Brow Lift

What is a Brow Lift?

Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift minimizes the creases that develop across the forehead, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose; improves what are commonly referred to as frown lines; and repositions a low or sagging brow.

If you are bothered by expression lines or other signs of aging in the brow region, a brow lift may be right for you. A brow lift:

  • · Minimizes the creases that develop across the forehead, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose, between the eyes
  • · Improves what are commonly referred to as frown lines, vertical creases that develop between the eyebrows
  • · Repositions a low or sagging brow that is hooding the upper eyelid
  • · Raises the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful position

Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a brow lift include:

  • · Eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes
  • · Facelift to correct aging changes in the mid- to lower face and neck regions
  • · Skin resurfacing techniques

A brow lift is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfil someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Brow lift surgery is a good option for you if:

  • · You are physically healthy
  • · You don’t smoke
  • · You have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance

What you should know before undergoing brow lift surgery

The success and safety of your brow lift procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:
  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries
Your surgeon may also:
  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Discuss the options available to you for brow lifts
  • Examine and measure different parts of your face
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of a brow lift and any risks or potential complications

Important facts about the safety and risks of brow surgery

The decision to have a brow lift is extremely personal and you'll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications.

The risks include:
  • · Unfavourable scarring
  • · Bleeding (hematoma)
  • · Infection
  • · Poor wound healing
  • · Anaesthesia risks
  • · Blood clots
  • · Correctable hair loss at the incisions
  • · Elevated hairline
  • · Facial nerve injury with weakness or paralysis
  • · Facial asymmetry
  • · Skin loss
  • · Numbness or other changes in skin sensation or intense itching
  • · Changes in skin sensation
  • · Eye irritation or dryness
  • · Eyelid disorders that involve abnormal position of the upper eyelids (eyelid ptosis), loose eyelid skin, or abnormal laxness of the lower eyelid (ectropion) can coexist with sagging forehead and eyebrow structures; brow lift surgery will not correct these disorders; additional surgery may be required
  • · Fluid accumulation
  • · Pain, which may persist
  • · Skin contour irregularities
  • · Skin discoloration and swelling
  • · Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
  • · Possibility of revision surgery
Be sure to ask questions

It's very important to ask your plastic surgeon questions about your brow lift procedure. It's natural to feel some anxiety, whether it's excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don't be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.