Brow Lift

Brow Lift in San Diego & La Jolla

You may be a candidate for a forehead lift (brow lift) if:

  • You have deep lines or creases along your forehead
  • Your brow area, eyebrows or forehead sags making you look tired, sad or angry

The Brow Lift Procedure

Forehead lifts are often performed at the same time as facelifts but not always. The intended result is to improve the appearance of deep lines or wrinkles on the forehead and to achieve a more elevated brow giving the patient a more youthful and rested appearance.

Forehead lifts are usually performed under general anesthesia. They can be performed endoscopically or as an open procedure. There are also “mini” version of a brow lift which requires a shorter incision and simply gives some elevation to the brow area. Endoscopic procedures are done using smaller incisions in the hairline and recovery is quicker with much less scarring and potential for hair loss. An open brow lift is performed in some cases and the incision is made across the top of the scalp from the top of one ear to the other. Sometimes the incision will be made at the front of the hairline so as not to disturb the position of the hair. Excess skin is pulled up and removed and then either stapled or sutured to affix the skin and underlying tissue to its new position. The exact procedure that is right for you will be determined by you and Dr. Kearney during your consultation.

Brow Lift Recovery

Dr. Kearney performs brow lifts under local anesthesia with mild sedation or general anesthesia if you prefer. You may go home the same day. Most patients return to work about 1 week after the procedure and can resume normal activity within 3-4 weeks.

Video: Dr. Kearney Discusses Brow Lift Surgery

San Diego brow lift surgeon, Dr. Kearney, discusses his forehead lift procedure techniques and results.

For a brow lift in San Diego County, contact board certified plastic surgeon Robert Kearney at (858) 677-9352.

After careful consideration and at the request of our state, and concern for the health and safety of our patients, we are cancelling all non-essential appointments and surgical procedures starting on 3-20-20. Please take note below of the ways that we are available to you over the next couple of weeks:

  • Appointments:Dr. Kearney will still be seeing a small number of post operative appointments over the next couple of weeks as well as any patients that require immediate attention or medical care, by appointment only. We are calling and emailing all patients who currently have appointments scheduled in the next 2 weeks to notify them and reschedule
  • Phone: We will be working remotely and able to answer questions as well as schedule future appointments and surgeries by calling our main number: 858.677.9352. Please note, however, that we will have reduced hours over the next couple of weeks so be sure to call during these times: M-F 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you have an urgent matter outside of these hours and need to speak to Dr. Kearney please call 619-270-4935.
  • Answering machine: Please do NOT leave important messages on the after hours greeting during the next 2 weeks as they may not be checked in a timely manner. Instead, we ask you to call or email during the above hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Email: We will have access to email and our patient scheduling system and will be available to check and respond to emails M-F from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you reach us outside of these hours please allow 24-48 hours for a response. You can continue to email the patient coordinator you’ve been in contact with or simply use [email protected]
  • Virtual consultations: Can’t come in for an appointment right now? No problem! Dr. Kearney is able to offer phone consultations during the next couple of weeks. Simply email us at [email protected] or call 858-677-9352 during the above hours and we will let you know the simple steps to take.

We apologize for any inconvenience the above changes may cause and are hoping things return to “normal” as soon as possible. Please stay safe and healthy and let’s all try to remain as positive as possible during this time of uncertainty.

We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you again very soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff