Have you had the depressing experience of friends remarking you look tired, angry or sad when you're actually feeling none of those things? If you're unhappy with the look your forehead and eyebrow area, you're certainly in good company. Like many other men and women, you may want to consider a forehead lift (or brow lift) from San Francisco facial plastic surgeon Dr. David Mabrie.
Normal aging processes cause our facial skin to loosen and sag. The skin on our foreheads and around our eyebrows is, unfortunately, no exception. The southward migration pushes the eyebrow skin down and into the eyelids. The overall effect, while it takes place gradually, is to change the look of your eyes and upper face. No matter how positive and energetic you feel, your appearance may be indicating otherwise.
Considering a Brow Lift?
Specializing in facial plastic surgery, Dr. David Mabrie can take years off your face with a brow lift. He works with men and women from throughout the Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Pinole. Request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513 today.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If the skin on the upper part of your face has sagged, but you're in overall good health and you have realistic expectations for the outcome of a forehead lift, you're probably a good candidate. You should know that a forehead lift won't change the basic look of your face. It will, however, have you looking refreshed, relaxed and years younger.
The Surgeon For You
Dr. David Mabrie offers:
- Double board certification
- Excellent training & experience
- Specialization in the face and neck
- A trainer's skill in injectable filler techniques
How Will I Look?
When you choose Dr. Mabrie for your browlift in San Francisco, you can be assured that your results will be completely natural. You don't have to worry about your skin looking too tightly pulled, your hairline ending up too high on your head or your eyebrows looking strange. You won't end up with an artificial, "startled" appearance. With his focused training and experience, Dr. Mabrie knows how to create a smooth, youthful forehead for you that leaves you looking like yourself, only better.
How Is Brow Lift Surgery Performed?
There are several different approaches Dr. Mabrie uses for his San Francisco brow lift procedures. Learn more about brow lift options on our Types of Brow Lift page.
Generally speaking, an incision is made in the scalp or on the forehead, excess skin is removed, the muscles underneath the forehead skin are cut or weakened and the brow is elevated and secured in a more aesthetically pleasing position. The incision may be hidden in the scalp, hairline, or in natural skin folds on the forehead. With an endoscopic brow lift, minimal skin is excised. Instead the brow is repositioned through small incisions hidden in the scalp.
Your surgery will be performed in an accredited hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia. Depending on its complexity, the procedure will take an hour and a half or more.
If you're not ready for surgery, BOTOX® Cosmetic in San Francisco is a very effective treatment for forehead wrinkles. If you'd like a non-surgical procedure that offers temporary results, BOTOX may be an option to explore.
Want to Brighten Your Eyes?
Many of our patients are considering a brow lift because they feel their eyebrows or upper eyelids look too heavy. In many cases, combining an upper blepharoplasty procedure with a brow lift will create a more comprehensive upper face rejuvenation, taking years off your appearance.
How Much Pain Is Involved?
You'll be happy to know that not only will you experience no pain at all during surgery, while you're under general anesthesia, you'll also experience minimal discomfort following your procedure. Most people can control any residual pain they have with over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen.
How do I Prepare for Surgery?
To get ready for your procedure, make sure your home is ready to welcome you back. Have food in the kitchen and pain relievers in the medicine cabinet so you can stay home and rest for a few days. You'll need to find a friend or loved one to pick you up after surgery, since general anesthesia can have you feeling woozy for several hours or even a few days and Dr. Mabrie will caution you against driving too soon. You'll also be asked to arrange for someone to stay with you the night following surgery.
Brow Lift Recovery
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What Is the Recovery Like?
When your surgery is complete, you will have a soft wrap around your head to wear for two to four days. Dr. Mabrie will remove your sutures or surgical staples during the week following surgery. You can expect to experience some swelling and bruising, and you'll be advised to keep your head elevated to minimize this. Although the swelling and bruising won't disappear entirely for a few weeks, you can be "restaurant ready" with the help of makeup in several days.
Generally speaking, facial surgery patients recover much more quickly than those who have surgery elsewhere on the body. You should be able to resume exercising in two to three weeks. You may experience some hair loss near a scar within your hairline, but if this happens it's easy for most patients to conceal.