What is Brow Lift Surgery?
Brow Lift Surgery is an invasive surgical procedure that helps many people achieve a rejuvenated facial appearance. It improves the aesthetic position of the eyelids by restoring the proportional relationship between the eye and brow, thus improving the overall appearance of your face.
Low eyebrows can be an inherent or acquired facial feature. A combination of genetics, gravity, lifestyle factors, sun exposure, and other environmental interactions can leave you looking older than you feel.
The position of the eyebrows can greatly change the overall look of the face.
As we age, our eyebrows drop as a result of natural ageing due to connective tissue weakness and loss of subcutaneous adipose tissue in the temporal region.
Although we don’t think about it, the look of the face on which the eyebrows are raised is interpreted as cheerful, energetic, and fresh, while the face with lowered eyebrows looks tired. This is the main reason why more and more people are opting for this procedure.
This surgical procedure is popular with both men and women. Furthermore, this procedure can easily be done in conjunction with other rejuvenating facial procedures.
Am I a Good Candidate for Brow Lift?
Candidates for Brow Lift surgery are usually people over the age of 40 who experience:
- Asymmetrical eyebrows
- Droopy or low-hanging brow appearance
- Horizontal wrinkles in the eyebrow area
- Concern about their upper facial appearance due to brow position
- An older facial appearance due to their brow position
- A tired-looking face
- Good overall health
- Good healing capacity and healthy, resilient skin
- Realistic expectations and a positive outlook
Benefits of Brow Lift Surgery
Forehead Lift Surgery raises your eyebrows by a few millimeters which is usually enough to achieve a fresh and cheerful facial look.
After the surgery, patients feel younger and happier with their new appearance. Thanks to the quick and easy recovery process, Brow Lift is often combined with non-surgical treatments to further improve the results.
Brow Lift can be customized to achieve the aesthetic goals of every patient. To find out more, contact one of our Specialist Surgeons to get a better idea of what can a Brow Lift do for you.
Some of the benefits are:
- Raised drooping brow line
- Impression of fresher, more open, younger-looking eyes
- Reduced wrinkles
- Tighter skin
- Enhanced self-confidence
- Natural look
- Immediate results
- Quick recovery
Brow Lift Surgical Procedure
A Brow Lift can be a stand-alone Surgical Procedure or in addition to other facial rejuvenation procedures such as Face Lifting or Mini Face Lifting.
The goal of the operation is to raise the lowered eyebrows by removing the excess skin and fatty tissue, and proper lifting and positioning.
The Specialist Surgeon will make several small incisions along the hairline, so the scarring is almost invisible and will gradually fade away as you heal.
An endoscope is inserted, in conjunction with special instruments to separate the forehead soft tissue and skin from the underlying bone. The surgeon will then lift the skin of the eyebrows and forehead to achieve the goal, and close the incisions with sutures.
Repositioned skin is now tightened, and the brows are lifted.
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Recovery After Brow Lift Surgery
Recovery varies from patient to patient. However, Brow Lift Surgery is considered one of the easier facial rejuvenation procedures to recover from.
Immediately after the surgery, your surgeon will wrap your forehead to minimize the swelling. Your surgeon may also use small drainage to drain any excess blood or fluid. Removal of these drains typically occurs a few days after your surgery.
You may experience some swelling around the incision area but it usually subsides within a few days.
To reduce complications and minimize swelling, your surgeon will recommend that you sleep with your head and shoulders at an angle. You can accomplish this by sleeping with a few pillows behind your head and shoulders.
Applying cold compresses can also help reduce bruising, swelling, and pain.
However, you should avoid saunas, pools, and dying your hair for at least a few weeks.
Return to daily activities and work is possible immediately after removing the sutures, approximately 7-8 days after surgery.
Minimising Scars after Brow Surgery
It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.
Experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.
We will arrange weekly post-op appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.
You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks later for a scar consultation and organise scar minimisation treatments.
The Coco Ruby dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customised selection of Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils, Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Silicone strips & gels and Steroids can also help minimise scars. Ask the Coco Ruby Team!
Note – The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and your health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person – resting helps healing.
Please avoid subjecting your incision to abrasion or excessive stresses during the recovery period.
Brow Lift FAQs
When can I go back to work after Brow Lift Surgery?
- It depends on both the surgical method your Specialist Surgeon uses and your recovery ability.
- Most patients go back to work a week after the surgery.
Can Brow Lift surgery make my eyebrows more arched?
- Yes, Brow Lift Surgery can slightly augment the shape of your eyebrows.
How painful is Brow Lift Surgery recovery?
- You might feel some discomfort.
- Your doctor can prescribe medications to manage the pain.
Will Brow Lift Surgery hide horizontal lines from my forehead?
- Brow Lift Surgery will hide some minor horizontal lines from your forehead by stretching and repositioning the skin.
How bad is the scarring?
- Scarring is minimal and hardly noticeable. Also, it gradually fades away as you heal.
Does medical insurance cover Forehead Lift Surgery?
- Forehead Lift Surgery is an aesthetic procedure. As a result you are usually not elligble for cover from health insurance companies.
- However, if it causes vision issues, your medical insurance provider might approve it as a necessary surgery.
- Even so, there will be out of pocket costs.
Brow Surgery Cost
Every patient is different, therefore the prices vary. You will be given a price quote after your first consultation.
Your Brow Lift Surgery quote will include your surgeon’s fee, anesthetist’s fee, perhaps a surgical assistant fee, and the hospital fees.
Funding Brow Surgery –Medicare, Payment Plans and Super
Some Brow Lift procedures may be eligible for Medicare.
Purely cosmetic Brow Lift procedures are usually NOT eligible for cover by Medicare or private health insurance. In other words, you must fund the cost of the surgery yourself.
Many patients ask about payment options and medical finance – You can learn more about payment options for funding your Brow Lift procedure on our Funding Surgery page here.
Your super fund may also be able to help pay for your procedure in certain circumstances – visit the Super for Surgery page to find out about early release of super on compassionate grounds.
How to find the best Brow Lift surgeon in Melbourne
Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. Since brow lift is a major procedure, you’ll need a top brow lift plastic surgeon. A reputable brow lift surgeon has the following qualities:
- A Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of ASPS5 star online reviews from patients.
- Extensive experience in different types of brow lift.
- Patient Before and After Photos .
- Empathy and caring with recovery and aftercare.
- A great support team with long term follow up.
Complications and Risks of Brow Surgery
Although Brow Lift is usually an outpatient procedure, as every invasive surgery it comes with certain risks and possible complications.
However, it is important to point out that the development of these risks and side effects is extremely rare and minimized if your Specialist Surgeon is experienced in this field.
That’s why it is crucial to do the research and to choose the right medical professional for your Brow Lift journey.
Some of the risks and complications include:
- Loss of sensation in the operated area
- Hair loss in the incision area
- Raised hairline
Commonly combined surgery
A Forehead Lift Surgery can be performed on its own or in combination with other surgical procedures such as liposuction. Forehead Lift can also be performed with a procedure on another part of the body .
As a guide it is best not to exceed a total of 4-6 hours of surgery and also to work on associated parts of the breast, body or face. See the BLOG on Combining Different Surgeries.
Further Reading – Medical References
Procedure overview –Brow Lift & Forehead Lift Surgery
Your Brow Lift Journey
Your specialist surgeon will explain everything you need to know about the operation itself and the realistic possibilities of correction.
Depending on the extent of the procedure, your Specialist Surgeon will decide on the type of anaesthesia. Your surgeon will choose either local or general anaesthesia, which requires examination by an anesthesiologist and laboratory examination. It is important that you ask your specialist surgeon any questions you may have about the procedure and preparation.
Brow Lift Surgery is an outpatient procedure that usually takes from 1-2 hours. Local or general anaesthesia will be applied. Then, the eyebrows are raised symmetrically and the excess skin is removed.
To minimize the risks of the complications it is important to follow your Specialist Surgeons instructions at all times. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to monitor your recovery progress.
Why Choose Us?
You’ll be glad to know that our Plastic Surgeons operate at accredited major hospitals in Melbourne, using only experienced Anaesthetists and a top Surgical Support team.
They’ll help you attain a natural-looking rejuvenation result that doesn’t leave you looking ‘over-done’ or ‘wind-blown.’
Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne Plastic Surgeon – FRCS (Plas)
Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne
Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.
Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice.
How can we help?
Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation
- If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
- You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.