A brow lift is a cosmetic procedure that elevates the brow and removes unwanted wrinkles between the brow and hairline. It can also effectively remove the vertical lines above the nose and between the eyebrows.
This surgery can reduce symptoms of heaviness and tiredness at the end of the day, and can lift the troublesome brow droop that obstructs vision in many susceptible individuals.
What happens during the operation
Cosmetic surgery for a Brow lift typically involves “keyhole” surgery, where at least four incisions are made behind the hairline in the scalp and temple. An endoscope, which is a pencil thin camera device that is connected to a television monitor, is then inserted through each incision in turn, enabling the surgeon to see the muscles and tissues beneath the skin. Some of these will then be removed to produce a smoother and younger looking forehead. When the incisions are closed, they are done so horizontally to give additional lift to the brow. If “keyhole” surgery is not used, the traditional brow lift incisions are carried out which involves a longer scar within or just in front of the hairline. The operation usually takes between one to two hours to complete and normally involves an overnight stay in hospital. A brow lift procedure is typically combined with other techniques at the same time ie a face lift.
Aftercare and recovery
Patients may experience numbness and mild swelling but any discomfort should be minimal and easily controlled by medication. Bandages are removed one or two days following surgery and sutures removed 10 – 14 days. The scars will usually fade over three to six months.
Return to light work is acceptable after seven to 10 days, but we recommend vigorous activity is avoided for the six weeks that it takes for the brow to heal in its elevated position. Light bruising and swelling is common around the lower forehead and eyelids. The sutures in the scalp are dissolving and fall out in the shower. Hairdressing appointments should be avoided for six weeks, and the gentle use of a hairdryer and finger drying is preferable to towel dry for this period of time post-operatively.
Risks and complications
All surgical procedures carry risks so it’s important that as well as the benefits of cosmetic procedures you are also fully aware of any complications that may arise.
Although these complications are extremely rare, they can include infection and skin discolouration/bruising and swelling.
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