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.

Our office is now open!

Your health (and ours) is our highest priority so we are making a few changes to our reopening so that you can feel safe and confident coming in to see us. We are of course following all federal and local guidelines such as wearing masks and conducting phone screenings prior to your appointment but we are also implementing the following:

      Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sterilization to not only include exam rooms but also the waiting room, restroom, all doors, counters, etc.

      Offering multiple hand sanitizer locations throughout the office

      Reducing the number of appointments per day as well as our office hours, to limit the number of people in the office, including staff members

      Minimizing patient overlap to allow for proper social distancing

      Testing all surgery patients for COVID-19 at their pre-operative appointments

      Asking patients to leave family members or friends at home, unless they are coming with their primary caregiver. Please leave children at home as well


How can you help?

      Come alone to your appointment, unless you need your primary caregiver with you

      Please wear a mask or face covering to your visit and keep it on unless you are asked by Dr. Kearney or an RN to remove it

      Postpone your visit if you have traveled by air or experienced symptoms in the last 14 days

      Use a pen from the holder marked “clean” and put it in the one marked “used” when you’re done

      Use the hand sanitizers in our office

      In the rare case there is someone at the front desk when you come in please take a seat until we call you and maintain proper distance throughout your visit

      Take advantage of our virtual consultations or follow up appointments if it makes you feel more comfortable

Please bear with us as we work to return to our new “normal” and feel free to call or email with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff