Brow lift procedure is known by many names, also being called a forehead lift, browplasty and foreheadplasty. These terms can cover a wide variety of treatments and are frequently used as part of facelift surgery as well as a form of surgery in its own right. Brow lift surgery is almost solely a cosmetic procedure and is quite common, the forehead being one of the most emotionally expressive locations of the body. Forehead surgery has been in use for over 100 years, however in recent times many patients have opted for the application of Botox, a non-surgical alternative to wrinkles.

About brow lift surgery.

This form of treatment is a means of elevating the eyebrow’s position on the face and smoothing upper facial wrinkles. Brow lift surgery is frequently utilised to recover vision lost to a drooping brow, although there are a wide number of possible reasons for patients wanting this form of treatment. The modern brow lift can actually be performed in a variety of different ways, dependent on the needs and goals of the patient and is best determined during consultation with a surgeon.

Who is eligible?

Almost all individuals are considered viable candidates for foreheadplasty, although it is obviously going to have more obvious impact upon people who already have drooping eyebrows. Other patients using the treatment are more likely to be utilising it as a means of wrinkle prevention. The age group of people who have undergone eyebrow surgery with the greatest degree of satisfaction is typically people in the 40-60 year age bracket. Younger patients should first engage in extensive research and consultation to ensure they have realistic expectations of what treatment will mean for them.

What does it involve?

Eyebrow shaping is a relatively simple and fast process, requiring very little on part of the patient and the attending physician when compared to more intensive forms of cosmetic surgery. The use of an endoscope reduces the length of incision. The small video camera improves the surgeon’s eye for detail, but based on his experience Mr. Stephen Gilbert can now perform a brow lift through several small incisions without an endoscope.

The process of a modern brow lift.

Standard surgery requires an initial three, four or five incisions, which are hidden above the hairline. In the case of an endoscopic brow lift, a small camera will be sent through these incisions in order to improve accuracy. The forehead skin will then be detached from underlying muscle and tissue before the skin is repositioned and re-attached. Additional skin may also be removed, depending on the extent of wrinkles and sagging in the patient.

Before and after care.

Before surgery it is important patients do not eat excessively and it is recommended they avoid smoking and aspirin for a week before going under the knife.Most people require one to two weeks to fully recover after eyebrow shaping, and this time can be improved upon the closely following the directions of care that will be provided by their doctor. Some additional tips to minimise downtime include:

  • Patients should avoid alcohol and smoking until they have returned to full health
  • Ensure any bandages used are applying even pressure to the treatment area
  • Keep the head elevated when sleeping, this will minimise swelling

Minor side effects include bruising and swelling, which should subside within two weeks. Numbness is also occasionally seen and can last up to two months after surgery.