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Department of Otolaryngology

Department of Otolaryngology

Browlift

Drooping of the skin around the eyebrows can create a tired, sad appearance. A browlift can correct this condition and lessen the appearance of excess skin of the upper eyelids. Dr. Sykes helped pioneer new video-assisted technology that allows this procedure to be performed with a few small incisions. The endoscopic browlift technique is less invasive and creates less swelling and bruising, with minimal complications. Endoscopic browlift is often performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery to rejuvenate the entire orbital and eyelid region.

The Surgery

The main difference among the various options for forehead lifting consists of the placement of the incision.

The newest approach we incorporate is endoscopic surgery. Several small one-half-inch to one-inch incisions are placed just behind the hairline. Although this technique may require more surgery time, it is less invasive and results in a smaller chance of temporary scalp numbness.

The procedure takes between one and two hours to perform. It is most likely performed under IV sedation or twilight anesthesia.

Post Surgery

You will experience a certain amount of swelling and bruising in the 10-day period following surgery. In some patients, this condition may include the cheek and eye area as well as the forehead. You will be advised to keep your head elevated in order to reduce swelling. Cold compresses may further reduce swelling. As the incisions heal, you may experience some numbness as well as itching, both of which will diminish with time. The sutures are usually removed within 7 to 10 days following surgery. If bandages have been used, they are removed in one to three days. It is important to follow instructions of when to resume normal activities. For most patients, the recovery time will not exceed two weeks, but patients may still be advised to avoid strenuous activities for longer periods. Any prolonged bruising can be camouflaged with standard make-up techniques.

Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is purely for cosmetic reasons.

Jonathan Sykes, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the Director of Facial Plastic Surgery at UC Davis Health System and is a nationally recognized educator and leader in minimally invasive esthetic and laser surgery. He has performed over 10,000 surgical procedures, is board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has published over 100 articles. He believes that the goal of esthetic surgery is to create balanced proportion of all facial features. Surgery should provide improvement without an operated look.

Travis Tollefson, M.D., F.A.C.S.  is a board certified surgeon, who along with Jonathan Sykes enjoys traveling with surgical teams that perform reconstructive surgery for underprivileged children in foreign countries. Both surgeons specialize in facial rejuvenation including nasal reshaping (rhinoplasty), browlifts, facelifts, eyelid rejuvenation, laser surgery, and hair restoration. They are proud to offer the latest non-surgical procedures including Botox and Restylane and a superb team of skin-care specialists trained to help patients heal quickly from surgery

Location:

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Mailing address:

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 5200
Sacramento, CA 95817

Cleft Lip/Palate:

(916) 734-2452

Audiology & Speech Appointments:

(916) 734-5400

Facial Plastic Surgery Appointments:

(916) 734-2347

Dental Appointments:

(916) 734-5429

Clinic Appointments:

(916) 734-5400