Brow lifts can reduce unwanted horizontal or vertical lines and wrinkles on the forehead, including frown lines or deep furrows between the eyebrows.
Also known as
- Forehead lift
What is a browlift?
A brow lift is an operation to reposition the brows higher. This is sometimes combined with an upper eyelid lift (Upper Blepharoplasty). At the Swan we prefer to strive towards the natural look, depending on your anatomy, this may be best achieved with a lateral brow lift (lifting the outer eyebrows only). If you have minimal brow droop, a browpexy alone may be necessary. A browpexy is used to help suspend the brow internally through an upper eyelid skin cut. This can be combined with an upper eyelid lift. However, if you have significant drooping, then you will need a formal brow lift
How is a brow lift done?
The procedure takes about two hours. You will need to be fasted for 6 hours before the procedure. The area is carefully marked. Local anaesthetic is then injected. An incision is performed in the hairline. It is usually around 4cm in length and set back from the hair line. The tissues are undermined, and the eyebrow area is suspended higher. Sutures are then carefully placed. A head bandage is usually applied. It is normal to feel tightness. You will then be given pain killers.
The procedure is usually performed as day surgery, so you can go home the same day.
You will be given antibiotic tablets and pain relief tablets to take home so that you can be comfortable.
Objectives of the operation
The aim of Brow Lift Surgery is to exclude excess upper eyelid tissue (which is recognised by skin touching the eyelashes), eyelid ptosis (which needs a separate operation to repair overstretched levator muscle), and any eyebrow asymmetry.
Latest surgical brow lift techniques
In the 1980s, the brow lifts were overdone resulting in the startled look. We now restore the tissues to their rightful place rather than over elevating them. Our improved knowledge of anatomy and long-term study of patients had led to improved outcomes for our patients through modern surgical techniques.