Face: 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 and reduce frown lines.
The operation is also used to correct horizontal forehead lines and also to remove part of the corrugator muscles between the eyebrows that causes the vertical frown lines.
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:
- The descent of the eyebrow pushing tissues that normally sit higher into the upper eyelid, causing fullness in that area, and/or
- Excess tissue in the upper eyelid, this is better treated with upper eyelid reduction.
- Combination of the two
How is it done?
The operation is performed under general anaesthetic and is usually performed as overnight stay surgery.
There are several types of forehead lift:
- Endoscopic – This is the most common procedure – the results can be quite effective. No screws or bolts are required with my method of lift.
- Open procedure via bicoronal flap. The open procedure is rarely performed.
- Direct excision just above the eyebrows but rarely done due to scars
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. Muscles that cause the frown lines is partly removed and downgraded.
DIRECT – Skin is excised immediately above the eyebrows and results in scars there.
OPEN PROCEDURE – Involves a large incision made across the top of the head.
What can I expect?
You are typically admitted on the day of surgery having fasted from the night before or 8 hours prior.
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.
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.
Face and necklift are also commonly combined
What does it cost and will private insurance help?
Exact costing is highly variable as it depends on your history and circumstances, the hospital used and specifics of the procedure. Brow Lifts are typically cosmetic and private health insurance and medicare do not assist with costs.
If a procedure can be given an item number then rebates will apply. In this scenario, out of pocket costs are typically less than amounts paid for surgery overseas.
A cost guide can be requested from my office on 9126 9218 (+61 8 9126 9218).
Alternatively, we can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get more information?
If you have specific questions, or wish more information on specific procedures, please contact my office for a complimentary appointment with my nurse / patient liaison officer.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.