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Brow Lift/Forehead Lift in New York

An older woman in Manhattan shows off brow lift results Facial laxity affects people in many different ways; however, some of the most common signs of aging develop on the forehead and around the eyebrows. Deep forehead lines and drooping brows can make you appear older, tired, and stressed, and there will come a time when no amount of makeup will be able to cover it.  Brow lift surgery (forehead lift) can significantly reduce or eliminate these signs of aging by repositioning the brow and softening forehead furrows.

Why should I choose New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts?


New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts strives to help you achieve beautiful, natural-looking results with minimal time away from your busy life. Our board-certified cosmetic surgeons will personalize your brow lift surgery based on your needs, whether they are localized to a specific region or are more broad, and will remain by your side throughout the entire process.

What Are the Benefits of a Brow Lift / Forehead Lift?

Brow lift surgery is performed on women and men to:
  • Restore a youthful appearance
  • Raise the positioning of the brow
  • Smooth fine lines and wrinkles, such as frown lines and vertical forehead creases
  • Alleviate pressure on the upper eyelids that result from heavy brows

Am I a Candidate for Brow Lift Surgery?

Women and men turn to brow lift surgery to address the age-related changes to their forehead and brow area. Candidates for this procedure should be in good health with realistic expectations for their results. These candidates should also be dedicated to maintaining their results with a healthy lifestyle, including good eating habits and healthy skin care routines. Plastic surgery results are not a one-stop solution—they require lifelong care and maintenance.

What Is Discussed During My Forehead Lift Consultation?

Your brow lift/forehead lift is customized to your needs, and a consultation with your board-certified cosmetic surgeon at New Look New Life is essential to your surgery’s success. During this meeting, your surgeon will:
  • Discuss your goals for your brow lift
  • Evaluate your skin condition
  • Take photos
  • Explain your surgical options
  • Recommend any combination procedures
  • Develop a surgical plan
If you think you may be a candidate for a forehead lift, contact New Look New Life Surgical Arts by calling (646) 559-2854.

How Can I Personalize My Brow Lift Surgery?

Brow lift surgery restores natural-looking forehead smoothness and brow contour. This surgery usually takes two to three hours to complete at our Manhattan surgical facility and is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can return home to recover within a few hours.

How Is Brow Lift Surgery Performed?


Dr. Karlinsky or Dr. Kim will make an incision within your natural hairline.  Through this incision, your surgeon will lift and tighten your forehead skin and muscles. These tissues are then redraped and reattached to your bone structure before excess skin is trimmed, and incisions are closed. This technique helps eliminate sagging and wrinkles in the forehead and repositions the eyebrows to a more elevated and contoured position.

Should I Combine My Brow Lift With Eyelid Surgery?

Brow lift surgery is commonly combined with eyelid surgery to address sagging skin and excess fatty deposits in the upper and lower eyelids. While upper eyelid hooding is sometimes the result of a sagging brow, it can also be due to skin laxity on the upper eyelid itself. Eyelid surgery rectifies this situation by trimming excess skin and removing or repositioning the fat pockets in the upper eyelid. The combination of a brow and eyelid lift delivers a harmoniously refreshed look, and is common among many New York patients.

Should I Combine My Brow Lift With a Facelift?

While brow lift surgery revitalizes and refreshes the upper third of the face, it does not address any area beneath the brow. Since most patients experience laxity and the signs of aging across their faces, many benefit from combining their brow lift with a facelift (or a mini facelift) and neck lift. This allows for a balance between the upper and lower regions of the face. Some patients also choose to combine their brow lift with a facial augmentation procedure, such as cheek augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), ear surgery (otoplasty), or chin augmentation.

What Are Your Concerns?

What Will My Brow Lift Recovery Be Like?


Following your brow lift surgery, you will be sent to relax in our comfortable recovery room until you are cleared to leave—this usually takes a few hours.You should expect to rest at home for several days (up to a week) post-surgery. During this time, we ask that you avoid any vigorous or strenuous movement that may impede the healing process. You should rest with your head elevated to help reduce swelling. 

It is common to experience bruising, swelling, tenderness, and tightness after your brow lift.Your surgeon at New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts will provide you with detailed instructions about what to expect with your recovery.

Most patients have recovered enough to return to work and their daily obligations (including social engagements) after one week. There may still be some bruising and swelling at this time, but this can usually be covered with makeup.

Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Kim provide all of their patients with their cell phone numbers so that they can be reached at any time during your recovery.

Is Brow Lift Surgery Painful?


General anesthesia will prevent any pain or discomfort during your brow lift. You may experience some minor discomfort in the following hours and days, once the anesthetic has worn off. Any post-operative discomfort can be treated with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication.

Will My Brow Lift Leave Scars?



A hallmark of successful facial surgery is the near invisibility of tell-tale scarring. While there is no way to eliminate the threat of scars, Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Kim expertly place brow lift incisions in easy-to-conceal locations within the hairline. Any visible scars can be covered with makeup or particular hairstyles and will fade with time. 

What Does Brow Lift Surgery Cost in New York?

Your board-certified cosmetic surgeons at New Look New Life Surgical Arts in New York personalize your brow lift to fit your needs. Because of this, the cost of your brow lift/forehead lift is unique to you. You will be provided with an accurate cost estimate after your consultation that reflects anesthesia, surgeon, facility, and operating room fees. We offer financing options through CareCredit® to assist you in paying for your facelift in New York.

What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Brow Lift/Forehead Lift Surgery?


When will I see my forehead lift results? 


Your initial brow lift/forehead lift results will be visible shortly after your surgery and will continue to improve and refine over the following days and weeks as the swelling subsides and the tissues relax. Following your brow lift, you will notice a smoother forehead, reduced depression of frown lines, and an awakened appearance. Even though brow lift surgery addresses the brows and forehead, many patients also see significant improvement in their eye appearance, as heavy brows are no longer crowding the upper eyelids.

How should I prepare for my brow lift?


Your brow lift is performed under general anesthesia, and you will need a companion present to take you home and stay with you for the first one to two days. For your safety, you are required to stop smoking and taking all blood-thinning medication, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, NSAIDs, and herbal supplements, for at least two weeks before and after your brow lift.

What are the risks associated with brow lift surgery?


Brow lift/forehead lift surgery is very safe, especially when performed by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Karlinsky or Dr. Kim. While rare, complications can arise, including:
  • Negative reactions to the anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Changes in skin/nerve feeling
  • Prolonged wound healing
  • Poor scarring
You can help minimize these risks by following all of Dr. Karlinsky’s or Dr. Kim’s post-operative instructions.

Will I still look like myself after a brow lift/forehead lift?


Brow lift surgery is performed to restore youthful contours to your forehead and brow. While this procedure restores smoothness, it does not affect your underlying facial structure, and, therefore, will not significantly alter your appearance. This procedure cannot make you look like a different person; however, it can return some of the smoothness you had in your younger years.

Is there a non-surgical alternative to a forehead lift?


While there is no non-surgical procedure that can match a brow lift/forehead lift in terms of results, not every patient needs invasive surgery. Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Kim believe in matching the appropriate patient with the correct procedure, even if that isn’t surgery. While surgical intervention may be recommended to address your aging concerns, some patients benefit more from injectable treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® (neuromodulators that immobilize muscles) or JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® (dermal fillers that restore lost volume). 

Are my brow lift results permanent?


While your brow lift results are considered permanent, we cannot prevent the natural aging process. Over time, you may begin to notice the recurrence of fine lines, wrinkles, and forehead laxity. Regardless, these transformative results will last for several years and can often be extended when combined with proper skin maintenance and sun protection. « Previous Page

Facelift New York

As we mature, there is no way to prevent the onset of facial lines and wrinkles; however, today men and women have many options they can choose to help delay the development of the most common signs of aging. When skin creams, moisturizers, and non-surgical treatments prove to no longer be up to the task, many people consider facelift surgery. Facelift surgery repairs and reverses the most common signs of facial aging by tightening facial tissues and trimming excess skin. The surgical experts at New Look New Life have years of experience in restoring youthful and natural-looking facial contours.

Why should I choose New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts?

New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts is dedicated to providing safe, beautiful, and natural-looking results through customized cosmetic procedures. Our board-certified cosmetic surgeons personalize your facelift surgery based on your desires and needs, and they are there for you throughout the process. From your pre-op consultation to after your post-op appointments, you will always have access to your surgeon. This one-on-one care places New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts far above the rest.

What Are the Benefits of Facelift Surgery?

Facelift surgery is performed on women and men to:
  • Restore youthful and angular facial contours
  • Eliminate fine lines and wrinkles on the middle and lower regions of the face
  • Lessen the development of jowls
  • Minimize a double chin
  • Reposition sagging facial tissues
  • Maintain a natural appearance

Am I a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

Men and women consider facelift surgery to correct the signs of aging that leave them feeling as though their reflection no longer represents the vibrancy they feel inside. The best candidates for facelift surgery do not smoke, are in good overall health, have realistic expectations of their results. These patients also continue good eating habits and healthy skin care routines over the course of their lives.  Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Kim are highly experienced in providing optimal and natural-looking facelift results.

What Is Discussed During My Facelift Consultation?

Since your facelift is customized to your needs, a consultation with your surgeon at New Look New Life is essential to the success of your surgery. During this meeting, your surgeon will:
  • Discuss your goals for your facelift
  • Evaluate your skin condition
  • Take photos
  • Explain your surgical options
  • Recommend any combination procedures
  • Develop a surgical plan
If you think you may be a candidate for facelift surgery, contact New Look New Life Surgical Arts by calling (646) 559-2854.

How Can I Personalize My Facelift Surgery?

Facelift surgery is performed to restore natural-looking, youthful facial contours. This surgery often takes between three and four hours to complete.

Where Are My Facelift Incisions Made?

Incisions for facelift surgery are made in discreet locations where they will be easy to hide. Usually, incisions are made in the natural creases near the ear or behind the hairline. Through these incisions, the underlying tissues (including fat and muscles) are repositioned, tightened, or removed, and the excess skin is trimmed.  The results of these techniques are smoother skin, more defined and lifted facial contours, and reduced wrinkles.

What Is a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift is an alternative approach for men and women who need a lesser degree of facial toning. This technique uses shorter incisions and manipulates a smaller amount of tissue to result in less bruising, swelling, and bleeding. While the mini facelift provides significant and beautiful results for the right patient, it cannot rival the amount of correction provided by the traditional facelift. 

Should I Combine My Facelift With a Neck Lift?

Many patients choose to combine their facelift with neck lift surgery to maintain balance between their features. Since neck lift surgery utilizes some of the same incisions as facelift surgery, the two are easily combined into one procedure. Neck lift surgery addresses visible aging on the neck and beneath the chin, such as vertical banding. Liposuction of the neck may be combined to eliminate a double chin or additional fatty deposits on the neck.

Should I Combine My Facelift With Facial Augmentation?

Facelift surgery restores youthful contours by repositioning and tightening tissues, muscles, and facial fat; however, it cannot restore facial volume that has been lost over time. Facial augmentation, such as cheek augmentation with implants or fillers and chin augmentation with implants, can restore fullness to the face. Fat grafting to the face also restores facial volume by transferring fat from another area of the body.

What Are Your Concerns?

What Will My Facelift Recovery Be Like?


Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure, and you can return home to recover shortly after your surgery. You should plan to rest comfortably at home for several days following your facelift. We suggest that you keep your head upright at all times (even when sleeping) to ensure proper blood circulation. This will help promote comfort, reduce swelling, and limit the possibility of complications. Most facelift patients can return to work and their normal day-to-day-activities after one week, but you may be asked to limit any strenuous or vigorous exercise for a longer period. Most swelling should subside within one month. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and Dr. Kim provide all of their patients with their cell phone numbers so that they can be reached at any time during your recovery.

Is Facelift Surgery Painful?


Facelift surgery is performed under anesthesia to eliminate any pain during the procedure. You may develop some bruising, swelling, tenderness, and tightness following your facelift. Any discomfort can be lessened with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication.

Will My Facelift Leave Scars?


Dr. Karlinsky and Dr. Kim pay meticulous detail to the placement and size of your facelift incisions. All incisions are placed in locations that will be easy to conceal with hairstyles and makeup, and all scars fade with time.

What Does Facelift Surgery Cost in New York?


At New Look New Life Surgical Arts in New York, your facelift surgery will be tailored to your needs and aesthetic goals. Our facelift surgery starts at $15,000, but this may vary significantly once anesthesia fees, surgeon’s fees, facility fees, operating room fees, required garments, and follow-up visits are factored in. You will be provided with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation that will take all of the above factors into account. We offer financing options through CareCredit® to assist you in paying for your facelift in New York.

What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Facelift Surgery?


When will I see my facelift results? 


Your facelift results will start to become visible immediately after the surgery but will continue to refine over the following days and weeks as the bruising and swelling subside. With time, your skin will feel much smoother and tighter, and your face will appear more youthful and rejuvenated.

How should I prepare for facelift surgery?


Since your facelift is performed under anesthesia, you will need to stop smoking and taking all blood-thinning medication, including aspirin, ibuprofen, NSAIDs, and some herbal supplements, for at least 10 to 14 days before and after the surgery.  You will also need to arrange for a family member or friend to get you to and from the surgery and stay with you for the first 24 to 48 hours to assist with all day-to-day activities.

What are the risks associated with facelift surgery?


Facelift surgery is very safe, especially when performed by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Karlinsky or Dr. Kim. While rare, complications can arise, including:
  • Negative reactions to the anesthesia
  • Bleeding/hematoma
  • Infection
  • Seroma
  • Nerve damage
  • Prolonged wound healing
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Facial asymmetry

Does facelift surgery address the entire face?


No. Facelift surgery addresses the middle and lower regions of the face. It does not address the eyes or forehead. If you are experiencing laxity in the upper third of your face and would like to keep consistency between the youthfulness of your upper and lower face, you may consider combining your facelift with blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery) to address the eyelids or brow lift surgery to treat the forehead and drooping brows.

Will I still look like myself after facelift surgery?


Facelift surgery is designed to restore a more rejuvenated and youthful version of yourself. This surgery will not make you look like an entirely different person, but it will highlight your natural beauty.

Is there a non-surgical alternative to a facelift?


While no non-surgical procedure can rival the extensive results offered with the traditional facelift, there are non-surgical treatments that can reduce or eliminate the appearance of fine lines and restore facial volume.  Younger patients or those who are only experiencing minor to moderate signs of aging may benefit from a liquid facelift treatment, which is a combination of neuromodulators like BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® injections and dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM®, Restylane® or Restylane® Lyft™, or the collagen-enhancing RADIESSE®. Patients can also undergo laser resurfacing with Sciton® laser treatments.

Are my facelift results permanent?


The results of your facelift will be long lasting; however, they are not permanent, as facelift surgery does not stop the natural aging process. You will continue to develop fine lines and wrinkles in the face and neck; however, they will always be less than if you had not had the surgery. While every person ages differently, you can help prolong the life of your results by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, protecting your skin from the sun, and following a good skin care routine. Some patients choose to follow-up their facelift with a mini facelift after a few years. « Previous Page

Meet Our Physician Team

Victoria Karlinsky
Claudia J. Kim, D.O.
Benjamin Liliav, MD
Carey J. Nease, MD
Rita Shats, M.D. Cosmetic Gynecology in Manhattan

Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini, M.D., Claudia J. Kim, D.O., Benjamin Liliav, M.D.Carey J. Nease, M.D. & Rita Shats, M.D.

Our cosmetic surgeons are highly-skilled and trained as body scultpting, facial and vaginal rejuvenation specialists with extensive experience in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and treatments.

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