Brow Lift/Does It Rejuvenate Eyes?

Can a brow lift help rejuvenate a hooded eyelid and help small eyelids appear higher?

Doctor Answers 7

Brow Lift Will Help the Eyes

Thank you for your question.  Yes the brow lift will not only elevate the eyebrows and upper face but will improve some of the hooding and laxity of the upper eyelid.

Eyelid hooding can be caused by excess upper eyelid skin but can also be made worse by brow ptosis or sagging of the brow.

You can look in the mirror and pull your brow up and see if it unweights  the upper eyelid and improves the eyelid hooding.

If you go to the photographs under my name Dr. Seckel you can choose brow lift and see the beneficial effect on the eyes of a brow lift and a before and after pictures of a brow lift.

Brow lift rejuvenates the eyes

A brow lift or coronoplasty usually "pulls" up the eyebrows that have fallen with time and so can open up and "enlarge" the eye opening. I rarely do the cut from side to side but do this endoscopically with small cuts hidden in the hair.

Edward J. Domanskis, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Brow Lift can help rejuvenate the eyes

Brow lifting can definitely help rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes.  In fact, I find the main reason to perform a brow lift is to improve that area.  A brow lift can reposition the sagging tissues of the nasal bridge and outer eyelids, helping to reduce the hooding of the lids.  Blepharoplasty(upper eyelid surgery) may also be performed to further imrpove the hooding of the lids.  A qualified surgeon such as an Oculoplastic specialist would be well suited to consult with you to determine which procedures and by which methods they should be performed.  

Paul T. Stallman, MD
San Luis Obispo Oculoplastic Surgeon
3.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Effects of a brow lift

Depending upon your anatomy a brow lift will place the brow in a more youthful position ,left any hooding of the lateral eye and open the space between the eyebrow and the supratarsal crease.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Brow Lift/Does It Rejuvenate Eyes?

 I have performed many Brow lifts over the past 25 + years and absolutely it can decrease the degree of upper eyelid hooding.  If the degree of upper lid hooding decreases when the eyebrows are elevated into the proper aesthetic position, during the initial consultation (this must be done in each and every case), then the upper eyelid will appear as it does with the eyebrows in that elevated position.  Because the later, or outer portion of the eyelid falls more than the head of the eyebrows, the Brow lift is designed to raise that section more resulting in less of a round-eye and more of an almond shape.  In fact, these are the two main reasons to have a Browlift.

 Browlifts have a very specific aesthetic indication, which is low aesthetic brow position.  The initial assessment, briefly described above, must be done on each individual prospective Browlift candidate to be certain that the eyebrows are indeed low.  Every upper eyelid fullness isn't a result of low eyebrows.  here's how the assessment should be performed to determine if you are a suitable Browlift candidate.  If this was not done during your consultation, you might want to get a second opinion before having the Browlift:

  1. With the patient sitting down and looking in a mirror.  The surgeon stands behind the patient and raises each eyebrow into the proper aesthetic position.  This does require an understanding on exactly what that position is.
  2. The patient is then asked to close and open her eyes to assess the ability to completely close the eyes.  This is important to avoid chronic dry eye after the surgery should the brows be lifted too high or in the wrong scenario.
  3. With the eyebrows in the proper aesthetic position one of three possible scenarios result.  These are:
  4. The upper eyelids have all the excess hooding removed.  In this scenario a Browlift alone is the correct surgery.
  5. The upper eyelids have some reduction in hooding but some still remains.  In this scenario, a Browlift can be done to remove that portion of upper lid hooding while an upper eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) would be required to remove the rest.  These can be performed at the same time.  I prefer to do the Browlift first and then remove the remaining upper lid skin with Blepharoplasty.
  6. The amount of upper lid hooding is unchanged.  Caution is warranted in this scenario which indicates the eyebrows are already at the proper aesthetic position and a Brow lift should not be done.  Instead an Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty alone) is the procedure of choice.  Hope this helps.


Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Brow lifting for rejuvenation of the upper lids

 A brow lift is only performed when there are moderate to severely low eyebrows. When a brow lift is performed, it does tend to help improve the hooding effect of the upper lids. Additional goals of the brow lift are to soften the corrugator, procerus, and frontalis wrinkles.  If the brow position is good, then only an upper blepharoplasty will need to be performed. For examples of brow lifts please see our photo Gallery Link below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

Brow lifts open up the eyes and helps eyelid hooding as well

Blepharoplasty, or an eyelid tuck treats excess skin and fat of the eyelids. For the upper eyelids, this is treating someone who looks "tired." When you look more sad or angry, it is often more a result of low eyebrows. Surgically lifting the eyebrows opens up the eyes and makes you look less sad and more refreshed. You can simulate the difference by either pulling up your eyebrows to simulate a lift or tucking some of the upper eyelid skin under the eyebrow without displacing the brows to simulate a blepharoplasty. This is the same thing I do in the office during a consultation.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 125 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.