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As we age, the eyelids and brows are subject to the chronic forces of stretching and gravity that affect both the skin and deeper tissues, which no longer take the same shape or position as in our youth. This process leads to wrinkles and creases in the forehead and a gradual descent of the brows that make our eyes appear heavy, tired, and even sad. At RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery, brow lift surgery with double board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Renata Khelemsky can rejuvenate the appearance of heavy brows and rewind forehead aging by lifting the brows to a higher, more arched position, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Learn more about whether a brow lift is right for you by scheduling your personalized consultation today.

What is a Surgical Brow Lift?


A brow lift is a surgical technique that lifts the skin and key deep structures within the forehead to reposition a sagging brow to a higher position and with a more pleasing shape or arch. A brow lift can also smooth creases and wrinkles of the forehead by removing and tightening the excess skin, helping to rejuvenate the upper third of the face. Because there is a close relationship between the aging of the brow and the overall condition of the upper eyelids, brow lift surgery is often combined with blepharoplasty (also known as an upper eyelid lift) to produce a total rejuvenation of the eyes. This will help the eyes, and the overall face, appear smoother, younger, and more energetic.

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What are the benefits of a surgical brow lift?

Resounding Satisfaction

A surgical brow lift is a relatively safe and effective outpatient procedure that can give powerful, long-lasting results. Benefits of a surgical brow lift include:

  • Lifted appearance to low-set brows
  • Enhanced arch and shape of the brows
  • Reduced heaviness along the upper eyelids
  • Relief of constant forehead strain
  • Smoothing of forehead lines and wrinkles
  • Shortening of an excessively long forehead
  • Correction of brow asymmetries

Notably, brow lift surgery carries a high satisfaction rate, with over 93 percent of respondents on RealSelf saying they are happy with their results from the procedure. This makes a surgical brow lift an effective, long-lasting way to regain confidence in the way you look.

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“Dr. Renata brings the “art” of medicine to a whole new level. She is a perfectionist that took her time with my procedure. I couldn’t be more pleased with my results. My surgery was on a Friday morning, and Dr. Renata came in on both Saturday and Sunday to ensure that I was healing appropriately and my pain was being managed… I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the results even now.”

—Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Renata Khelemsky did an amazing job with my rhinoplasty. In the consultation, she identified what changes would be made to best work for my face and listened to my concerns. I am so happy with the results and would highly recommend her to anyone interested in this procedure.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Renata is an amazing doctor and artist. She did my filler and I am so happy with it. I will recommend her to everyone I know. She explains everything so that you can understand.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Renata is an outstanding physician... She herself is very calming and makes you feel at ease and confident in the decision you are making. I am overjoyed with the results of my facelift, and would definitely do it again. If someone is thinking about a facelift or any procedure and is apprehensive... Dr. Renata will give you great reassurance… When I look in the mirror, in Zoom, in selfies - I now love my jawline and my whole face in general.”

—Surgical Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Awesome! She was patient and very quick with no pain. She explained everything thoroughly with me and definitely knows her skill set! I trusted her expertise in natural-looking adjustments and it turned out fantastic!”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I love coming to see Dr. Kelemsky! She has the patient’s best interest in mind and I always feel Dr. Kelemsky addresses what look I am going for and is right on the money. I walk out of the office feeling much more confident than when I came in. I will always trust Dr. Kelemsky and she most definitely has a patient for life. She does both my Botox and lip fillers and both procedures have always been flawless.”

—Lip filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Renata did an outstanding job on my nose. She explained everything in detail from the very first consultation. She’s professional, caring and her attention to detail makes her the absolute best surgeon! I’m extremely happy with my results and highly recommend her to anyone.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“I had a wonderful experience from start to finish. She was extremely professional, answered all my questions before my Botox and injectable treatment. There was very little discomfort and hardly any bruising at all. I am thrilled with the results and will use her again for future treatment. I would highly recommend her.”

—Botox patient | RealSelf

“My experience was great! Dr. K is very good at explaining her vision for results with injectable fillers. She is warm and friendly and a delight to chat with. It has been years since I have had a “real” Doctor sit and talk and do an almost painless procedure.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I recently had eyelid surgery performed by Dr. Renata… From the moment I saw her in the surgery center I felt at ease and knew everything was going to be OK. The surgery went well… Referred by my eye doctor, my eyesight is better already. I look forward to recommending my family and friends to Dr. Renata, she has the qualities that everyone seeks out in a true medical professional.”

—Blepharoplasty patient | RealSelf

Am I a good candidate for a surgical brow lift?


Surgical brow lifts are a long-lasting solution for many concerns related to the eyebrows. You may be a candidate for a surgical brow lift if you:

  • Appear tired or angry due to heavy, low-set brows
  • Desire an attractive arch to the brow to accentuate the eyes
  • Have significant asymmetry of the brows
  • Have chronic forehead strain from lifting your brows
  • Are not satisfied with a non-surgical brow lift using neuromodulators (Botox)
  • Have an elongated appearance to the forehead with heavy-feeling brows

Dr. Renata may choose one of several surgical brow lift techniques as a treatment to address your concerns. During your personalized consultation, Dr. Renata will review your health history and your facial features. You will likely explore several options to help you determine the best results for your situation.

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Your Surgical Brow Lift Procedure

Personalized Surgery Plans

Depending on your selected procedure, you will receive a local or general anesthesia to ensure comfort during the procedure. Dr. Renata will review the placement of the brow lift incisions. Brow lift incisions are designed to minimize scarring or hair loss. However, these incisions will take the appropriate time to heal. Dr. Renata will review with you how to manage your incisions for the best possible outcome. Brow lift surgery can be performed using one of several techniques. Dr. Renata specializes in temporal brow lifts, also known as lateral brow lifts, offering a less invasive option with quicker recovery times. Her expertise ensures that patients receive tailored care for the best possible results.

Temporal Brow Lift

Most often performed through a limited incision along the hairline, a temporal brow lift is used to lift the tail of the brow for a more arched appearance.

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What is a Temporal Brow Lift?

A temporal brow lift is a highly effective surgical procedure that lifts and repositions the brow by releasing deeper tissues tethered to the underlying bony structures. While this procedure primarily targets the lateral aspect of the brow, it can reset the entire brow to a higher, more youthful position. Aging typically affects the brows diagonally, from the outer corner downward toward the nose. A temporal brow lift offers a subtle and natural-looking enhancement to the eyes, ideal for patients seeking a well-hidden scar. By targeting sagging tissues of the temple and lateral forehead, the temporal brow lift creates a lifted and refreshed appearance without the need for extensive surgery.

Benefits of a Temporal Brow Lift

The temporal brow lift offers several benefits that make it a preferred choice for many patients. This minimally invasive procedure requires only small incisions along the hairline, reducing the risk of noticeable scars and changes in scalp sensation. The results are natural-looking, providing a subtle lift that enhances overall facial aesthetics without appearing overdone. Additionally, the recovery period is typically shorter compared to other brow lift methods, allowing patients to return to their normal activities more quickly.

How is a Temporal Brow Lift performed?

The procedure involves making small incisions in the hairline just lateral to the temples. Through these incisions, the surgeon lifts and repositions the brow tissues to achieve the desired lift. The skin and underlying tissues are adjusted to create a more youthful and arched brow. The incisions are then closed with sutures and surgical clips, and the patient is given detailed post-operative care instructions to ensure proper healing and optimal results.

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Recovery and Results of a Temporal Brow Lift

Recovery from a temporal brow lift is typically faster than with other brow lift methods. Patients can expect minor swelling and bruising, with most returning to normal activities within a week. Results are visible immediately and continue to improve as swelling subsides. It’s important to note that brow lifts should appear subtle without extreme or exaggerated features. Brow lifts do not change the shape of the outer corner of the eye, and it’s difficult to “over-lift” even if it appears so immediately after surgery due to swelling. Patients enjoy a more youthful, rested appearance with lifted brows and smoother forehead skin. The results are long-lasting, significantly enhancing overall facial aesthetics.

Temporal Brow Lift vs Other Brow Lift Methods

A temporal brow lift differs from other brow lift methods in its focus and approach. While the temporal brow lift targets the outer brow area, providing a subtle and minimally invasive lift, a traditional brow lift addresses the entire forehead and can make adjustments to the hairline position. An endoscopic brow lift, on the other hand, uses several small incisions and a camera for guidance, making it less invasive than a traditional brow lift. The mid-forehead brow lift is ideal for individuals with deep forehead lines, as it involves incisions made within the forehead creases. The direct brow lift is another popular choice and is suitable for patients with heavy brow sagging, brow asymmetry, or the need for precise control of brow position.

The choice of brow lift approach depends on several factors, including the surgeon's preference, the patient’s skin type, hairline and sideburn position, history of prior surgeries, and the amount of excess skin on the forehead. These key considerations help determine the best approach for each patient.

Hairline (Trichophytic) Brow Lift

Performed through the first few rows of hair along the hairline for excellent scar camouflage, this technique lifts the entire brow and forehead skin, which can further achieve a planned degree of forehead shortening.

Endoscopic-Style Brow Lift

Performed through a series of small incisions inside the hairline to achieve a lift of the entire brow without affecting forehead length

Mid-Forehead Brow Lift

Performed through a prominent skin crease of the forehead in patients with thick skin and a sparse or indeterminate hairline.

Direct Brow Lift

Performed directly above the hair of the brow to achieve maximum control of brow position, especially in cases of asymmetry

Temporal Brow Lift Recovery

Unlike more invasive brow lifts, the temporal brow lift usually allows for a quicker return to normal activities, but it is still advisable to avoid vigorous physical activity and heavy lifting for at least two weeks to prevent strain on the healing tissues. The initial incisions from a temporal brow lift may take one to two weeks to heal. You will have a series of follow-up appointments to remove sutures or clips and ensure proper hygiene. Patients may use a neat dressing to maintain cleanliness and increase comfort. Swelling along the brows, forehead, and eyelids may last up to one month, gradually improving each week. Some areas of the scalp may experience a temporary decrease in sensation, typically returning to normal over several weeks to months. Dr. Renata will review your incision care, medications, and all other information specific to your surgery.

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Brow Lift Recovery

For a smooth and efficient recovery following brow lift surgery, it's important to adhere to several key practices. Resting with your head elevated is crucial as it helps reduce swelling, which is essential during the initial phase of recovery. Applying ice packs intermittently can further aid in minimizing bruising and swelling typically experienced in the first few days after surgery. Additionally, it is vital to take your prescribed medications as directed to support optimal healing. Equally important is attending all scheduled post-operative appointments to allow Dr. Renata to monitor your progress closely. These proactive steps not only ensure a successful recovery but also help you return to your normal routine sooner.

Temporal Brow Lift Results

Patients can expect immediate improvements in the appearance of their eyebrows and forehead following a temporal brow lift. While some swelling and bruising are normal during the first few days, the initial results are visible almost right away. Typically, the majority of swelling and bruising subsides within one to two weeks, allowing the full results to become more apparent. Compared to other brow lift methods, the temporal brow lift offers a quicker recovery period, with most patients seeing near-final results within three to four weeks.

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In contrast, traditional brow lifts or other methods like trichophytic brow lifts may involve a longer recovery time, with noticeable swelling and bruising lasting up to three weeks or more. Incisions tend to be longer and more noticeable during the early recovery period. Patients often have to style their hair or use bandanas to conceal these longer hairline incisions. Full results for these methods can take several months to become fully apparent as the tissues continue to settle and heal. The temporal brow lift's shorter recovery period allows patients to enjoy their rejuvenated appearance sooner, with a naturally lifted and more youthful look becoming evident much faster. This expedited recovery is one of the key advantages of choosing a temporal brow lift over other more invasive techniques.

Why choose RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery?

We offer surgeon-based care focused on highlighting your unique beauty. Possessing a keen eye, gentle touch, and deft technical skill, Dr. Renata stays at the forefront of aesthetic medicine to bring you the highest level of care available, tailoring every service to your unique needs.

Our state-of-the-art facial aesthetic clinic is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in New York City. We cater to the local areas, including Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Williamsburg, Long Island City, and Cobble Hill, as well as Manhattan and New York City at large. Patients can expect a premium experience in our luxury office setting, where attention to privacy and one-on-one care create a professionally tranquil and high-quality visit.

A double-board-certified facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Renata Khelemsky specializes in enhancing natural beauty. A Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and diplomate of the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, her personalized approach begins with a comprehensive analysis of your facial features, ensuring each transformation celebrates your unique individuality.

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Surgical Brow Lifts

Frequently Asked Questions

Most brow lift techniques are best performed in the operating room under sedation anesthesia. Patients will not experience pain or discomfort as the brow area will be adequately numbed for surgery. After surgery, brow lift patients manage their discomfort with a combination of prescription and over-the-counter medicines during their recovery. Dr. Renata is committed to ensuring a comfortable recovery period.

A brow lift is a safe and effective surgery. However, facial cosmetic surgery carries a small risk of infection, excessive bleeding, poor healing, and scarring. Other rare risks include long-lasting numbness, hair loss along the incision site, and brow weakness or asymmetry. Dr. Khelemsky will review all potential risks of brow lift surgery with you in detail and will be able to answer all of your questions.

Non-surgical brow lifts are performed using neuromodulators such as Botox to lift the tail of the brow and help create a gentle arch. This is the most common type of brow lift in the younger patient population and is capable of subtly shaping and lifting the tail of the brow. This “chemical” brow lift usually lasts for several months and may be repeated as often as needed to maintain the result. A surgical brow lift, on the other hand, is a more invasive and long-lasting procedure that can take several weeks of healing and recovery. A surgical brow lift can more effectively lift and reshape the brows, as well as remove excess forehead skin, leading to a smoother appearing forehead with less heaviness along the upper eyelids. Surgical brow lifts are usually considered in patients with signs of facial aging or unfavorable anatomy. The temporal brow lift, for example, may be performed in younger patients who desire a change in the brow shape or arch as well as in older individuals who have sagging temple skin causing brow heaviness.

A temporal brow lift focuses on lifting the outer thirds of the eyebrows and is minimally invasive, involving small incisions along the hairline above the temples. In contrast, a traditional brow lift (also known as a forehead lift) addresses the entire brow and forehead, often requiring larger incisions either at the hairline or within the scalp. The traditional method allows the ability to achieve slightly different goals such as lowering the hairline or removing severely excessive forehead skin, often leading to a longer recovery period.

Recovery from a temporal brow lift is generally quicker than from a traditional brow lift. Most patients can expect the majority of swelling and bruising to subside within one to two weeks, with near-final results visible within the first month. In contrast, other brow lift methods may require several weeks or even months for swelling to fully diminish and incisions to become imperceptible.

Risks specific to a temporal brow lift include temporary or lingering numbness in specific parts of the hairline and scalp, infection, hair loss at the incision site, and potential asymmetry. The well-hidden nature of the incision and minimally invasive approach generally result in fewer complications compared to more extensive brow lift techniques, but it is important to discuss all potential risks with Dr. Renata during your consultation.Recovery from a temporal brow lift is generally quicker than from a traditional brow lift. Most patients can expect the majority of swelling and bruising to subside within one to two weeks, with near-final results visible within the first month. In contrast, other brow lift methods may require several weeks or even months for swelling to fully diminish and incisions to become imperceptible.

The temporal brow lift offers several advantages, including a well-hidden incision along or just inside the lateral hairline, minimal invasiveness, and quicker recovery time. Also, due to the early patterns of aging, a lift focused on the lateral aspect of the brow tends to achieve more natural-looking results than traditional brow lifts which may give a surprised or overly lifted appearance. The goal of a temporal brow lift is an overall enhanced facial appearance without the extensive downtime associated with traditional brow lifts. The smaller incision also means reduced scarring and a lower risk of complications.

Certain medical conditions may disqualify you from undergoing a brow lift. These include uncontrolled diabetes, bleeding disorders, and severe cardiovascular issues. Additionally, if you have a history of poor wound healing or are currently on medications that affect blood clotting, you may not be a suitable candidate. Dr. Renata will thoroughly review your medical history during your consultation to ensure you are a safe candidate for the procedure.

The cost of a brow lift can vary depending on the specific technique used, the surgeon's expertise, and the geographic location of the practice. On average, the surgeon’s fees can range from $3,000 to $8,000. Dr. Renata’s office provides detailed pricing information during the consultation and financing options to help manage the cost of the procedure.

When selecting a brow lift surgeon, it is important to look for board certification in facial plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery, extensive experience with brow lift procedures, and a portfolio of before-and-after photos of previous patients. Additionally, reading patient reviews and testimonials can provide insight into the surgeon’s skill and patient satisfaction. Finally, it is important that your surgeon answer all of your questions, including how any potential complications will be assessed and managed. Dr. Renata is a double-board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon with a wealth of experience in performing facial cosmetic surgery including brow lifts, ensuring you receive the highest standard of care.

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