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A brow lift addresses creases and lines on the brow, lifting the tissues from within. When performed endoscopically, this procedure can create refreshed, younger look, raising sagging brows and creating a more open, youthful look to your eyes, and entire upper face.

What can a brow lift do for my appearance?

As we age, gravity has an effect on the face, just as it does on the body. It can even cause the eyebrows to drop lower on the forehead, creating a tired, angry appearance. Fortunately, a forehead lift (also called a brow lift) can correct many signs of aging in the areas of the forehead and eyebrows.

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What a brow lift can do for you

Sometimes, the brows lose their natural arch or become uneven. Horizontal creases might develop on the forehead, as well as frown lines (“11” lines) between the brows.

Sagging eyebrows or low-set eyebrows can cause us to look tired or even make us look angry or mean. Sagging of the lateral portion of the upper eyelids can also occur. Most often, this happens more on one side of the face than the other, and these natural asymmetries can become more obvious as we age.

All of these issues can be addressed during a forehead/brow lift, although in some cases we may also recommend dermal fillers to fully correct any issues with asymmetry.

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Combination procedures: Brow lift, eyelid surgery, and facelift

Note that this surgery does not correct loose, overhanging eyelids. For that condition, some patients combine a forehead lift with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) that tightens the upper eyelids and can also remove puffy bags under the eyes. Some patients also have a facelift in order to make the lower portion of the face look rejuvenated as well.

What is the procedure?

In most cases, our double board-certified facial plastic surgeons perform state-of-the-art, minimally invasive endoscopic forehead lifts. This technique may not be sufficient for all patients, however, in which case we will employ one of several different methods. No two people are the same, and we must evaluate what will work best for you.

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What is an endoscopic brow lift?

An endoscopic brow lift only requires four small incisions, which are hidden behind the hairline. An endoscope with a tiny camera is inserted into each incision, which allows our surgeons to see as they tighten the muscles and skin to lift the eyebrows and smooth the forehead. Deep frown lines sometimes require removal of a portion of the muscle that causes the lines to remain even when the face is relaxed.

Correcting drooping brows for a youthful look

If the eyebrows droop significantly or have lost their natural arch, incisions might be made immediately above the eyebrows where the hair will cover the scars. Our double board-certified facial plastic surgeons will help you determine which technique is best for you during your pre-operative consultation.

Brow lift recovery timeline

  • A few hours after your surgery, you can go home under someone’s care and have a small dressing around your head. You will not be able to drive right away.
  • There will be some bruising, swelling, and mild pain for at least one to two weeks. You can take pain medication, and we recommend sleeping upright for a few nights to keep swelling to a minimum.
  • Most people take about ten days off from work after a forehead lift, and sports/exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks. You can wear makeup in about ten days.
  • Results can be seen right away, but your eyebrows might settle a bit lower within a few months.
  • Your sutures will be removed one week after your surgery. We will also see you for post-operative examinations to make sure that you are healing well.
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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Friday, March 20, 2020:

Even with social distancing, we're still here for you.

During this difficult time, we will continue to try and be there for all of you in any capacity we can. To protect ourselves, our staff, our community and of course, you, we will still continue to refrain from seeing patients in the office (unless urgent or emergent) until the Shelter-in-Place Ordinance has been lifted. But this doesn't mean all communication stops!⁣

As social distancing, self-isolation and shelter-in-place are extremely important during this time, so is trying our best to still keep a sense of "normalcy" within our daily routines. Communication is a fundamental component of everyday life and something we strongly believe is key to alleviating stress, anxiety and even depression. If we can be a pillar of relief, happiness or normality in the not-so-normal climate we are experiencing - we've done our job not only as your physician, but as your friend.

If you are interested in simply just chatting, advice on the current health crisis, a follow up to a treatment or planning for a future procedure, both Dr. Elbert and Dr. Jacqueline will be doing Virtual FaceTime Appointments starting Monday, March 23rd! They will be available Monday - Friday from 9 AM PST - 12 PM PST.

Please email us at [email protected] with a date and time that works best and we will be sure to reach out in a quick and efficient manner. If you would prefer to call the office and leave us a message at (408) 255-3223, a staff member will reach out as soon as possible.

During this time, we also feel it is extremely important to take care of YOU!

Reading your favorite book, doing at-home yoga and putting on your favorite face mask or serum is not only physically beneficial, but mentally as well.

To contribute to your self-care routine, we will be offering phone orders for SkinCeuticals products with20% off your total AND free shipping!

What do you have to do? Call the office Monday - Friday between 9 AM PST - 12 PM PST and let us know which products you'd like, we will process your payment over the phone and the products will be shipped directly to your door! If you would prefer curbside-pickup style, we are more than happy to accommodate that as well! (Keeping our 6-foot social distance, of course.)

"It is how we embrace uncertainty in our lives that leads to the great transformations of our souls." - Brandon A. Trean

We will all get through this, together!

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Kindest Regards,,

Dr. Elbert, Dr. Jacqueline and staff at Cheng Plastic Surgery


Monday, March 16, 2020:

Even with social distancing, we're still here for you.

As the current situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, we are continuing to make decisions regarding our practice to keep ourselves and our community healthy. As the future of this virus is uncertain, it is mandated by Santa Clara County Public Health Department Officials that all non-essential businesses close their doors and shelter in place.

Because of this region-wide order, our office will be closed as of Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 and will be rescheduling all non-emergent treatments, follow up appointments and surgeries after Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.⁣ All future in-office events for March and April have been postponed until further notice.

To those patients that need to be seen urgently for post-operative or emergent appointments - please call our office phone number. Your call will be forwarded to an employee that can best help you as we will still have remote access to our schedule. They will make the necessary arrangements to ensure you receive the proper care. ⁣

We are confident that we will make it through this and become a stronger and smarter community because of it. Yes, most people do not die from COVID-19 and many can be asymptomatic - but the sooner we isolate from one another, the sooner we can make sure those statistics do not change.⁣

As physicians, we hold health to the utmost importance so we please ask those of you who can - work from home when possible, do not go to restaurants or bars, limit your public exposure and be cognizant of those who are sick, elderly or immunocompromised. In this time, we have to not only think of ourselves, but think of those that can be directly affected and do all we can for the sake of our community, our state, and our country.⁣

We do not believe this is a time to panic - but rather the opposite. It is time to be rational and act with extreme purpose. By preventatively closing our doors for the next 3 weeks - we may be helping change the course of a potentially life-changing event in history.⁣

We look forward to a future of health and happiness with you at Cheng Plastic Surgery!⁣

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Caring and cautious regards,⁣

Dr. Elbert & Dr. Jacqueline Cheng

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