A Brow lift is designed to reshape the position of the eyebrows relative to the hairline and eyes to reduce signs of ageing. It can create a subtle, rejuvenated appearance or significant arch of the eyebrow.
In many cases, the surgical brow lift has been superseded by injectable products that are able to reduce the pull of gravity on the brow, allowing other facial muscles to elevate selective areas of the brow (a chemical brow lift). However, in some instances, the brow has fallen so much that surgery is required to re-suspend it into its correct position.
Generally this can be achieved via two small incisions just within the hairline above the eyebrows.
In men, a brow lift can be accomplished by directly removing tissue just above the eyebrow and shortening the forehead (frontalis) muscle.
Is a brow lift for you?
The goal of a brow lift is to modify the position of a drooping brow, so that the position of the eyebrow relative to the orbit is returned to a more youthful position. Generally frown lines between the brows are treated with injectable products, which provide a more natural appearance. Many patients require both surgery and continue injectables.
The result can be a smoother brow and a more youthful expression. One primary goal, in most patients, is to rejuvenate the eyes, making them look more rested and youthful.
Important factors to be discussed with Tim Brown include:
- Type of brow lift surgery that is best for you
- Skin type
- Ethnic background
- Degree of skin elasticity
- Individual healing rate
- Realistic expectations for the surgeries
This procedure is usually done between age 40 and 65; although it may be necessary at an earlier age when droopy brows run in families.
Making the decision for brow lift surgery
What you should expect:
1. During the preliminary consultation, Mr Brown will take a thorough medical history, as well as assess the your mental and emotional attitudes toward the surgery. Because a realistic attitude is crucial to the success of the surgery, the surgical procedure and realistic expectations will be discussed.
2. Mr Tim Brown will examine the structure of your neck and face, skin texture, colour, and elasticity. It is not unusual to point our differences in the symmetry of your brow which may not have previously come to your attention.
3. Photographs will be taken so Mr Brown can study your face and forehead when you are lying down during surgery.
4. Individual risks will also be examined, especially those related to medical situations such as high blood pressure, a tendency to scar, smoking, and any deficiency in blood clotting.
5. After the decision to proceed with a brow lift is made jointly by you and Mr Brown , he will describe:
a. The recommended surgical technique
b. Type of anesthesia recommended
c. The surgical facility
d. Any additional surgery
e. Possible complications and outcomes
f. Costs of the procedure
What to expect after brow lift surgery
Note: These are general guidelines. Please ask your doctor to fully explain what your expectations should be post surgery.
1. Even though most patients experience very little pain after surgery, Mr Tim Brown will still prescribe medication to be taken if required.
2. Some degree of swelling and bruising is unavoidable, and Mr Brown may instruct you to use cold compresses and Arnica tablets to keep swelling to a minimum.
3. Mr Brown will also instruct you to keep your head elevated when lying down, to avoid as much activity as possible, and to report any undue discomfort.
Recovery from brow lift surgery
Recovery usually takes three weeks, though many patients go back to work in 1week once the sutures are removed. Scars are usually not noticeable after enough time has passed for them to mature (usually 6-9 months). Generally, scars are easily hidden in natural skin creases, or by the hair. The aging process continues after surgery and that some relaxation of tissues will occur during the first few weeks once the swelling has subsided.
Follow-up care is vital for this procedure to monitor healing. Obviously, anything unusual should be reported to your surgeon immediately. It is essential that you keep your follow-up appointments with Mr Brown.
Before and after photos
At Mr Tim Browns rooms our patients privacy is paramount. We are currently auditing our photos in compliance with the new rules set by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. While we work on this, before and after photos can be viewed at your appointment with Mr Brown or during a complimentary consultation with our nurse educators.
What to bring to your surgeon consultation
• If you are going to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices, make sure that they are supportive. Sometimes they will take in information that you may miss, and it is always nice to have a friendly face there to help you with your choices.
• Write down questions you may have for Mr Brown. We understand that we can all be a little “shell shocked” in the consultation, so it is nice to refer to your questions.
• You will need to undress for a consultation with Mr Brown with some procedures and the staff if you would like to proceed with the procedure. Mr Brown performs a lot of tests, which support his huge amount of research, and you will be required to take part, and photographs need to be taken before every procedure.
Like more information before scheduling an appointment?
• Book a Nurse Patient Advisor Consultation (Complimentary)
• Organise a phone call with Patient Advisor (Complimentary)
• A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
• Book a consultation with Mr Tim Brown by paying the $50.00 booking fee which is then deducted off your appointment with Mr Brown.
• Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure by phoning us or via email.