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Eyebrow Lift

A forehead lift creates a well-rested, more youthful appearance marked by a relaxed expression with bright, alert eyes.

Questions about brow lift surgery? Get answers from Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Preminger.

Brow Lift in New York

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, refreshes the upper face by correcting drooping skin, eliminating deep forehead wrinkles and a heavy-looking eyebrow that can age us well beyond our actual years. The result: a well-rested, more youthful appearance marked by bright, alert eyes.

Aging and continued sun exposure both take a toll on the elasticity of our skin, which can leave us looking tired or even angry as vertical frown lines develop and repeated facial expressions create noticeable wrinkles in the forehead. As the brow drops with time, the upper eyelids also begin to sag. A forehead lift, which is often accompanied with upper eyelid surgery, opens up the eye area for a revitalized look.

Quick Facts

Procedure Length

1-2 hours


Local or general, depends on extent

In/Out Patient



Pain, bleeding, infection, rare damage to nerves, incomplete improvement

Side Effects

Numbness, temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain


1 week back at work
1 week light exercise
2 – 3 weeks more strenuous activity
4 – 8 weeks for swelling to completely resolve

Duration of Results

About 5 years

face of a beautiful woman

Planning for a brow lift

When evaluating patients for a forehead lift, Dr. Preminger looks at the amount of excess eyelid skin, hairline and eyebrow position to determine one of the best approach for treatment. Younger patients may also be ideal candidates for the procedure if they have an inherited lowbrow that creates excessive eyelid hooding.

During the initial consultation, patients may be asked to bring in old photos of themselves that illustrate the ideal position that best suits their face. Dr. Preminger will thoroughly review your medical history and perform a physical examination which looks at skin elasticity, texture, facial muscle dynamics and bone structure. In preparation for a forehead lift with Dr. Preminger, patients may be asked to:

  • Refrain from smoking before and several weeks after the surgery
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Adjust current medications
  • Stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin and any natural supplements

Although complications from a eyebrow and forehead lift are very rare, risks include:

  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Scarring
  • Swelling and discoloration of skin
  • Infection
  • Numbness
  • Elevated hairline
  • Asymmetry of the upper face
  • Hair loss at incision sites
"As the brow drops with time, the upper eyelids also begin to sag. A forehead lift, often accompanied by upper eyelid surgery, opens up the eyes for a revitalized look."
B. Aviva Preminger, MD


Following surgery, patients will go home with a friend or relative. Mild to moderate swelling is to be expected for at least one week after surgery, but cold compresses help to reduce inflammation. Please use any prescribed ointments to minimize scarring and avoid strenuous activities for at least three weeks.

Most patients are back to work within seven to ten days, at which time bruising and swelling should be at a minimum. If non-dissolvable sutures were used, these will be taken out about ten days after the lift.

Long-lasting results

The final results of your forehead lift should be evident within four to eight weeks. Your new elevated brow line and smooth forehead can be maintained over time with proper diet, skin care and sun avoidance. Dr. Preminger will counsel you on effective products to preserve your newly rejuvenated face, such as antioxidants and retinol-containing serums.

Keep in mind that an eyebrow/ forehead lift can last for ten years or more.

Talk to Leading NYC Plastic Surgeon

If you’d like more information about having brow or forehead lift surgery or would like information about other facial rejuvenation treatments, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Preminger in her Park Avenue office. Please call (212) 706-1900 or fill in the online contact form.

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If you are ready to make a change to your appearance, choose the best plastic surgeon and cosmetic team for your procedure. Aviva Preminger, MD Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers intricate procedures to reshape the face, breasts and body, as well as rejuvenating treatments to look your best at every age.

Contact us today at our office in Manhattan to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Preminger and begin your journey to feeling and looking your best!

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