The brow lift, or forehead lift, is one of Dr. Miguel Delgado‘s favorite procedures. It restores youthfulness to the upper face, which is very difficult for observers to identify. It creates subtle elegance. The elevation of the forehead improves the upper eyelid skin in a significant way. They are both very connected, and one affects the other. Brow lift surgery in San Francisco corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad, or tired.


Dr. Delgado is focused on creating natural-looking results. Entrusting your face to a surgeon is always a bit scary, but our practice has been working for nearly three decades to build a reputation in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Marin County, and the San Francisco Bay Area. We recognize that you have many options when selecting a plastic surgeon. Whether you come for a brow lift or any other procedure, we will do whatever it takes to ensure that you are well-educated and cared for. We see patients from all over California and take seriously the responsibility we have for patient satisfaction and well-being.

Procedure What It Does Surgery Recovery Results
Brow Lift/Forehead Lift Elevates the forehead and brow area Yes 10-14 days 10-15 years (results may vary)
Botox Temporarily smooths out brow wrinkles and forehead lines No None Up to 6 months (results may vary)


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Surgical treatment of the eyebrow and forehead region has steadily progressed over the years. One of the most significant advancements is the use of an endoscope—a flexible instrument containing a tiny camera and light. During surgery, an endoscope can be inserted through small incisions to capture imagery of the forehead anatomy beneath the skin and broadcast it onto a chairside monitor, allowing for the brow lift to be performed minimally invasively. In contrast, the traditional “open” coronal brow lift technique involves a longer incision spanning from ear to ear just beneath the hairline. While this method was the standard for many years—and is still indicated in some instances, such as when shortening of an overly tall forehead is desired—some potential issues include more conspicuous scarring, loss of hair, and nerve impairment. The endoscopic approach largely avoids these problems while achieving virtually identical results.

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Good candidates for brow lift surgery in Marin County generally include individuals in their mid-40s to mid-60s who are bothered by frown lines, deep creases, and furrows throughout the brow and forehead region. Along with an aged appearance, these aesthetic concerns often create a false expression of unhappiness, exhaustion, sadness, or even anger that does not accurately convey one’s true mood or feelings. In addition, “hooding” of the skin and tissue surrounding the eyes is a common cosmetic issue that can be treated with brow lift surgery, as is an asymmetrical browline created by naturally uneven eyebrow heights.


During your initial consultation, Dr. Delgado will carefully listen as you discuss your aesthetic concerns and describe the overall look you wish to achieve through brow lift surgery. Once he has a clear understanding of your needs and goals, he will measure the distance between your mid-pupil to the top of the eyebrow to determine the degree of laxity present, enabling him to formulate an appropriate treatment plan. He may also utilize 3D computer imaging to show you the specific changes that can be made to your brow and forehead, ultimately revealing an accurate visualization of your potential outcome.

Dr. Delgado is super talented and really cares about every single one of his patients. Five out of five stars for Dr. Miguel Delgado and his staff.

— E.G.


The endoscopic brow lift in San Francisco is generally performed as an outpatient procedure. Often, it is combined with a facelift or eyelid surgery for complete facial rejuvenation. When employing the endoscopic brow lift technique, Dr. Delgado will first mark all incision locations. Once the anesthesia has been administered, he will make two to four incisions within the hairline, approximately 0.5 inches in length. Instead of shaving your hair, it will only be parted. Dr. Delgado will then carefully insert the endoscope through the incisions one at a time, using a table-side TV monitor and special surgical instruments.

He will then elevate the eyebrows to an ideal position, fixating them using the trusted cortical tunnel technique. This time-tested fixation method adds no extra cost to surgery. After engaging the lines, all incisions are closed via tiny sutures, and a surgical compression dressing may be placed. The key to a good endoscopic brow lift is a complete dissection, good fixation, and, most importantly, not over-elevating the brow to cause a “surprised” look. If the more conventional coronal brow lift is performed, then the incision goes just inside the hairline. The only advantage of this technique is that it does not raise the forehead, but the disadvantage is the longer incision. This incision is rarely performed on men.

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Once you are entirely alert and oriented after spending a few hours in our recovery room, you are typically free to return home under the care and supervision of a friend or family member who can assist with everyday household tasks for at least 24 hours. If a facelift or another procedure was performed simultaneously, you may need to spend the night in our after-care facility.

Some degree of bruising and swelling around the eyes can be expected initially, though these symptoms can generally be lessened by applying ice or cold packs within the first 48 hours after surgery. The swelling reduces quickly, but the bruising usually persist for 10-14 days. In addition, Dr. Delgado recommends resting and sleeping with the back of the head elevated for about one full week.

The swelling and bruising usually resolve completely within ten to fourteen days.

There is usually little to no pain after brow lift surgery in Napa Valley. Most patients describe slight numbness in the forehead area, but discomfort is minimal. The numbness should subside as the swelling dissipates. Pain medication is prescribed but is only typically used for a day or two. Depending on the technique employed, sutures are generally removed seven to ten days after surgery. 

Patients are typically able to drive after one week and can return to work and social activity after 7-10 days. Exercise programs may be resumed after 4-6 weeks.

Can a brow lift be done under local anesthesia?

Local anesthesia can be used for a direct brow lift just above the eyebrow hair or a temporal brow lift. The endoscopic brow or coronal lift will require deep IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Does a brow lift get rid of forehead wrinkles?

Brow lift surgery can raise the eyebrows to soften the appearance of forehead wrinkles and ease frown lines for a more youthful appearance.

Does a facelift include a brow lift?

A facelift does not always include a brow lift. However, many patients will combine a facelift with a brow lift for more drastic results.

Does brow lift change eye shape?

As the brows are elevated, this also lifts the upper eyelid skin upward, giving the eyes a more youthful appearance.

How do I know if I need a brow lift?

If your eyebrows are sagging below the brow bone causing droopy eyelids or if you have forehead creases and wrinkles between your brows, you may be able to benefit from a brow lift.

How long do brow lifts last?

The results of a brow lift can last for 10-15 years, though results may vary.

How long does numbness last after brow lift?

Numbness behind the incisions following a brow lift can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 12 weeks.

Is eyebrow lift surgery painful?

As with any invasive surgery, patients may experience some discomfort following a brow lift. Pain medication can help with any discomfort during recovery.

What age should you get a brow lift?

Most individuals choose to undergo a brow lift between the ages of 40 and 65 years old.

What can I expect after a brow lift?

Following your brow lift you can expect to experience some degree of bruising and swelling around the eyes. Ice packs can be applied during the first 48 hours after surgery to reduce bruising and swelling. Dr. Delgado recommends sleeping with your head and back elevated for about a week. Most people can return to work after 7-10 days.

What is a direct brow lift?

A direct brow lift involves the placement of a single incision above the brow that is either hidden in the brow or behind the hairline.

Will brow lift cause hair loss?

It is more likely with a coronal browlift and less with an endoscopic brow lift.

Does endoscopic brow lift raise hairline?

Yes, an endoscopic brow lift will raise the hairline.

Does insurance pay for brow lift?

Most health insurance plans do not cover elective surgery such as brow lift surgery.

How can I lift my eyebrows?

Brow lift surgery is an effective way to lift the brows for long-lasting results.

How can I raise my eyebrows in one day?

The most effective way to lift sagging eyebrows quickly is to undergo a brow lift procedure.

How much does a brow lift cost?

The cost of a brow lift can vary depending on many factors. Please contact our office for more information regarding pricing.

Is a brow lift permanent?

Brow lift results are not permanent, but do last for quite a long time (10-15 years).

Is eyebrow lift dangerous?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with eyebrow lift surgery. However, when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Delgado, these risks are greatly reduced.

What is a mini brow lift?

A mini brow lift involves creating tiny incisions concealed within the hairline through which forehead muscles are surgically released to smooth and lift the forehead.

What is endoscopic brow lift?

An endoscopic brow lift is a minimally invasive procedure that involves making a series of small incisions hidden in the hair. Dr. Delgado will then use specialized equipment to gently release and elevate the brow tissue.

What is the difference between a brow lift and blepharoplasty?

While a brow lift targets the skin and tissue of the forehead, a blepharoplasty removed excess skin from the eyelids.

When can I wash my hair after brow lift?

It is generally acceptable for patients to wash their hair 48 hours after their procedure. However, be sure to follow Dr. Delgados specific aftercare instructions.

How much is a brow lift?

The cost of a brow lift can vary depending on many factors. Please contact our office for more information regarding pricing.


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