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A surgical browlift can provide remarkable and long-lasting rejuvenation for areas of the upper face. Eyelid hooding, creases along the forehead, and a descended brow are all common concerns that can be addressed with this advanced procedure. Our board-certified plastic surgeon in Orange County, Dr. Daniel C. Mills, has performed thousands of brow lift surgeries. His skills and experience with this popular treatment allow him to create results that can beautifully rejuvenate your appearance without producing a “surprised” or “overdone” look.

What Is a Browlift?

Browlift surgery, also referred to as a forehead lift, is designed to move a descended brow into a higher position and diminish the appearance of creases and lines that manifest on the forehead. As we age, the brow can progressively show signs of descending downward, resulting in sagging skin over the eyes. Indications of creases, fine lines, and prominent wrinkles along the forehead can also occur. These concerns can make individuals look perpetually angry, exhausted, and significantly older than they may actually be. Browlift surgery can ultimately create a smoother, more refreshed appearance and have a very positive aesthetic effect on the upper face.

What Are the Benefits of a Browlift/Forehead Lift?

There are many advantages offered by browlift surgery, and this procedure can be a good option for both women and men. Some of the potential benefits of this treatment include:

Browlift surgery can be a very effective procedure on its own, or it can be performed along with facelift or eyelid surgery to achieve more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Dr. Mills will talk with you about your unique needs and goals during the initial consultation and help you determine whether browlift surgery is ideal for your expectations. If so, he will develop a customized treatment plan designed to provide exemplary results.

What Does Browlift Surgery Involve?

Dr. Mills is skilled with a number of advanced browlift techniques, including endoscopic browlift surgery. This technique involves the use of very small instruments and a tiny camera to help Dr. Mills visualize the surgical field. By utilizing the endoscopic browlift approach, Dr. Mills can minimize the incisions and reduce recovery time. Once you have been evaluated during the initial consultation, Dr. Mills will decide the best browlift technique for your needs.

Endoscopic browlift surgery typically involves small incisions made in the hairline, which results in residual scarring that is virtually invisible to others since it is concealed in the hair. For patients who have receding hairlines, Dr. Mills can strategically place the incisions in regions where any residual scarring is barely noticeable. During the surgery, the brow will be elevated and excess skin will be eliminated. The remaining skin will be tightened and smoothed to reduce signs of wrinkles and creases.

For patients who are affected by furrows and frown lines (“glabellar lines”) between the brows in addition to a descended brow or forehead creases, browlift surgery can be combined with an injectable treatment such as BOTOX® Cosmetic to address those concerns. BOTOX® injections have proven highly effective at diminishing signs of brow furrows for a smoother appearance.

Browlift surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Once your treatment plan is created, we will provide you with detailed pre-operative and post-operative information so you will know what to expect.

What Is Recovery from Browlift Surgery Like?

Many patients are able to return to work and other normal daily routines about three days after the browlift procedure. The endoscopic browlift method typically results in less swelling during recovery; however, some degree of temporary swelling and bruising in the treatment area can be expected. Post-operative discomfort can be alleviated with pain medication. It is often recommended that patients sleep with their head at an elevated level for several days following the browlift procedure to aid blood flow. A member of our medical team will give you thorough recovery instructions that can help you achieve a safe and effective healing process.

How Long Does a Browlift Last?

While each individual will experience unique results from browlift surgery depending on their anatomical characteristics, many patients can enjoy the positive effects of this procedure for at least 5 to 10 years. With a healthy diet, a good skincare regimen, and avoidance of smoking, the results of browlift surgery can last well into the future. Surgical browlifts offer an effective, long-term solution for upper facial rejuvenation without having to undergo injectable procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic every four to five months to address forehead concerns!

Will I Have Visible Browlift Scars?

The surgical techniques typically utilized by Dr. Mills often result in minimal scarring that is often virtually unnoticeable to others. Browlift surgery is particularly beneficial in this regard since the incisions are so small and placed in areas where scarring can be easily concealed beneath the hair. In cases where browlift is performed for individuals with receding hairlines, Dr. Mills creates incisions in inconspicuous locations that should yield scars that are barely visible.

Is a Non-Surgical Browlift Possible?

While an injectable treatment such as BOTOX® Cosmetic can temporarily diminish signs of creases and furrows between the brows, it is important to note that there is currently no non-surgical procedure that can address the same types of concerns as effectively—or with results that last as long—as browlift surgery. A so-called “brow lift with BOTOX®” does offer a non-surgical alternative for patients who are primarily concerned with glabellar lines between the brows or creases along the forehead, and who are not expecting results to last more than three or four months. With that in mind, individuals who are looking to improve a sagging brow and those who would like more long-lasting rejuvenation are typically better served with browlift surgery. Once Dr. Mills talks with you about your needs and goals during the initial consultation, he can help you determine whether browlift surgery or another treatment is more ideal.

How Much Does a Browlift Cost?

Depending on the customized treatment plan, endoscopic browlift surgery typically costs approximately $6,550 at the Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Institute. A lateral browlift usually costs approximately $5,950. Those prices include fees for the surgeon, operating facility, and anesthesia. For any browlift procedure, costs that go into the total price include the surgeon’s fee, facility/anesthesia fees, the technique utilized, whether other procedures are included in the treatment plan, and other factors. Once your treatment program is created during the initial consultation, our patient care coordinator will produce an estimate of the total cost, which will include all associated expenses. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about the many convenient payment methods we accept at our practice, and we can also talk with you about plastic surgery financing options. We work with reputable companies that offer a range of affordable monthly payment plans for applicants who qualify.

If you would like to learn more about how browlift surgery can help you meet your aesthetic needs, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mills to find out whether this procedure is right for your goals, please contact our practice today.