Age and gravity tend to diminish the skin’s elasticity and cause the skin of the forehead to wrinkle and droop. This results in a change in the shape and angle of the eyebrows, which can make people look angry or tired. After forehead lift surgery from Dr. Douglas Hendricks, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, the forehead lines are lessened and the appearance of the eyes and upper third of the face is much softer. This surgery allows patients to have a more youthful appearance and look well rested. Patients in the Orange County and Los Angeles area should schedule a personal forehead lift consultation with Dr. Hendricks at Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center for more information.
There are several techniques that can be considered during a brow lift procedure. Some of the approaches are interchangeable with a forehead lift, but may be used to achieve different objectives.
Also known as a direct brow lift, this approach places the incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Depending on the structure of the brow, an incision can also be made at the brow hairline to complete this process. Weak and sagging skin and tissue will be lifted and reattached to the brow bone. This approach does not affect the forehead and works to treat a sagging eyebrow and eyelid.
Endoscopic Brow Lift@headingTag>
This approach provides a subtle change in the position of the eyebrows. It uses several small (1-inch or smaller) incisions near the hairline of the forehead where an endoscope (specialized camera) is placed, and surgical tools are used to elevate the eyebrows. The stitches are located inside the incision to help minimize scarring. While this technique is a common approach, sometimes the results can be unpredictable.
Coronal Brow Lift@headingTag>
This approach places the incision lines several inches above the hairline of the head. These incisions are typically long, yet still hidden by the patient’s hair. This technique repositions the eyebrows by pulling them up to offer an alert and revitalized appearance. Sometimes hair will need to be removed during the incision closure process where the skin is reattached. This particular approach does offer dramatic results and in most cases actually repositions the hairline higher
“Dear Doug, Thank you for your kind letter. It has been my honor to work with you over the years. I hope we can remain friends as time goes on. Thank you for your expert care of my girls Kim + Kelly. We all wish you the very best! Dave Killeen”– J.D. / Office Visit / Jul 09, 2000
“The only dr I trust with my face. Is dr Hendricks. I went in today for Botox. End up looking 10 yrs younger how he just simply told me the truth about a small change I needed to make. And I listen hv. I trust his honesty. He is amazing”– P.L. / Yelp / Oct 10, 2016
“Dr Hendrix did an exceptional job. He did a breast augmentation and liposuction on thighs, belly, butt and filling in butt indents. I loved the whole experience and the results I couldn't be more happy with!! He cares about what he does and you can see without a single doubt it's his passion. He is so knowledgeable and his skills are AMAZING!! I would not even consider going to a different surgeon. I hope he will never retire!”– L.L. / Yelp / Oct 05, 2016
“Dr Hendricks experience and knowledge was above any other surgeon I considered. Learning he is one of very few surgeons and not just a certified cosmetic Dr was inportant but then his thouroghness was above and beyond what I expected. He explains everything to where you feel comfortable. After surgery he was easiy to reach and respnded so quickly that if I had an u nexpected question he responded right away. His follow up appointments were included in initial fees as well as ultrasound treatment to help the sensativity and decrease the swollen tissue. I immediatly saw results after the procedure but each week I am shocked how natural and good my mid section is looking. He has by far has exceeded my expecations and his passion and focus on post surgery is so not like any other Dr I met with. I am so happy I went with Dr Hendricks.”– S. / Wellness / Sep 21, 2016
“His experience and knowledge was above any other surgeon I considered. Learning he is one of very few surgeons and not just a certified cosmetic Dr was inportant but then his thouroghness was above and beyond what I expected. He explains everything to where you feel comfortable. After surgery he was easiy to reach and respnded so quickly that if I had an u nexpected question he responded right away. His follow up appointments were included in initial fees as well as ultrasound treatment”– Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 21, 2016
All brow lifts are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically takes around 2 hours to complete depending on the approach. Patients can generally return to work and resume normal activities within a few days following surgery. Patients may feel that their new facial structure is not as symmetrical as it should be, nor how they anticipated. This is a common anxiety. Facial features will settle and take on a natural look within a few weeks. It may take several months for the optimal surgical results to take effect.
Brow Lift FAQs@headingTag>
Brow Lift or Facelift?@headingTag>
This will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation. Many times, the effects of aging take place in the forehead region alone. If wrinkles, loose skin and sagging eyebrows exist on the forehead, then a brow lift or forehead lift may be sufficient. For drooping jowls and wrinkles along the lower area of the face, then another procedure such as a full facelift may be worth consideration. Sometimes these procedures can be combined for maximum results.
Will I Look Fake?@headingTag>
While a brow lift produces results that allow patients to appear more awake and alert, the results are often subtle. An experienced surgeon will work within the confines of a patient’s facial structure and skin tone to create natural results that avoid a wide-eyed or hyper-alert appearance.
Can I Just use BOTOX?@headingTag>
No, not necessarily. BOTOX is a great non-surgical option that can improve the wrinkles and fine lines of the forehead. However, it will not lift the forehead and improve sagging and drooping features if they exist. Patients who are contemplating surgery may want to try BOTOX first and see if the results satisfy their aesthetic goals. If BOTOX proves ineffective, then a brow lift will probably help in this area.
The incisions made during a brow lift procedure are usually well-concealed once they heal. Whether they are placed in the hairline or brow line, every effort is made to keep the incisions along natural folds and hairlines so they are not visible after surgery.
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