As we age, gravity takes its toll, and our eyebrows often begin to sag. For some people, it becomes severe enough that their upper eyelids also sag, blocking peripheral vision. Some even complain of headaches because they have to repeatedly raise their eyebrows in order to see.
A brow lift (sometimes called a forehead lift) with Dr. Yogita Kashyap can tighten the skin and muscles above the brows, restoring the eyebrows to their youthful position and smoothing forehead creases. This surgery can have a dramatic impact on how you look. Yet, it is subtle enough that others might not be able to pinpoint why you look younger.
For those with only a small amount of eyebrow sagging, a non-surgical brow lift may be possible.
Dr. Kashyap’s training, skill, and experience allow her to provide natura results so that you look like an improved version of yourself. She treats patients in her Manhattan office, who come to her from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Upstate New York, and Long Island.
While a brow lift can improve sagging upper eyelids, if the sagging is significant, an upper eyelid blepharoplasty or ptosis repair may be necessary. This surgery can often be provided concurrently with a brow lift for an overall rejuvenation of the upper face. Some patients also have a lower eyelid blepharoplasty to remove undereye bags.
Why Choose Us?
During any surgery that affects the delicate eye area, you want to feel sure you are in good hands. A brow lift requires that the surgeon lift and tighten the forehead the proper amount so that the outcome is not too pronounced.
Dr. Kashyap has had extensive training in brow lift surgery and has performed hundreds of these procedures to not only improve appearance, but maintain vital eye and facial muscle health.
She approaches the surgery with both precision and artistry in mind, always staying abreast of the latest techniques in the field.
Dr. Kashyap is a fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic surgeon who completed her residency and fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Orbital Surgery at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. She is also a clinical instructor at the Infirmary and a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Candidates for a Brow Lift
A Brow Lift can Improve:
- Sagging eyebrows
- Forehead creases
- Frown lines
- Uneven eyebrows
- Eyebrows that have lost their natural arch
- Furrows across the bridge of the nose
- Slightly overhanging upper eyelids
Those considering a brow lift will personally meet with Dr. Kashyap for a thorough consultation. During your appointment and eye examination, she will ensure that you are a good candidate for a brow lift. This procedure is minimally invasive, so most people in good general health are candidates.
Dr. Kashyap will discuss the different brow lift techniques and explain which method she recommends for you and why.
Brow Lift Procedure
Below are the different methods for raising the eyebrows to their original, youthful position, but every brow lift is highly customized for the specific anatomy of the patient. Most of these surgeries can be performed using a local anesthetic and sedation, and they usually last about one hour.
This method allows Dr. Kashyap to use an endoscope with a tiny camera to see the internal structures of the forehead. As a result, she does not need to make large incisions on the scalp. There is less scarring than traditional surgery, and incisions are hidden behind your hairline.
During the surgery, Dr. Kashyap raises the skin and muscles of the forehead to the proper height and uses sutures or dissolvable implants under the hairline to secure the new placement.
This technique works best for those who only need the lateral part of the eyebrows elevated. Since this is the most common area to sag, it is a popular method. Like an endoscopic brow lift, the incisions are made just above the hairline where the scars are hidden by hair. The tissues are raised to the proper height and sutured.
This minimally invasive technique is often completed at the same time as ptosis repair or an upper blepharoplasty. Small incisions are made on the eyelids or just above the eyebrows. Internal sutures are then used to hold the eyebrows in their new position. Browpexy is only suitable for those who need a minor lift of the eyebrows and do not have forehead creases or excess skin that needs to be removed.
This method is for severe sagging of the eyebrows. Incisions are made just above the brows and excess skin is excised. A direct brow lift is often best for male patients who have heavy forehead furrows so that the scars will be hidden.
For patients with a minor amount of eyebrow sagging, non-surgical methods may be sufficient to restore a youthful look. Dr. Kashyap accomplishes this through dermal fillers, Botox®, facial fat grafting, threadlifting (NovaThreads), or a combination of these.
Recovering from a Brow Lift
If you have had brow lift surgery, you will spend some time in recovery, but you should be able to go home the same day. You will need someone to drive you home, however, as you will feel groggy.
Most patients only experience mild discomfort after treatment and can return to normal daily activities the following day. If necessary, you can take oral medication to ease any discomfort. Most patients find they only need the medication for a few days.
Minor swelling and bruising is to be expected, gradually subsiding over one to two weeks after surgery. A few patients experience mild numbness or tingling of the eyebrow area. Cold compresses can help you through the healing period.
Patients can also take Arnica and Bromelain before and after surgery to minimize these effects.
Dr. Kashyap will see you for follow-up visits and will remove your sutures seven to 10 days after your procedure. Please avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for two weeks.
A non-surgical brow lift does not require downtime, although you may experience some mild bruising and swelling for a few days.
Dr. Kashyap will let you know when it is safe for you to resume wearing eye makeup and contact lenses, usually within one to two weeks.
If you experience dry eye after surgery, we will recommend artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated.
Your results will be visible right away but your eyebrows will continue to settle slightly over a period of months.