Essentially aimed at smoothing out frown lines on the forehead, a brow lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can also help to lift drooping or hooded eyebrows, open up the eyes and smooth loose facial skin to produce a more youthful appearance. Brow lifts are becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic surgery procedure and are often done in conjunction with a face-lift or blepharoplasty to create a more lasting and dramatic effect. However, a brow lift can also be a very effective stand-alone treatment, with new advanced techniques such as the endoscopic brow lift offering a quick and painless procedure with minimal recovery time.
Am I a Candidate for a Brow lift?
Sun, wind, age, and the downwards pull of gravity all affect the face, often causing frown lines, wrinkling across the forehead, and an increasing heaviness of the eyebrows as the skin loses its elasticity. Sagging eyebrows are usually first noticed in people who are in their forties, and this is the age of most patients who have a forehead or a brow lift procedure.
Preparing for Brow lift Surgery
Prior to your procedure, it is worth pinpointing the ageing areas on your face. If the upper part of the face is sagging and has noticeable creases, a brow lift may be a suitable procedure. However, for saggy skin or jowls around the jaw and loose skin in the neck area, a face lift may be a more suitable option; or additional procedures such as eyelid surgery may be necessary to achieve the desired result. Find out more…..
Brow lift Surgery – The procedure
There are different brow lift surgery operations, the two main options are the original open technique and an endoscopic brow lift. The most suitable procedure for you depends on the structure of your face, the condition of your skin, and your hairline, in order to decide where the surgeon’s incisions should be made. With both techniques, the muscles and underlying tissues of the forehead are removed or slackened and the eyebrows may also be raised and excess skin trimmed away.
Recovery time for Brow Lift Surgery
Depending on the procedure, you may be allowed to go home after a few hours, or need to stay in hospital overnight. Most patients return to work after 7-10 days – although this can often be sooner if you have an endoscopic procedure. Find out more about the Brow-Lift Recovery period.
Benefits of Brow Lift Surgery
Eyebrow shape and position can make an important difference to how you look. A brow lift procedure will raise sagging eyebrows to make your eyes appear more open, as well as removing loose skin in the forehead to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Risks and Complications of Brow lift
There will be some pain and discomfort for several days following surgery, your face will be swollen for around 48 hours, and there may be visible bruising for up to two weeks. Other rare risks and side effects associated with a brow lift or endoscopic brow-lift, are reactions to anaesthetic, bleeding, haematoma, asymmetry (ie: eyes or eyebrows not being perfectly symmetrical with each other) and nerve damage.
Cost – The cost of a brow-lift procedure from £3000-£4000 for a brow lift procedure.
Choosing a Surgeon – Only fully trained and qualified surgeons should perform a brow lift procedure, so ensure you do your research and pick a reputable, experienced cosmetic surgeon.