Coronal Brow Lift Bellevue & Kirkland

The surgical techniques for a brow lift have evolved dramatically in the last few decades. The traditional brow lift—which involves an ear to ear incision—is still sometimes used in certain situations. This type of brow lift is known as a coronal brow lift. While not commonly performed for routine brow lift procedures, special cases may make use of the coronal brow lift technique to provide the best possible results. Dr. Craig Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery provides the best coronal brow lift Bellevue and Kirkland offers.

Overview: Coronal Brow Lift Surgery

A coronal brow lift—also known as a forehead lift—was among the first frequently performed facial plastic surgeries. New equipment and techniques eventually made this method unnecessary for most brow lifts. Additionally, for people experiencing hair loss or who have a high hairline, the coronal incision is not ideal. However, plastic surgeons may still use the coronal incision technique in certain cases.

One of the main advantages of the coronal brow lift technique is that no plates or screws are necessary. Since the incision is further back than others used today, the skin removal offers enough tension and lift for the brows. It should be noted that not all other types of brow lifts require hardware either.

Benefits & Risks

A coronal brow lift surgery comes with benefits and risks. Patients who are good candidates will often find that the benefits of the surgery outweigh the risks. Starting with the benefits they may include:

  • Correction of brow ptosis
  • More youthful appearance
  • Slight lifting of the upper eyelids/eyes
  • Scar is hidden within your hair
  • Unlikely to affect hair growth
  • Less likely to experience numbness as a side effect
  • Helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead
  • Safe and effective
  • Considered a low risk procedure
  • Can assist in gender affirming facial feminization surgery
  • Does not always require general anesthesia
  • Relatively few side effects
  • Combinable with other procedures such as a facelift, CO2 laser resurfacing, or upper blepharoplasty
  • Performed as an outpatient surgery by an experienced plastic surgeon

The risks of a coronal brow lift—while rare—should be talked about. Many of the risks are those associated with any surgical procedure. Dr. Jonov will evaluate your individual risk profile based on your anatomy, medical history, and goals.

The risks of a coronal brow lift may include:

  • Infection
  • Poor healing
  • Asymmetry
  • Visible or thick scarring
  • Hair loss
  • Skin necrosis
  • Prolonged or severe side effects

Many complications or side effects are completely treatable and/or temporary. Permanent or long lasting complications are extremely rare.

Before & After Coronal Brow Lift Surgery


At a consultation appointment with Dr. Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Jonov will first want to know about your concerns and what you hope to achieve with a brow lift. Next, he will review your medical history and lifestyle. Finally, Dr. Jonov will physically examine your brow and face. During the exam, he will look at your skin laxity, any present wrinkles, and overall skin quality. 

Following this consultation and examination, Dr. Jonov will recommend the treatment plan he believes will provide you with the best results. If he thinks you are a viable candidate for a coronal brow lift, he will describe the surgery in detail. Before leaving The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery office, you will receive a finalized price quote and financing information.

Brow Lift Surgery

A coronal brow lift will first begin with the ear to ear incision across the crown of the head. The incision should not damage the hair, but simply lift the hair upward with the skin. From there, Dr. Jonov will pull the skin upward and remove any excess skin. This will naturally lift the brows upward and into a more natural position. It may also provide mild correction to the upper eyelids.

Stitching the incision helps keep the skin and your eyebrows in their new positions. Dr. Jonov will ensure the brows are symmetrical and the result fits your goals for the procedure. You will then slowly begin to come to and begin your recovery process.


Recovering from a coronal brow lift is similar to recovering from other brow lift surgeries. The one major difference is that the size of the incision may require extra care when showering and caring for yourself. Dr. Jonov will likely instruct you to keep your bandages on until your next post-operative appointment (at least).

For the first twenty-four hours, you will require a caregiver. Even if you feel comfortable and do not have much pain, it is important to rest. Doing too much too quickly can harm your final results and put you at risk of certain complications. Make sure to follow the aftercare instructions Dr. Jonov gives you.

Patients can often return to work in a week or so. Some patients may need to wait two weeks, especially if they have a more physical job. Dr. Jonov will discuss this with you during your consultation and post-operative appointments.

The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery was such an amazing experience!! All staff members were so sweet and helpful! Dr. Jonov is a great surgeon and recommend him to anyone! I am SO HAPPY with my results, and recovery has been great! Such an easy and fun experience!


Dr. Jonov has been amazing for this entire journey from the consultation all the way to my one year post op appointment. He has a very warm personality and is very patient. I would definitely recommend him! Thank you Dr. Jonov!


I have been very pleased with the services that I have received at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. There is never any pressure to spend money on other services and everything is explained fully. I highly recommend going there for any treatments you feel are necessary.


Dr. Jonov is absolutely mind blowing in his abilities. He transformed my body into something I fell good about and improved my self esteem. His office staff is top notch. They absolutely treat their patients with the respect and dignity they deserve. 6 months post OP and I wanted to cry at my before and after photos. I will recommend him to anyone without any hesitation.


Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does A Brow Lift Take To Heal?

About two weeks following surgery, you will likely feel mostly back to normal. However, full healing of the surgical site can take up to one year. Though, you can expect a full return to activities in six to eight weeks. Your fully healed results generally do not come in for nine to twelve months. With that said, after about three to six months, you likely will see few visible changes in the look of your brows.

Are Brow Lifts Worth It?

Whether or not a brow lift surgery is worth it is largely a personal consideration. If you are bothered by brow sagging or changes in facial appearance due to age, a brow lift and all it entails may be worth it for you. However, other patients, especially those on the younger side or who have concerns about surgery, may want to wait until their sagging worsens or consider non-surgical alternatives.

Following surgery, the majority of patients deem the results worth it because they look years younger. Brow lifts, in general,  are widely seen as one of the most worth it plastic surgeries.

How Can You Tell If You Need A Blepharoplasty Or Brow Lift?

A brow lift and blepharoplasty are often combined. This is because when the brow sags, it can cause the upper eyelids to sag as well. Sometimes a brow lift is the only procedure necessary to address the sagging of both structures, while other times a blepharoplasty, or combination of both may offer the best results.

The easiest way to tell if you need a blepharoplasty or coronal brow lift is to consult with a plastic surgeon like Dr. Jonov. However, initially, if you want an idea of which may best suit you, look at the extra skin present on both the brow and the eyelids. If there is more skin on either structure, that may indicate that it is the one that requires surgery. If both have an even amount or the difference is not significant, you may qualify for both.

What Are The Side Effects Of Brow Lifts?

The side effects of a coronal brow lift are generally mild and treatable enough to keep patients comfortable. Patients may experience varying side effects from one another as well as different degrees of severity. Some of the possible side effects of a coronal brow lift include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Skin/scalp tightness
  • Numbness (usually at or around the incision)
  • Generalized pain or discomfort

Are There Non-Surgical Options?

Yes, for patients with milder sagging who may not be a surgical candidate yet, or for those who do not want surgery, some non-surgical procedures may provide some level of results. Though it should be noted that if a plastic surgeon believes surgery will provide the best results, it likely will, and non-surgical procedures are limited when brow ptosis reaches this point. However, they may still provide some benefit in select cases. The possible non-surgical options include:

How Much Is A Coronal Brow Lift?

A brow lift with Dr. Jonov starts at $5,995. There are outside financing options available through Care Credit and other medical financing companies. Visit our financing page for more information and to find links to apply.

The Best Bellevue Coronal Brow Lift Surgery

Dr. Craig Jonov is a plastic surgeon with years of experience. He specializes in plastic surgery of the face, breasts, and body. Dr. Jonov has performed brow lifts for decades. He has achieved amazing results and helps his patients determine the best procedure for them based on their goals, health, and anatomy. The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery offers the best coronal brow lift Bellevue and Kirkland provide.

The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery is a premier plastic surgery practice and medical spa. Located near the junction of I-405 and I-5, The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery serves the Eastside and Greater Seattle area with top-notch plastic surgery, cosmetic injectables, and medical-grade skincare. Our facility is Medicare and state certified.

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