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Brow Lift

Brow Lift in Pasadena & Los Angeles

Gravity, aging, and sun damage can make the skin along the brows sag and droop. This can make a person look perpetually tired. Some of these signs of aging can be addressed with a brow lift. Dr. Taylor has performed this procedure on thousands of patients in Los Angeles, rejuvenating their faces and recapturing a more youthful appearance.

What is a brow lift?

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure that targets the upper portion of the face. Its aim is to eliminate wrinkles and creases in the forehead region and the area near the brow tissue. Individuals who have sagging over their upper eyelids that causes the eyelashes and eyebrows to nearly meet can benefit from this cosmetic treatment.

Who are good candidates for a brow lift?

Good candidates are those who are in good overall physical health. It helps if the patient does not smoke, as smoking can hinder the healing process. A good candidate also needs to have realistic goals and expectations about what the procedure can accomplish.

How is a brow lift done?

A brow lift involves the removal of tissues in the upper portion of the face that contribute to the person’s aging appearance. Dr. Taylor prefers to use the endoscopic brow lift method. This technique is done by creating multiple small incisions behind the patient’s hairline. After the incisions are made, an endoscope (a tube with a camera attached to its tip) is inserted. This device provides visualization for the surgeon and helps him manipulate the area properly. During the procedure, Dr. Taylor may use small anchors to keep tissues in their appropriate positions.

The endoscopic lift is less invasive and creates less scarring. Dr. Taylor does not usually use the ear-to-ear incision technique because it poses greater risks.

It usually takes one to two hours to complete a brow lift surgery. The patient is put under twilight sedation or general anesthesia in an outpatient unit.

What happens during my recovery from brow lift surgery?

After the procedure, you can expect the treated area to be wrapped loosely so as not to aggravate bruising and swelling. Dr. Taylor will instruct you on how to take care of your surgical wounds and drainage, and what medications to take to promote healing.

Frequently Asked Questions
About Brow Lift Surgery

How long do the results from a brow lift last?

Plastic surgery helps to reduce the signs of aging. Generally speaking, the results of your brow lift will last 10 years. After that, the continued aging process will have impacted your initial results. Luckily, you can always come back for additional treatments if you want to.

Some patients also choose to follow their surgical brow lift with non-surgical BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to help prolong results.

Will there be scarring after my facial surgery?

Yes, all surgeries result in some scarring. However, an experienced and skilled surgeon knows how to carefully place incision lines so the scarring isn’t overly noticeable. Dr. Taylor also uses the endoscopic lift approach to the brow lift procedure, which reduces scarring.

Patients who are worried about scarring should understand that the scars will fade over time. In addition, anti-scarring creams can be purchased to speed up the fading process.

Can I combine procedures with my brow lift?

Absolutely! Combining procedures can save you money, reduce recovery periods (opposed to recovering from surgeries separately), and give you more dramatic results.

Two of the most common procedure combinations are a brow lift and a facelift or a brow lift and an eyelid lift. Of course, you will have to mention your preferred combination to your plastic surgeon during your consultation. Dr. Taylor will advise if it’s in your best interest to combine procedures.

What kind of anesthesia is used during the surgery?

General anesthesia is required for a brow lift. If you have any concerns about anesthesia, discuss them with your doctor during your consultation.

Will my insurance cover my brow lift?

In most cases, a brow lift is considered elective cosmetic surgery and is not covered by insurance. However, if a case can be made that a lowered brow is causing “visual field obstruction,” there might be a chance you can get the procedure covered.

To be certain, it’s best to contact your insurance provider directly.

How long is the brow lift recovery period?

You can expect to be able to return to work within four to five days, as long as your work doesn’t require heavy lifting. However, the bruising and swelling can remain for up to seven days, so if your job is public-facing, you might want to wait a bit longer.

You can resume exercise three weeks post-surgery.

How much time passes between the consultation and the surgery?

This varies all the time, depending on how busy the clinic is. Most patients should expect to wait between two and six weeks between their consultation and surgery. If you are eager to move ahead with your procedure, book your consultation as soon as possible.

What are the risks associated with a brow lift?

A brow lift is a common procedure that has relatively low risks. Still, all surgical procedures have some risks. These include:

  • Infection
  • Excessive scarring
  • Blood clots
  • Numbness
  • Hyperpigmentation

Thomas S. Taylor, MD, FACS

The Aesthetic Society American Society of Plastic Surgery Fellow American College of Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery ABMS MOC American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

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