Brow Lift (Browplasty) Sydney
Whilst Anti-Wrinkle Injections reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the forehead and somewhat lift the brow, in some people the brow has drooped in such a way that the upper lid can become “hooded” with the appearance of excess skin. A brow lift surgery, or browplasty, is a procedure where the tissues of the forehead are lifted to a higher position, raising the eyebrows to give a more youthful and rested appearance.
Brow lifts can be performed using two different methods: Surgical Brow Lifts and Brow Thread Lifts.
Your choice of which method of brow lift to consider depends largely on two different factors:
- Longevity of result
A surgical brow lift is the slightly more expensive option, although results are long lasting, with expectations around 10 years. However, the procedure in itself can leave small scars hidden above the hairline.
Brow thread lifts are the more cost effective option and have the benefit of no scarring. Brow Thread Lift results are usually around 3-4 years. Please see our thread lifting page to find out more about how to lift your brows with threads or continue reading to find out more about your surgical options.
Good candidates for a brow lift include healthy men and women with any of the following conditions:
- Deep horizontal forehead creases
- Frown lines between the eyebrows and across the top of the nose
- An unnaturally tired appearance created by sagging or low-positioned eyebrows
This procedure should to be approached with caution for those with any of the following medical conditions:
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Blood-clotting problems
- The tendency to form excessive scars
A personal consultation with your surgeon is the first step for any patient considering a brow lift. We will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during consultation are:
- All medical conditions, both past and present
- Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Past surgeries
- Other treatments you have received
Your physical evaluation will include an assessment of your bone structure and underlying facial tissues as well as your skin thickness, elasticity and texture. He will also need to evaluate your forehead contour, the muscle activity in the area, the brow position, as well as the amount of redundant eyelid skin and the position of your hairline.
For a more complete rejuvenation, we may discuss additional procedures that can be performed along with brow lift surgery. Patients frequently combine a brow lift with:
- Eyelid surgery to address upper eyelid droop or bags beneath the eyes
- Face lift to remove excess skin and tighten facial muscles
Skin treatments such as chemical peels to improve skin tone and minimize fine wrinkles
Brow lift surgery is carried out as a day procedure.
During the endoscopic (keyhole) brow lift, small incisions are made in the scalp above the hairline and special surgical telescopes are used to carry out the procedure, keeping the scars very well hidden inside the hair. The tissues of the forehead are freed through the small incisions in the scalp and then lifted to the desired position and fixed in place before the incisions are closed, usually with dissolving sutures. Forehead tissue is anchored at a higher plane, to secure the lift.
In men with receding hairlines or a family tendency to this, the procedure may not be suitable since the scars may become visible in areas where the hair is lost.
Brow lifting is frequently combined with other rejuvenating procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and face lift surgery.
Although thousands of people undergo brow lifts each year and experience no major complications, all surgical procedures do carry some degree of risk.
It is important you are well informed of these risks when considering a brow lift. The discussion of potential risks and complications is one of the most important aspects of patient consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss these potential complications with you, listen to your safety questions, and offer recommendations on how to minimise your chance of risk.
You will be issued pre-operative instructions immediately after you make your decision to proceed. It is important to read and understand these instructions when preparing for surgery to ensure the best possible results.
Those instructions may include:
- Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
- Avoiding certain medications
- Arranging for help following surgery, such as transport and in-home care for the first 24 hours
Growing your hair to cover your incisions as they heal
Oral sedation, local anaesthesia, inhalation anaesthesia as well as twilight (intravenous) sedation may be used to eliminate any pain or discomfort. Patients have the opportunity to discuss the anaesthetic with the doctor prior to the surgery.
Fluid containing local anaesthetic is placed in the brow to reduce patient discomfort as well as reduce bleeding.
Patients tolerate the brow lift procedure extremely well and are allowed to go home within a few hours. Oral pain killers and antibiotics are routinely prescribed after the procedure. Most of the bruising and swelling associated with surgery settles in the first 7 -10 days and most patients are able to return to normal activities at that stage.
Directly after surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area. A bandage may be used around your face to control swelling. Post-surgical discomfort is typically minimal, and your pain may be controlled with medication.
Although everyone heals at a different pace, the following is typical of recovery from a brow lift:
The day of brow lift surgery
You can expect to experience some bruising and swelling which can be reduced by keeping your head elevated.
The first week
- Bandages and drains will be removed
- Bathing and showering will be permitted
- Swelling in the cheek and eyelid area will reach its peak, then begin to subside
- Light activity will be permitted
- Sleeping with elevated head will continue to aid in the reduction of swelling
Within two weeks
- Most bruising will subside
- Stitches will be removed
- Applying makeup to hide bruising and discoloration will be allowed
- Normal activities and non-strenuous work will be permitted
After three weeks
- Swelling will continue to subside
- Numbness and itching will diminish greatly
- Exercise may be resumed
Direct sunlight should be avoided throughout the entire healing process. Sunblock should be used long-term to protect your skin.
Most people who undergo brow lift surgery are very pleased with their results. The healing, however, will take some time, so you may not see the final results of your surgery for several months. How long your brow lift results will last depends upon a number of factors, including your genetics and the lifestyle you lead.
Although a brow lift cannot stop the ageing process, patients are typically very happy with their facial appearance for many years following their procedure. Additional improvements, such as a neck lift or blepharoplasty, can be performed at a later time to maintain a more youthful look.
Follow-up visits are important to answer any questions you may have and monitor your healing process. Your first post-operative visit will be scheduled after the initial healing period, during the first few days after surgery. In the following months, we may ask you to return for periodic check ups. Keeping these appointments is important to assessing your long-term results and address any questions or concerns you may have.
A brow lift procedure at International Centre for Cosmetic Medicine costs $4,000.