brow lift surgery

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.

A brow 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 maximal rejuvenation in this area.

The Brow Lift Procedure


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

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

What to Expect

All procedures are done in a balanced and natural esthetic.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Before & After

Stunning, natural results from patients.

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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.

    Facial Procedures

    All procedures are done in a balanced and natural esthetic.

    A lower face and neck lift restores youthfulness through careful repositioning of your natural facial volume. Excess skin is 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.

    Eyebrow lifts reposition the eyebrows to the ideal location, refreshing the upper eye region. Brow lift surgery is often combined with upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, to achieve a maximal rejuvenation in this area.

    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.

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    All procedures are done in a balanced and natural esthetic.