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Brow Lift

Although they appear as distinct features on the face, the underlying anatomical structure of the eyebrows and eyelids is closely linked. In fact, when an upper eyelid appears heavy, the problem is often the gravitational effect caused by the descent of the lateral brow. Similarly, even when the issue pertains more to upper eyelid changes, the eyebrow position relative to the eyelid helps determine whether simply limiting surgery to the eyelid is wise; if the brow appears too low, then the resultant effect after upper eyelid surgery may appear too crowded unless the brow is elevated as well.

Due to this continuum between the eyelids and eyebrows, Dr. Albert Cytryn always evaluates both features when performing an aesthetic assessment of the upper face. If the brow is determined to be a contributing factor to cosmetic concerns—whether alone or in combination with eyelid-specific issues—a brow lift can often be an excellent option.

What Is a Brow Lift?

A brow lift—sometimes referred to as a forehead lift—is a cosmetic procedure designed to elevate the browline to a more desirable position while also helping rejuvenate the entire forehead region. More specifically, brow lift surgery can be performed to:


Dr. Cytryn has over two decades of experience in forehead lifting for both women and men, and he is highly skilled in utilizing the advanced endoscopic approach to achieve exceptional results while limiting signs of surgery. Depending on your unique needs and goals, he can perform a brow lift by itself or as a complement to other aesthetic facial procedures, such as an eyelid lift and/or facelift.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Brow Lift Surgery?

Ideal candidates for a brow lift are women and men who wish to address aesthetic concerns in the upper third of the face. Common reasons patients may seek out the procedure include:

As with any cosmetic procedure, Dr. Cytryn requires candidates to be in overall good health, be aware of the potential risks, and have realistic expectations for their surgical results.

How Is the Endoscopic Brow Lift Performed?

When performed alone, endoscopic brow lifting is typically a 45-minute, outpatient procedure that requires only mild twilight sedation. During treatment, Dr. Cytryn will make a few small incisions that are strategically hidden in the scalp to minimize the potential for visible scarring. Through these incisions, he carefully raises and tightens both the skin and underlying musculature of the forehead with the aid of several specialized instruments and a tiny fiber optic camera. If necessary, the eyebrows will also be repositioned for an improved look and ideal symmetry. To complete the procedure, any excess tissue is meticulously removed, and all incisions are carefully closed to promote optimal healing.

What Is the Brow Lift Recovery Process Like?

Following brow lift surgery, you may experience some degree of swelling and/or bruising throughout the treatment region, but these temporary symptoms should dissipate relatively quickly. Significant pain is rare, though if any discomfort does arise, it can generally be effectively controlled with analgesic medication. You will likely be able to return to work and non-strenuous daily routines within about seven days; however, any activities of intense physical nature—such as heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, and most sports—should be avoided for at least several weeks to allow the body ample time to heal.

How Long Does a Brow Lift Last?

The longevity of a brow lift varies from patient to patient, but brow lift results typically last at least five to ten years. To help maintain your brow lift outcomes, we recommend adopting a good skincare routine, refraining from smoking, and having a healthy diet. These lifestyle habits can help you enjoy your beautiful brow lift results for a longer period of time.

Will I Have Visible Brow Lift Scars?

During the brow lift procedure, Dr. Cytryn creates very small incisions in inconspicuous areas, primarily within the hairline. The tiny incisions usually result in minimal residual scarring that can be well-concealed and appear virtually invisible to others. The scars (if any) may be raised or a little reddish following surgery, but they should gradually fade and become less noticeable as they heal over time. 

How Much Does a Brow Lift Cost?

Dr. Cytryn typically charges anywhere between $2,500-$3,200 for an endoscopic brow lift. Ultimately, exact treatment pricing will be influenced by factors such as the technique employed, the complexity of surgery, and whether or not additional procedures are simultaneously conducted. As a result, an in-person consultation is needed to determine brow lift cost. During this appointment, Dr. Cytryn will evaluate your unique needs and aesthetic goals and provide a personalized price quote based on the specifics of your custom treatment plan.

Are There Non-Surgical Alternatives to a Brow Lift?

Currently, the only way to achieve significant brow elevation and forehead wrinkle reduction with long-term results is with a surgical brow lift. Some individuals may benefit from BOTOX® injections (a muscle-relaxing solution that smooths lines and wrinkles) into the muscles between the eyebrows and along the forehead. This non-surgical brow lifting technique not only helps to reduce the appearance of creases but also creates a modest upward pull on the brow line to discreetly open the eye area for a youthful look. However, the results of a BOTOX® brow lift are temporary and usually require touch-up treatments about every three to six months. For patients primarily interested in wrinkle reduction and skin improvements, laser skin resurfacing may be able to provide some benefit.

Dr. Cytryn can review all of the available options and discuss which treatment is best for you during a personal consultation.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Brow Lift Surgery

Is a brow lift painful?

Patients are under anesthesia during brow lift surgery, meaning that the procedure itself should not be painful. It is common for brow lift patients to experience some degree of bruising, swelling, tenderness, soreness, or a tight feeling around the surgical site after the procedure. However, most patients report that any discomfort is manageable with adequate rest and pain medication.

Will a brow lift result in an unnatural or surprised look?

When a brow lift is performed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Cytryn, the results generally appear quite natural. This is because a highly-qualified surgeon will have the necessary training and experience to adapt to the unique contours of each patient’s face for a balanced and elegant outcome. 

How can I reduce swelling after a brow lift?

Dr. Cytryn recommends keeping your head elevated, using cool compresses (not ice) on the sides of your face, and getting plenty of rest to help reduce swelling after a brow lift. Additionally, eating a healthy diet that is low in sodium and staying hydrated can help to mitigate swelling while accelerating the healing process. 

What’s the difference between a brow lift and a facelift?

Although brow lift and facelift procedures can both provide rejuvenative anti-aging results, they focus on different areas of the face. A brow lift improves and elevates the upper face (forehead and above the eyebrows) while a facelift enhances the mid to lower face (cheekbones to the chin/jawline).For patients experiencing a drooping and creased forehead as well as lower and midface sagging, brow lift and facelift surgeries can sometimes be performed together.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you have additional questions about brow lifting, or if you think this procedure may be right for you and wish to speak with Dr. Cytryn, we encourage you to contact us online or by phone today to schedule a consultation.