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Cosmetic surgeon in New York explains how a brow lift is done

Dr. Kwan Edmund explains how a brow lift is done.

You’re content. But people think you’re angry. You’re well-rested. But people say you look tired. The birthdate on your driver’s license is far younger than the reflection in the mirror indicates. If these types of concerns trouble you, you’ve come to the right place to achieve a youthful, pleasant, well-rested appearance!

A Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Edmund Kwan safely and skillfully improves the appearance of the eye area and, in some cases, visual acuity. While your trusted cosmetic surgeon in New York explains how a brow lift is done, Dr. Kwan only knows if it’s the best approach for you following a thorough medical evaluation and consultation. 

When a brow lift is best

Generally, this procedure reduces horizontal and vertical lines on the forehead, bridge of the nose, and between the eyes. It corrects “hooded” eyelids, because raising the brows also raises the lids by placing them in a younger looking and more alert position.

Saggy eyebrows arise due to changes in the way fat is distributed over time. Furthermore, young skin bounces back due to plentiful collagen and elastin fibers and proteins. Older skin doesn’t retain its shape after a facial expression is made. The result is expression lines that remain on the face, even when you’re motionless.

When a brow lift is best

Neuromodulators such as Botox offer a temporary solution. To maintain a rested and young appearance, periodic injections are required. They can be a great alternative for patients whose source of concern is limited to expression lines like crow’s feet, because Botox interferes with the ability for specific muscles to contract; however, these non-invasive treatments can’t remove excess skin and reposition tissues in the way surgical intervention can. Eyebrow lifts are also considered a lasting procedure, if the patient continues to live a healthy lifestyle and refrains from habits that may have hastened the aging process, such as tanning or smoking.

Some patients visit Dr. Kwan thinking that they need a blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, when in fact they’ll benefit from a brow or forehead lift. Brow lifts can be combined with blepharoplasties, facelifts, or other procedures such as facial resurfacing. Combination procedures may be recommended if patients suffer from conditions like ptosis, which arises due to “normal” aging, or congenital and neurological problems. This is a true eyelid droop that occurs as the muscle responsible for lifting the lid stretches and slackens.

A consultation helps to determine if you are physically healthy, have realistic goals for surgery, and either don’t use tobacco products or intend to stop soon. All these characteristics are a “must” to ensure your safety and satisfaction with the lift procedure.


Like other surgeries performed by Dr. Kwan, the brow lift starts with lab testing and medical evaluation. He may instruct you to take some medications, and work with your general physician on adjusting existing drugs. Tobacco products, anti-inflammatories and some supplements are associated with increased risk of bleeding and bruising. He’ll discuss what products you can take safely, and the ones to discontinue for a time.

You’ll also need to have a friend or family member take you to the surgery and drive you home afterward.

Treatment day

Dr. Kwan takes great care to avoid altering the height of the hairline while lifting the brow.

The procedure is done at a AAAASF-certified surgical facility. Anesthesia is administered for utmost comfort. Dr. Kwan discusses options during your consultation and preparation.

There are many techniques that may be used to get the results you desire, but generally all brow lift patients should expect the doctor to:

  • Access underlying tissue and muscle via very small incisions in the hairline
  • Adjust these tissues as needed
  • Achieve desired correction
  • Hide the incisions in the hair
  • Close the incisions

Where the incision is placed varies from patient to patient due to factors such as unique facial anatomy; for example, Dr. Kwan takes great care to avoid altering the height of the hairline while lifting the brow. The resulting scar can still be hidden well in the hair and with styles such as bangs or fringes.

Bye-bye, old and tired skin!

Results are immediate and will gradually improve in the weeks and months after surgery, as swelling and bruising subside. Following Dr. Kwan’s instructions is critical to a safe, fast, and healthy recovery. Care may include keeping your head elevated and avoiding vigorous activity or pressure on incisions. Usually, you can return to work and normal activities in 10 to 14 days.

Dr. Kwan will discuss ways to stay looking vibrant, such as sun protection. Call to schedule an appointment at the Manhattan, Flushing, or New Jersey office.


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    Dr. Kwan is by far the most talented surgeon I have EVER crossed paths with. I came to Dr. Kwan after an under eye fat transplant, performed 'by another' plastic surgeon, which deformed my face. It was only until I was under Dr.Kwan's care that the deformity was corrected. Dr. Kwan literally gave me back my beauty. This was a priceless feeling. That was about 4 years ago, I can assure you ever since- Dr. Kwan is the ONLY plastic surgeon I trust my face and body to. I look forward to my body contouring procedure coming up in a few weeks!! :)
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    The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
  •  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - Reviews Rocky P
    I was involved in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and professionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anesthesiologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
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    I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
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    I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns and I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .
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