A Brow lift, or forehead lift as it is sometimes called, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the visible effects of ageing in the forehead region. This procedure has the effect of tightening the skin and muscle over the forehead, thus reducing drooping eyebrows, forehead furrows and frown lines.
In this procedure, the muscles and skin that cause the droopy brow are removed or altered to smooth the forehead, raise the upper eyelids and minimise frown lines. This can create a more youthful and less severe look to your face and is often done in combination with other facial surgical procedures such as Facelift, Necklift, Eyelid reduction or Laser resurfacing.
In many cases of heaviness or sad appearance around the eye, Brow lift is required rather than Eyelid Surgery to produce a youthful and elegant look. Often the best results are obtained when Brow lift and upper Blepharoplasty are combined.
Brow lift refers to a family of related but different procedures. Your surgeon will explain which he thinks as best for you.Your head will not be shaved for this procedure. Your hair will be tied back out of the way and some strands of hair adjacent to where the tiny suture lines will be may be cut. This is generally not noticeable after your Surgery. Brow lift refers to a family of related but different procedures. Your surgeon will explain which he thinks as best for you. Your head will not be shaved for this procedure. Your hair will be tied back out of the way and some strands of hair adjacent to where the tiny suture lines will be may be cut. This is generally not noticeable after your Surgery.
In the majority of instances, a brow lift is performed through small incisions made in the scalp, one on each side of the temple, just inside the hairline. After the surgical release of anchoring ligaments, skin and tissue are pulled up and anchored to the skull, with sutures, or occasionally small surgical screws. Excess fat may be suctioned from the area at the same time if required. Directly after the brow lift, sutures are placed over the incisions and a light bandage is applied to the head for approximately 24 – 48 hours. You will be given instructions on care of your dressings (if any) on discharge from the Surgery. The bandage will generally be removed 24 – 72 hours after your Surgery. You will need to sleep with 2 to 3 pillows to keep the head raised for the first week following Surgery. This helps minimise swelling and bruising.
Bruising may appear on your forehead and around your eyes. This usually dissipates within seven to ten days although may persist for six to eight weeks and black eyes are a possibility, but unlikely. This bruising and swelling can be camouflaged with special make-up, which is available through our Clinic.
Ice packs and elevation are the best methods of reducing swelling and bruising, especially if applied in the first 24 – 48 hours. Remember not to place ice directly in contact with the skin, wrap it in a plastic bags and towels so that it produces a pleasant cool rather than a stinging cold. You may prefer to use a dampened hand towel placed in the refrigerator for several minutes to chill.
You will be asked to attend our Rooms on an outpatient basis, to be monitored postoperatively. This will also enable us to address any problems you may have.
Sutures will be removed at about the tenth to fourteenth day postoperatively. If surgical screws are used in your procedure, it will be necessary to remove these after approximately ten days postoperatively. This is a procedure performed in our Rooms.