Newport Beach Brow Lift | Orange County Forehead Lift | Tenley K. Lawton MD (2023)

Newport Beach Brow Lift | Orange County Forehead Lift | Tenley K. Lawton MD (1)


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The way excess and loose skin around your forehead behaves can negatively affect your ability to get emotional. It can make you feel significantly older than you really are, and deep wrinkles and creases over your eyes can make you feel like you're angry all the time. TObrow liftit can help.

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What is a Brow Lift?

A brow lift surgery, also known asforehead lift, helps you feel younger again by improving your appearance by smoothing forehead lines, wrinkles that deepen in part as a result of the particularly intense sun in Newport Beach and Orange County. An expert surgeon likeDr. A.S. A. S. AS Tenley Lawtonit can also alleviate the “hood” of the eyes, which often makes them appear smaller.

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Am I a candidate?

An eyebrow lift can solveseveral common problems that develop around the foreheaddue to normal aging processes. Good candidates for a brow lift procedure generally have the following characteristics:

  • Sagging of the skin and tissue around the eyebrow
  • A face that looks sad, angry, or aged due to excess skin around the eyebrow
  • Deep lines between the eyes.
  • Excessive wrinkles caused by loose or sagging skin
  • Eyes or eyelids darkened by a drooping eyebrow
  • Realistic expectations of what a brow lift can achieve

Many patients chooseinclude other procedures with the brow lift. For example, brow lift procedures are often performed in conjunction with aeyelid lift(or blepharoplasty) in order to maximize the results of each. During your consultation with Dr. Lawton, he will discuss whether a brow lift is the right approach for the result he is seeking. He should be prepared to discuss his general medical history, including any medications he is currently taking and any previous procedures he has had.

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How it works?

Lawton physician chooses the correct brow lift technique based on several factors, including yourforehead height, hairline location, and the required amount of brow lift. The three most common approaches:

endoscopic: In cases where modest changes are desired, the endoscopic approach is usually the ideal technique. The Lawton doctor will make a series of small incisions along the length of the scalp (usually measured in centimeters). Then he will use a small camera called an endoscope to guide the work. This is sometimes called a "closed" brow lift because it is minimally invasive and most of the work is done under the skin.

open brow lift: An endoscopic approach can provide excellent results, but for patients who require more significant work, an open brow lift is often more effective because it allows more access to problem areas. During an open brow lift, an incision is made along the hairline (or, in some cases, along one of the brow creases). The Lawton doctor will then refocus and remove excess skin, tissue, and fat for a more youthful appearance.

limited incision: While a completely open or closed approach is the appropriate course of action for some patients, a compromise is better for others. So-called "limited incision" procedures are perfect for patients who do not need a full open facelift but cannot achieve the desired results with an endoscopic technique. Limited incision procedures essentially combine the two approaches, using an open approach when necessary but a closed technique whenever possible.

Each brow lift incision that Dr. Lawton performs with the open or endoscopic technique will bewell camouflaged.


Getting a brow lift can help.makes you feel like you're getting your face back— the reflection in the mirror will look familiar, receptive, youthful. Your eyes may even look brighter. There are several different brow lift techniques; a consultation with dr. Lawton will help you determine the right option for your desired results. Brow lift surgery is performed at Dr. Lawton in Orange County, in Newport Beach.


Brow lift patients can expect to haveslight discomfort, but is usually easily controlled with oral pain relievers. Depending on the brow lift technique used, numbness and itching of the forehead may occur; this will improve over time. Most of the swelling on the forehead disappears inone week, allowing a return to light work and social activity. Vigorous physical activity such as running, frequent bending, sexual intercourse, or any activity that raises blood pressure is not recommended for three weeks. Each patient has a different recovery schedule – it is based on their overall health, the speed at which their body recovers, and the extent of work done on their brow. That is why each patient receivesindividualized recovery instructionsfrom Dr. Lawton prior to the start of the procedure. It is especially important that patients follow these instructions, as they are designed toprotect your results and maximize comfort. In general, patients can expect their recovery to follow approximately this timeline:

First day— Movement around the house is encouraged. With Dr. Lawton's permission, bathing may be permitted, although all patients should exercise care around incision sites. (This can vary depending on the type of incision made.)

First week— Patients can usually return to work after (or during) the first week of recovery, as long as their jobs are not physically demanding. However, patients who are able to take time off work are often encouraged to do so. Also, makeup can be used to help hide bruises, but types of makeup must be approved by Dr. Lawton.

Second week— Most patients can stop taking pain relievers after the second week, allowing them to return to a range of normal activities (such as driving).

Fourth week— Most brow lift patients show almost complete recovery after four weeks. Under Dr. Lawton's instruction, most should be able to gradually begin to exercise and participate in more vigorous activities. The swelling and bruising should be gone by now.

When recovery is complete, patients can enjoy the feelings of youth, vitality, and confidence that come with the brow lift procedure.

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Should I get a brow lift or facelift?

Many patients are not sure if aface liftor a brow lift is the best option to achieve the desired results. This confusion makes sense, since the names can obscure the purpose of the procedures. A facelift, for example, could be more accurately called a "face lift.” In most cases,a brow lift addresses problems around the forehead, while a face lift fades the signs of aging around the cheeks and jawline. Determining if you need a brow lift or facelift can be as simple as looking in the mirror to determine the location of your lines, wrinkles, and most of your excess skin. Many patients, however, decide to have a brow lift and face lift. The combination is a great way to get a significant transformation, but still look natural.


What is the difference between a brow lift and a forehead lift? ›

The difference lies in the goals of the procedure. A brow lift acts to raise the position of the brow to give a less tired appearance and sometimes improves sagging eyelids. The primary goal of a forehead lift is to smooth the forehead, though eyebrow position may not change dramatically.

How long do forehead lift last? ›

The results of forehead lifts can last over ten years. Forehead lifts can reduce wrinkles, frown lines, forehead lines, and crow's feet. They elevate the brow, improving visual functions and reducing the features that make patients appear older.

Does brow lift reduce forehead size? ›

How a brow lift can make a large forehead appear smaller. During a brow lift, excess skin on the face is trimmed away and the remaining tissue is pulled taut for a smoother, youthful appearance. This can also minimize the appearance of a very high forehead.

What is the best age to get a brow lift? ›

Most people who use a brow lift procedure are between the ages of 40 and 60, which is when most sagging or drooping on the brow is most noticeable.

What is the best type of brow lift? ›

The coronal brow lift is the classic brow lift technique. It is also the gold standard against which results of other brow lifts are compared. It elevates the eyebrows and smoothes the forehead, producing longer lasting results than other techniques.

Is a forehead lift worth it? ›

You can expect an improvement in the brightness of your face, helping you look and feel like we've turned back the clock. For the cost of a single procedure, these are just a few of the physical results: Reduces lines of aging in the forehead and brow areas, softening and relaxing your overall appearance.

What is the downside of brow lift? ›

Like any other type of major surgery, a brow lift poses a risk of bleeding, infection and a reaction to anesthesia.

How painful is a brow lift? ›

Patients typically experience very little pain after a brow lift, but it is common to feel slight discomfort as well as a sensation of tightness throughout the forehead. Swelling and bruising are most common during the first 10 days or so after surgery, and are mostly resolved after about 2 weeks.

Can you move forehead after brow lift? ›

The usual goal of a brow lift is to elevate the brow and relieve some of the heaviness to the upper eyelids while maintaining relatively normal forehead movement. The movement can be decreased in the first few days after surgery because of swelling but is usually back to normal by the end of the first week.

Do they shave your head for a brow lift? ›

The classic forehead lift

Before the operation begins, your hair will be tied with rubber bands on either side of the incision line. Your head will not be shaved, but hair that is growing directly in front of the incision line may need to be trimmed. For most patients, a coronal incision will be used.

How many years does a brow lift last? ›

For surgical brow lifts, you can expect to enjoy the results of your procedure for 10 to 12 years on average. Of course, some patients will enjoy the results of a surgical lift for a longer period of time. Factors such as your age and skincare routine will determine how long your treatment will ultimately last you.

Can a brow lift look natural? ›

The procedure will smooth your brow and raise the skin gently, resulting in a natural-looking and rejuvenated forehead and eye area. After your brow lift procedure, it will take about five days to fully recover and be able to return to all of your usual activities.

Do you still need Botox after a brow lift? ›

It is not unusual to need Botox Cosmetic after brow lift surgery. The need for repeat Botox injection is largely based on what was done during the initial plastic brow surgery. Eyebrow lift surgery not only lifts the brow, cosmetic surgery may also modify the forehead muscles.

Are you put to sleep for a brow lift? ›

The Day of Your Brow Lift

Most of the time, the surgeon will use local anesthesia. But if it makes you more comfortable, you can ask for an anesthesia that will put you to sleep during the operation (general anesthesia).

What is the least invasive forehead lift? ›

An endoscopic forehead lift is a minimally-invasive procedure that results in very little swelling or bruising. Inconspicuous incisions will be made in the scalp and hidden along the hairline. This means very few scars will remain and it will be difficult for even the patient to notice them.

What is the most natural looking eyebrow procedure? ›

"Microblading is meant for someone who prefers a natural brow look and who doesn't wear makeup all the time, as the technique mimics real hair." Microblading uses a pen-like hand tool with a blade made up of needles to etch hair strokes into the skin, says Tran.

Which is better blepharoplasty or brow lift? ›

A blepharoplasty is recommended for patients that specifically want to address sagging, heavy eyelids and a brow lift is recommended for patients with lower or sagging brows. If the drooping of the eyelid goes away when your brows are raised, then a brow lift may be the procedure you are looking for.

How long does a forehead lift procedure take? ›

How long does this surgery take? Endoscopic browlift when done typically takes about 45 minutes. The temporal lift takes about 25 minutes.

How long does it take to recover from a forehead lift? ›

Happily, most of our patients experience very little pain from a brow lift (browplasty) — sometimes also known as a “forehead lift”. The initial recovery period is from 10-14 days depending on your age and/or health factors. Most patients go back to work within 2 weeks of surgery.

What are the pros and cons of a forehead lift? ›

The surgeon makes an incision just below the hairline and removes excess skin and tissue from the top of the forehead (rather than the scalp). Pros: It doesn't pull back the hairline and may even slightly lower it. Cons: There's a higher risk of a visible scar than with more popular techniques.

Is a brow lift major surgery? ›

A brow lift is a common but major surgery that has risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options, such as Botox injections.

How much does eyebrow lift cost? ›

How much does a brow lift cost? The average cost of a brow lift is $3,900, according to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

How do you sleep after a brow lift? ›

If you've had a facelift, brow lift, or rhinoplasty, you should sleep on your back while elevating your head for around two to four weeks. The position prevents strain to your face and can prevent discomfort and swelling. Prop up your head using extra pillows and place extra pillows at your sides as well.

Will a brow lift open my eyes? ›

By subtly lifting heavy or droopy brows, the procedure will “open up” your eyes and entire face, giving you an alert and approachable appearance. If your brows droop severely and hood your eyes, the procedure may even help improve your field of vision.

How long do stitches stay in after a brow lift? ›

Your surgeon will close your incisions with stitches or staples that will either dissolve or need removed after one or two weeks. It's common and normal to have bruising and swelling on your forehead and face.

Where are the stitches for a brow lift? ›

Surgical incisions are placed just above the eyebrow hairs along the outer portion of the brows. The eyebrows are then lifted through these incisions, contoured to the desired shape, and secured into their higher position with sutures.

Does a brow lift help hooded eyes? ›

Brow lift surgery is used to reduce the appearance of a heavy, sagging brow. The procedure can help patients correct hooded eyes, as well as treat deep furrows. An eyelid lift may be recommended to remove bags from beneath the lower eyelids and excess skin from the upper eyelids.

How can I make my forehead skin tighter? ›

In-office procedures
  1. Laser peel. Laser skin resurfacing aims to promote collagen production in the deeper layers of your skin while peeling off your top layer of skin that'll improve the texture and tone. ...
  2. Ultrasound therapy. ...
  3. Microneedling. ...
  4. Botox. ...
  5. Kybella. ...
  6. Facelift surgery.

Is it possible to tighten forehead skin? ›

Tightening the skin on your face no longer requires drastic measures in many cases. Instead, dermatologists say, a series of little tweaks—they may involve firming serums, lasers, and more—can be more effective, not to mention much more natural-looking, than going big.

Why is there a dent in my forehead after brow lift? ›

Depressions on the forehead after brow lift can occur and are usually only temporary. The dent may be caused by early fixation of the soft tissues down to the bone at that spot or excessive swelling around the spot. Digital massage is always helpful in managing healing soft tissues and should be tried.

Can a brow lift fail? ›

Brow lifts by any method can regress. The usual cause of failure is inadequate release of tissues at the orbital rim especially with a subperiosteal dissection as is done with the endoscopic brow lift.

How long does a brow lift take to kick in? ›

How long does a brow lift with anti-wrinkle injections last? The results of your treatment will start to become visible after 2 to 4 days, with the full effect being realised in 10 days. Your treatment results will last from 3 to 4 months. At that point, the muscles will regain their full function.

Which is better Botox or brow lift? ›

While brow lift can achieve more dramatic changes, Botox is preferable for making slighter, more subtle improvements. The timeline for each procedure is also much different. Botox results last about three to four months in this area, whereas brow lift changes are generally visible for a decade.

Does a Botox brow lift make your eyes look bigger? ›

These products temporarily block signals from nerves to muscles. The injected muscles can't contract or have the same influence on your facial features. Targeting your upper face with BOTOX® injections will elevate your brows and give you the illusion of bigger eyes.

Can I drive after a brow lift? ›

You may drive a car when you can comfortably move your head and have no blurring of vision and are not taking pain medication. No bending over, heavy lifting or strenuous exercise should be done for the first two weeks. You may walk to keep in shape, as this will not compromise your healing or final result.

How is a forehead lift performed? ›

Endoscopic incision

Some surgeons prefer to perform a browlift through what is called a "coronal incision" The coronal incision is created from ear to ear across the top of the head within the hair-bearing skin. The forehead skin is then lifted and any muscle adjustment can be made under direct visualization.

Is forehead lift major surgery? ›

A brow lift reduces the signs of aging, including creases and fine lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows. Brow lift surgery can also reposition low or sagging brows that hood the upper eyelid. A brow lift is a common but major surgery that has risks and potential complications.

Does a brow lift move your hairline? ›

Most techniques used for brow lifting (i.e. endoscopic brow lift, coronal browlift) will, by definition, raise the patient's hairline. Because a somewhat high hairline is common in most women, approximately 80% of our patients we plan the procedure so that the hairline will be constant.

What are the negative effects of brow lift? ›

A brow lift can cause temporary or permanent numbness on the forehead or top of the scalp. Asymmetry in the position of the brows. A brow lift can result in uneven brows (asymmetry), with one or both eyebrows appearing too high. However, asymmetry may even out during the healing process.

What is Type 3 forehead surgery? ›

Type 3 Cranioplasty – For reduction of a significant forehead Ridge. This technique requires burring away some of the bone but also making a cut into the bone repositioning it further back to flatten the ridge. The cut segment is then secured in place with thin metal plates and screws.

Can a brow lift fix hooded eyes? ›

Brow lift surgery is used to reduce the appearance of a heavy, sagging brow. The procedure can help patients correct hooded eyes, as well as treat deep furrows. An eyelid lift may be recommended to remove bags from beneath the lower eyelids and excess skin from the upper eyelids.

Is there any negative effects of forehead surgery? ›

In general, this procedure is very safe. As with any surgery, there are still risks. Those risks include numbness, bleeding, scarring, bruising, swelling, discomfort, asymmetry, temporary or permanent hair loss, and infection.


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