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Introduction to Brow Lift

A Brow Lift is a general term that encompasses various surgical techniques to lift the droopy brow. It is often an adjunct procedure with upper blepharoplasty to improve the aged look. At our practice in NYC, brow lift has become one of our most popular facial plastic surgery procedures. Brow ptosis or droopy brow starts at an early age. If you pay attention and follow the aging pattern of a person, you can often notice his/her brow descend over time relative to the underlying bone. The effect of that results in a “heavy” upper eyelid. In severe cases, a droopy brow not only causes cosmetic concerns but can also partially block your vision, especially in the upper visual field.

Since eyes are in the center of the face, droopy eyebrows affect all nearby structures and cause an overall aged look. The descent of the brow makes the upper lid look heavy and gives a sleepy appearance, and because of the heaviness felt in the upper lid, droopy eyebrows individuals often have to forcefully elevate the brow using their forehead muscle, which further deepens wrinkles on the forehead.

Dr. William Lao is a top plastic surgeon specializing in brow and forehead lift in NYC and strives to deliver the best brow lift results in New York.

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What is a Brow and Forehead Lift?

A Brow Lift will remove the drooping or furrowing muscle and tissue in your forehead creating a smoother look and raising the eyebrow to minimize frown lines. Dr. Lao utilizes a conventional surgical method that places an incision just behind your hairline to hide any surgical scars. He may also perform the procedure with the use of an endoscope, which is a viewing instrument that can help the procedure by minimizing the incisions as necessary. Regardless of what technique is best for you, the results are the same.

Who are the Best Candidates for a Brow and Forehead Lift?

We always encourage our patients interested in surgery to maintain a healthy lifestyle first and foremost. The best candidates are those who are concerned about forehead wrinkles brought on by the body’s natural aging process, those who may suffer from a genetic predisposition that creates a furrowed brow line or may just have creases created from stressful experiences.While anybody can get a brow lift due to predispositions or stress, our average patient is around 40 – 60 years old.

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What are the Benefits of a Brow and Forehead Lift?

A Brow Lift surgery is primarily used in order to regain the youthful look in most of our patients. However, in our experience, we’ve noticed many advantages in getting a Brow Lift, including but not limited to:

  • The reduction of moderate to severe forehead frown lines
  • A less tired or angry facial expression
  • The removal of deep forehead creases and/or wrinkles and furrows that come with age
  • Less heavy or “hooded” upper eyelids

What’s the First Step?

If you’re interested in getting a brow lift in NYC with Dr. William Lao, the best first step is to schedule a consultation. By filling out a contact form or giving us a call, Dr. Lao’s front desk team will schedule your appointment. When you meet with Dr. Lao you’ll be able to ask questions and learn more about the procedure. Dr. Lao will provide a thorough assessment of your face, eyes, and eyebrows, which will be followed by his expert recommendations on the procedure he feels is best for you. If you and Dr. Lao both decide that getting a brow lift is the best solution, surgery will be booked, and we’ll provide you with pre and postoperative instructions. Please follow these instructions as closely as possible, as they are designed to reduce risk and help us provide the most optimal results.

What to Expect on the Day of a Brow and Forehead Lift?

Just as in upper eyelid procedures, there are many ways of doing a brow lift. All techniques achieve the common goal of lifting the brow but there are variations in terms of the location of the incision, the relative elevation of the lateral brow vs. the medial brow, and whether a combination procedure with the upper eyelid should be performed to enhance the overall look. Each brow procedure has its pros and cons. The direct incision method is one of the most powerful lifting procedures but it comes with a visible scar on the top of the eyebrow. The traditional coronal brow lift procedure is the gold standard procedure but it also carries with it the risk of incision line hair loss and loss of scalp sensation. The Endoscopic brow lift procedure uses minimal incisions and can provide adequate lifting of the brow but is considered not as powerful as the direct and coronal brow lifts. The list of procedures goes on and on…

The best brow lift technique is one that is customized for you based on your forehead height, brow position, and the tendency of scarring after a thorough discussion with a plastic surgeon.

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Time: 1-2 hours

General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia


Ambulate the night of surgery

Shower 2 days after surgery

3 to 5 days off work


6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming

Brow and Forehead Lift Recovery

Following the procedure, Dr. Lao will administer surgical dressing to the treated areas, which should be left on for about 2 days to ensure the best results. We advise that during your recovery time you elevate your head and apply a cold compress as needed to reduce any swelling. We’ve noticed that healthy patients will heal with minimal complications following the surgery, but may feel some soreness. You may resume a normal routine after 1 or 2 weeks, depending on Dr. Lao’s assessment, but we would highly recommend avoiding any strenuous activity for about a month to ensure the best results.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

By Choosing Dr. William Lao for your brow lift in New York, you’re choosing a surgeon who has prioritized education, communication, and patient experience over his illustrious career. Dr. Lao is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has an unparalleled ability to not only relate with his patients but also exceed expectations. Dr. Lao has had the honor of being featured as a TopDoc on the aesthetic publication NewBeauty, where he frequently loans his expertise and has been featured in a number of articles.

How Much Does Brow and Forehead Lift Cost in New York City?

The cost of a Brow Lift in New York City will vary on a number of factors. You’ll want to meet one-on-one with Dr. Lao in his Manhattan office. He’ll provide his expert recommendations and go over pricing in detail. Financing options are available to help manage the cost for our patients.


Is a brow lift permanent?

Unfortunately, due to our body’s natural aging process and the effects that gravity can have on our skin, a brow lift is not “permanent”. However, the good news is we’ve seen the effects of this procedure last between 10 and 15 years in our patients.

Can I combine a Brow and Forehead Lift with other procedures?

Absolutely. While a brow lift may correct any physiological concerns you have, upper eyelid surgery can be utilized to increase your desired outcome. This can be discussed with Dr. Lao during your consultation for optimal results.

What are the risks associated with Brow and Forehead Lifts?

There is always the possibility of risk or complication when it comes to surgery, but Dr. Lao is adamant about ensuring you the best possible results. Although minimal, due to the nature of the procedure, there is the possibility of delayed healing, mild infection, scarring, or skin irregularities.

Schedule Your Consultation

Our New York City brow lift patients find that the procedure provides more self-confidence and that they love their results. If you’d like to book a consultation or find out more information, please contact us today.

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Dr. Lao has provided surgery for patients from almost every continent in the world. With such a wide range, patients frequently ask about travel arrangements for surgery.

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Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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