The passing of time coupled with environmental factors can all contribute to the effects of gravity on the forehead. Aimed at smoothing the brow, lifting drooping eyebrows and opening up the eyes, a brow lift is often combined with a facelift or a blepharoplasty to get the best results.
Brow lift: Am I suitable?
Aimed at patients in their forties and upwards who are no longer able to reverse the signs of ageing on the brow with Botox.
A thorough consultation with the surgeon will be necessary to ensure that you have realistic expectations and also whether it is necessary to combine it with other procedures or treatments to achieve exactly what you want.
Brow lift: What do I have to do to prepare?
As a brow lift is a surgical procedure your surgeon will give you instructions to help you prepare for surgery and these may include guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.
Brow lift: What’s the treatment like?
The two main options when it comes to the brow lift are whether the technique used is open or endoscopic. An open brow lift involves an incision along or slightly behind the natural hairline. The skin is then lifted away from the tissues, muscles removed, eyebrows raised if necessary, excess skin is trimmed away and the cut is close with clips or stitches. For an endoscopic brow lift, the surgeon makes a number of small incisions along the forehead rather than one long one. An endoscope (a small tube with a camera on the end) is inserted through the incisions allowing the surgeon to clearly see the area and then he works on the muscles, tissues, position of eyebrows as with the open brow lift.
Brow lift: What about after?
You should be able to return to work after a week’s rest and recuperation.
Brow lift: Are there any risks or side effects?
Pain and discomfort for several days and some swelling. Bruising and any numbness in the facial area should disappear after a few weeks.
As well as the usual risks or side effects that accompany an operation, a brow lift can also result in nerve damage, asymmetry of the eyebrows and the possibility of temporary headaches.
Scars are permanent but should fade with time and an experienced surgeon can hide them in your hairline or the natural creases in your skin.
What will it cost me?
From £2,500 to £4,000.