Both men and women can suffer from the unfortunate effect of muscles relaxing in the face as they get older, causing the brows to descend and creating the effect of an ‘overhang’. Although there are some temporary solutions to this (Botulin Toxin, also known as Botox, being one example), brow lift surgery is a more permanent option.
Heavy, sagging eyebrows and deep-set forehead lines can be fixed with brow lift surgery. By lifting the brows and smoothing out any lines, the face will appear more youthful and brighter.
For the majority of cases, the procedure is carried out via small cuts incisions made behind the hairline. For some male patients, the incisions can also be made in the brows themselves. Both of these options ensure visible scarring is kept to a minimum.
Brow Lift FAQs
What occurs during the procedure?
You will be placed under general anaesthetic for the surgery, as the surgeon will have to make small incisions in the hairline. The surgeon will then either use an incision in the scalp or endoscopic technology to tighten the skin and muscles in the forehead.
How long do the scars take to heal?
This can change from patient to patient, but they generally begin to fade within a few weeks and before long they are often very hard to locate.
How much bruising can be expected?
There is usually some swelling but often very little to no bruising whatsoever. If you do experience some bruising or excessive swelling then ice packs and painkillers can help.
Can I combine surgeries?
Yes – in fact, a lot of patients tend to combine brow lift surgery with Face Lift surgery and Blepharoplasty (eye lid surgery). Brow lift surgery focuses on the top third of the face (the forehead), whereas Face Lifts and Blepharoplasty focus on the bottom two thirds.
How long before I can wash my hair?
After you have had Brow Lift surgery you will be able to wash your hair within a couple of days, but your surgeon will advise you on this.
This page is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.