Brow Lift

Why would I consider a brow lift?

A brow-lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to correct the lower position of the eyebrow that is the result of gravity and aging.
The operation is also used to correct horizontal forehead lines and also to remove part of the corrugator muscle between the eyebrows that causes the vertical frown lines.

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Who benefits?

You would consider this procedure if you look in the mirror and you feel that you see a person older and more tired than the person you feel on the inside - most patients complain of fullness in the upper eyelid, giving them an older, tired appearance.

Upper eyelid fullness can be due to two causes:

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How is it done?

The operation is performed under general anaesthetic and is usually performed as overnight stay surgery.
There are two types of forehead lift:

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Method

Endoscopic
Uses telescopes/cameras inserted via three small incisions made just inside the forehead hairline. The forehead is loosened and then the eyebrows elevated to a more youthful position.

Open procedure
Involves a large incision made across the top of the head.

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What can I expect?

You are typically admitted on the day of surgery having fasted from the night before.

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How long does it take to recover?

Recovery time is in the order of a week.

What complications can occur?

Although every endeavour is made to avoid complications, sometimes they do occur. Complications do not necessarily imply an error has occurred, they can be related to the anaesthetic or the surgery.

Surgical complications can include: bleeding and bruising, swelling and infection. Both sensory and motor nerves are in the area and, in theory, can be injured. Infrequently, if a patient has extremely mobile tissues, the elevation may not be maintained adequately.

Although this list indicates some examples of complications, surgery should not be undertaken until this has been discussed fully with the surgeon.

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What other procedures are often performed at the same time?

One of my aims in surgery is to keep your face balanced. Although most patients point out other areas of concern, sometimes I will suggest another area may need attention to maintain balance.

Often both a brow lift and an upper eyelid reduction will be required. The former addresses the descent of the eyebrow, while the latter addresses the excess tissue in the upper eyelid.

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What does it cost and will private insurance help?

Exact costing is highly variable depending on your history and circumstances, the hospital used and specifics of the procedure.

Some private health insurance companies in Australia will assist with bed and theatre fees even on purely cosmetic procedures.

If a procedure can be given an item number then rebates may apply.

A cost guide can be requested from my office on +61 8 9485 1333, some of the individual cost factors can be estimated with more information. Alternatively, we can be emailed at info@cosmetic-surgery.com.au

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Where can I get more information?

If you have specific questions, or wish more information on specific procedures, please don"t hesitate to contact my office for a complimentary appointment with my nurse / patient liaison officer.

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