on its own or combined with another facial plastic surgery such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). After your one-on-one consultation at our La Jolla office, Dr. Reagan and our True Beauty team will provide a detailed price estimate. He will listen closely to your cosmetic concerns and goals and customize a surgical approach to deliver the best brow lift results possible.
See What Our Patients Have to Say!
“Dr. Reagan and his staff are very committed to putting each patient first. They are very attentive to an individual’s needs and to ensuring the patient is comfortable. I have had 2 procedures completed by Dr. Reagan so far and am extremely happy with my results. He has taken the time to explain everything about each procedure beforehand and is always readily available to answer and questions or concerns after. I would highly recommend Dr. Reagan and his staff to anyone.”
Non-Surgical Alternatives to the Brow Lift
Brow lift brings immediate, dramatic results, but not every patient is looking for a surgical solution as a first step. Botox and dermal fillers are popular non-surgical choices to enhance facial appearance.
Although these injectables are temporary, lasting from several months to a year or more, they are very effective at softening lines and adding volume.
Dermal fillers have the added benefit of stimulating the production of collagen, the natural protein that gives skin its flexibility, texture and youthful glow.
By contrast, Botox erases wrinkles and smooths skin by relaxing subdermal muscles. Dr. Reagan specifically targets muscles that are creating tension with the brow area and generating frown lines and wrinkles. Regular injections are required to maintain this new, worry-free look.
Learn More about Brow Lift
For more information on brow lift, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Reagan at the La Jolla office of True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine. Email or call (858) 454-SKIN (7546) today.