Brow Lift

If you’ve begun to notice forehead frown lines or drooping eyebrows, consider a brow lift from Westport and Fairfield, Connecticut-area plastic surgeon Dr. Ellen Mahony. You’ll be surprised at how even subtle changes in your forehead and brow area can produce dramatic results, in the form of a younger, smoother look.

Ellen makes a brow lift simple and convenient for you. In a minimally invasive outpatient procedure at her practice, Ellen will smooth the skin across your forehead, then reposition your brows to a more youthful and natural position.

For women, Ellen can soften the forehead, raise sagging eyebrows, and restore the natural arch above the eyes. For men, she can elevate the brows and correct any overhang, while maintaining a natural, masculine look.

Do you have questions about forehead and brow lifts? For example, some people wonder about an unnatural, “pulled” appearance after surgery. Others are confused between a browlift, which lifts and repositions the skin surgically vs. neurotoxins, which soften and reduce forehead lines. Ellen is here to answer all your questions. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, she combines the compassion to get to know you and understand your concerns…the training to give your surgical experience a personal touch…and the surgical skill to provide you with a naturally enhanced look.*

A brow lift is just one of the many facial cosmetic procedures available from Dr. Mahony. Others include eyelid surgery and face lifts.

If you prefer less invasive rejuvenation, ask about neurotoxins like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®, dermal fillers or a natural alternative to fillers that uses your own fat, ALMI.

In addition, Dr. Mahony recommends that you prep your skin for any facial surgery with one of her Platelet-Rich Plasma procedures to stimulate collagen production, increase blood flow and repair elastin fibers in deep layers of your skin.


What is the difference between a brow lift and an eyelid lift?

Any procedure that raises the position of the eyebrows (not eyelids) can be considered a brow lift. Ideally, our eyebrows sit above the rim of bone above our eyes. With aging, the forehead skin becomes lax and the position of the eyebrows drops and they sit lower. Sometimes it even seems as though the lowered position is crowding the eye space. A variety of incisions and techniques are available to tighten the forehead skin and raise the position of the eyebrows. Incisions for this procedure include those within the hair, at the hairline or directly over the eyebrow.

In comparison, an upper eyelid lift is for removing the excess upper eyelid skin folds and sometimes a small amount of protruding fat. This involves the upper eyelid skin only, not the eyebrow.

My eyebrows are asymmetric; can an eyebrow lift make them even?

Although a brow lift may be the answer, I would really like to see you before making that suggestion! Keep in mind that although aging lax skin will impact on the positon of the eyebrows, the muscle action will as well. We all develop ‘habits’ in how we move our foreheads, eyebrows and mouth. You probably have noticed people who always seem to have their brow raised, right? Well, sometimes we also favor one side more than the other, contributing to an asymmetric look. The key work is ‘look’ because the look is not necessarily permanent, it may be due to uneven muscle action. So, the first thing to consider is a little bit of a neurotoxin (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) and see if that correct the asymmetry!

Will a brow lift correct the horizontal lines on my forehead?

The horizontal lines on the forehead are created from the forehead muscle contracting and rippling the skin. Many years ago it was popular to cut this muscle or the motor nerve that supplies the muscle, so that the muscle could not contract and create those lines. This resulted in a very “flat immobile forehead and is no longer popular today. Current brow lift procedures are designed to remove or lift the lax skin and actually tighten the forehead, not paralyze it. For this reason, the forehead lines continue to persist with muscle contraction although they may not be as deep. Neurotoxins have become much more popular as a means to manage the horizontal animation lines and they provide a more natural look to the forehead.