A brow lift is a procedure to lift your brow into a higher position which helps rejuvenate and open the eye area.
If you are concerned by low-lying eyebrows and in some situations where you are planning an upper blepharoplasty which will affect your eyebrow position, you may be suitable for a brow lift.
If you smoke, are on blood-thinning medication or have significant health problems, this will need to be assessed and you may be advised to wait or not to have a brow lift.
There are variations depending on your individual anatomy and goals. The standard surgery can be done under general anaesthesia, local anaesthesia and sedation or local anaesthesia alone. There are different types of brow lift ranging from those done directly at your eyebrow to brow lifts done from within your hairline where a tunnel is made underneath your skin to your eyebrow to release and lift it. The new position of your eyebrow is secured with deep internal sutures or slow-absorbing devices called endotines or anchors to the underlying bone. Skin incisions are placed as discretely as possible. Drains are not routinely used. Stitches are usually absorbable if within your hairline. If sutures are at your eyebrow directly, they will need to be removed 5 to 7 days later. If ‘net’ sutures are used, these are removed 2 to 3 days after surgery.
Brow lifts can be done on their own or in combination with other procedures. Common combinations include upper blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), lower blepharoplasty, facelifts and other facial rejuvenation procedures.
45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the extent of surgery. If other procedures are planned at the same time, the overall surgery time is longer.
You will have tapes on the incisions near your eyebrows and a sealant spray on incisions within or near your hairline. Brow lift is an outpatient or day case procedure. You can shower with care after 48 hours.
On average 1 to 2 weeks off work are needed. No heavy lifting or strenuous activity is allowed for 6 weeks. Reduce bending and stooping as much as possible and sleep on extra pillows at night to help reduce swelling. Some forms of exercise can be restarted at 4 weeks. Most exercise is restarted at 6 weeks. Driving is not allowed until you are safe to perform an emergency stop.
Unfortunately, complications can occur after all surgery and you need to be aware of this. Ms Nugent will do her utmost to reduce your risk as much as she can. This includes the health and procedure advice she gives you before surgery, the care and precautions she takes during surgery and the advice she gives you after surgery. Some of the complications that can happen include slow healing, infection, bleeding, poor scarring, asymmetry, pain, numbness or sensitivity in the skin, headache, extrusion of endotine devices, seroma (fluid build-up), clots in the legs and lungs, loss hair near the incisions, recurrence of low brow position.
Most patients who undergo brow lift surgery are very pleased with their results and find that it rejuvenates their eye area well. Success depends on being prepared for your surgery, choosing the right procedure, the surgery itself and recovering well. All steps in the journey are crucial!
Download the detailed information booklet on this page to read more and book a consultation to discuss your individual circumstances with Ms Nugent!