Brow lift

WHAT IS A BROW LIFT PROCEDURE?

Brow Lift or Forehead Lift Procedure is a specialist aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery procedure performed to overcome the adverse effects of ageing, gravity, repetitive muscle activity and sun exposure on the forehead, brow and upper eyelid area.

This procedure can be performed singularly or in combination with other procedures such as a Facelift or Blepharoplasty (Eye Bag Removal).

The ultimate objective of performing a Brow Lift Procedure is to correct a drooping brow and upper eyelid, improve horizontal brow lines and to smooth out the forehead and any furrows from above the bridge of the nose.

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM BROW LIFT SURGERY?

  • Middle aged/older men and women who are unhappy with their general ageing appearance.
  • Younger men and women who suffer from premature lines, wrinkles and drooping caused by excessively strong and active frown muscles.
  • Men and women who prematurely age because of sun exposure, smoking and/or hereditary factors.
  • Men and women who wish to complement other aesthetic surgery such as a Facelift or Blepaharoplasty.

HOW IS A BROW LIFT PERFORMED?

A Brow Lift Procedure can be performed in two ways, using either a conventional and traditional incision technique or through a Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) technique, which is also commonly referred to as 'Keyhole Surgery'.

  • Conventional Incision Method: whereby the surgeon will use a traditional coronal surgical method, in which a long thin 'head phone like" incision will be hidden just behind the hairline. Working through this incision the skin of the forehead is carefully lifted to so that the excess underlying tissue can be removed and the muscles of the forehead and upper eye can be realigned to create a smoother and more youthful appearance.
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS): whereby the surgeon will essentially perform the same procedure as described above, but with the aid of an endoscope (a pencil slim viewing instrument) that will allow the procedure to be performed through four or five 'keyhole' incisions rather than a long continuous incision. This method is especially suited for men and women with a thin or receding hairline as the likelihood of visible scarring after surgery is greatly reduced.  

Both these procedure methods can be performed under general anaesthetic (you will be asleep) or in carefully selected cases under local anaesthetic (you will be awake but usually sedated). A typical Brow Lift will take around 1 hour to perform and patients will usually be discharged on the day of surgery for MIS procedures or after 1 nights stay in hospital for conventional surgery.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY LIKE?

Following a Brow Lift Procedure incision areas are often quite tender for several weeks following surgery.  Analgesic tablets (pain killers) are always provided for any discomfort and patients are encouraged to stay as upright as possible during their early recovery stage and to use cold compresses to help diminish residual swelling.  Patients usually describe the way they feel as "tight and uncomfortable" rather than experiencing specific pain.

Every surgeon's conventional technique can differ slightly and incisions can be closed with either clips or fine sutures, which are normally removed 7 - 10 days after surgery. Keyhole incisions may not be stitched at all but if they are, stitches or clips usually come out after 5-7 days

Any post-operative discomfort tends to diminish rapidly after clips and sutures are removed.  Most surgeons firmly bandage the brow area for the first 48 hours following surgery to minimise the development of swelling and to help reduce discomfort.  Following the removal of bandaging, patients are advised to gently shower and wash their hair on a daily basis and to keep their surgical wounds as clean as possible.

In the early days following discharge, patients are strongly advised to avoid any level of activity that will put undue strain on the newly operated areas, to keep their hands away from their surgical wounds and to pay meticulous attention to their personal hygiene.

Patients will also be advised to take a specific amount of recovery time away from work, dependent on the type of work they perform, but it is usual to take a week to a fortnight off to rest and recover at home.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH BROW LIFT SURGERY?

Risks such as bleeding, infection, delayed healing, alteration in sensitivity and brow movement and scarring will all be discussed openly at consultation, as well as our scrupulous efforts to manage and minimise these risks to their lowest possible potential.

Due to the additional healing and infection risks experienced with patients who smoke, smokers may be precluded from having a Brow Lift until they cease or substantially reduce their daily cigarette intake.

Although Brow Lift Surgery is regularly performed without any complications, it is very important that all candidates are fully aware of both the benefits and risks of undertaking this type of specialist aesthetic surgery.

All surgery, no mater how expertly or carefully it is performed, carries risks and the importance of a full evaluation and consultation to discuss your understanding and expectations in relation to these risks cannot be over emphasised.

HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I AM A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR BROW LIFT SURGERY?

At Spire Methley Park Hospital our surgeons will carry out a full evaluation of your individual needs and circumstances and provide you with a comprehensive verbal and written explanation of any recommended treatment or surgery.

Our Expert Consultant Plastic Surgeons understand the importance of the decision you are making when contemplating Brow Lift surgery. Throughout your consultation you will be encouraged to ask as many questions as you wish and to take your time in making a decision to proceed with any treatment.

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