Brow Lift Specialist

Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery -  - Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon located in New York, NY

Browlifts, or forehead lifts, gently lift the sagging skin on the forehead to improve wrinkles and raise the brows. Dr. Archer, at the Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery, uses the most advanced techniques for browlifts in patients at her practice in New York, NY, providing each patient with individualized attention to ensure the best possible results.

Brow Lift Q & A

What are browlifts?

Browlifts are cosmetic surgical procedures that are performed to remove sagging, loose skin and deep creases or furrows in and around the forehead, and to help tone and tighten the skin in the upper third of the face. Because they focus on repositioning the tissue in the forehead, browlifts (or forehead lifts, as they're sometimes called) can help elevate the eyebrow area and help to reduce the appearance of sagging upper lids without addressing the lids directly.

What happens during a browlift?

Browlifts can be performed in one of three ways. In a traditional or open browlift, an incisions is made from one ear to the other across the scalp and behind the hairline, with incisions continuing around the ears. The muscles in the forehead are released and repositioned and excess tissue is trimmed away before the skin is sutured closed. An endoscopic browlift achieves essentially the same effect as an open browlift, but instead of using one long incision, it uses several smaller incisions placed behind the hairline to access the muscles and underlying tissues in the forehead, releasing the muscles and repositioning them, but without removing excess skin. Endoscopic browlifts use a tiny camera to “see” the muscles and other underlying tissues so the larger incision can be avoided. And finally, a mini browlift uses very small incisions located just around the ears and temples to address sagging and drooping the outer third portion of the brow, where many people first notice the signs of aging in the forehead. Mini browlifts can often be performed under local anesthesia with sedation.

How will I feel afterward?

After a browlift, some bruising and swelling will occur, along with minimal discomfort which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medicine. During the initial stage of recovery, it is also important to keep the head elevated as much as possible including during sleep to help minimize swelling, which can take about a week or two to resolve. Heavy lifting and some other strenuous activities will also need to be avoided during this time.