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Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. Sherrell J. Aston, helps men and women achieve a more youthful facial appearance with brow lift surgery. A brow lift is a common cosmetic procedure that helps lift the brow to give the upper face a more alert, softer facial appearance. In many people, the signs of aging can often affect the upper portion of the face first; however, not all patients need a brow lift. Their eyebrow position, relative to their bony orbital anatomy and their upper eyelids, remains in a good position for most of their life. For some, an actual forehead lift may be more suitable. The main areas of concern associated with the aging of the forehead and brow are lines across the forehead, vertical lines between the inner portion of the eyebrows, sagging of the skin on the upper portion of the nose, and heaviness of the eyebrow. During the initial consultation, New York brow lift specialist Dr. Aston will evaluate which procedure will produce the best results for the patient depending on the specific areas of concern.

Surgical Technique

The incision techniques used during a brow lift or forehead lift procedure depend on the severity of sagging, the skin condition, and the hairline location. There are classic incisions which may be located on the forehead or upper eyelid, or a coronal incision, which runs from ear to ear underneath the patient’s hair. A less invasive treatment is possible with an endoscopic brow lift.


A traditional forehead lift involves an incision that extends across the top of the head. This is a very powerful technique that lifts brows that are extremely low, and corrects deep transverse creases across the forehead.


An incision that hides the scar within the hair area is the coronal brow lift. The incisions is made from one ear to the other, running along a few inches above the patient’s hairline. The eyebrows are then repositioned to correct the tired, aging appearance by pulling the muscles up. With this technique, the hairline is also positioned higher. The results are typically subtle, just enough to stretch the droopy eyelids but not lifted too severely, which would result in a shocked, wide-eyed look.


The use of endoscopes gives way to less invasive treatments. During an endoscopic procedure, several small incisions no longer than half an inch are made close to the hairline. A tiny camera at the end of a thin tube will be inserted to allow the surgeon to operate via a monitor. Other instruments are inserted that will perform the necessary surgical steps to correct the cosmetic problem. Sutures are placed underneath the skin to help lessen scarring. The healing from this technique is quicker compared to the classic brow lifts.

During/After Surgery

A brow lift is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It can last between 1 to 2 hours. Patients are sent home after surgery and advised to limit movement for up to 2 days. There will be some bruising and swelling that may be present. Patients will be able to go back to a normal routine within a week and resume exercise in 3 weeks.

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Dr. Aston will evaluate the problem areas on the face and recommend the best approach for facial rejuvenation. A brow lift enhancement is confined within the upper area of the face, while a facelift also improves the appearance of the lower area of the face including the cheeks and neck. Depending on the severity of the wrinkles and the sagging, a full facelift may be a better approach.


Because the incisions are made in areas that can act as concealer, often the hair or natural crease of the face, scarring is generally not obvious. Dr. Aston will make sure that the incisions are carefully placed to minimize the effects of scarring.


BOTOX is a nonsurgical cosmetic treatment that targets forehead wrinkles. While it does an exceptional job of smoothing out lines and wrinkles on the forehand and around the eyes, it does not correct drooping of the skin folds around the eyes. Depending on the patient’s anatomy, BOTOX is worth trying to see if this treatment satisfies the patient’s aesthetic goals. If BOTOX does little to the cosmetic issue, then a brow lift may be considered.


The ultimate aim for a brow lift procedure is to give the face an appearance that is fresh and youthful. With this surgery, Dr. Aston is an expert who ensures that results are subtle enough so that it doesn’t look surgically treated. An experienced facial surgeon will have a thorough understanding of the internal structure of the face and will create results that are natural and prevent a wide-eyed or hyper-alert look.

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