A brow lift, or forehead lift, is a surgical procedure to raise the brows. A brow lift smooths the area from your eye brows to your hairline, improving the appearance of the forehead, the brow and the area around the eyes by raising the soft tissue and skin of the forehead and brow. a brow lift freshens the appearance of the forehead, the brow and the area around the eyes.
What are the causes of eyebrow droop?
It is generally caused by the ageing process in the face and can occur alongside drooping upper eyelid and excess upper lid skin.
When is brow lift surgery performed?
As you age your skin begins to lose elasticity. Lines on the forehead can develop and increase over time. Brow lift surgery can be performed when the brow droop is affecting vision or the ability to open the eyelids. Eyebrow droop can cause significant overhang of upper eyelid skin over the lashes, which can interfere with the vision. This can occur over either eye or both.
You might decide to have a brow lift if you have a low, drooping brow or brow asymmetry. The lower position of the eyebrows can make you look tired, angry or upset. A brow lift can be done alone or with other facial procedures, such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or a face-lift.
A brow lift can raise the eyebrows and restore a refreshed, more pleasing appearance.
What happens during brow lift surgery?
Brow lifts can be performed in a number of different ways. Your consultant will advise on the right procedure for you.
The muscles in the brow will be shortened through a small in incision in your hairline. The procedure lifts the forehead area and repositions your eye brows for a younger look. Any scar will be hidden in your hair.
Brow lift surgery is typically performed under general anaesthetic and you may need to spend one night in hospital.
What happens after brow lift surgery?
A dressing is placed on the forehead, sometimes with a bandage around the head to reduce bruising. Eye drops and ointment are used for a few weeks. The sutures may absorb away by themselves after several weeks or may need to be removed after a week.
What are the risks of a brow lift?
- Bruising and swelling
- Blurred vision for a few days from dry eyes or ointment
- Brows being at uneven height
- Gradual drooping of the brows which may require further surgery
- Loss of sensation on the forehead and up into the scalp. This often recovers but is sometimes permanent.
- New onset of facial nerve paralysis (facial palsy)
- Loss of hair at the incision sites in endoscopic brow lift
- Prominent forehead scar