Brow Lift in NYC
As time passes, a lifetime of expressions can become permanently etched in our skin. Rather than gracefully forgetting a furrowed brow, a temporary smile or raised eyebrows, our aging and less resilient skin begins to sag and retain these expression lines.
A sagging forehead, however, is not exclusively a problem of advanced age; lines in the forehead can appear early, making a younger face look older than it is. A worn forehead or glabella can also create a perpetual frown, which can contradict a calm or happy disposition. If you have issues with resting lines or tired-looking eyes, you may want to consider a brow lift. A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, can address:
- A sagging brow
- Frown lines
- Forehead creases
- Aged facial appearance
Although a brow lift can be performed as a stand-alone procedure, it is usually done in conjunction with our NYC blepharoplasty: a cosmetic surgery that removes excess eyelid skin and brightens drooping eyes.
Aging, gravity and exposure to the elements takes its toll on the facial features, and the eyebrows and forehead are no exception to this rule. These areas often lose their suppleness and elasticity, succumbing to drooping, wrinkling, folds, furrows and fine lines. Although the patient may still be vital and youthful, sagging eyebrows and a creased forehead can telegraph exhaustion, irritability and even anger. In certain cases, vision may even be impaired by low-hanging eyebrows.
Luckily there is a safe and effective procedure called a brow lift that can elevate, tighten, tone and reshape the eyebrows and forehead for a more relaxed, pleasant countenance. Puckering and muscle collapse are combatted while furrows are beautifully smoothed away with this ever-popular cosmetic treatment. In Dr. Westreich’s skilled and seasoned hands, the brow lift is an excellent complement to eyelid surgery or a facelift in NYC, providing a more comprehensive improvement to the entire facial region.
The ideal candidate for a brow lift in New York
- Is around 35 to 65
- May be dealing with vision impairment due to sagging eyebrows
- Is looking to enhance results from a successful blepharoplasty
- Struggles with brow wrinkling, furrows, folds and creases that denote premature aging
- Has realistic expectations for their surgical outcome
- Is healthy, both mentally and physically, with no serious medical issues
The brow lift procedure with Dr. Westreich, New York
A brow lift can be performed using two basic techniques: the traditional lift and the endoscopic lift. The traditional lift requires an ear-to-ear incision to be made along the hairline, whereas the endoscopic lift involves 3-5 small incisions placed discreetly behind your hairline. Dr. Westreich prefers to use the endoscopic brow lift technique, which utilizes a small 4mm camera (the endoscope). Because the incisions are smaller, an endoscopic lift is less invasive than the traditional lift; thus, scarring is minimized and the recovery time is accelerated.
To perform a brow lift, Dr. Westreich will first administer general anesthesia and then make several tiny incisions strategically along the hairline. Next, he will insert the endoscope into one of the incisions; the small instrument provides Dr. Westreich with a detailed view so that he can gently lift, reposition and tighten the skin. The lifted skin is kept in place with dissolvable devices that hold the brow skin in an elevated position. Generally speaking, the procedure takes about 1-1½ hours to complete. However, if the work is extensive or if the brow lift is being done in combination with another surgical procedure, such as a blepharoplasty, it may take longer.
Coronal brow lift
This is a conventional method of lifting the forehead, with an incision created at the hairline stretching from ear to ear. Scarring tends to be well-hidden within the scalp. Through this incision, the doctor can lift the skin and tighten the muscles, for a more refreshed upper face appearance and a more relaxed smile.
Temporal brow lift
Small incisions are made at the temples during this version of the procedure, through which furrows, folds, wrinkles and creases can be addressed and improved. This technique tends to favor combination treatment with eyelid surgery.
Depending on the patient, Dr. Westreich may opt to complement a brow lift with a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, such as BOTOX and Dysport (injectable neuromuscular blocking agents) or Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse (injectable dermal fillers).
Your brow lift is performed at a private, accredited surgical facility where you will receive the very best in patient care from our friendly, board certified staff. Our outpatient center boasts advanced, state-of-the-art technology and equipment, along with cutting edge diagnostic and imaging software.
Recovery from a brow lift
New York City brow lift clients will find that Dr. Westreich’s conservative, nuanced technique allows them swift healing with minimal discomfort or downtime. Minor swelling, redness, and irritation are to be expected after brow lift surgery, but these symptoms are easily addressed with pain medications issued by the doctor along with a cold compress placed upon the eyes. Be sure to keep the head elevated for the first week or so as swelling subsides.
Brow lift recovery takeaways:
- Bandaging and stitches will be removed within 7-10 days
- Most patients can resume normal activities such as work or school within two weeks
- Clients should avoid rigorous exercise and intense contact with the sun for a few weeks after treatment, being careful to wear sunblock thereafter
- Full results will be visible at approximately 30 days after surgery is complete
BOTOX vs Brow lift, Which is better?
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is one of the most popular temporary solutions to ward off wrinkles and creases from the face. It works by way of an injection to the face that contains the namesake BOTOX, a toxin emitted by the bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. When used in small, diluted amounts, this toxin has been tested and FDA approved to weakens muscles that are responsible for facial lines. Since muscles do not contract or contract less with BOTOX, facial lines relax and recede.
BOTOX is usually administered into the frown lines between the eyebrows, though it can be applied to other problem areas like the forehead, and around the eyes or mouth. The actual procedure takes a few minutes without the need for anesthesia; patients will only feel small discomfort. The results will show after about three to seven days after the injection. Results last for four to six months. However, despite the temporary nature of the results, wrinkles will return less severe, as BOTOX essentially conditions the muscles to relax. Thus, the more you reapply BOTOX, the greater you are conditioning your facial muscles to ease.
In order to lift the brows with BOTOX, it is injected into the muscles that pull the eyebrow down (the orbicularis oris, the procerus, and the corrugators). The forehead muscles will lift the brow, as long as it is not aggressively treated with BOTOX. Lift tends to be more significant in the tail of the brow, out towards the temples. 1-3 mm of lift is a typical response.
Browlifts: A More Permanent Solution
Looking for something that will last longer than BOTOX? A brow lift or forehead lift procedure may be for you. If you suffer from signs of aging in the upper area of the face such as sagging or low eyebrows, deep wrinkles in the forehead, excess fatty deposits or skin above the eyes or frown lines between the eyebrows, a brow lift can correct these all by tightening the soft tissues in the forehead. As opposed to BOTOX a surgical brow lift actually lifts the tissues. The effect of a brow lift can be further enhanced with BOTOX, by manipulating varying muscle strengths. But usually, most patients need less or no BOTOX in the forehead after a brow lift.
Brow lifts are performed in different ways based on length of incisions, different locations and, usually nowadays, with an endoscope; a thin camera that helps view and examine the inside of your body. The three different brow lifts are the open brow lift, the endoscopic brow lift, and the limited incision lateral browlift. The type of brow lift you choose to have should be discussed with Dr. Westreich, who will help you decide the specifics of each procedure and what the best one is for you.
The result of the surgery will be apparent about six months post-op, as this is the recovery period for your hairline and scalp to have fully healed. Browlifts yield longer-lasting results than BOTOX, freezing out the severity of wrinkles for several years. Gravity will take its toll as aging continues, but portions of the brow lift, especially wrinkle lines in the brow and the frown line area, should never be as severe again and may return only mildly over the years.
Why choose Dr. Westreich for your brow lift?
Dr. Westreich, a double board certified surgeon in both facial plastic surgery and ear, nose and throat medicine, is known for a conservative approach that results in wonderfully natural outcomes. Most friends and family members will sense you look more rested and rejuvenated, but they will not be able to tell that you’ve had surgical work done. With the doctor’s nuanced, skillful touch, spontaneity in the expression is well-preserved, while flaws are expertly eradicated.
Dr. Westreich is also extremely conscious of instilling in his clients a sense of confidence that comes from knowledge. He is an advocate of patient education, and frequently contributes to peer-reviewed industry journals, helping to support advancements in his field. Additionally, he is sought out on a regular basis to appear in magazines, on talk shows and at lecture halls to offer guidance to members of the medical community.
Brow Lift Consultation with Dr. Westreich, NYC
A brow lift is an excellent way to refresh your appearance, but it demands a subtle and skillful surgical approach. Cosmetic procedures on the forehead and upper face– a region that exhibits a range of facial expressions–are, by nature, delicate ones. If not done with care, brow lifts can produce an overdone and unnatural effect. Dr. Westreich has honed his surgical technique on upper-face procedures, perfecting a balanced method that yields dramatic, yet natural-looking results. If you are considering cosmetic surgery and would like to know if a brow lift is the right procedure for you, contact Dr. Westreich for a consultation on likely the best brow lift New York has to offer.
During this initial session, the doctor will examine your anatomy, take down your medical history, and work with you to formulate the ideal treatment plan for your needs and lifestyle. The doctor can provide you with a library of before and after photographs that will help you to better visualize your results.
Brow Lift FAQs
How much does a brow lift cost?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a brow lift is $3,623. However, the average cost only includes a part of the procedure — the actual cost is usually a lot higher because of the anesthesia costs, operating room facilities, surgical garments, and other costs that aren’t included in the average.
When it comes to surgical cosmetic procedures, like a brow lift, you should look for reputable and board-certified surgeons who may charge a lot more than the average cost. However, paying the additional amount is worth it because cheaper procedures often lead to undesirable results necessitating a revision surgery, leading to higher costs in the long run.
What is the ideal age for a brow lift?
Brow lifts are suitable for adults of all ages, but the specific details of the procedure may vary for younger and older patients. Patients in their 20s may need endoscopic techniques with minimal lifting, while older patients may need a coronal lift for extensive lifting. You should consider a brow lift whenever you feel self-conscious about your appearance, regardless of your age.
When are the stitches from a brow lift removed?
The stitches will be removed approximately five or seven days after the brow lift. The surgical staples, however, may be kept in place for around 10 days. Removing the surgical stitches and staples may cause a little discomfort, but you may receive local anesthesia to ensure comfort.
What are the risks of a brow lift?
All surgical procedures carry an inherent risk of complications, such as infections, excessive scarring, hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration), numbness due to nerve damage, and hematoma (formation of blood clots). Brow lifts also carry these potential complications and side effects. However, Dr. Westreich takes a wide range of precautions and preemptive measures to prevent such complications from occurring, ensuring optimal results and recovery.
Does a brow lift lead to permanent results?
Brow lifts are permanent, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your brows will look young forever. A brow lift reverses the signs of aging to make you look younger, but your skin continues aging. As such, it turns back the clock, giving you more time with youthful skin. You can also get additional brow lifts in the future to greatly extend your results.