About the brow lift

With age, many individuals begin to notice their brow descending downward on the face. This sloping, along with horizontal forehead lines, can create an exhausted, sad, or unfriendly expression. A brow lift (forehead lift) is a surgical procedure designed to lift the eyebrows to create an appearance that’s more inviting and refreshed. As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon serving the Westchester and NYC area, Dr. Yael Halaas has the ability to achieve a much improved, natural-looking brow area for you.

Goals of a brow lift

  • Restore the original position of the eyebrows
  • Lift and re-position the brow line
  • Improve the appearance of horizontal forehead lines
  • “Open up” the eyes
  • Tighten the forehead skin
  • Reduce a tired, angry, or sad resting face
  • Remove excess tissue and heaviness from the upper eyelid area
  • Achieve a more refreshed, younger-looking appearance

Before & After

Types of brow lift

During your consultation, Dr. Halaas will discuss which brow lift technique is best for you. This will be determined by your specific hairline, your areas of concern, your personal aesthetic goals, and Dr. Halaas’s expert opinion. 

Coronal brow lift

In this technique, an incision is made from ear to ear across the top of the head and back in the hairline. Through this incision, the tissues are trimmed, the muscles are tightened and re-positioned, and a 1-2 cm strip of scalp is removed. Excess skin is removed, and the skin is then re-draped and the incision is closed.

  • This technique lifts the eyebrows
  • This technique raises the hairline, so may not be appropriate for people with a high forehead or receding hairlines
  • Patients may experience numbness to the top of the head for approximately six months
  • Results are permanent 
  • Incision is hidden within the hair

Endoscopic brow lift

An endoscopic brow lift uses 4-6 1-inch incisions behind the hairline. A tiny camera called an endoscope is inserted into each incision, which enables visualization of the muscles. With this technique, the scowl-causing muscles can be weakened — but the muscles that cause horizontal forehead lines cannot. No scalp is removed; rather, it’s lifted upward and backward and then secured in this position. 

  • This technique may need to be repeated with time.
  • This technique does not cause temporary numbness to the top of the head

Subcutaneous brow lift

The incision for this technique is made across the top of the head at the hairline. Through this incision muscle alterations are made, and excess skin is removed.

  • This technique does not alter the hairline 
  • There is no top-of-the scalp numbness with this technique
  • A finely-visible scar will be visible across the top of the forehead

Direct brow lift 

A great option for those with receding hairlines or anyone with deep forehead lines, the direct brow lift uses an incision that is made in one of the horizontal forehead creases, just above the eyebrows. 

  • Results are permanent 
  • Incision is hidden within natural forehead crease
  • There may be some numbness

Brow lift surgery details

Dr. Halaas performs a brow lift with the patient under local or general anesthesia (this will be discussed during your consultation, along with which type of brow lift you will be having). The procedure takes 1-2 hours, and is an outpatient surgery. To recover comfortably, we recommend taking 10 days off from work.

After the first few days, you will be able to work from home; for another 5-7 days, the most obvious swelling and bruising disappear.

During the first week, you may experience headaches, numbness, bruising, swelling, and nausea, but you will be given instructions to help you during your recovery. Our staff will also be available to answer any questions you have. You can expect to see final results in approximately four months. 


Will I look too “surprised” after a brow lift?

It’s very important to Dr. Halaas to not only understand and agree with your vision, but to also achieve the most natural-looking outcome possible for you. She will use her experience and skill to deliver an appearance that’s not surprised, but rather refreshed and rejuvenated.

Will the scars be visible?

Brow lift incisions are usually very well hidden, and are only known to the patient. You can find out more about the exact incisions you’ll be receiving during your consultation with Dr. Halaas.

Dr. Halaas is remarkable. She knows how to create a youthful, natural look and offers advice on timing and pace of how to maintain a youthful appearance over time. I have been coming to her for years, and she has been able to turn back the clock on my appearance which has been life-enhancing!


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