About Brow Lift Surgery
Brow lift surgery (also known as a forehead lift or browplasty) is a popular cosmetic procedure that raises the position of the brows, removes excess skin, and provides lasting outcomes. As a result of the surgery, a more youthful and awakened look to the upper portion of the face is created. A drooping brow can often cause women and men of any age to appear tired or angry. A brow lift addresses this unpleasant look by surgically excising loose forehead skin and lifting the brows to a higher placement on the upper face. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson has performed countless brow lift surgeries for men and women alike to create a more youthful appearance. Injectable wrinkle treatments, like BOTOX, can be performed in combination with a brow lift at Feel Beautiful Aesthetic Wellness for optimal results, producing a smoother and softer appearance that will remain for the years to come.
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"Dr Laverson is an amazing surgeon. I had such a wonderful experience and I am so grateful I found him. The staff is professional and the customer service is the best EVER. I highly recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone looking for the best plastic surgeon in San Diego and an amazing staff. Thank you guys!"- M.J. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
As we age, our skin elasticity begins to decrease and causes various aspects of the face to sag. This is particularly true for the upper face and impacts men and women alike. When looking at your reflection in a mirror, do you appear angry or tired? Do you see deep wrinkles in between your eyebrows? Are you bothered by your sagging brow line? If any of these scenarios describe you, then a brow lift at Feel Beautiful Aesthetic Wellness could be the ideal aesthetic procedure for your needs. During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Laverson will be able to determine your candidacy for the procedure and create a customized treatment plan that addresses your concerns and meets your goals. In some cases, an entire brow lift may not be necessary.
Surgical methods for lifting the forehead can be accomplished with closed or open incisions. Closed incisions are small and thin in size while open incisions are longer but concealed by the natural folds and creases of your body. Surgical brow lift approaches often vary somewhat between men and women. This will be discussed during your consultation. Some of the possible techniques that could be used for your procedure are:
- Traditional Incision
Also known as the open brow lift incision, this puts the surgical incision behind the hairline at the top of the head. This incision not only hides scars, but it also allows a certain amount of lift control throughout the surgery. This type of incision is good for those with both frown lines and a sagging brow. The traditional brow lift is the preferred method for patients who are concerned about a receding hairline.
- Trichophytic Incision
The trichophytic incision is made directly against the patient's hairline. A trichophytic incision permits a more dramatic lift in the brow for men and women who have a low risk for hairline recession.
- Lateral Brow Lift
Also called a temporal browplasty, the lateral method places the incision in the hairline slightly over the temples. It permits the outer parts of the brow to be lifted and works well for sagging that is visible in the outer brow. It also helps to smooth Crow’s feet.
- Endoscopic Forehead Lift
The endoscopic lift is a more modern method employed in brow lift surgery. This method makes multiple small incisions beyond the hairline and inserts a tool known as an endoscope, which travels to the eyebrow to release its attached tools. Using the endoscope's camera, the brow tissue is repositioned with stitches to place the brow in a better position.
- Temporal Brow Lift
Dr. Laverson commonly performs a temporal brow lift in conjunction with facelift surgery for his patients. This technique involves the creation of a slightly larger incision than that used for an endoscopic forehead lift. Through this incision, he will be able to lift and reposition the tissues of the outer brow area to create a raised and alert appearance.
What to Expect
The recovery period after a brow lift will vary, depending on the technique used during your surgery. Post-op swelling and discomfort is more often reported with open surgical approaches when compared to closed incision methods. In general, patients will feel some swelling and bruising in the upper portion of the face. This is typically centralized around the eyebrows and near the eyes. Cold compresses can help diminish some inflammation. Dr. Laverson advises patients to sleep with pillows propped under their head for the first several nights after their brow lift. It's critical to avoid any activities or movement that can put pressure on your face. The typical recovery period from a brow lift is around 1 – 2 weeks, and your results will last for many years. Following your surgery, you will notice a refreshed look that appears more alert and softer. You will also see a visible improvement in sagging skin and fine lines in the upper face.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a brow lift cost?
The costs for your brow lift surgery will depend on the technique used and the anesthesia fees. Once your goals and concerns have been discussed, Dr. Laverson will evaluate the condition of your brows and forehead and help you determine the best course of action. From there, we will be able to accurately estimate your costs and discuss payment methods we accept. Ask a member of our team if you qualify for medical financing.
Do I need a brow lift or facelift?
Whether you need a facelift or brow lift will depend on your goals and where you have excess skin. You should openly discuss your aims with Dr. Laverson so he can help you choose which procedure is best for your unique situation. Some patients who come in wanting a full facelift may find that they're better suited for a brow lift and vice versa. Using his extensive surgical experience, Dr. Laverson will help you create a personalized treatment plan that accomplishes your desired results.
What about nonsurgical treatments?
If you don't wish to opt for a surgical procedure that provides lasting effects, you could consider one of our many nonsurgical alternatives, including RF skin tightening and injectables (like Juvéderm and BOTOX), that can produce mild improvements. However, brow lift surgery is better for longer-lasting results and significant improvements. In your consultation, Dr. Laverson can go over both nonsurgical and surgical options to help you decide which is better for your needs.
Which technique is right for me?
Dr. Laverson will explain brow lift surgery techniques in your consultation so you know the benefits of each one. He will then help you decide on the technique that best meets your needs and goals. A few of the factors that might influence the technique used are your hairline (factoring in both your current hairline, as well as your risk of developing a receding hairline), the degree of loose skin present, and the amount of time you can spend in recovery.
Will my results look natural?
In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Laverson, the results yielded from your brow lift will look natural and beautiful. He will formulate a treatment plan that accurately addresses your needs and goals to help you appear refreshed rather than frozen or tight. When performing your brow lift, Dr. Laverson will concentrate on removing loose skin. The remaining tissue will then be smoothed so your results don't lift your eyebrows too high or limit your facial expressions.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 90 minutes
- Procedure Recovery Location
Rejuvenate Your Appearance
Don't let your sagging forehead make others wonder if you're sad, mad, angry, or tired — schedule a consultation to learn more about brow lift surgery performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson. By lifting your hanging brow and removing excess skin, you can rejuvenate your whole appearance while looking more youthful and refreshed. Dr. Laverson strives to produce lasting results that look natural so you'll look refreshed and bright for the years to come.