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A brow lift, also called a forehead lift or eyebrow lift surgery, enables a person to eliminate sagging skin on the forehead. It repositions the underlying forehead muscles and tissues, resulting in a smoother, more youthful contour in the upper portion of the face.

What Is a Brow Lift?

Although a brow lift is a popular face procedure, it is important to note that a forehead lift is different from a blepharoplasty.

A brow lift helps reduce the appearance of a heavy, sagging brow. It raises drooping eyebrows, minimizes deep furrows and rejuvenates the eyes.

During an eyebrow lift procedure, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon like Dr. Babak Azizzadeh makes small incisions along a patient’s scalp and uses an endoscope (a slender, flexible tube that has a light and camera attached to it) to view the treatment area on a TV screen. In many instances, a brow lift will be performed on an individual between the ages of 40 and 65 years old. However, if needed, an eyebrow lift may be performed at an earlier age.

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, involves the removal of excess fat, skin and muscle around the eyes. Two types of blepharoplasty are available:

  • Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty: Eliminates excess skin, muscle folds and fat that usually are found in the corner of the eye.
  • Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty: Removes excess fat deposits that cause puffiness of the lower eyelids.

However, it is important to note that the eyes are one of the most delicate areas of the face. It is very important that the surgeon does not remove too much skin and fat from the eyes, otherwise you risk changing the shape of the eye. As a blepharoplasty expert, Dr. Azizzadeh often times doesn’t remove much fat, but instead repositions it so that the eyes are fuller and youthful.

As part of an initial consultation, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon will explain the differences between brow lift and blepharoplasty treatments. By doing so, the surgeon and patient can work together to determine which procedure will deliver the optimal results.

Benefits of a Brow Lift

A forehead lift offers many benefits, including:

  • Enhanced Facial Appearance: Frown lines and wrinkles across the forehead may make an individual look older than his or her actual age. A brow lift helps a person eliminate these signs of aging, delivering an improved facial appearance.
  • Brighter, More Youthful Eyes: For many patients, the eyes appear brighter and more naturally alert after a brow lift surgery.
  • Increased Self-Confidence: A forehead lift surgery may help a person feel better about his or her facial appearance, leading to increased self-confidence.

A facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon like Dr. Babak Azizzadeh will outline the benefits of eyebrow lift surgery during an initial consultation. At this time, the surgeon will respond to an individual’s forehead lift surgery concerns and questions.

Brow Lift Before and After Photos

Check out our eyebrow lift surgery before and after photos to see how forehead lift surgery has helped past patients accomplish their facial plastic surgery goals.

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How Is a Brow Lift Performed?

Dr. Azizzadeh performs an endoscopic brow lift, which is less invasive than a traditional brow lift procedure. First, Dr. Azizzadeh administers general anesthesia, and a patient is unconscious throughout the procedure. Dr. Azizzadeh makes several small incisions along a patient’s scalp and inserts an endoscope. He next lifts the forehead skin, repositions the brows and removes muscle tissue that causes facial lines. Lastly, Dr. Azizzadeh removes excess skin and closes the surgical incisions with sutures.

Recovery from a Brow Lift

A brow lift is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, and as such, a patient typically can return home the same day the surgery is completed. An individual may experience bruising and swelling in the days following brow lift surgery. These symptoms typically last about 10 days.

Also, a brow lift patient will need to keep the head elevated for at least one to two weeks after treatment, and a cold compress may be required to further reduce swelling. This patient may experience numbness and itching as forehead lift surgery incisions heal, but these symptoms will dissipate over time.

How Much Does a Brow Lift Cost?

The average cost of a brow lift varies on a patient by patient basis and cannot be determined until after a patient has consulted with Dr. Azizzadeh. To find out a more specific cost of brow lift surgery, please contact our office.

Can a Brow Lift Be Performed in Combination with Other Facial Rejuvenation Treatments?

Dr. Azizzadeh sometimes recommends a patient undergo a brow lift in combination with one or more of the following facial rejuvenation treatments:

  • Facelift: Reduces the visible signs of aging in the face and neck.
  • Blepharoplasty: Involves the removal of excess skin around the eyes to correct droopy eyelids and under-eye bags.
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing: Uses DOT Deka laser skin treatments to reduce or eliminate facial scars, blemishes and wrinkles.

Dr. Azizzadeh strives to help each patient achieve a beautiful, natural-looking facial appearance. Before he performs a brow lift or any other facial rejuvenation treatments, he requests a patient consultation to learn about an individual and help him or her determine the best course of action.

What Should I Expect During a Brow Lift Consultation?

Dr. Azizzadeh uses a brow lift consultation to analyze a patient’s facial appearance and treatment goals. During a brow lift consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh performs a full patient evaluation.

If Dr. Azizzadeh believes a brow lift can help a patient achieve his or her facial rejuvenation goals, he will outline all aspects of the treatment. Dr. Azizzadeh wants to help a patient make an informed brow lift treatment decision, and he will teach a patient about the procedure. Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh responds to a patient’s brow lift concerns and questions.

Does a Brow Lift Deliver Permanent Results?

A brow lift helps a patient improve the appearance of the upper portion of his or her face. However, a brow lift does not stop the natural aging process, and the results of a procedure may become less visible over time.

Dr. Azizzadeh helps a patient establish realistic expectations for a brow lift. As a result, Dr. Azizzadeh ensures a patient knows exactly what to expect in the years following a brow lift.

Brow Lift FAQ

Is a brow lift painful?

Most patients experience minimal pain following a brow lift. In some instances, patients experience slight discomfort and tightness in the forehead after a brow lift procedure. Patients may also experience swelling and bruising that persists for up to two weeks after a brow lift surgery.

How long does numbness last after a brow lift?

Numbness is a common side effect of a brow lift, and it may affect a patient’s forehead and back of the scalp after surgery. In some cases, numbness persists for up to six months after a brow lift.

Does a brow lift change eye shape?

Although a brow lift helps a patient elevate his or her eyebrows, it does not involve the eyelid skin. As such, a brow lift reduces the amount of skin between a patient’s eyebrows and eyelashes, but it does not change his or her eye shape.

How long does a brow lift last?

In many instances, the results of a brow lift last 10 to 12 years. Depending on the surgeon performing the procedure, the results of a brow lift may last longer. In addition, the normal aging process, lifestyle and other factors can impact how long a patient enjoys the full results of a brow lift procedure.

How do I know if I need a brow lift?

A brow lift often helps patients who want to improve the appearance of the forehead and eyes. To determine if a brow lift is beneficial and safe, it is important to consult with Dr. Azizzadeh. This allows an individual to receive expert insights into all aspects of brow lift surgery and find out if he or she qualifies for treatment. If Dr. Azizzadeh finds that a patient is a good candidate for a brow lift, he develops a personalized treatment plan. Plus, Dr. Azizzadeh can answer any questions regarding brow lift surgery to help a patient make an informed treatment decision.

Dr. Azizzadeh's Approach to a Brow Lift

Dr. Azizzadeh is a Harvard-trained and double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. He makes it a priority to to spend as much time as necessary with patients in order to teach an individual about brow lift surgery and ensure this person can make an informed treatment decision. In many cases, a brow lift and blepharoplasty will be performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as a facelift or neck lift to provide patients with very balanced and natural looking results.

Want to find out more about the benefits of eyebrow lift surgery? Set up a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh today.

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