Eyebrow Lift (Forehead Lift)

What Is An Eyebrow Lift?

The position and contour of the eyebrow changes with age. Genetics, gravity, loss of skin elasticity, fat deflation, and activity of muscles around the eyebrow effect eyebrow position and contour. The position and contour of the eyebrows are important in facial appearance and expressions. A low eyebrow may relate “anger” and an unusually high eyebrow may send a signal of being surprised. Hence, a forehead or brow lift needs to achieve a more natural youthful eyebrow and eye appearance. It can also help address excess or wrinkled forehead skin and furrows.

Brow lifting is often combined with eyelid surgery and other cosmetic facial procedures in Los Angeles. It can be combined with upper blepharoplasty to address heavy “droopy” upper eyelids. Dr. Taban in Los Angeles has authored a textbook chapter entitled “Brow Lift”, discussing various brow lifting techniques where you can learn how to reduce droopy eyebrows and other anti-aging procedures.

There are several types of eyebrow and forehead lifts. The type you and your surgeon choose will depend on your current eyebrow position and contour, hairline and facial structure, and your overall goals. Here is a list of various eyebrow lifting techniques:

Read more about eyebrow lifts surgery in Los Angeles from WebMD.com.

Endoscopic Forehead Lift

The Endoscopic Eyebrow/ Forehead Lift is a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedure that uses 3 to 5 small hidden incisions behind the hairline, leaving no visible scars with quicker recovery. Specialized instruments, including a small camera, are used. The entire upper face (forehead) can be lifted and/or contoured and forehead lines softened. It can also raise the hairline.

The Pretrichial Eyebrow/ Forehead

The Pretrichial Eyebrow/ Forehead Lift requires an incision along the hairline, usually along both temples since usually only the outer half of each eyebrow needs to be lifted. This procedure is ideal for patients who want to both lift the eyebrows and raise and shorten the forehead (i.e. it lowers the hairline in those with a high forehead). The scar from the incision, once healed, is virtually undetectable.

Read Article Published by Los Angeles' Dr. Taban about Brow Lifts without Local Anesthesia

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Beverly Hills Eyebrow Lift Procedure

Direct Brow Lift

The Direct Brow Lift requires removing a section of skin and underlying tissue above and following the length of the eyebrows. This procedure is ideal for those who do not want to involve the hairline but is usually reserved for functional brow lifting where the brow droopiness is severe (such as facial paralysis with paralytic brow ptosis). Care is taken to position the scar just along the eyebrows so that it is maximally camouflaged. However, this procedure is usually chosen by patients who do not care about having a scar and it can be insurance covered if some criteria are met.

Brow Pexy

Brow Pexy is performed through the same upper eyelid incision as in upper blepharoplasty. It is ideal for those patients in Los Angeles who are also undergoing upper blepharoplasty and have mild eyebrow ptosis, not requiring the raising of the brow; rather they need support to prevent its descent over time. It also does not address the forehead.
What type of anesthesia is used?

Eyebrow or forehead lift can be performed under local anesthesia, with or without intravenous sedation, depending on the procedure.

Recuperation and Healing

  • All sutures are usually removed within 7-14 days.
  • Initial discomfort is usually mild and controlled with oral medication.
  • Bruising and swelling usually disappear within in 7-10 days.
  • Shower can be taken within two days.

Before & After Eyebrow Lift Photos

Los Angeles Petrichial Brow Lift
Before (left) and 3 months after (right) bilateral upper eyelid ptosis repair, upper blepharoplasty, and lateral pretrichial brow lift.

Santa Barbara Sagging Eyebrows Treatment
Before (left) and 2 months after (right) upper and lower blepharoplasty and lateral brow lift.

Los Angeles Plastic Eye Surgeon
Before (left) and 2 months after (right photo) mid-forehead brow lift and upper blepharoplasty.

Beverly Hills Eyelid Surgery Expert
Before (left) and three months after (right) pretrichial brow lift and upper blepharoplasty

blepharoplasty surgeon specialist los angeles
Before (left) and 2-months after (right) endoscopic forehead lift and eyelid ptosis surgery.

Eye Plastic Surgery Expert Santa Barbara
Before (left) and 3-months after (right) pretrichial brow lift, quad-blepharoplasty and ptosis surgery.


68 year old female, with saggy upper eyelids and brows, underwent cosmetic upper blepharoplasty and lateral pretrichial brow lift. Before and 3 months after eyelid surgery photos are shown. Note her forehead wrinkles improved too since she doesn’t need to lift her forehead as much.

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Contact the LA Oculoplastic Experts

Learn more about how to remove forehead wrinkles from Dr. Taban a cosmetic eyelid surgeon, and the authority on Los Angeles oculoplasty surgery, can be contacted via our online support form or via telephone line at: (310) 499-2565.

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*Disclaimer: Results vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.

Dr. Taban is a perfectionist committed to excellence. … Dr. Taban is the only clinician who “got it right”. … He corrected my one sagging brow, did fat injections, and did upper and lower eye lids. I am thrilled with the result! Honestly, these procedures have turned back the hands of time at least 10-15 years! The look is so natural, and I feel happy beyond words!

Christine Kelley

Christine Kelley November 2, 2016

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