What is a Brow Lift?

Using either traditional or minimally invasive methods, a brow lift involves the removal or alteration of the tissues in the forehead to smooth lines and raise the eyebrows for a more youthful appearance. A brow lift in New York is often combined with other rejuvenation procedures, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or a facelift to achieve a comprehensive improvement. 

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What Can a Brow Lift Do?

  • Reduce horizontal forehead lines
  • Lift the brow line for a more youthful look
  • Tighten excess skin of the forehead 
  • Reduce crow’s feet
  • Achieve an appearance that is more a refreshed and attractive

Who is a Candidate for a Brow Lift?

While a brow lift is typically performed on middle-aged or older patients to counteract the effects of aging, potential candidates include anyone with drooping brows, whether due to lax forehead skin or acquired conditions that affect proper brow position. 

Patients can assess for themselves whether they would benefit from a brow lift by looking at the position of their brows relative to their forehead and upper eyelids. Some patients may benefit from a temporal brow lift, which only raises the outer aspect of the eyebrows, or from a full brow lift, which elevates the entire length of the eyebrows. 

I really cannot say enough good things about Dr. Hutchinson. First, I’m so pleased with her work. She took as much time as I needed to talk about things, both before and after, and called me over the weekend to check in and see how I was doing shortly after the surgery. When I called with questions, she got back to me very quickly, and her staff (who are also very nice) fit me in a couple of times when I wanted her to take a look to make sure I was doing everything properly during the early recovery phase. I absolutely recommend her. 

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Brow Lift Procedure Details

Dr. Hutchinson performs a brow lift either in her fully AAAASF accredited operating room within her office facility or one of the hospitals with which she is affiliated. The procedure requires under “twilight anesthesia,” which combines local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.

A brow lift can be performed in one of two ways: the conventional method, in which the incision is hidden behind the hairline or in a minimally invasive method with an endoscope, during which a tiny camera and instruments are inserted through a few small incisions.

For patients with thinning hair or baldness, the incisions may be hidden within natural skin creases in the forehead. 

Both the conventional and endoscopic techniques produce similar results and improvement in appearance. During your consultation with Dr. Hutchinson, she will determine which type of brow lift is better suited for your unique needs and goals. 

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Recovery, Risks, and Results

After a brow lift, you may experience some temporary numbness, swelling, and discomfort around the incisions. Patients are advised to refrain from vigorous physical activity and keep their head elevated after surgery. Sutures are usually removed within a week, and most patients can return to full activities after two weeks. Swelling and bruising that are normal aspects of recovery should gradually subside with time. 

Risks and complications from a brow lift are rare and usually minor but may include temporary numbness, nerve injury, hair loss along the scar line, formation of a conspicuous scar, and infection and bleeding.

The results of a brow lift are visible right away and will continue to improve as swelling and bruising resolve. Scars will fade over time to become less noticeable as well. Most patients are highly satisfied with the final results of their procedure and are often delighted at how much younger they look without a sagging brow.

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Why Choose Dr. Hutchinson for a Brow Lift?

Dr. Olivia Hutchinson is a board certified plastic surgeon who has been in practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for over 20 years. Drawing on her exceptional credentials and valued traits (trustworthiness, honesty, knowledge, experience, skill, and good judgment,) Dr. Hutchinson delivers natural-looking and long-lasting results. She offers high-end concierge services and seeks to exceed her patients’ expectations. To learn more about a brow lift in New York or to schedule a consultation, contact us online or call us at (212) 452-1400.

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