Brow Lift London
A Brow Lift, also known as Open or Endoscopic Brow Lift is a Plastic Surgery Procedure to correct drooping of the eyebrows and improve forehead creases and lines to achieve a feminine and youthful appearance.
A Brow Lift may be necessary when the drooping of the forehead, eyebrows gives the appearance of a heavy, masculine forehead. The procedure will elevate the forehead and eyebrows to enhance your appearance and create a feminine eyebrow shape, which is above the bony forehead rim.
Does a Brow Lift Surgery require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?Brow Lift Surgery is performed under General Anaesthetic. Depending on your needs you may require a 1 night stay in hospital. This will be advised by your Surgeon.
How long is the procedure?Brow Lift surgery normally takes no more than 45 minutes – 1 hour to perform.
How long is the recovery time?Mild pain / discomfort is expected for 3 – 5 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after 2 weeks, but strenuous exercise / activity for 6 weeks including any contact sports must be avoided.
Am I the ideal patient for a Brow Lift?If you are concerned by the masculine appearance of your eyebrows and would like to achieve a more feminine appearance, then Brow Lift surgery may be suitable for you. Patients should have a normal hairline and forehead height, not exceeding approximately 7cm. Receding hairline or high forehead may benefit from Hairline Lowering – Foreheadplasty with advancement of the hairline to a normal position in combination with Brow Lift Surgery.
What about the results of Brow Lift Surgery?The goals of Brow Lift Surgery are to achieve an aesthetically pleasing upper face which is in balance with your facial features, while creating a more feminine appearance. Remember that it can take up to 3 – 6 months before the full healing and final appearance is achieved.
What is the cost of Brow Lift Surgery?The cost for Brow Lift Surgery will vary depending on your individual case, and includes your pre-operative and post-operative care. You will be provided with a detailed quotation following your Consultation.
How long do the results last?The results of Brow Lift Surgery aim to last from 5 – 7 years depending on your individual anatomy and aging.
What are the risks of Brow Lift Surgery?Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, complications are uncommon. The most frequent is bruising following surgery and can take 2 weeks to resolve, while major bleeding is rare. Infection is infrequent (less than 0.5%) and will require a course of appropriate antibiotics. Hypertrophic or keloid scarring in the scalp is also rare but will require specific treatments to reduce the scarring if necessary. Reduced sensation over the scalp is expected and commonly returns within 6 – 12 months. Weakness of the forehead muscle (frontalis) is uncommon and usually temporary with recovery expected in 6 – 8 weeks.
What reassurance do I have with the Brow Lift?At LTS we understand that your decision to have Brow Lift Surgery can be a daunting and anxious time for you. Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires, and assess your whole face, before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. If for any reason you are unsuitable for Brow Lift Surgery, you will be advised against this form of surgery. We will provide you with all the information you need and support before, during and after your surgery.
Is there an alternative to Brow Lift Surgery?For selected patients and as an alternative to Brow Lift Surgery, Botulinum Toxin injection treatment can achieve an improved result. Injectable products, Dermal Fillers such as Belotero can be beneficial in restoring volume in the aging forehead and eyebrows providing moderate brow lifting and rejuvenation. EndyMed 3DEEP Radiofrequency skin tightening is also effective in reducing skin laxity and can provide a minimally invasive out-patient Brow Lift.
Before Your Brow Lift SurgeryAssessment
Important to clearly state the areas of concern, your aims / desires.
Any history of abnormal bleeding or easy bruising is important.
Essential to stop at least 3 weeks before surgery and until wounds are fully healed or at least 6 weeks after.
Avoid aspirin/ibuprofen type analgesics for 2 weeks pre-op. These may increase bleeding and bruising.
Your Brow Lift SurgeryAnaesthetic
General anaesthetic, occasionally local with sedation – twilight.
Inside hairline 3 or 4cm from ear to ear depending on your individual needs.
Sutures are dissolvable. Can take 6-12 weeks to fully dissolve.
Soft support bandage for first 4 hours. Normally removed before discharge from hospital. A cold Hilo-Therapy mask will be worn for 4 hours post-operatively to aid the control of swelling and any discomfort. In some cases we advise that Hilo-Therapy be used at home to aid healing and reduce swelling.
Normally a day case procedure, unless your individual needs indicate an overnight stay in hospital is required.
After Your Brow Lift SurgeryDressings
Can wash hair gently at home, daily, with baby shampoo.
Use 2 – 3 pillows (use a dark towel for first few nights) for 2 weeks post–op. Avoid bending over.
Avoid vigorous exercise for 6 weeks. No contact sports for 6 weeks.
Avoid aspirin / ibuprofen type analgesics for 2 weeks post-op as these may increase risk of bleeding and bruising
Potential Problems/Risks of Brow Lift SurgeryPain
Mild pain expected, Paracetamol usually sufficient. Some tenderness over the Endotine Brow devices is expected, which settles within 2 – 4 weeks. Avoid aspirin/ibuprofen type analgesia which may increase bruising.
Minor oozing for first 2 -4 days can occur. Marked bleeding requiring re-admission is rare.
Common around eyes, may last for 2 weeks.
Common in scalp. Sensation usually returns to normal but may take 6 months – 12 months.
Uncommon, may occur due to bruising of the nerve to the muscles. Expected to recover fully in 6 to 8 weeks.
Rarely delayed healing of scalp wounds.
Rare, appropriate antibiotics provided if necessary.
Uncommon in forehead, may occur initially as a result of swelling, and corrects with normal healing.
Hypertrophic or keloid scars are uncommon following Brow Lift. Specific treatments may be necessary if these do occur.