Forehead Lift Surgery in Santa Barbara

When a person’s forehead has relaxed, causing the eyebrows to lower and the eyes to be crowded, they may appear angry, tired, or sad (when they are not). Many people think that it is their eyes that need to be done and are surprised to hear that it is the forehead area that needs to be addressed.

At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we offer Forehead lift surgery – also referred to as a “brow lift” – to reposition the forehead and brow upward. This one procedure gives multiple benefits:

  1. Raises the eyebrows to their normal position which opens the eyes and “removes” excess upper lid skin – try it yourself in the mirror.
  2. Smooths the horizontal forehead lines.
  3. Improves crow’s feet by tightening the temporal area.
  4. Removes/softens the frown lines between your eyebrows.

Forehead lift surgery is done through three small incisions in the hair (hair does not need to be shaved). This allows access to the muscles that cause frowning. Partial removal of these muscles causes permanent weakening of the muscle while retaining some function for normal expression. The forehead tissues are shifted upward and held in place with dissolvable sutures for the healing process.

As with all of our cosmetic surgeries, general anesthesia is not needed. Local anesthesia and oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation, provides relaxation and amnesia. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Most people return to work in 5 to 7 days after surgery.

We do not overdo the tissue lift because that can leave a person looking surprised and “operated”. Instead we take a more conservative approach so the result will be a natural, rested appearance.

View our Forehead Lift Before-and-After Photos Here

If you are interested in restoring your youthful appearance, call us today at (805) 563-0000 to schedule a consultation. 

Popular Facial Rejuvenation Procedures

Facial rejuvenation – surgical and non-invasive – is on the rise, according to 2016 Plastic Surgery Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

It is not surprising that many people are seeking facial rejuvenation as most of us are living longer, healthier lives and more of our lives are being captured on camera at any given time (and posted on social media for all to see). Here are several popular facial rejuvenation options that are on the rise (and that are done at our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center practice).

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

In 2016 over 209,000 people had eyelid surgery. Eyes are often the first thing people notice and they can convey so much. When sagging skin or fat bulges appear, they can dramatically affect a person’s overall appearance, making them look tired, unhappy, or unapproachable when they are not. Eyelid surgery – which can be done on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid (or both) – will restore the appearance around the eyes to give you a well-rested (but not “done”) look.

Forehead Lift Surgery

Forehead lift surgery went up by 6% in 2016. The Forehead Lift – also known as a “Brow Lift” – repositions the forehead and brow upward. Relaxation fo the forehead can cause a heaviness on the eyebrows that crowds the eyes. When this happens, many people think their eyes need to be done and are surprised to hear that it is the forehead area that needs to be addressed. Putting the forehead area back into a more youthful position will alter a person’s appearance – in a very positive way.

Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)
People do not normally get nose reshaping surgery to turn back the clock but it is a procedure that provides rejuvenation in the sense that it can create a more balanced relationship in a person’s facial features. Rhinoplasty can refine a bulbous tip, narrow a wide nose, straighten a crooked nose and/or remove an unwanted bump. At Cosmetic Surgery Center we believe that the end result of a rhinoplasty should not have an “operated” look and, in fact, the best work is usually not detected.

Botox and Dysport

Over 7 million people had Botox or Dysport treatments last year. The number of treatments for Botox and Dysport has risen 797% since 2000! The popularity of the treatment is due to the low cost, no downtime, and the end result. A half hour (to one hour) appointment can smooth forehead lines and crow’s feet, which can take years off a person’s appearance. This anti-wrinkle treatment is quick, virtually painless, and works.

Dermal Fillers (such as Restylane, Sculptra, Juvederm, Radiesse)

Injectable fillers are used to restore or enhance an appearance and can last from 6 months to 5 years depending on the type of filler used. The most common fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma), a naturally-occurring complex carbohydrate that binds water molecules to add volume and keep tissues soft. Fillers can be used to “fill” wrinkles, fine lines, some scars and also can be used to add volume to areas that are “deflated”. Most dermal filler appointments only take 1 to 2 hours and the results are instantaneous. Over 2.6 million Americans had a filler treatment in 2016.

Facial rejuvenation is a wonderful way to restore your youthful look!

If you are interested in surgical or non-invasive facial rejuvenation options, call our Santa Barbara plastic surgery office to schedule a consultation – (805) 563-0000.

Cosmetic Surgery Highlight: Forehead Lifts in Santa Barbara

One of the first things that people notice about others is their eyes. Eyes can convey so many messages without anything actually being said. Unfortunately for some of us, as we age, the forehead and brow relax downward, making us look unhappy or less approachable when we actually do not feel that way. Fortunately this problem is easily solvable with a Forehead Lift by Dr. Perkins.

What happens during a forehead lift?
Forehead lift surgery is usually done through three incisions hidden in the hair (the hair does not have to be shaved) that are undetectable. These incisions allow access to the muscles in the forehead that cause frowning. Partial removal of the muscle causes permanent weakening of the muscle while retaining some function for normal expressions. The forehead tissue is shifted upward to the desired position. If there is “hooding” or crowding of the upper eyelids and crow’s feet, then the outer (temporal) forehead areas can be treated as an independent procedure.

General anesthesia is not needed. Local sedation and oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation, will provide relaxation and amnesia. Pain after the surgery is usually minimal and controlled with Ibuprofen or Tylenol.

What are the benefits of a forehead lift?
Benefits of a forehead lift surgery include raising the eyebrows to their normal position (which often removes some excess upper eyelid skin), tightening of the temporal area to improve crow’s feet, softening of the frown lines between the eyebrows, and smoothing of the horizontal forehead lines.

Dr. Perkins always takes a conservative approach when performing facial cosmetic surgeries to avoid giving a patient a “surprised” look. Instead, patients of Dr. Perkins are happy with their results because they look natural and well-rested. View more before-and-after forehead lift surgery pictures, performed by Dr. Perkins, here.

Schedule a forehead lift cosmetic surgery consultation in Santa Barbara by calling Dr. Perkins’ office – Cosmetic Surgery Center – at 805-563-0000.

Cosmetic Surgery Highlight: Forehead Lift Surgery

Do you look in the mirror and feel surprised at the person staring back at you? You may feel young and happy, but your reflection may show a face that looks unhappy and tired. As most people age, the forehead relaxes downward, causing the eyebrows to flatten and crowd the upper eyelids, resulting in a drawn or upset appearance. Forehead wrinkles, in addition to a drooping forehead, may leave you looking ten years older than you feel.

One way to restore a more youthful appearance is through a Forehead Lift. At Cosmetic Surgery Center, Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins prefers to use a conservative approach when he shifts the tissues upward allowing for a natural, alert, and rested (but not “surprised”) look.
The Forehead Lift surgery has multiple benefits including raising the eyebrows to their normal position, tightening of the temporal area to improve “crow’s feet” around the eyes, smoothing of the horizontal forehead lines, and softening of the frown lines between the eyebrows. An additional benefit to a forehead lift is the opening up of the eyes.
Surgery does not need to be done under general anesthesia. It can be done with oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation. During the surgery, three small incisions are hidden in the hair (the hair does not need to be shaved) to allow access to the muscles that cause frowning. Partial removal of these muscles causes permanent weakening to the muscle while retaining some function for normal expression. The forehead tissues are shifted upward and held in place with dissolvable sutures while healing fixes the forehead in the desired position. A light compression dressing is used during early healing to keep swelling and bruising to a minimum.
Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Most people return to work in five to seven days. Walking may be started right away and activities will be gradually increased over the next three weeks, as tolerated.
The person featured in the before-and-after pictures above is an actual patient of Dr. Perkins. See additional Forehead Lift Before-and-After Pictures on his website.
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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins, please call 805.563.0000. Dr. Perkins operates in his own fully-accredited surgical suite located near to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.