Dr. Liu has helped thousands of individuals achieve their cosmetic goals and discover renewed confidence.
A brow lift (also known as a forehead lift) is meant to improve signs of aging by reducing the wrinkle lines that develop horizontally across the forehead and reshape eyebrows that can create a hood over your upper eyelids.
As you age, lines and wrinkles naturally form on the forehead due to constant muscle movement, making you look older than you would like. Sometimes, these horizontal lines and low eyebrows can cause us to look angry, stressed, or even unpleasant and unapproachable.
A brow lift will help you achieve a fresh-faced, smooth, youthful appearance. By eliminating the wrinkles or deep grooves on your forehead and repositioning the brow line, you can take years off your appearance.
Surgery should be scheduled for a time when you can relax for at least 1-2 weeks. It is important to avoid any strenuous activity, heavy lifting, or bending down during this time to avoid complications and to promote the best healing.
A headwrap or bandages may need to be worn for the first few days after surgery. It is also important to avoid taking any blood thinning medications for at least two weeks prior to surgery. If you are on a blood thinning medication due to a specific medical condition, you will need to discuss this with oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Wenjing Liu and your primary care physician prior to stopping any medication. Dr. Liu’s staff will review a list of common medications, supplements and vitamins that can cause your blood to be thinner.
Please note that Dr. Liu expects to see patients back in the office a few days after a procedure to ensure that the healing process is going as expected and that you are on track for a good result. Do not plan any travel immediately after your procedure.
Selecting the right cosmetic surgeon is a choice that you live with for years, if not your entire life. A successful procedure will make you feel more like yourself and give you greater confidence for years to come. On the other hand, selecting the wrong surgeon increases your chances of having poor results, which can lead to additional costs, time, and heartache.
When choosing your surgeon, there are a few key points to keep in mind:
Depending on the type of brow lift, local anesthesia may be used and the procedure performed in Dr. Liu’s procedure room or IV (intravenous) sedation may be used at an off-site surgery center. In certain more involved cases, general anesthesia may be used.
It is difficult to provide pricing before a patient has had a consultation with Dr. Liu. The cost of a procedure can vary depending on what a patient needs and what the surgery will entail. More importantly, many patients come to Dr. Liu believing that they need a certain procedure, only to find out during the consultation that a different procedure will provide a better outcome. Dr. Liu believes that patients should be able to speak with their physician before experiencing any out of pocket expense, which is why consultations with Dr. Liu are complimentary.
For a non-surgical brow lift, botulinum toxin injections can be used to mildly raise the eyebrows and to address eyebrow asymmetry. These injections can also be used to reduce wrinkles between the eyebrows and above the eyebrows on the forehead. The results from botulinum toxin injections are temporary and repeat treatment is needed every 3 months on average.
To selectively treat the outer part of the brow, a lateral brow lift can be performed. An incision is made either right in front of or behind the hairline on the sides of the forehead. The underlying tissues are then released and repositioned to the desired height. Any extra skin is removed and sutures are placed by the hairline where the scar will be more hidden.
To lift the entire length of the eyebrow, a direct brow lift or an endoscopic brow lift can be performed. The direct brow lift works well in people with forehead lines that can hide the scar once the skin above the eyebrow is shortened. With the endoscopic brow lift, several small incisions are made behind the hairline and a fiber optic camera is used to visualize the tissues during the surgery. Once the tissues are released and repositioned, suture material is used to fixate the forehead and eyebrows into the new position.
The specific techniques that Dr. Liu uses will be selected based on your needs. Because Dr. Liu has such specialized training, she has access to a number of techniques and will tailor these techniques to get the best outcome for you.
A brow lift typically takes about 1 – 2 hours from start to finish.
The brow lift incision will depend on the technique that Dr. Liu uses (see “How does Dr. Liu perform her brow lift” above). The incisions are placed so that the scars will be well concealed, frequently within or at the hairline, or within a deep forehead crease.
A brow lift is generally a very safe procedure. When considering any surgery, it is important to inform your surgeon of any abnormalities of your general medical health.
It is important to remember that while all surgery carries some risks, even when performed by the most highly trained surgeon and at the best facilities. Below are some of the more common risks associated with a brow lift:
The likelihood of serious complications arising from the procedure is typically influenced by both the surgeon’s skill as well as the patient’s individual response to the brow lift. Certain severe risks or complications can be avoided by cooperating fully and completely following your surgeon’s instructions. With patience, a willingness to cooperate, and a qualified surgeon, the complications of a brow lift and any associated risks can be dramatically reduced.
Please refer to the resources here for detailed pre- and post-operative instructions.
What Dr. Liu’s patients say
“I had eyelid surgery combined with a brow lift. The difference this has made in my life is incredible! I can now put on eye makeup with confidence! . Dr. Liu and her staff are true professionals and I would never consider going elsewhere. They answer questions and concerns I have and I never feel rushed.”
“I don’t know that it’s changed my life, but it sure has made me feel happier about myself. My eyes were so sad and old-looking, and there was so much loose skin that it was hard to apply eye shadow. . I love that they schedule appointments so that you are not left sitting in the waiting room for too long. Dr. Liu has worked on me before, and I went in thinking I needed upper eyes done, but she showed me that it was actually the sagging forehead and brow that was causing me to have a tired and unhappy look. She thought I could just get the brow lift done and would be happy with that procedure alone, but I went ahead and got eyelids done, too since they would probably need it soon anyway.Everyone at the office was helpful, happy, and always available to answer any questions I had. Everyone I dealt with was upbeat and made me feel welcome and very comfortable. Dr. Liu is a real magician with her scalpel, yet has a very kind, unassuming demeanor. I have total confidence in Dr. Liu, and will continue to have her do all of my facial work!”
Written onAugust 24, 2019
Dr. Liu is a master micro-surgeon. It’s been two months since my operation and no one has suspected I had plastic surgery. I look ten years younger, my husband is thrilled and so am I. A dear friend of mine jut told me I look just as beautiful as I did when we first met over 40 years ago. I couldn’t be happier with the results and worth every penny and the few weeks of discomfort. So glad I chose Dr. Liu.