Brow Lift Surgery (Forehead Lift or Browplasty) – La Jolla & Encinitas, CA

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About Brow Lift Surgery

A surgical brow lift (also called a browplasty or forehead lift) is a popular plastic procedure that helps create a lifted brow appearance, which offers a younger look to the top section of the face. A droopy brow can sometimes create a tired or angry appearance. A brow lift surgically raises a sagging brow to give you a rejuvenated face. Dr. Mark Schoemann is a plastic surgeon in La Jolla, CA who has performed brow lifts on both women and men to create a younger look. While a browplasty focuses on the brow itself, it may also have an impact on the upper eyelid, Crow’s feet, and areas of the forehead. Wrinkle fillers and relaxers are frequently used in conjunction with brow lift surgery at Schoemann Plastic Surgery for ideal results, creating a softer and smoother look.

Ideal Candidates

As we get older, skin laxity reduces and causes many areas of the face to sag. This is especially critical in the upper face region and typically affects men and women. When looking in the mirror, do you appear tired or angry, or notice frown lines between the brows, or are bothered by a drooping brow? Brow lift surgery at Schoemann Plastic Surgery may be the right cosmetic treatment for your needs.

Surgical Technique

Prior to surgery, anesthesia will be given to the patient. This can be done through general anesthesia or IV sedation depending on the extent of the surgery. The incision technique used during a brow lift is determined by the severity of sag, if the forehead is affected, and the position of the hairline. There are many approaches to consider:

  • Traditional Incision:

    Also called the open lift incision, this places the incision at the top of the head behind the hairline. The traditional incision not only masks scarring, it provides a certain degree of controlled lifting during the procedure. The traditional incision works well for those with both a sagging brow and frown lines. This is the better technique if you are at risk for having a receding hairline.

  • Trichophytic Incision:

    This incision is placed right along the hairline. It allows significant lifting of the brow for women and men who have a strong hairline with little risk for recession.

  • Lateral Brow Lift:

    Also known as a temporal brow lift, this technique sets the incision inside the hairline just above the temples. The lateral incision allows the outer areas of the brow to be raised, helping to address sagging that is present in the outer brows. The lateral technique also helps to correct Crow’s feet.

  • Endoscopic Forehead Lift:

    This is a modern technique used in a brow lift. It places several tiny incisions in the hairline and inserts an endoscope, which moves 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 brow in its higher position.

What to Expect

Recovery following brow lift surgery can vary, with the most discomfort and swelling occurring with the open technique versus the endoscopic or temporal approaches. 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 decrease the swelling. Dr. Schoemann advises patients sleep upright for 3 – 4 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 half of the face.

Rejuvenate Your Appearance

Don't let your sagging brow make you appear mad, sad, tired, or angry — schedule a consultation to learn more about a brow lift with double board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Schoemann at Schoemann Plastic Surgery in La Jolla, CA. By raising your sagging brow, you can improve your entire appearance and look younger and more refreshed. Dr. Schoemann strives for natural-looking results; your forehead lift will have others saying you look younger rather than thinking you had plastic surgery.

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