At a Glance
Descent or flattening of the brow and especially the lateral aspect is one of the earliest signs of aging. As we naturally age, wrinkles and lines will also appear more prominently across the face, particularly on the forehead. When we begin to lose skin elasticity, the eyebrows become closer to the eyes, making the eyebrows appear low. This can often exaggerate your facial expressions, or make you appear sad, angry or upset. To alter this, you may wish to have a brow lift.
Centre for Surgery perform both endoscopic browlifts and a short scar mini browlift.
A brow lift, also referred to as a forehead lift, works to give your face a more youthful appearance. A brow lift will tighten the skin and reposition the eyebrows, removing frown lines and wrinkles in the process. This is an effective procedure if you have tried anti-ageing injectables and they have not achieved the desired results, or you are looking for a more long-term solution.
You will be a suitable candidate for a brow lift if you:
- Have wrinkles or frown lines which you are wishing to remove
- Have brown asymmetry
- Want to have an appearance that is more youthful and rejuvenated
- Have reasonable expectations about what the procedure involves
- Are physically and mentally in good health
This is a procedure that is suitable for both genders. There is no upper age limit for a brow lift.
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There are numerous different methods for performing browlift. Prior to your surgery, you will have a consultation with your surgeon who will be able to assess your eyebrows and forehead and determine the best surgical method. The method used will vary depending on the appearance of your brow, your facial shape, your tissue thickness and your age.
The various methods for a brow lift include:
- Traditional brow lift: This technique rejuvenates the entire upper third of the face. The surgeon will then be able to lift the forehead, hairline and brow in an upward direction. This is generally preferred by female patients or those with minimal hair loss, as the scar will be hidden within the hairline. The traditional browlift has been replaced by the endoscopic brow lift.
- Male brow lift: as the name suggests, this method is preferred by men, particularly those who have thinning or no hair. Incisions are made along the eyebrow, allowing scars to be hidden. The skin is then pulled downward, allowing it to be tightened and smoothed.
- Minimally invasive brow lift: this is suitable for older men who have more pronounced forehead wrinkles. The incision is made along a forehead crease and the forehead is then lifted. This involves a shorter incision than a traditional brow lift.
- Endoscopic brow lift: this involves three small incisions above the hairline, and the forehead is then moved upward and secured with special Endotine fixation devices.
Any brow lift method will be done with ClearSleep anaesthesia, so you will not feel any discomfort.
The use of endoscopy in brow rejuvenation produces good and predictable results with minimal scarring. The open mini brow lift leaves small scars and the degree of lift achievable will be more limited compared with an endoscopic brow lift. However if you are only seeking a more limited elevation in brow position, the mini approach may be more suitable. This is especially the case in men where it is important not to elevate the brow to much to avoid the feminising the male face.
You will be able to leave the clinic on the same day as your brow lift once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
You will have dressings applied, and may have drains which will help to remove any excess fluid. These will be able to be removed after the first few days. It is important that you do not get the dressing wet in order to avoid infections. Any stitches that are not dissolvable will be removed after four to seven days.
You will notice some bruising and swelling which will last a few days. You will need to make sure you sleep on your backin a propped up position with several pillows, which will help to minimise swelling.
You will have to wear a compression garment which will help to reduce swelling.
Ensure that you avoid any strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for three weeks following the brow lift.
You may need to take up to one week off work, however, this will vary from person to person.
What is a brow lift?A brow lift, otherwise known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure which lifts the brows, removing wrinkles and frown lines and tightening the skin on the forehead.
Can I have a brow lift?If you are unhappy with the appearance of your forehead and brows, want to remove wrinkles and frown lines or want to correct brow asymmetry, you may be a suitable candidate for this procedure. This procedure is suitable for both men and women of any age above 18 years old.
What anaesthetic will be used?A brow lift will be performed under a local anaesthetic, so you will be awake throughout the procedure but unable to feel anything in the treatment area.
How long will the brow lift take?A brow lift will take one to two hours to complete.
Will I have to stay overnight?You will be able to return home on the same day as your procedure once the effects of the ClearSleep™ anaesthetic has worn off.
What will the recovery period be like?After a brow lift, it is normal to experience bruising and swelling.
You will have a dressing applied, and may have drains left in to help drain any fluid. The drains will be removed after the first few days.
It is recommended that you sleep on your back in order to avoid damaging the incision site. You may also wish to sleep with multiple pillows so your head is more elevated; this will help to reduce swelling.
How long will I need to take off work?This will vary from person to person, but you may need to take up to one week off work.
When can I start exercising again?You will need to avoid strenuous exercise, including heavy lifting, for three weeks.
Will I have scars?As the procedure involves incisions, you will have scars. However, these scars will be within your hairline, in the eyebrows or within fold lines in the forehead, and as such will not be visible.