628.244.8442 Menu

Have you found that a sagging, furrowed brow makes you look angry or tired, even when you’re feeling just fine? You’re not alone. If you’re tired of being asked, “Are you upset?” when you’re simply relaxed with your face at rest, it might be time for a brow lift in San Francisco. This procedure can help restore the refreshed and youthful quality to the upper area of the face.

What is a Brow Lift?

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift or browplasty, is a popular aesthetic treatment that corrects a drooping brow. This procedure is designed to lift the brow, eliminate the wrinkles, tighten and firm sagging skin and smooth and refresh the facial appearance.

Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery

Who is a candidate for a brow lift?

Men and women who are generally in good health and want to address the following facial concerns may be good candidates for a brow lift in San Francisco and the Bay Area:

  • Deep frown lines 
  • Heavy or hooded upper eyelids
  • Drooping brows/sagging skin on the brow
  • Furrows between the brows
  • Horizontal lines on the forehead
  • Crow’s feet and other wrinkles around the eyes
  • An angry, tired appearance

Preparing for brow lift surgery

Before your brow lift procedure, we will provide you with a list of medications to avoid, including aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements. If you are taking any important and unavoidable medication, make sure you get it approved by Dr. Anthony.

Quit smoking at least a week or more before the surgery. Do not drink 48 hours before the surgery. 

Arrange a ride home after the surgery with a friend or family member who can help you.

Patient Testimonial

I just would like to say that my experience with Dr. Anthony has been an absolute pleasure. I can't thank him enough for the amazing work he did as well as his patience guiding me through the procedure. He took the time to really listen to the results that I wanted to achieve with the surgery and was an excellent communicator. Trust me, this is the doctor if you want someone who is not only a gifted surgeon but also has remarkable bedside manner. Thank you Dr. Anthony! 


Day of brow lift surgery

Based on the complexity of the procedure, you will have your brow lift surgery under IV sedation or general anesthesia. An incision site will be chosen depending on individual factors such as the degree of sagging skin, whether or not the forehead is to be addressed, and the appearance of the patient’s hairline. Dr. Anthony utilizes a variety of cutting-edge techniques for his brow lift procedure, including the following:

Lateral Brow Lift

Also called a temporal browplasty, this method places the incision within the hairline, slightly above the temples. A temporal incision allows for the treatment of the outer sections of the brow and is best for visible sagging in the outer brow and the treatment of crow’s feet.

Trichophytic Incision

The trichophytic incision is made directly against the patient's hairline, permitting a more dramatic lift in the brow for patients with a lower risk for hairline recession.

Endoscopic Forehead Lift

The endoscopic lift is a brow lift method involving multiple small incisions beyond the hairline. An endoscope is inserted, then pushed to the eyebrow to release its attached tools. Dr. Anthony then repositions the brow tissue using the endoscope’s camera, with stitches ensuring a more optimal brow position.

Before & After Brow Lift San Francisco

View More

What is the recovery and results for a Brow lift?

The recovery period after a brow lift varies from patient to patient and depends on which brow lift method was used. The traditional method typically involves a bit more swelling and discomfort than temporal or endoscopic techniques. Most patients experience swelling and bruising in the upper portion of the face (around the eyebrows and sometimes near the eyes), which can be soothed with cold compresses. Dr. Anthony recommends that patients sleep with pillows propped under their heads for at least three nights after a brow lift. 

It’s important that you avoid any activities or movements that can put pressure on your face during your recovery period, which typically takes two to three weeks. 

You’ll see your results right away, noticing a refreshed appearance that seems more alert and soft, and with visibly reduced sagging skin and fine lines in the upper parts of your face.

Complementary procedures

There are a number of complementary procedures that can be combined with a brow lift, from facial procedures to tummy tucks. Some of the most common complementary procedures are listed below:


Fillers plump and fill sunken areas or hollows in the face, smooths and rejuvenates the appearance and revitalize your look.

Microneedling treatments

Microneedling smooths the texture of the skin, address age or sun spots, renews and refreshs the skin and achieve a more youthful appearance.

Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery addresses under-eye bags, puffiness, and circles, and rejuvenates the entire eye area to leave you looking younger.


A facelift tightens and firms the skin and muscles of the entire face and neck, leaving it smoother, younger-looking, firmer, and beautifully rejuvenated.

Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery

Why choose Dr. Anthony?

Board-certified San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony performs his surgeries in his accredited AAAHC clinic. He has achieved successful outcomes time and time again with his very satisfied patients. He brings his long experience and high level of expertise to every surgery he does, treating each patient as a respected individual. As an authority in the field of plastic surgery, his goal is to help patients achieve the results they are hoping for, and provide them new and positive confidence in their appearance.

Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery

Brow lift FAQ

How soon can I go back to work?

If your work is sedentary, you can expect to be back to work after three or four days.

Will a brow lift make me look surprised or unable to move my forehead?

No. Dr. Anthony subtly elevates the forehead to achieve a natural appearance.

What is the right age to get a brow lift?

There is no right age for a brow lift. It is done at any age, when the brow is sagging or furrowed.

Can fillers achieve the same result as a brow lift?

Fillers and Botox can temporarily improve the appearance of the brow, but a brow lift provides a more dramatic and more permanent effect.

If I need both a browlift and eyelid surgery, can they be done at the same time?

Yes, they are frequently combined for an outstanding effect.

Schedule A Consultation Background

© Dr. James Anthony Plastic Surgery. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy

Contact Us