A Browlift offers a natural-looking lift that opens the eyes and creates a friendly, refreshed appearance.
Whether you call it a brow lift, forehead lift, or eyebrow lift, this surgery restores the brow and eyebrows to a more youthful, lifted position, with care taken not to distort, or change, the eye shape. Our board certified facial plastic surgeon performs browlifts under Comfort Calm™ Local Anesthesia, for a gentle, relaxed procedure with a shortened recovery.
As we age, our brows tend to lower in over the eyes, closing off our eyes, and creating a tired, drooped appearance. In the past, this was addressed with a full brow lift, but often this full brow lift procedure was done in such a way that the opposite effect was created, a look of surprise, or of “being done.” The latest techniques offered by Dr. Mark Karolak, a board certified facial plastic surgeon, offer natural-looking results and a variety of technique options, so that the treatment is tailored to the individual’s need.
“I can’t say enough about Dr. Mark Karolak! I will be forever indebted to him for giving me my youth and beauty back (naturally looking) at age 56. I went in for necklift, facelift, brow lift and in 10 days I looked magnificent and was going to pool parties …[before]my pretty blue eyes I couldn’t see because of the wrinkles and drooping …I was confident before, but now – watch out!”
– Shari M. via SolutionReach
- 1 Benefits of a Brow Lift
- 2 Before & After Photos
- 3 Types of Brow Lifts
- 4 Brow Lift Results
- 5 How do we know that your results will look and move naturally?
- 6 Brow lift under local anesthesia
- 7 Brow Lift Costs
- 8 Dr. Mark Karolak, the best brow lift surgeon in New Jersey
- 9 Frequently Asked Questions about the Brow Lift Procedure
- 9.1 Will it hurt?
- 9.2 What kind of anesthesia or numbing is used?
- 9.3 What’s the recovery like?
- 9.4 How long will my results last?
- 9.5 Is it safe?
- 9.6 Is a brow lift the same thing as a forehead lift?
- 9.7 Does a brow lift raise your eyebrows?
- 9.8 What do brow lift scars look like? How can I minimize them?
- 9.9 How do I get natural results from a brow lift surgery?
- 9.10 How do I find the best brow lift surgeon near me?
- 10 Maximize the Results of Your Brow Lift
- 11 Non-Surgical Brow Lift Alternatives
- 12 Why Choose Reflections in New Jersey for Your Brow Lift
Benefits of a Brow Lift
Although a brow lift may not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking into anti-aging treatments, this procedure offers numerous benefits. Brow lifts procedure provides patients with the ability to rejuvenate their appearance and rid their face of unwanted excess facial skin and creases. The main benefits that a brow lift provides include:
- Reverse a tired, aged appearance
- Reduce facial lines and wrinkles throughout the forehead and crow’s feet
- Open up the eyes for a more youthful appearance
- Dramatic, long-lasting and natural-looking results
Before & After Photos
Types of Brow Lifts
There are several different techniques that can be used during a Brow Lift surgery. Depending on your particular case, you may be better suited for one technique over the others. During your consultation, your board certified facial plastic surgeon will recommend the best method to achieve the desired results.
Lateral Brow Lift
A lateral brow lift is performed by lifting the ends of the brows, the section that tends to experience the most drooping with age and a loss of skin elasticity. This is sometimes also referred to as a Temporal Browlift, because of the placement of the incisions near the temple. By focusing on this outer portion of the brow, we are able to lift the brow back to its natural lifted position without disrupting the proportions of the inner eye, which are usually less distorted by the aging process. In this way, the lateral brow lift creates a naturally rejuvenated look without appearing surprised or experiencing a change in eye shape after the procedure.
Because these incisions are made behind the hairline, your forehead shape and the natural edge of your hairline is not affected.
Small incisions are made behind the hairline, for discreet scarring that is well-hidden both as it heals, and afterward. These incisions are typically made from around the area directly behind the temple up towards the center part of your hair. This creates the most natural results and almost imperceivable scar lines (really, only a hairdresser should ever be able to tell you have had a procedure, if that).
There is also a secondary technique that can be used during this procedure called suture suspension. For this, the physician will utilize internal sutures to suspend the muscles and the tissue near the brow line. This will help to keep the brows lifted near the arches of the brow line for almost seamless, rejuvenated results.
Transblepharoplasty Brow Lift
Another brow lift technique is the transblepharoplasty brow lift. This method raises the eyebrows by using an incision made on the upper eyelid. Through this incision, the brows and forehead will be raised to a higher, more youthful position.
In the case that the patient is already undergoing an upper blepharoplasty (or upper eyelid lift) procedure, the brow lift can be achieved through the same incision line to avoid additional scarring. Typically, the transblepharoplasty brow lift still focuses on lifting the outside third of the brow, rather than the inner area closest to the nose. This technique using incisions already made for an upper eyelid procedure which will help to avoid any additional sutures and scarring.
Since no excess forehead skin is removed during this procedure, it is best-suited to those with minimal skin laxity in the forehead.
Brow Lift Results
Dr. Mark Karolak is our board certified facial plastic surgeon. To him, the scars from any procedure are as important, or even more important, than the results he is able to achieve.
Because he has spent his entire career focused on one small niche of facial plastic surgery – focusing solely on cosmetic surgeries to turn back the clock – he has become incredibly skilled at creating the most natural results.
When it comes to browlift scars, he typically hides these in the hairline – though transblepharoplasty techniques often allow for a single scar along the eyelid’s natural crease. In either case, these scars should be completely camouflaged once healed. He also uses several unique stitching techniques that alleviate any pulling and stress on the scars as they heal – this prevents puckering and stretched, or wide scar lines.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the use of Comfort Calm™ Local Anesthesia provides several advantages that help create these natural results:
- No loss of natural movement or muscle tone during the procedure gives the ability to “preview” results in real-time
- Reduced blood loss during the procedure helps the surgeon to more accurately “preview” those results due to reduced intraoperative swelling and distortion
How do we know that your results will look and move naturally?
Because we perform these surgeries under Comfort Calm™ Local Anesthesia, the surgeon is able to preview the results in real-time, – ensuring you not only look natural and refresh when laying down with a relaxed face but also when smiling and moving around, as you will in your real life.
General anesthesia is comprised of three components – a numbing agent, a paralyzing agent, and a “put-you-to-sleep” agent. The paralyzing agent means your muscles are so incredibly relaxed that often you look different than you would awake. This makes facial surgery, where the tiniest changes have a profound impact, incredibly difficult to do precisely. Under Comfort Calm™ Local Anesthesia, patients are able to move and talk, and that helps Dr. Karolak to know he is creating the very best results possible.
Brow lift under local anesthesia
At Reflections Center, we use Comfort Calm™ Local Anesthesia for our surgical procedures, because it provides so many advantages to the patient, including:
- Reduced costs for patients
- Increased safety
- Easier, faster recovery
- More natural results
- Gentle, comfortable procedure experience
To learn more about this unique anesthesia option, please click here.
Brow Lift Costs
The typical price range for a Brow Lift at our New Jersey offices is between $3,500 and $7,000. The cost of your brow lift procedure will vary depending on the techniques used and if additional treatments are being combined with it for more comprehensive results. Financing for your browlift procedure is available, click here for more information.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Karolak will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan based on your exact needs. Through this, he will be able to provide an accurate brow lift procedure quote. In order to obtain your custom quote, we encourage all interested parties to contact our office and schedule their private consultation today!
Dr. Mark Karolak, the best brow lift surgeon in New Jersey
Dr. Mark Karolak is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has become the leading brow lift surgeon in all of New Jersey. Through his extensive training and over 12 years of experience, he has provided a large number of patients with very natural, beautiful results in any facial procedure he performs, but especially brow lifts.
Dr. Karolak has focused his entire career solely on creating the more naturally youthful results from facial plastic surgery that seeks to turn back the hands of time. By dedicating himself to such a narrow focus, he has mastered the art of extremely natural-looking results. He prides himself on his personal approach to every procedure, ensuring that each patient receives the best results based on their facial features. In addition to his many achievements, he has also been recently recognized as one of America’s Top Facial Plastic Surgeons by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. To read more about Dr. Mark Karolak, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Brow Lift Procedure
Will it hurt?
During the procedure, you will feel no pain. We use a special proprietary blend of medication called Comfort Calm™ Local Anesthesia. Dr. Karolak is very careful to make sure patients are entirely numb and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Patients generally tell us they are comfortable during recovery, although swollen. The area around the eyes is particularly prone to swelling, so this really can’t be avoided. We do prescribe pain medication for the first few days after surgery, however, it is rare that a patient takes this for more than 1 or maybe 2 days. Often we hear patients say they are surprised with how quick and easy the recovery from a browlift is in terms of feeling ready to get back to work and life.
What kind of anesthesia or numbing is used?
Your brow lift is be performed under Comfort Calm™ Local Anesthesia. To learn more about why we use this anesthesia exclusively, click here.
What’s the recovery like?
Any treatments performed around the eyes tend to have a longer recovery timeline because the high concentration of blood vessels in this area leads to increased bruising and swelling. Thi can vary somewhat based on the technique used, but in general, browlift patients looking to keep their procedure completely private can expect to require 1-2 weeks off from work and social activities. Around day 5 we typically we patients “turn the corner” in terms of swelling and bruising. Patients should expect to “feel like themselves again” around day 4 or 5, allowing many to return to work remotely or by telecommute after a week. Your individual timeline for expected recovery will be discussed in detail during your consultation, and Dr. Karolak will provide you with detailed instructions before and after the procedure on how to minimize your downtime and speed up your recovery.
We do find that our anesthesia technique helps reduce the recovery timeline of this procedure, in the following ways:
- Less blood lost during the procedure (due to the constriction of blood vessels in the treatment area caused by the medicines we inject) means a healthier you, that is better able to focus on healing from the surgery (vs. making new blood)
- General anesthesia introduces several toxins into the body and brain that must be removed by your body. This intense detoxification is why you feel nauseous and “hungover” after a major surgery. Local anesthesia allows your body to focus on healing, rather than detoxifying, after the surgery.
- Less bruising occurs with our local anesthesia, due to a restriction of blood flow during the procedure. Less bruising means less downtime and less pain during recovery. It also means you’ll look and feel like yourself much faster.
To learn more about Comfort Calm™ Local Anesthesia, the anesthesia we use, please visit our Local Anesthesia page.
How long will my results last?
The results of a brow lift are long lasting but not permanent. A brow lift does not prevent the natural stages of aging, therefore, additional treatment may be required in the future if drooping skin begins to develop on the face again. This procedure does provide natural correction to lax muscles and excess fat, while also reducing lines and wrinkles on the upper third of the face by naturally lifting the skin to create a more youthful aesthetic.
To create a longer-lasting result, we often suggest pairing a CO2 laser treatment, as this does repair and restore collagen, giving skin a better starting point for future aging.
Typically patients do not have browlifts redone in the future. They can, if say they want one again in another 20 or more years, but it’s never happened for us.
Is it safe?
A brow lift procedure is very safe. At Reflection Center, our physicians use the latest, most advanced techniques and technology to ensure your safety and the best results possible. Our browlifts are safe because Dr. Karolak has such an intimate knowledge of the facial anatomy, including blood vessels and nerves.
Is a brow lift the same thing as a forehead lift?
Yes, different people use different terms to describe this procedure, including forehead lift, brow lift, eyebrow lift, and eyebrow surgery (although now that hair transplants have been shown to work for eyebrows, some people use the term eyebrow surgery to refer to eyebrow hair restoration surgery).
Does a brow lift raise your eyebrows?
Yes, a brow lift does raise your eyebrows to a higher, more youthful position. However, the entire brow is almost never lifted uniformly. Instead, Dr. Karolak follows the pattern of aging unique to your face – lifting exactly where it’s needed, within several layers of the face.
As the skin loses elasticity, it begins to sag and droop. A brow lift removes excess skin to reposition the brow line to a more aesthetically pleasing position. Dr. Karolak carefully tightens loose muscles, returns fat to a higher, lifted position, and this naturally lifts the skin. He builds a solid foundation of more youthful fat and muscles, for a very long-lasting result – versus other techniques that often pull skin tight in a effort to fight drooping muscles.
What do brow lift scars look like? How can I minimize them?
Scarring from a brow lift is very minimal and is typically hidden within the natural hairline or along the eyelid crease. Dr. Karolak has numerous recovery photos that he can share with his patients so that they understand what to expect during the recovery period and after they have fully healed. His careful suturing technique makes it unlikely that your scars will be visible once they are healed.
Dr. Karolak will go over detailed instructions on how to minimize your scars, and will be there throughout the healing process, ready to intervene in case your scars need additional care to heal as discreetly as possible.
How do I get natural results from a brow lift surgery?
Getting a natural result from your procedure is all about choosing the right surgeon. A skilled surgeon will select the right techniques for your anatomy and aging pattern and will have the skill to give you the most discreet incisions. Most of our patients keep their procedures private, and thanks to the skill of Dr. Karolak, even their coworkers and close friends wouldn’t guess they’ve had something “done” that’s surgical. Usually, they do get asked about vacations or changes to their hairstyle, if anything.
How do I find the best brow lift surgeon near me?
At Reflections Center, we have some of the top cosmetic physicians in all of New Jersey. The facial plastic surgeon on our team, Dr. Mark Karolak, is one of the nation’s top cosmetic surgeons, and one of very few whom focuses on so few procedures. For the past 12 years, he has focused only on facial surgeries that rejuvenate, or turn back the clock on aging. He does not perform rhinoplasties or reconstruction, he doesn’t operate on young patients, and he doesn’t perform procedures on any part of the body. This unique and dedicated focus is what has made him into the world-class surgeon that he is.
When you’re choosing the surgeon for your browlift, you’ll want to consider:
- Board Certification as a Facial Plastic Surgeon: Board certification as a facial plastic surgeon requires continuing education specifically in the field of facial plastic surgery, and regular testing by a board of physicians to ensure best practices. Other types of board certification do not require this same level of focus on the face, and browlifts are not something the average plastic surgeon typically focuses on.
- Before and After Photos: Look for a solid collection of photos from patients of various types. In particular, ask to see photos of patients who look like you. This is the best way to ensure your surgeon can create the results you desire.
- Reviews: Reviews are a great way to learn more about a doctor before you become their patient. Don’t let these experiences overwhelm your own opinion of the doctor once you do meet, but reviews are a great first step in getting to know a doctor. Look for notes about how doctors handled patients who weren’t happy, how attentive the doctor was to exactly what the patient wanted, and how happy the patients were with the final results (after the healing process was completed).
Maximize the Results of Your Brow Lift
Maintaining the results of your brow lift is easy. Most patients will want to make the most of their investment by maintaining their results and slowing any future aging processes using a combination of Botox, dermal fillers, and/or laser skin resurfacing. An individual maintenance plan will be created for you by Dr. Karolak.
Non-Surgical Brow Lift Alternatives
Botox Brow Lift
A Botox brow lift is performed by injecting Botox to relax the muscles that pull down around the brows (the muscles you use to squint), allowing the upward lifting muscles to create a natural lift throughout the brow. This is a very common request in our practices, and our skilled physician injectors are able to create this result for nearly any patient using this simple injectable procedure. Additionally, patients can opt for dermal fillers to restore lost volume behind the brow, which will create a nice lift in patients who have lost fat or muscle volume in their brow as they age. Watch this video to learn more about dermal fillers for lifting the brow.
Thermage Brow Lift + Ultherapy Brow Lift
Thermage is a skin tightening device that uses monopolar radiofrequency energy to target deep into the dermis and treat skin laxity. Similarly, Ultherapy using ultrasound frequencies to target the skin and help to reduce wrinkles and lines within the skin. Both of these methods are very beneficial for treating skin laxity that has created lines and wrinkles on the face. During your consultation, your surgical and non-surgical brow lift options will be discussed in detail to ensure you chose the best treatment for your needs.
Thread Lifts for Brow
The final non-surgical brow lift method is known as a thread lift. For this technique, a thread will be placed under the skin stretching from the eyebrows and up to the hairline which will create tension and raise the brows slightly. The threads will be absorbed into the skin on their own, posing no health risks to the patient. This treatment is best for someone who does not have a large amount of muscle laxity or fat volume loss throughout the forehead.
This treatment is best for patients who are willing to explore other treatment options in the future because the result of thread lifts lasts only 1-2 years. It’s become a favorite among mothers-of-the-bride who are short on time before the wedding, but want to appear youthful and refreshed for the big event.
Why Choose Reflections in New Jersey for Your Brow Lift
Prepare to be surprised when you meet with Dr. Karolak, our board certified facial plastic surgeon, to discuss your brow lifting wants and needs. Not only is he one of the top facial plastic surgeons in America, he is one of the kindest and most caring physicians you’ll ever meet. His consultations are in-depth – please plan to spend 45 minutes to an hour at our office, with the majority of that time spent one-on-one with Dr. Karolak reviewing the ways in which your face has changed, and the options for creating a long-lasting, natural-looking change. It is helpful if you are able to bring in old photographs of yourself several decades ago, for comparison.
He is a surgeon, but that doesn’t mean his recommendation is always surgical. He often offers several treatment options, including nonsurgical options, to fit the needs of his patients.