A heavy brow, drooping eyebrows and deep horizontal furrows give the impression of anger, worry and fatigue. A forehead (or brow) lift corrects drooping brows and improves those horizontal lines and furrows by altering the muscles. The result is a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes.
Before & After
Surgical brow lift
Considering a Brow Lift?
There are some common questions that many people who are considering a brow lift ask, such as:
- Is it for me?
A brow lift is a very individualised procedure, and the outcome will be different for everyone. That is why before you make any decisions you will have a consultation with Dr Hunt to discuss your needs and goals for the surgery.
During this consultation, Dr Hunt will evaluate your general health as well as your face, including the skin, muscle, fat, and underlying bone. He will explain the factors that can influence the outcome of your surgery, and photographs will be taken for your medical record. After the consultation, Dr Hunt's assistant will prepare a quote that will include your surgical, anaesthetic, and hospital fees.
It is not unusual to combine a brow lift with eyelid surgery to achieve the result you want.
- What's involved?
A brow lift is performed under a general anaesthetic, given by an anaesthetist, in an accredited hospital, so you are assured of the best care.
There are two methods that can be used to perform a brow lift. Dr Hunt will choose the most appropriate method for you. Both techniques will achieve a smoother, more relaxed looking forehead.
- Conventional surgical method involves making an incision just above the hairline
- Endoscopic forehead lift allows the procedure to be performed with minimal incisions, thus minimising scarring, nerve damage, and hair loss.
Before the surgery starts incision lines will be marked while you are sitting up. Generally, the lateral brows are elevated to a slightly higher level than the medial brows so as to produce a look of elegance as opposed to a look of surprise. The muscles around the eyes are tightened, minimising lines and smoothing eyelid contours. The procedure will take 60 to 90 minutes.
- When can I go home?
If a brow lift is the only surgery performed you may be able to go home the same day. If you have other surgery you will probably stay in hospital overnight.
Your head will be wrapped in gauze for the first 48 hours. You will probably not require any bandaging after this gauze is removed.
When you are discharged you will be given a prescription for pain medication, which will minimise your discomfort.
When you get home you should rest in bed for the remainder of the day. Moving about too much in the first 48 hours, may cause bleeding, and will also increase your pain.
You should take only the pain medication prescribed. Eat something before you take it to prevent an upset stomach.
Make sure you get plenty of fluids, and eat whenever you are hungry.
- Will I have to return for post-operative care?
You will return to see Dr Hunt at some stage in the first week after surgery. All sutures and staples will be removed about 7 days after surgery.
You will have follow-up visits at:
- 6 weeks
- 6 months
- 12 months
It is essential that you attend all your follow-up visits.
- How long will I be off work?
You should plan on taking 7 to 10 days off work.
- When can I resume my normal activities?
You should plan on minimal activity for at least 48 hours after surgery. No increase in your heart rate above 100 beats per minute is allowed in the first 3 weeks after surgery.
Your eyes will be swollen for about 3 days after the surgery, and bruised for 7 to 10 days after surgery.
You must sleep with your head elevated on 2 pillows for 7 to 10 days after surgery – this helps decrease the amount of swelling.
- You will be able to wash your face and take care of your incisions 2 days after surgery.
- You will be able to wash your hair 3 days after surgery.
- You will be able to apply make-up after 7 days if Dr Hunt says it's OK.
- When will I see the end result?
You will see the final result in 4 to 6 weeks.
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A brow lift is used to elevate a naturally heavy brow or one that drops as part of the facial aging process. The procedure will create a more open appearance to the eye and refresh the upper face removing the appearance of tiredness.
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Drooping upper lids and puffy bags beneath your eyes make you look older and feel more tired than you really are. In some cases it can even impede your vision.
Visualising your face is the way most people bring you to mind. It is the part of you that is almost always on display; hence the way your face looks is very important, both to you and to others.