Brow Lift, also referred to as Forehead Lift, alters those skin and muscle tissues that through increasing age cause furrowing of the forehead. Brow Lift is frequently combined with a Face Lift and / or Blepharoplasty.
Who is suitable for Brow Lift surgery?
Brow lift surgery is most frequently performed for those in the 40-60 age range so as to minimize the visible effects of aging. However, the procedure can also help people of any age who have developed furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscle activity.
This procedure can also help individuals with inherited conditions, such as a low, heavy brow or furrowed lines above the nose, enabling them to achieve a more alert and fresh look.
What to consider at this stage
Before you see the surgeon, it is important to consider exactly what you are trying to achieve from your surgery.
Those who smoke are advised to stop smoking at least two weeks before their surgery. Because smoking reduces the blood supply to the thin skin flaps created by the surgeon, stopping smoking at this time will assist healing and reduce the risk of infection.
The procedure for Brow Lift surgery
- Most brow lift procedures are performed under general anaesthetic, although local anaesthetic with sedation is also possible.
- The operation takes from 1 to 2 hours.
- Most patients remain in hospital overnight for 1 night.
- If your work is not physical, you can anticipate returning to work within 1 week.
- You can expect to return to normal physical exercise within 2 to 4 weeks.
- In open brow lift surgery, a coronal (crown) incision is made. This begins around ear level and runs across the top of the forehead well behind the hairline. The underlying tissue is also removed so as to create a smooth, more youthful appearance.
Following the operation
As is typical with all surgery, you can expect to feel bruised and sore. A bandage is applied to the forehead for two days to reduce swelling. Sutures are removed after one week. You may also be asked to keep your head elevated for a few days to help the swelling decrease.
Risks & Complications
Cosmetic surgery is amongst the safest of medical procedures. However, patients must understand and accept that no surgical procedure is totally without risk.
For further information concerning the risks and complications associated with Browlift, please refer to Risks and Complications of Browlift.
At Consultation, Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you.
How long will the results of your brow lift surgery last?
Patients are regularly unaware how much their sagging forehead contributed to the signs of aging. At least not until they see how much younger and more rested they appear after the lift. Although a brow lift does not stop the clock, it can minimize the appearance of aging for years.
You will always look younger than you otherwise would, but over the years your face will continue to age. However, there are many non-surgical procedures which will help to prolong the result of a brow lift. For further information please visit the Non-Surgical section of our website.