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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 in San Jose, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does a brow lift treat?

A: A brow lift can treat most of the signs of aging on your forehead, such as the horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, and sagging forehead skin. If you constantly look tired or grumpy, regardless of how you feel, you can probably benefit from a brow lift.

Q: Will a brow lift freeze my forehead into a surprised expression?

A: No, the brow lift will elevate your forehead skin just a little to smoothen the wrinkles and provide a youthful appearance. We focus on providing subtle and natural-looking results — you don’t need to worry about an arched look or a surprised expression. Similarly, we modify our treatment to prevent sagging skin, but we make sure you can still move your forehead comfortably to convey emotions.

Q: Will a brow lift move my hairline?

A: In some cases, we may have to move your anterior hairline a little to make way for your eyebrows. However, if repositioning the eyebrows isn’t necessary, any hairline change will be negligible and imperceptible. You can discuss the final results with your doctor before the procedure.

Q: Is the brow lift procedure painful?

A: The brow lift procedure is painless and comfortable because it’s performed under local anesthesia. During your consultation, we can also discuss sedative options, such as general anesthesia or twilight sedation, if you’re feeling anxious. You may experience a little pain and discomfort after the procedure, but that’s manageable with medications.

Q: How long will the brow lift results last?

A: A brow lift leads to extremely long-lasting results. Most of the patients never need another brow lift in their whole life.

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 from Cheng Plastic Surgery Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Monday, January 4, 2021:

We are open!

We cannot wait to see all of our amazing patients in our office! We are currently working with a more limited schedule than before, so please be patient as we navigate through this, together.

There are a few key changes we’ve made to our appointment protocol to ensure we are maintaining social distancing and following strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols - for you AND for us.

  1. Call our office from your car once you’ve arrived for your appointment. A staff member will come out to greet you, take your temperature and conduct a short COVID-19 health screening to make sure you are in good health prior to entering the building. Our doors will remain locked during normal business hours to ensure only those who have been screened can enter.
  2. Please arrive at your appointment wearing a mask or protective face covering. We will not be able to bring you inside the office without one.
  3. We will not have more than one patient in the lobby at a time.
  4. You will be greeted by Dr. Elbert or Dr. Jacqueline wearing their Personal Protective Equipment deemed necessary by your specific treatment. (N95 mask, gloves, face shield or protective eyewear, etc.) We ask that you leave your mask on during the procedure, and only take it off if necessary to complete the treatment.
  5. All necessary transactions will be done in the room your treatment is being performed. This will avoid unnecessary back ups in the lobby.
  6. You will then be walked out through the back door of the office. This is the best way to keep all staff and patients socially distanced while maintaining one steady flow of traffic throughout the building.

And of course, all rooms will be heavily disinfected immediately after you leave just as we have always done prior to the pandemic. Each room is equipped with an air filter as an added safety measure. We will place a major focus on high-contact areas such as chairs, doorknobs, counter tops, mirrors and more.

We are still continuing to conduct Virtual Consultations if you prefer a quicker and no-contact experience.

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For the safety of our patients and staff, we ask that you reschedule your appointment and do not enter our office with any of the following conditions:

  1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  2. You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  3. You traveled more than 150 miles or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled in the last 10 days.
  4. You are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • fever or chills
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • fatigue
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • sore throat
    • loss of taste or smell
    • nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting

Concerned about getting the Moderna vaccine after having recently received filler treatment? In some studies, it has been observed that a small percentage of the vaccinated groups experienced localized inflammation (swelling) after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. In said cases, all studied reactions were temporary immune responses. It has been suggested that patients refrain from getting filler two weeks before and after the vaccine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office!

Thank you for your continued support and we can't wait to see you again!

Kindest Regards,,

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

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