Brow Lift


At Sundine Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, brow lift, or forehead lift, is a procedure that restores a more youthful, and refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad, or tired.

Sitting on rock -- brow lift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What is Brow Lift?

In a forehead lift, the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing or drooping are removed or altered to smooth the forehead, raise the eyebrows and minimize frown lines. Dr. Micahel J. Sundine may use the conventional surgical method, in which the incision is hidden just behind the hairline; or it may be performed with the use of an endoscope, a viewing instrument that allows the procedure to be performed with minimal incisions. Both techniques yield similar results — smoother forehead skin and a more animated appearance. Brow lift surgery is sometimes performed in conjunction with our Orange County eyelid Surgery for a refreshed look.

Brow Lift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What Are The Benefits

Of Brow Lift?

Our patients in the Orange County area have enjoyed the following benefits of a Brow Lift:

  • Can address multiple skin problems in one procedure (i.e. crow’s feet, hooded eyes, etc.)
  • Improves confidence
  • Less invasive than a facelift
  • Lifts sagging skin
  • Opens up your eyes
  • Provides your brows with symmetry
  • Reverses the tired and angry appearance
  • Smooths fine lines and wrinkles

Who is a Candidate

For Brow Lift?

Patients who are candidates for a brow lift in Newport Beach (or forehead lift) present with several different complaints. Many of them will present saying “My friends tell me I look tired and sad and they ask me if something is wrong.” They may also say “People ask me what I am angry about because I look annoyed all of the time even when I am in a good mood.” Patients will have heaviness in their upper eyelids and may think they need their eyelids treated. When the outer brow is lower than the inner brow it conveys a sad appearance to the face and when the inner eyebrow is depressed relative to the outer brow it communicates an angry or annoyed appearance. Other patients who are candidates for a brow lift may have deep wrinkles across their forehead or in the area between their eyebrows.

Brown hair -- brow lift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What’s The First Step?

The first step in getting Brow Lift in Orange County is to contact our office and schedule your consultation. During your appointment, you will be able to meet one-on-one with Dr. Michael J. Sundine who will complete a thorough evaluation of your eyelids, provide his expert recommendations, and answer any questions you have. You should be as open and honest with Dr. Sundine about your aesthetic desires, as great communication always leads to optimal results. Dr. Sundine will use all of the information he gathers to build your surgical plan. If you’re happy with Dr. Sundine’s recommendations, you will be able to schedule your surgery with our Patient Coordinator. Once booked, you will be provided with pre and postoperative instructions to ensure your safety and provide the best possible surgical outcome.

Where are Incisions Placed for the Brow Lift?

Dr. Sundine typically uses general anesthesia for his brow lift procedures. In some cases, the procedure may be performed under local anesthesia with sedation.

There are several different sites where incisions can be placed for a brow lift procedure. Determining the site for the incision is based on several factors. Especially important is the level of the current hairline and the amount of elevation required with the brow lift. The potential incision sites include the direct brow lift, indirect brow lift, midforehead lift, endoscopic brow lift, and open brow lift.

  • The direct brow lift is essentially reserved for bald males where the patient does not have a hairline to hide the incision. The incision for the direct brow lift is just above the eyebrow and is very effective in lifting the eyebrow. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia alone and may apply to patients who need their brows elevated to improve their vision but who may be too sick to undergo a more extensive procedure.
  • The indirect brow lift is essentially the same as a direct brow lift except that the incision is placed such that a scar is placed directly into a forehead crease above the eyebrow.
  • In the midforehead lift, the incision is placed such that the scar is placed to line up into a crease in the middle of the forehead. We try to avoid the direct, indirect, and midforehead lifts except in very limited circumstances because of the possibility of visible scarring.
  • In the endoscopic brow lift, there are typically three incisions made just behind the hairline in the forehead and a slightly larger incision made in the temple area. Using these incisions the forehead tissues are freed up over the top of the bone. The tissues are then repositioned upward and are held in position using a variety of fixation methods.
  • In the open brow lift, the incision may be placed in several locations based on the amount of elevation required and the hairline. The incision is hidden within the hair or at the hairline. The scalp and forehead are then elevated and repositioned upward. The extra scalp is then trimmed and the scalp is sutured upward.

*Depending ont the procedure, it typically takes 1 ½ to 2 hours to perform the procedure.

Dr. Sundine getting ready for surgery

Brow Lift


The brow lift is an outpatient procedure. Typically most patients go home with a family member or friend. Recovery at an aftercare facility can be arranged if needed. Virtually all patients have a drain placed that is removed the next day. Patients are asked to use ice and keep their heads elevated to reduce the amount of swelling for the first 5 days. Patients may shower and wash their hair on the first postoperative day after the drain has been removed. The sutures are removed on postoperative day 10.

There will be some swelling and bruising, but these issues will be mild and should subside over the coming days. The recovery process should not be painful, and over-the-counter medication should be enough to provide you with relief. Dr. Sundine will provide you with post-operative instructions to help make your recovery as easy as possible. In the evening after the procedure, you should have minimal activity and rest with your head elevated and ice for swelling. You may do some light walks and go up and down stairs starting on postoperative day 1. You should be able to return to full activity starting at three weeks postoperatively. You could potentially return to work at about 10 days postoperatively but you should plan on taking a couple of weeks off.

As with all surgical procedures, there is some scarring from a brow lift procedure. However, the area of the incisions is all designed such that the scars will be hidden within or at the hairline.

How Much Does a Brow Lift Cost in Newport Beach?


The cost of your brow lift in Newport Beach will be based on the techniques used and the amount of work needed to provide you with your ideal results. During your consultation, Dr. Sundine can let you know what the cost of your forehead lift will be. Financing options are available to help ease the payment for our patients.

Why Choose Dr. Sundine?

Michael J. Sundine, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P. is a board-certified Orange County plastic surgeon who practices out of Newport Beach, California. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Colorado, he graduated from the St. Louis University School of Medicine where he received multiple honors. He has been certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been featured on the Discovery Health Channel’s “Plastic Surgery Before and After” and was voted an Orange County “Physician of Excellence” by the Orange County Medical Association in 2006, 2007, 2008,2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013, as featured in Orange Coast Magazine. Dr. Sundine is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Dr. Sundine has been trusted by thousands of patients over the years for facial rejuvenation and aesthetics. Restore a youthful look to your face and forehead with our Newport Beach brow lift. If you want to rejuvenate the appearance of your brow and would like to know if a brow lift in Newport Beach is the right choice for you, contact us today at 949-706-3100 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sundine. He is dedicated to offering the best forehead lift and brow lift results Orange County has to offer.

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