Brow/Forehead Lift


What is Brow Lift Surgery?


A brow lift, also commonly called a forehead lift, rejuvenates the face above the eyes to restore a more refreshed appearance that better reflects a patient’s natural vibrance. By removing excess sagging, skin on the forehead and repositioning the underlying muscles and tissues, a brow lift can correct a heavy, sagging brow, eliminate deep furrows, and restore a smoother, more youthful contour to the upper one-third of the face.


Why Have a Brow Lift?


The problem with an aging forehead is the effect it has on our facial expressions—a sagging, heavily furrowed brow can cause us to look constantly tired, worried or even angry. Some of us are also genetically inclined to have a heavier, thicker brow, making us look as though we are wearing a frown even when we are feeling our best. A brow lift directly addresses these issues, helping patients enjoy a more naturally refreshed appearance as well as other positive changes:


  • Others may find you more approachable, as they no longer mistakenly perceive you as angry or concerned

  • Your eyes will appear brighter and more naturally alert

  • Self-confidence can improve as you are no longer worried about looking “worried”

 

  • A brow lift raises drooping eyebrows, smoothes deep furrows & rejuvenates the eyes.

  • Many procedures can be performed endoscopically, greatly reducing incision size and minimizing recovery time.

  • Incisions are hidden behind the hairline, so scarring is virtually undetectable.

  • Patients typically return to work about 1 week after surgery.



A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift or forehead rejuvenation, is a cosmetic procedure that addresses the effects of aging on the face - raising droopy eyebrows, smoothing out facial furrows, and giving your eyes and forehead a youthful appearance by raising the soft tissue and skin of the forehead and brow.


This procedure can be done alone or with other facial procedures, such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or a facelift.



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Aging generally causes the brows to droop because the skin and soft tissue lose their elasticity. The distance between the eyebrows and eyelashes also shortens.


The lower position of the eyebrows can give you an angry, tired, or even sad appearance. A brow lift can raise the eyebrows and give you a more rejuvenated and refreshed look. You may want to consider a brow lift if you have a low or sagging brow that's contributing to sagging upper eyelids.


Dr. Toriumi will consult with you about the results you can reasonably expect from the surgery. He may suggest that you can achieve the best results by combining a brow lift with other procedures like a facelift or neck lift to further enhance your appearance.


Procedure


For the brow lift, Dr. Toriumi will use one of two common brow lift methods. The conventional incision method requires making a few very small inconspicuous incisions within the hairline, across the top of the scalp, or just above the brow. Another option involves using an endoscope, requiring a smaller incision. This second option leaves even smaller, more indistinguishable incision scars.

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How does a Dr. Toriumi determine if I am a good candidate for surgery?  

If you are in good health, typically you are a good candidate for plastic surgery. Of course, Dr. Dean Toriumi will give you a thorough health evaluation to ensure you are fit to undergo surgery. During your consultation, it’s important that you honestly go over your medical history. Dr. Toriumi also wants you to communicate your expectations, plastic surgery goals, and concerns. He will go over what you can realistically expect and how you can best prepare for surgery. 

What is the difference between facial plastic surgeons performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Dr. Toriumi, performs a variety of procedures for a variety of reasons. Cosmetic surgery reshapes normal structures of the body to improve appearance and confidence. It’s usually not covered by insurance because it is elective. Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is performed because the natural structures of the body are negatively affected by defects, disease, infection, or other reasons. Reconstructive surgery is usually covered by insurance, though the level of your coverage may vary based on your policy. Dr. Toriumi treats both kinds of patients, but the result is always the same: they love the way they look. Toriumi Facial Plastics can help you love the way you look, too. Call now for a consultation and to start on the road to confidence and self-esteem today. 

What is the recovery from facial plastic surgery like?

As with all medical procedures, your recovery from surgery depends on your body and how closely you follow the Dr. Toriumi's instructions. As far as pain is concerned, each patient will handle and tolerate the pain in different ways. But you don’t have to worry about pain levels becoming unbearable. Dr. Toriumi will prescribe the appropriate types and quantities of pain medication so that you can recover both safely and comfortably. Most of our patients report minimal discomfort in the post-op period. 

 

Why should I trust Dr. Toriumi to be my facial plastic surgeon? 

You won’t find a more qualified or respected plastic surgeon. Dr. Toriumi has more than three decades of experience in facial plastic surgery, is board-certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has co-authored more than 125 peer-reviewed papers and books during his career as a facial plastic surgeon. On paper, he is the absolute best plastic surgeon you can get. But Dr. Toriumi and his team go above and beyond what’s expected of them as far as bedside manner and patient care are concerned. They know that your face is the most personal part of who you are. When people think of you, they think of what your face looks like. Your face is a huge part of your identity as an individual. For that reason, Dr. Toriumi takes the utmost care to listen to your needs, wants, and concerns. He listens to what you love—and what you don’t love—about yourself, and then he provides solutions that help you love every part of your face. His world-renowned surgical techniques combined with his unmatched patient care and compassion make him your top choice for facial plastic surgeons. If you’re ready for a change and want the best surgeon in the industry, call now.   

 

Is facial plastic surgery safe? 

Like any medical procedure, there are risks associated with facial plastic surgery. To reduce your risks, Toriumi Facial Plastics employs highly professional medical staff to give you the best possible outcome. The best way you can prepare for a safe and successful surgery is to follow Dr. Toriumi's instructions. Follow all pre- and post-operative guidelines and be totally transparent about your medical history, physical and emotional well-being, and anything else you think might affect your surgery or your results. One of the ways you can work toward a safe procedure is to take every precaution to prepare your body for surgery and then take care of your body afterward.

 

What are my payment options with Dr. Toriumi?

Plastic surgery is an investment, and in some cases, your insurance won’t cover it. Here at Toriumi Facial Plastics, we know how your life can be completely changed when you love yourself. For that reason, we do our very best to make sure all of our patients knows their options and what to expect financially when they come to us for care. Our friendly staff will walk you through the payment process so nothing will take you by surprise. Please give our offices a call and we can walk you through your options.

 

How can my facial plastic surgeon help me minimize swelling and bruising? 

Because facial plastic surgery is just that—surgery—you can expect your body to bruise and swell as it heals. However, there are steps you can take to ensure the healing process is as smooth as possible. Before surgery, you’ll have consultations with your plastic surgeon where he will tell you the best ways to care for your body up to the surgery date. How you prepare your body will greatly affect your recovery, including bruising and swelling. After surgery, you’ll receive more post-op instructions. The most common mistake patients make in the recovery process is rushing along their healing, often because of unreasonable expectations. Your body has just undergone a major operation. It needs time to rest and heal. If you don’t give yourself time, you will increase bruising and swelling and put yourself at risk for hurting yourself even further. 

What does post-operative care look like with Dr. Toriumi? 

Every patient is different, as is post-op care and the healing process. For most of our procedures and patients, you undergo an outpatient procedure and are home the same day. While with us, you will be cared for by a team of expert and compassionate staff. If you are able to go home and have someone there to care for you, Dr. Toriumi will send detailed instructions on how to clean the procedure site and what you need to do to heal best according to your specific situation.