Candidates for Brow Lift
A brow lift can help patients of any age who suffer from a low or sagging brow. In some patients, a combination of drooping brows and excess upper eyelid skin causes a pronounced upper eyelid hooding. These patients will benefit most from undergoing both a brow lift and upper eyelid surgery. Many patients choose to combine a brow lift with a facelift at the same time. This a wonderful choice for those who want to restore their full face.
A brow lift enables you to enjoy a refreshed facial appearance. Dr. Foulad’s goal is to give your brow a naturally rejuvenated appearance. During your consultation, he will perform a thorough facial examination to determine your candidacy. Should you be a suitable candidate, he will determine which method will provide the best outcome for your condition. He will also discuss the potential results you can expect to attain and review all details of the procedure with you.
Types of Brow Lifts
A coronal brow lift is one of the oldest techniques of brow lifting and is performed using a long incision within the scalp. The incision extends from ear to ear. Considering the long incision, Dr. Foulad rarely performs this type of brow lift.
A trichophytic brow lift is performed using an incision near the hairline (at the junction between the forehead and scalp). In addition to raising the brow, this technique can also lower the hairline.
An endoscopic brow lift uses much smaller incisions. Usually 4 to 5 small incisions are made at the scalp, in regions that are hidden by hair. Because these incisions are small, a specialized camera on a thin rod is often placed through the incisions in order to aid with visualization during the procedure. Because the incisions are relatively small, Dr. Foulad typically recommends this type of brow lift for most patients.
A temporal brow lift focuses mainly on the outer one-third portion of the brows. This type of lift is also often referred to as a temple lift or lateral brow lift. It helps raise the outer tail of the brow and lift the heaviness at the outer corner of the eyelids. It involves a single small incision at or near the temple at each side of the scalp. This is one of Dr. Foulad’s favorite brow lift brow procedures.
How Brow Lift is Performed
Temporal (Lateral) Brow Lift
This is the most common brow lift procedure that Dr. Foulad performs, which focuses on lifting the tail of the brows. An incision is made within the hair bearing scalp at or near the temples. The tissues along the temple, forehead, and lateral upper cheek are elevated and secured to a higher position. This is typically performed in a deep plane using an endoscopic camera.
Dr. Foulad usually performs the temporal brow lift under local anesthesia, but can be performed under twilight sedation or general anesthesia if deemed necessary or if the patient prefers.
Full Endoscopic Brow Lift
This is the next most common brow lift procedure performed by Dr. Foulad. This procedure is performed similarly to the temporal brow lift and utilizes the same incisions. However, additional small incisions are used at the scalp to be able to raise the entire length of the brows. Also, the full brow lift is often performed under twilight sedation.
How to Prepare for Brow Lift
In preparation for undergoing brow lift surgery, we need to ensure that you are healthy and optimized for the procedure. Depending on your age, medical history, and complexity of your case, medical evaluation by your primary care provider may be required. Certain medications and supplements might have to be stopped a specific time period prior to the procedure to reduce various risks. You will be provided more comprehensive pre-operative instructions specific to your individual case.
Schedule Your Consultation
Are you ready for a more refreshed and youthful version of yourself? Schedule your consultation with Dr. Foulad today. During this personalized session, you'll have the opportunity to discuss your appearance goals, ask any additional questions, and receive a comprehensive overview of the lateral brow lift process.
Dr. Foulad and his team are committed to providing you with the information and guidance you need to make an informed decision about your lateral brow lift journey.
We are conveniently located to serve Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, & Los Angeles. However, we are available to help with coordinating your stay if you are an Out-of-Town Patient.
What to Expect After Brow Lift
A thick cotton dressing will be wrapped around your entire head after the procedure, but will be removed the day after. The sutures at the scalp incisions (which are usually not noticeable because they are covered by hair) are removed around 1 week after the procedure.
The duration and intensity of the recovery process varies from patient to patient and depends on the brow lift technique used. Bruising may occur, which typically increases during the first 3 to 4 days. Bruising may involve the lower eyelids. Swelling typically ranges from mild to moderate and is usually most noticeable at the region of the eyebrows and eyelids. By two weeks, sufficient swelling and bruising have reduced that most patients feel comfortable resuming social activities. Patients typically go back to work 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure. However, some patients will elect to go back to work several days after the procedure; this is typically OK for patients who are not worried about their appearance in the work environment and do not have to lift heavy objects.
Pain often ranges from mild to moderate, but can be more severe for some people during the first few days. The pain typically involves the region of the temples. If you develop pain, we provide information regarding the best techniques to alleviate the pain.
There aren’t enough stars for this review to tell you how pleased I am with Dr Foulad, Chelsea and the staff. It was so worth the miles traveled to have my facelift, neck and brow lift. Their attentiveness from the consult all the way through to the aftercare has been amazing. He continues to check in with me 2 months later. His attention to detail and his warm and caring personality made this such an enjoyable experience. I could not believe there was minimal pain and you cannot even see where the stitches were. I feel AND look like a new woman. Judge for yourself with my pictures!
Highly recommend Dr Foulad and his staff
– Carol C.
Brow Lift faq
Do I need a brow lift or upper eyelid lift?
If your eyebrows are in the proper position and you just have upper eyelid hooding or excess upper eyelid skin, then an upper eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) would be recommended.
In certain situations, both a brow lift and upper eyelid lift may be recommended. Often times patients present with what they feel is simply extra upper eyelid skin. However, it may be that part of the problem is caused by sagging brows. In this case, an upper eyelid lift would be beneficial but would not achieve as good results as also performing a brow lift.
If I were going to perform a brow lift and upper blepharoplasty at different times, which should I have done first?
I would highly recommend having the brow lift performed first. This is because raising the brows will reduce the heaviness at the upper eyelids and less skin will need to be reduced during the upper blepharoplasty.