Brow lift surgery can rejuvenate your facial appearance by releasing forehead wrinkles and lifting sagging eyebrows. These common signs of aging often cause patients to appear tired, angry, or worried. To find out if a brow lift in San Diego can help you regain a more alert and youthful countenance, schedule a consultation with double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Balikian.

What Is a Brow Lift?

A brow lift also referred to as a forehead lift, is a cosmetic surgery that addresses unwanted wrinkles and drooping in the upper face. These common signs of aging are a result of the natural aging process, which causes the skin to produce less collagen. As collagen production decreases, the skin gradually loses strength, elasticity, and fullness, resulting in significant changes to your facial appearance.

Dr. Balikian often performs brow lift surgery for patients who want to raise their eyebrows and release creases and furrows in the forehead.

Types of Brow Lift Surgery

Dr. Balikian is experienced in multiple brow lift techniques. He will choose the optimal approach for achieving your treatment goals. Common brow lift types include:

  • Endoscopic Brow Lift – This popular type of brow lift is minimally invasive. Dr. Balikian will first make several small incisions under your hair. He will then insert a small endoscope with a camera in one of the incisions. The camera view helps him locate the tissues and muscles he will alter. A second tool will then be inserted into a separate incision and is used to reposition the brow tissues.
  • Temporal Brow Lift – The temporal brow lift is a good option for patients who are primarily concerned with correcting heavy upper eyelids, especially out to the sides. It is often paired with an upper blepharoplasty. Results will be noticeable, though more subtle than with other brow lift types.
  • Trichophytic Brow Lift – This brow lift can dramatically improve the appearance of the upper face. Long incisions will be made just behind the hairline above the forehead. The skin of the forehead can then be lifted, so excess skin can be trimmed away. Dr. Balikian will remove enough skin to raise the eyebrows into a more youthful position while still preserving your natural look.

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Dr. Balikian also performs the mid-forehead brow lift and the direct brow lift techniques. The ideal technique for you will be decided during your consultation.


The heaviness of the upper lid is not always just about excess skin. Often, the heaviness of the upper eyelid skin is due in part to the heaviness of the eyebrow. For some people, there is no brow heaviness; the only procedure needed is an upper blepharoplasty. Sometimes, just a little bit of Botox under the eyebrow will give enough of a lift to the brow the augment the result of the blepharoplasty. But in some cases (around 50%) a browlift needs to be done in conjunction with a blepharoplasty to fully open the upper eyelid heaviness. In these cases, blepharoplasty alone will leave constant heaviness of the upper eyelid and some form of brow lift is necessary. Rarely, a browlift alone will treat upper eyelid heaviness. With years of experience and expertise, Dr. Balikian will help diagnose what is causing your upper eyelid heaviness and choose the best plan for your individual goals.

Candidacy for a Brow Lift

Brow Lift Surgery San DiegoDr. Balikian considers many factors when determining if you are a good candidate for a brow lift. To start, you will want to schedule a consultation, so he can examine your upper face and speak with you about your goals for treatment.

In some cases, non-surgical treatments, such as Botox, may be sufficient to address creases and furrows in the upper face. In other cases, a brow lift may be combined with a blepharoplasty or facelift to achieve your desired look.

As an experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Balikian knows the range and limitations of numerous facial procedures, including brow lifts. The more candid you are about your expectations and the look you want to achieve, the more precise he can be with your treatment plan and results.

Brow Lift Recovery

The length of your recovery period following your brow lift in San Diego will depend on several factors like the type of brow lift procedure performed. Swelling, bruising, and some discomfort are to be expected. These issues will subside over the next few days. Patients can resume most of their normal activities after a week or so of recovery.

Richard V. Balikian, MD, FACS

Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dr. Balikian is an experienced, double board-certified, facial plastic surgeon. He is double board-certified both in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Balikian belongs to a very select group of elite cosmetic surgeons with at least six years of specialized surgical training exclusively in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck.

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Brow Lift Cost

Our team can let you know what the potential cost of your brow lift in San Diego will be when you come in for your consultation at Balikian Facial Plastic Surgery.

Schedule Your Brow Lift Consultation

To find out if a brow lift in San Diego is the best way to address your concerns with the appearance of your upper face, contact Balikian Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Balikian. He takes a conservative approach with this procedure in order to deliver results that look natural and complement your facial features.

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I have been seeing Dr. Balikian for over 12 years. His results are always “natural” and not “pulled” or “exaggerated” like many other plastic surgeons mistakenly do to their patients. He has the skill and the aesthetic eye for beautiful results every single time. His office staff is friendly and helpful.

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