What is a Brow Lift?
Forehead and brow are closely connected to periorbital region both functionally and aesthetically. This intimate relationship is frequently unrecognized and could lead to suboptimal surgical outcome. For example sagging brows could contribute to hooding of the upper eyelids which in unexperienced eyes might be merely an excess eyelid skin issue. Presence of deep transverse lines in the forehead could be due to aging or compensation for droopy eyelid or brow.
While eyebrows’ position is a strong indicator or person’s emotional state such as sadness, anger, fatigue, surprise, its ideal aesthetic location is variable depending on patient’s age, race and overall frame of facial anatomy. Just as described in facial rejuvenation section, aging of periorbital region also occurs as a result of three phenomenon: Skin damage, skin laxity and fat deflation.
Surgery to lift the brow (also known as a brow lift or forehead lift) is a popular cosmetic procedure that helps create a lifted brow position, offering a refreshed look to the upper portion of the face. A sagging brow can many times cause an angry or tired appearance, however, a brow lift can give you a rejuvenated and happier appearance. By removing excess skin from the forehead, plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi can raise the eyebrows on patients to provide a younger look. BOTOX is often performed after the brow lift surgery to make the results last longer.
"Beyond pleased with my results, Dr. Hakimi did SnapBack Lipo of bra rolls and underarms, the recovery time was quick, he did the procedures two days apart to keep the discomfort to a minimum, I followed the pre and after instructions, this kept the pain to a minimum and my recovery fast, I was back to work in a week! the results have been as promised, it has been 3 months and I continue see my skin tightening, and the best part is that fat deposits gone! My arms don't flap anymore and they are skinny again! Dr. Hakimi and the Liftique team are so caring, they make you feel so comfortable during and after the procedure. I really like that Dr. Hakimi sets follow up appointments to see the results at different stages. Thank you so much Dr. Hakimi ! L. RIVERA"- C.R. / Google / Mar 14, 2020
"Dr. Hakimi is an exceptional doctor. He is kind and compassionate and from the initial consultation I felt that he was so professional and kind. The experience Of getting my Liftique procedure was so pleasant and painless. I was pleasantly surprised has I experienced absolutely no pain! It was just a little pinch when initially I was numbed and that was it. The staff was amazing and so supportive has in the beginning I was very nervous because I had never had any type of surgery. If you are looking for amazing Doctor who knows what he is doing and a procedure that almost pain free I highly recommend doing any Liftique procedure with Dr. Hakimi."- N.P. / Google / Sep 18, 2020
"I am 2 weeks post op Breast augmentation with mastopexy and i could not be happier with my results. Dr. Hakimi and his staff are very friendly and personable. There was never a moment where i felt awkward or uncomfortable. Dr. Hakimi really takes his time with you to understand what look you are going for while also being honest and realistic . He knows exactly what size and shape would look best for your body type. Going into surgery i was very nervous but Dr. Hakimi and the staff make you feel at ease and more excited than nervous. Amazing bedside manners. Throughout my healing process Dr. Hakimi Has checked in with me regularly to make sure i’m ok and to answer any questions i might have. Thank you Dr. Hakimi for turning my perfect vision into REALITY!"- M.C. / Google / Sep 02, 2020
"I had Abdominalplasty a month ago. The recovery time was not as painful as I had thought it would be. I had minimal pain and was able to do light housekeeping, walk and drive myself to conduct personal/business activities a few days after procedure. Wearing the compression suit for a month took some getting used to, but time went by quickly. Dr. Hakimi answered any questions I had in a timely manner during recovery phase. I highly recommend him for this procedure. He conducted himself in a professional manner and was completely honest with me regarding the outcome of my procedure."- V.T. / Google / Aug 28, 2020
"What can I say about Dr. Hakimi and his staff at the Newport Beach office. From the beginning and through out the experience it was exceptionally phenomenal. They were always so pleasant, understanding and caring when addressing my procedure. Dr. Hakimi continued to display a personal caring interest with my health and condition preparing me for my procedure. He even took the time to give me a call to check on me. That made me feel so confident that Dr. Hakimi really does care for his patients, showing a high level of integrity. Nicole - Thank you for your honesty, sharing the expectations for the up coming surgery and recovery. Jenny and Kat - Thank you for always showing your enthusiasm and always having an answer to my questions. I went to see Dr. Hakimi for an abdominoplasty procedure and I am so jazzed on my outcome. I would highly recommend Dr. Hakimi to my friends and family. He is truly an expert in his field and displays a great doctor patient relationship. During my visits I always felt welcomed and comfortable with Dr.Hakimi and his staff exceeding my expectations."- S.G. / Google / Aug 11, 2020
Can I Get a Brow Lift?
As you grow older, your skin elasticity diminishes and causes several portions of your face to droop. This is particularly true in the upper face and can impact both men and women. When looking in a mirror, do you seem angry or tired? Do you notice deep wrinkles between your eyebrows? Are you bothered by a sagging brow? If so, brow lift surgery may be the right aesthetic treatment to help you get the look you've been desiring.
How is a Brow Lift Performed?
Before surgery, we will give you anesthesia for added comfort during your procedure. This may be done through general anesthesia or local while awake depending on your customized treatment plan. A brow lift typically takes between 1 – 2 hours. The incision technique used during a brow lift will be determined on the severity of skin sag, if your forehead is affected, and the position of your hairline. Some of the many approaches to consider:
- Traditional Incision: Also known as the open browplasty incision, this incision is placed behind the hairline at the top of the head, not only hiding scars but providing a certain amount of controlled lifting throughout the procedure. The traditional incision works well for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines. This is the better incision if you are at risk for having a receding hairline.
- Hairline Incision: The trichophytic (hairline) incision is placed right against the hairline across your forehead, allowing significant lifting of the brow if you need your entire forehead lifted. This same surgery can be a forehead reduction surgery as it can bring forward the hairline making the forehead smaller.
- Lateral Brow Lift: Also called a temporal brow lift, the lateral brow lift starts with an incision within the hairline slightly above the temples. This is the most commonly performed brow lift as it permits the outer sections of the brow to be raised and is best for sagging that is present in the outer brow. A temporal brow lift also helps to treat Crow’s feet.
Recovery following brow lift surgery can vary, depending on the type of incision you receive. In general, you will likely feel some swelling and bruising in the upper portion of your face around your eyebrows and possibly near your eyes. Cold compresses may help to reduce the swelling. The average recovery period from this procedure is around 7 days. You should see results right away with a refreshed appearance that looks softer and more alert, as well as a visible improvement in fine lines and sagging in the upper half of your face.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a brow lift cost?
It is better to focus on finding an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Hakimi, who can give you the best results rather than going with the cheapest surgeon. The cost of brow lift surgery will vary based on the technique used, anesthesia, and more. Once your treatment plan is developed during your consultation, cost estimates can be made. Our office will also go over what payment methods we accept and where to apply for low-interest financing to make your surgery easier to afford.
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you need a brow lift or full facelift will depend on where you have sagging skin, as well as your specific goals. You should candidly talk about the outcome you want with Dr. Hakimi so he can help you choose which treatment is best. Many patients come in wanting a facelift only to find they would be better with a brow lift, or vice versa. With years of experience, Dr. Hakimi can confidently help you decide on a treatment plan to give you maximum results.
Rejuvenate Your Appearance with a Brow Lift
Don't let a sagging forehead make others think you're mad, sad, tired, or angry. Schedule an appointment to learn more about brow lift surgery with plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi in Newport Beach, CA. By lifting your drooping brow, you can improve your entire appearance and look naturally youthful and refreshed without showing any signs of plastic surgery.