A brow lift surgery can help you turn back time

And have a more youthful, confident appearance

Your brow, forehead and upper face is often one of the first areas to show the early signs of ageing. Unfortunate, since it is also one of the most prominent. As such, many women choose eyebrow lift surgery, also known as a forehead lift, to help turn back the clock and look as young as they feel. The effect is a reduction in forehead creases and frown lines (the vertical lines between the eyebrows), plus the lifting of dropping eyebrows and upper eyelids. You’ll look more awake and alert than you have in years.

But looking more alert doesn’t mean looking constantly surprised. Dr Hunt is very aware of the celebrity horror stories where women look as if they have just received the shock of their life – all the time. Dr Hunt instead prides himself on achieving natural, subtle results that will have your friends asking where you’ve been on holidays, not whether you’ve had work done.

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What is a Brow Lift?

An upper facelift, also known as forehead lift, is a popular surgery that lifts the forehead and deals with wrinkles in the forehead and around your eyes. The decades of frowning and squinting will eventually take their toll on your face creating deep forehead creases and lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows. These signs of ageing might be making you look older than you feel. But you don’t have to endure them. A brow lift tightens the forehead and pulls the eyebrows up. It makes you look younger, less angry, and more alert. It can make your eyes look wider and more open.

A forehead lift, also called an upper facelift, is a cosmetic facial rejuvenation procedure that lifts the eyebrows and tightens the forehead and skin around the eyes. The target area of a brow lift is the upper third of the face. That’s the area extending from the corner of the eyes upward to your frontal hairline.

As we age, the eyebrows tend to drop down. The skin loses elasticity and becomes lax. The constant pull of gravity will make your eyebrows droop, usually after 40 years of age.

Droopy eyebrows can make you look tired or angry. They can obscure your eyes and make them narrower. Forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines will make you look old. A forehead, however, can reverse these signs of ageing.

The key to a good result is to match the correct procedure to the right patient and for this reason we will perform a number of different forehead lift for differing effects and results  The procedures are performed in hospital leading to fewer side effects, better results, less scarring, and faster recovery.

Dr Maryam and Dr Hunt will help you choose the best type of forehead lift for you.

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Who Needs A Brow Lift?

A forehead lift tackles several problems at once. It lifts the eyebrows and deals with wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. So, it would be a perfect surgery for you if:

  • You have droopy eyebrows making you look tired or angry
  • You look like you’re frowning all the time without actually frowning
  • You have deep skin creases and folds on your forehead
  • You have frown lines – wrinkles between your eyebrows
  • You have crow’s feet – wrinkles around your eyes

If your forehead and eyebrows are making you look older than you feel, then a forehead lift is the logical next step.

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Benefits of Brow Lift Surgery

Several advantages make forehead lifting so popular among our patients. Some of the advantages include:

  • Long-lasting results – expect a forehead lift to last 10-12 years before needing revision. This is a major advantage that makes a surgical brow lift an excellent alternative to a botox brow lift.
  • No need for repetitive injections (as with botox forehead lift)
  • Dramatic improvement in facial features
  • Gets rid of forehead lines
  • Gets rid of crow’s feet and frown lines
  • Makes you look more alert and energetic
  • Can pull the upper eyelids up, making your eyes appear larger
  • Can be combined with blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) to widen the eyes and get rid of the puffy and saggy appearance
  • It can be done under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia
  • It’s a quick surgery – 30 to 60 mins to perform
  • Quick recovery time – usually back to work in a few days

An upper facelift is packed with benefits and advantages. It’s a simple surgery that leads to dramatic changes in your appearance. It reverses the clock on the way you look and boosts your self-confidence by making you look the way you feel.

Case:   62 yo female with descent and rop in the brow creating excess skin in the upper eyelid.  Brow lift elevates the brow and “opens the eye” creating a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

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Types of Brow Lift Surgery

There are several types of forhead lift that our surgeons offer:

  • Coronal browlift – through a longer forehead incision often on the hairline. This is the most powerful browlift and is effective in severe cases of brow drop and heavier skin types
  • Endoscopic browlift – minimally invasive surgery to lift the eyebrows, allows elevating of the inner brow and outer brow there a series of smaller incisions in the hairline
  • Temporal browlift – used to elevate the outer par of the brow. This is the most common browlift we perform as it is often the heavier outer brow that drops first and is the procedure of choice to address excess skin folds at the outer corner of the eye
  • Transpalpebral browlift – done in combination with blepharoplasty (eyelid lift)

The traditional open brow lift is only rarely performed now. Newer, minimally invasive techniques are now the standard in facial rejuvenation surgery.

Types of Brow Lift Procedures

Traditional Brow Lift

The traditional brow lift, also called “open” or “coronal” browlift, is the oldest surgical technique to lift the eyebrows and forehead.

Although it delivers great results, newer alternatives (like endoscopic brow lift) are now preferred.

An open browlift involves a large incision done along the frontal hairline, extending from one ear to the other. Through this incision, your surgeon pulls the deep forehead muscles and tissue up and fixes them in place using sutures. He or she will then pull the forehead skin tight to flatten any wrinkles and lines.

After that, the excess skin is cut, and the wound will be sutured along the hairline.

Some disadvantages that have led plastic surgeons to replace the traditional brow lift include:

  • Nerve injury and numbness in small areas of the scalp
  • Can pull the hairline back
  • Destroys hair follicles along the incision

This is why plastic surgeons now preferentially perform endoscopic brow lift instead of an open brow lift. Nevertheless, an open brow lift is still an excellent surgery and a great option for some patients with advanced signs of ageing.

Endoscopic Brow Lift and Temporal Brow Lift

An endoscopic brow lift is the standard surgery for lifting the eyebrows and tightening the forehead. It’s a minimally invasive upper facelift technique.

Instead of one large incision across the hairline, an endoscopic forehead lift usually involves 4 very small incisions (around 0.5 cm each).

Your surgeon will insert the endoscope through one incision and surgical instruments through the others. The brow lift endoscope looks like a metallic rod, has a camera and light source on its tip, and is connected to a screen.

To perform the brow lift, your surgeon will move the endoscope in the wound to see the deeper tissue. He or she will then release the skin from the eyebrow and forehead muscles. These will then be lifted and fixed in a higher position using sutures. All of this will be done without actually opening up the forehead – through a thin camera and endoscopic instruments.

After lifting the eyebrows, the instruments are taken out, and the 4 small wounds will be closed with sutures.

The advantages of an endoscopic brow lift include:

  • Less invasive surgery
  • Less risk of nerve injury
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less damage to hair follicles and hairline
  • Quicker recovery

An endoscopic brow lift can be done under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with intravenous sedation.

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Transpalpebral Brow Lift - Mini Brow Lift

Many patients seeking a forehead lift want to combine it with an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). If you’re getting both an eyelid and brow lift together, then they could both be done through the same blepharoplasty wound.

The transpalpebral brow lift is also called a mini brow lift. It is less invasive compared to the endoscopic and traditional forehead lifts. It specifically targets the outer ⅓ of your eyebrows. This is why it’s sometimes also called a “temporal” brow lift.

The blepharoplasty wound is a horizontal wound along your upper eyelid. To perform the mini brow lift, your surgeon will detach the eyelid skin from the deep eyelid muscles (called palpebral muscles).

He or she will then continue dissecting and going upward until reaching the deep eyebrow tissue. The brow muscles and forehead tissue will be lifted and attached in a higher position using strong sutures.

Once the temporal brow lift is done, the excess eyelid skin is cut and removed. The blepharoplasty wounds are then closed.

This combination of eyelid and brow lift produces the most dramatic cosmetic improvement in the upper face region. It makes your eyes look wide open, reduces your frown, and brings your eyelids and eyebrows back up into their normal position.

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Recovery after Brow Lift Surgery

The recovery period after brow lift surgery can take up to a week or two post op. During this time, make sure to take the analgesic medication to alleviate the potential pain and discomfort.

It is best to avoid strenuous physical activities during the first two weeks after brow lift surgery and make sure to take time off from work to allow your body to heal. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period after brow lift surgery:

  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
  • Avoid steam rooms and saunas
  • Sleep with your head on an elevated position
  • Have a healthy and balanced diet
  • Keep your body hydrated

To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.

Brow Lift Surgery Costs Sydney - How much does Brow Lift surgery cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

The costs for brow lift surgery vary depending on several factors. The type of procedure you get, type of anaesthesia used, location (hospital or clinic), to mention just a few. Dr Hunt and his team will provide you with a detailed quote after your first consultation.

Is brow lift surgery covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

If you meet certain strict criteria, you might be eligible for a partial rebate by medicare or health insurance subsidy for plastic surgery.

You can learn more about possible Medicare & Health Fund coverage, Brow Lift Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for face surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Is Brow Lift Surgery Worth It?

According to, 90% of patients undergoing brow lift surgery are happy with the results achieved and found it totally worth it.

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With over 20 years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques.

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What's involved in a Browlift?


Dr Hunt will perform one of two browlift techniques, open or endoscopic. However whichever procedure you have agreed is right for you, your surgery will take place under general anesthetic in the hospital of your choice, administered by one of Dr Hunt’s personally selected anesthetists.

Open Brow Lift

The more traditional technique for lifting the forehead, Dr Hunt will make an incision from one ear around to the other, carefully hiding the scar in your hairline. Once the incision is made, Dr Hunt will gently separate the skin from the underlying tissue, before working to tighten or reduce the muscles. The skin will then be stretched, trimmed and either stitched or clipped in place.

Endoscopic Brow Lift

Dr Hunt will make small incisions in your scalp, through which he will gently insert a tiny camera at the end of a thin plastic tube. This allows Dr Hunt to see the muscles and fatty tissue and effectively tighten and reduce them where required. He will then lift your brows, before closing the incisions with clips or stitches.

When can I resume my normal activities after Browlift?


When you get home you should rest in bed for the remainder of the day. You should plan minimal activity and movement for the first 48 hours, and no activity that will increase your heart rate above 100 beats per minute within the first three weeks after surgery.

When will I see the end result of Brow LIft?


You will see the final result of your forehead lift just six to eight weeks after your surgery.

How painful is a Brow Lift?


A browlift is not a particularly painful surgery. Like any other surgical procedure, some degree of pain will be felt in the areas around the eye and above the eyebrows. Nevertheless, the pain is usually easily manageable using routine painkillers.

Should I have a Browlift?


If you’re concerned about your frown lines or forehead creases, hate your drooping eyebrows or are just sick of people thinking that you’re tired, angry or even sad, you could be the perfect candidate for brow or forehead lift surgery. However, the best way to determine that is to meet Dr Hunt for a one-on-one consultation, where he will assess your current situation and discuss how best to achieve your desired result.


About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.