Brow Lift Surgery

Brow lift surgery encompasses the following procedures.

  • Endoscopic “minimal incision” brow lift.
  • Traditional brow lift.

The aesthetics of the eyebrow and periorbital region are the key to maintaining a rejuvenated, youthful and approachable appearance. The ideal brow position begins centrally at the supraorbital rim (the bony ridge at the top of the eye) and ends in a slightly higher position laterally in women or at the same level in men. Aging precipitates a gradual decent of the resting eyebrow position, forcing the muscles of the forehead to work hard to keep the eyebrows elevated. This is the reason for the wrinkles that form across your forehead.

An eyebrow lift repositions the eyebrows to the ideal location, refreshing the upper eye region. My patients who have undergone the procedure often comment that their friends say they look younger and more awake. Brow lift surgery is often combined with upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, to achieve a maximal rejuvenation in this area.

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About The Brow Lift Procedure

All face procedures are done in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic.

Endoscopic “minimal incision” Brow Lift
This procedure uses specially designed instruments and small incisions hidden behind the hairline to elevate the forehead and eyebrows. Bothersome forehead creases are smoothed in the process.

Traditional Brow Lift
Patients with large foreheads or receded hairlines are good candidates for the traditional brow lift procedure. The incisions are inconspicuously placed at the front edge of the hairline; shortening the forehead (lowering the hairline) while simultaneously raising the eyebrows.

A direct brow lift may benefit men who lack a robust hairline. This utilizes incisions placed discretely in the top edge of the eyebrows to achieve symmetric elevation.

What Should I Expect?

The consultation focuses on creating a personalized treatment plan that addresses your goals and fulfills your expectations. With the knowledge that each individual is unique, non-surgical as well as surgical options will be discussed. You will leave with a thorough understanding of brow mechanics and how they contribute to rejuvenation of the upper third of the face. My goal is for you to have full confidence in your decision to make the change you have always imagined.

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Surgery is performed at an accredited surgery center in Newport Beach, California. Under the care of a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, general anesthesia (fully asleep) is used to ensure maximal comfort and safety.

The incisions for the endoscopic, “minimal incision,” brow lift are placed behind the hairline and are imperceptible following healing. The incisions for the traditional brow lift procedure are hidden in the front part of the hairline. This has the benefit of allowing the forehead to be shortened and the hairline lowered. In men who do not have a hairline, the brows can be lifted directly using an incision hidden in the top edge of the eyebrows.

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Patients are discharged home the same day and generally experience very minimal discomfort, often returning to work in the days following surgery. The sutures are removed painlessly in the office and the scars blend within the natural contours of the hair.

The results are intended to be long lasting provided patients maintain a healthy lifestyle and adhere to a comprehensive skin care regimen.

Donald Mowlds, MD

Donald S. Mowlds, MD, MBA

The muscles of the forehead suspend and elevate the eyebrows. Since Botox® (or comparable neurotoxin) decreases muscle function, injecting above the eyebrows will actually lower the level of the eyebrows. Similarly, injecting neurotoxin into the muscles below the eyebrows will decrease the downward pull and achieve elevation. This effect is only reliably produced in the lateral brow with injection into the “crow’s feet” area. Non-surgical elevation of the central brow remains a challenge and requires surgery to achieve a reliable and lasting result. Elevating the central brow also has the effect of slimming the top of the nose, imparting a youthful appearance to the eyes. Try it!

Energy-based devices deliver heat to the skin and its underlying components, stimulating collagen remodeling and tightening. While these do produce a temporary and subtle improvement in perceived skin tightness and resulting “lift,” the result is often underwhelming. Patient’s intuitively understand this notion. These devices are a useful adjunct to a surgical brow lift, however not a replacement.

Request a Brow Lift Consultation

Receive an in-depth consultation where we will thoroughly review your goals to personalize a plan focused on a natural and aesthetic result. Dr. Donald S. Mowlds, MD is located in beautiful Newport Beach, CA but is also available via a virtual consultation for out-of-town patients.

All Procedures & Surgery Services

It is important for me to understand each patient’s motivation to undergo plastic surgery and take the time to listen to his or her goals and objectives. I take pride in working to meet your expectations for improvement and blending them with your existing features, which I believe distinguishes me from other plastic surgeons. View all services and procedures.

Other Face Procedures

A lower face and neck lift imparts youthfulness through careful repositioning of your skin and natural facial volume. Excess skin and fat are removed in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic that avoids an overdone appearance.

Liposculpture uses various liposuction techniques to address the excess fat tissue of the neck, jowls and chin to provide an enhanced contour. The targeted approach that liposuction affords is unparalleled and results in customized contouring of the neck and jaw. Mild skin laxity is also improved during the healing process following liposuction.

A surgical as well as non-surgical rhinoplasty "nose job" should be performed in harmony with the patient’s existing facial contours and ethnicity, creating the most natural result. We will devise a comprehensive plan that balances the objectives with your natural facial features in order to achieve a beautiful, long-lasting result.

The chin is the centerpiece of the lower face and as such conveys excess or deficiency in this area. A chin augmentation utilizes a small silicone implant placed through a discrete incision to create a more balanced profile and structure to the jaw and lower face.

Excess skin and fat naturally accumulate in the eyelid as we age. Commonly referred to as bagginess, patients are uniformly displeased with the aged and fatigued look that this extra tissue conveys.

Ear rejuvenation aims to restore a natural, symmetric and aesthetic appearance to the ears. Abnormally shaped ears can be inherited at birth and cause distress throughout the adolescent years and beyond.

All Procedures

Popular patient requests include restoring volume loss from the face and aging around the eyes which through a midface lift, will reposition your existing facial soft tissue onto the cheekbones to restore vitality. A lower face and neck lift will impart youthfulness through careful repositioning of your skin and natural facial volume. Vertical bands, loose skin and fullness beneath the chin will also be addressed during a neck lift to reveal and highlight your underlying structure.

Breast surgery is a core component of my practice and one of my true passions. I have spent years researching breast cancer, reconstruction and aesthetics in order to offer my patients the most innovative products and surgical techniques.

Areas of excess fat that persist despite diet and exercise can be frustrating. The intrinsic blueprint for fat deposition and retention varies widely between individuals. Body contouring is more art than science that requires blending several procedures and techniques in order to achieve a dramatic and resilient result. Lax skin and excess fat are addressed and muscles are tightened, restoring a youthful and natural appearance to the body.

Skin health is a science that treats the skin components at a cellular level to achieve flawless complexion and texture. A customized skin-care regimen can aggressively treat pigmentation and textural abnormalities as well as optimize the skin to tolerate more aggressive procedures such as lasers and peels. This combined approach leads to an unprecedented lasting renewal of the skin.

Facial rejuvenation and enhancement can also be addressed non-surgically in the office setting using a wide variety of injectable products and non-invasive devices such as Botox®, fillers, laser, Renuva® and more.

Male aesthetics has become increasingly popular as men recognize the availability of procedures that can transform areas of the body left unchanged by diet and exercise. From subtle facial rejuvenation to body sculpting procedures, many surgical and non-surgical procedures can be tailored to the male physique.

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