Why have a Brow Lift? The brows are often the first indicators of ageing as the skin of the forehead begins to lose its elasticity. The exposure to sun, regular facial expressions and gravity, all contribute to the development of frown lines and a drooping brow. These changes may make you look older than you are as these flaws can make a person’s facial expression seem angry, depressed, sad, and tired, even though that is not the way you feel.
A Brow Lift procedure, also known as a Forehead Lift, is a subtle lifting of the skin of the forehead sometimes combined with some removal of underlying muscle and tissue, to improve the appearance of the brow and forehead.
Enhancing your appearance with a brow lift
If you are bothered by expression lines or other signs of ageing in the brow or forehead region, a brow lift may be right for you. A brow lift:
- Minimises the creases that develop across the forehead, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose, between the eyes
- Improves what are commonly referred to as frown lines, vertical creases that develop between the eyebrows
- Repositions a low or sagging brow that is hooding the upper eyelid
- Raises the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful position
The Brow Lift Consultation
The consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to communicate your feelings about what you want to achieve and how a brow lift can enhance and rejuvenate your appearance. The purpose of the consultation is to bring focus and clarity to the concerns that you have regarding the appearance, but also to establish realistic expectations and a clear sense of direction for your change. Your surgeon will evaluate the relationship between your upper eyelid, brow and the top edge of the eye socket. Once this is clear, your surgeon will lift the outside portion of your eyebrow to establish how much correction will be needed to place your brow in the ideal position.
During the consultation, you will be asked many questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.
Be prepared to discuss:
- Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcomes
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Use of current medications, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Previous surgeries
Your surgeon will also:
- Evaluate your general health status, ask about any previous facial surgery, and any pre-existing health conditions or risks factors
- Take photographs for your medical records
- Discuss your goals for the procedure and explain what results you can reasonably expect.
- Discuss any risks or potential complications and what to expect during your recovery.
- Discuss the use of anaesthesia during your surgery
Brow Lift Procedures
An endoscopic brow lift is performed using an endoscope (surgical video device) and special instruments placed through small incisions made within the hairline. This allows the tissue and muscle beneath the skin to be repositioned, altered or removed, correcting the source of visible creases and furrows in the forehead.
Correction of a low-positioned or sagging brow may be made with or without the use of an endoscope through incisions at the temples and in the scalp. This technique may be done in conjunction with incisions hidden within the natural crease of the upper eyelids to eliminate frown lines between the brows, on or above the bridge of the nose.
The Lateral Browlift– This simple procedure targets only the outer brow, and is ideally suited to prospective patients who are only concerned with the drooping of the ends of the eyebrows. The most prominent feature of this procedure is the instantaneous new look at the end of your eyebrows. In many cases, patients receive an enhanced arch at the ends of their eyebrows, during a lateral brow lift. The lateral brow lift removes excess skin, lifting the outer corners of the forehead.
The traditional or coronal brow lift technique can pinpoint specific regions of the brow to correct. This technique involves an incision from ear to ear, lifting the forehead and removing excess skin from the scalp. Recovery time is often longer than the endoscopic brow lift due to the size of the incision, and the indications for this type of lift are limited today.
The Mini Brow Lift – this procedure does not produce as dramatic results as the traditional or endoscopic procedures. However, since the procedure is less invasive there is a lower risk of complications and the recovery time is much less. The most distinguishing advantage is the absence of any large scars. The min-brow lift targets the same areas as the coronal and endoscopic brow lift procedures, except it is for patients whose frown lines and drooping brow are not as pronounced. The procedure involves making small incisions usually no longer than two inches hidden behind the hairline. Surgeons can disconnect the fibrous connections of the brow from the skull beneath. This allows the forehead skin to be pulled back and excised to adjust the smoothness of the forehead. The procedure is performed as a day case with the operation usually lasting 60 to 90 minutes.