Forehead & Browlift
Many patients consider a forehead and eyebrow lift to address the wrinkles in the forehead, drooping eyebrows, heavy eyelids and deep creases between the eyebrows. While it’s not uncommon for the eyebrows to sag as you age, some patients may consider a brow lift for non-age-related reasons. Many younger patients undergo the procedure to improve the “sad” or “angry” look that low-set eyebrows and deep lines can cause.
Reasons For A Browlift
The aim of this procedure is to flatten vertical frown lines between the eyebrows and to reduce the horizontal creases in the forehead. This gives patients a younger, more open-eyed look.
Brow lifts are often combined with other procedures in order to achieve optimum results. Eyelid lifts (Blepharoplasty) or a Temporal lift for example may be performed in conjunction with a browlift.
Broadly speaking, there are two types of brow lift procedures: The traditional brow lift and the endoscopic brow lift. Both procedures are offered at the Aesthetic Institute, however we use mostly keyhole surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the options with you at your consultation and together you will decide on the best approach.
Traditional Brow Lift
Traditionally, the incision for a forehead lift is either on the scalp just above the hairline or on the forehead just below the hairline and down through the hair at the temples. The surgeon frees the skin from the underlying muscle and stretches out and cuts away the excess skin. The muscles that cause frown lines can also be weakened at this stage. The incision is then sutured.
Endoscopic Brow Lift
In this method of keyhole surgery using special instruments and a tiny camera, small incisions are made in the scalp, which minimize the risk of visible scars. The method is therefore particularly suitable for thin-haired people. No skin is removed but elevation is maintained using sutures or a special fixation device.
On the day of your procedure, you will arrive at the hospital fasting. Before the surgery you will meet with your surgeon again and he/she will mark the surgical site. A brow lift is normally performed under a general anesthetic. Following the surgery you will be closely monitored while you begin your recovery and the effects of the anesthetic wear off.
Most of our patients who undergo a browlift will require an overnight hospital stay. They are taken care of by professionals with extensive experience of this surgical procedure. On discharge from the hosptial you will have been given an appointment for your first post-operative visit to the Aesthetic Institute, but patients are welcome to contact us before that if they have any concerns.
Moderate pain following surgery is to be expected, along with some bruising and swelling. This is significantly lessened if the endoscopic approach is used. Immediately after the operation the forehead will have limited movement, but this usually returns to normal after a few weeks. After approximately two weeks the stitches are removed at the Aesthetic Institute. Until then you should remain calm and well rested. The scars are hidden in the hairline, and are usually more subtle with the endoscopic approach.
See some Before & After photos here.
If you have any questions about browlifts which were not addressed here, or if you would like to book a consultation with the consultant plastic surgeon to discuss treatment options for you, please call 01 491 5738, email email@example.com or complete our Enquiry Form.
What does it cost?
The overall cost of a brow lift depends on a number of factors including if it is traditional or endoscopic, and if the procedure is part of a combination procedure. You can read more about our prices for different procedures and treatments here.
If you have any questions about brow lifts which were not addressed here, or if you would like to book a consultation with the consultant plastic surgeon to discuss treatment options for you, please call 01 491 5738, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our Enquiry Form.