Similar to a face lift, a brow lift is a form of cosmetic surgery used to tighten the forehead skin and therefore improve the appearance of forehead creases, drooping eyebrows, and frown lines.
Brow lift surgery will take between 1 to 2 hours to carry out. The traditional brow lift procedure involved an incision across the top of the head just behind the hairline. However, increasingly an endoscope is used which requires 3 to 5 less sever incisions. Brow lifts can be performed under a general anesthetic, but many surgeons prefer to use a local anesthetic combined with a sedative instead.
Many people will ask whether they are suitable candidates for a Brow Lift. The procedure is most commonly performed in the men and women aged 40-65 who wish to reverse the signs of ageing. However, many younger people also benefit from the treatment to address inherited facial characteristics such as a low or heavy brow.
Combining with other procedures
Combining a brow lift with another facial treatment is a popular choice as it can produce a more dramatic result. The procedure is regularly combined with a face lift or eye lid surgery to fully address the patients facial complaint.
Preparing for a forehead lift
Your surgeon will give you instructions to help you prepare for surgery including recommendations on eating, drinking, and smoking. You may also be advised about taking or avoiding certain medications in the days leading up to your brow lift procedure. It may be a good idea to allow your hair to grow before your operation to hide the surgical scars whilst they heal.
fter brow lift surgery you may experience temporary swelling, numbness, headaches and bruising. You can go back to work after 7 to 10 days, usually sooner for endoscopic forehead lifts. More strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks. Full recovery from bruising will take 2 to 3 weeks.
Questions to ask your surgeon
It's important to fully understand what you are signing up for in all forms of cosmetic procedure. There are numerous questions you should ask your surgeon during your consultation including: Am I a good candidate for this procedure? How will you ensure my natural facial expression is maintained? What are the potential complication of the operation? What should I avoid prior to the operation? Can I see before and after pictures of your pervious patients?
It's only natural to be apprehensive about any pain you may experience during or after a surgical operation. Fortunately, you shouldn't feel any pain during a forehead lift because of the general or local anesthetic used. When you wake up after the procedure, you may experience mild pain around the incision point. This can last for up to a week but can be effectively controlled with painkillers. However, this soreness will often give way to an itching feeling which could last for several months.
Risks and side effects
Possible risks associated with brow lift surgery include injury to the facial nerves causing loss of motion, muscle weakness, or an asymmetrical look. The surgery can also leads to infection and scarring in some cases. Hair loss around the incision points can also occur. The condition known as lagophthalmos, where the patient is unable to fully close her eyes, has been known to occur but very rarely. Skin necrosis, where small areas of skin actually die, is also a possibility but once again very rare. Most side effects can be addressed with corrective surgery.
Cost and prices
The price of a brow lift in the UK ranges from £3,000 to £4,000.The cost if you choose to have the surgery carried out abroad is on average 30% cheaper. In Belgium for example expect to pay around £ 2,000 for brow lift surgery.
NHS, private or abroad
A brow lift is a purely cosmetic form of surgery and therefore is not available on the NHS. The procedure is available in most private cosmetic clinics both in the UK and abroad.
Is medical treatment abroad a good idea or is it less safe than in the UK?