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Who is an Ideal Candidate for a Brow Lift?

  • 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
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What Are the Benefits of a Brow Lift?

A brow lift provides many benefits for patients who wish to renew their appearance with a more youthful brow that can take years off the face. 

Benefits include the following:

  • Lifts sagging brows and heavy upper eyelids
  • Smooths away frown lines
  • Leaves the eyebrows in a higher, more naturally youthful position
  • Returns a neutral or happy expression to the face
  • Alleviates tension in the forehead muscles caused by sagging skin
  • Minimal side effects
  • A short recovery period
  • Long-lasting results

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The Brow Lift Procedure with Dr. Westreich, New York

A brow lift can be performed using several different techniques: the traditional lift, the endoscopic lift, a lateral lift (as part of a ponytail lift procedure), or a brow-pexy (as part of an upper eyelid lift or blepharoplasty). 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. A lateral lift is essentially a reduced version of an endoscopic lift targeting the tail of the eyebrow only. A brow-pexy procedure involves a suture suspension procedure for the tail of the eyebrow, which is done through an upper eyelid blepharoplasty incision.

A brow-pexy can be done under local anesthesia. All other forms require sedation or general anesthesia. To perform an endoscopic or lateral 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.

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Brow Lift Surgery Myths

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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. The tail of the eyebrow is raised using dissolvable sutures. This technique tends to favor combination treatment with eyelid surgery and/or Fat Transfer. Depending on the patient, Dr. Westreich may opt to complement a brow lift with a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, such as injectable neuromuscular blocking agents or 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.

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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 for a few weeks after treatment
  • Full results will be visible at approximately 30 days after surgery is complete

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What is BOTOX?

BOTOX is one of the most popular temporary solutions to ward off wrinkles and creases on 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 weaken 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 to 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 three to four months on average. However, despite the temporary nature of the results, wrinkles will return less severe, as BOTOX essentially conditions the muscles to relax. T

Thus, the more you reapply BOTOX, the greater you are conditioning your facial muscles to relax. You may be able to lower the dosing or get treated less often over time. In order to lift the brows with BOTOX, it is injected into the muscles that pull the eyebrow down (the orbicularis or is the procerus, and the corrugators). The forehead muscles will lift the brow as long as it is not overly aggressively treated with BOTOX. A BOTOX Brow 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 permanently lifts the tissues. The effect of a brow lift can be further enhanced with BOTOX by manipulating varying muscle strengths. Many patients need less Botox in the forehead after a brow lift.

Brow lifts are performed in different ways based on the length of incisions, different locations, and, often nowadays, with an endoscope, a thin camera that helps view and examine the inside of your body. The four different brow lifts are the open brow lift, the endoscopic brow lift,  the limited incision lateral brow lift, and the brow pexy. The type of brow lift you choose will be discussed with Dr. Westreich, who will help you decide the specifics of each procedure and which options are best for you.

The result of the surgery will be apparent about 1-2 months post-op, as this is the recovery period for your tissues to have fully healed. Browlifts yield longer-lasting results than BOTOX. Gravity will take its toll as aging continues, but most patients do not require a second brow lift in the future and will maintain their result with non-surgical treatments.

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Brow Lift Consultation with Dr. Westreich

A brow lift is an excellent way to refresh your appearance, but it demands a 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 for brow lift surgery in New York.

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.

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Why Choose Dr. Westreich for Your Brow Lift in NYC?

Dr. Westreich, a double-board-certified surgeon in both facial plastic surgery and ear, nose, and throat medicine, is known for a tailored 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.

Dr. Westreich is also extremely conscious of instilling in his clients a sense of confidence that comes from knowledge. He advocates 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 FAQ

What is the ideal age for a brow lift?

When are the stitches from a brow lift removed?

What are the risks of a brow lift?

Does a brow lift lead to permanent results?

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 less invasive pexy or temporal techniques with minimal lifting, while older patients may need an endoscopic or coronal lift for more extensive lifting. You can 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 7 to 10 days after the brow lift, depending on the type of procedure you had done. Patients receiving multiple procedures may need to be seen more than once in the 2 weeks following surgery.

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 or paralysis 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.

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