Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift minimizes the creases that develop across the forehead with age, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose. This procedure helps to reduce what are commonly referred to as frown lines, and repositions a low or sagging brow.
Mr Sherif Wilson is an expert plastic surgeon who can perform brow lift surgery in Bristol, Bath or Gloucester, at either Spire Bristol Hospital, Bath BMI Clinic or Winfield Hospital.
Why you might need brow lift surgery
There are a number of reasons why patients may decide to go ahead with brow lift surgery. Many patients turn to brow lift surgery because they feel their appearance makes them look older than they actually are, often due to sagging skin around the forehead, eyebrows and upper eyelids. Brow lift surgery can help with self-confidence and leave a patient with a more youthful appearance, more befitting of their age.
For many, changes to their appearance as they get older – such as bags around the eyelids, creases in the forehead and saggy eyebrows – result in a desire for brow lift surgery. But for others, the ambition to improve their appearance may stem from a younger age due to a low position of the brow which may leave a whole face looking tired or unhappy.
Before brow lift surgery
Undergoing any form of cosmetic surgery – such as a brow lift – is a big decision. Therefore, if you are interested in brow lift surgery you will be invited to a personal consultation with Mr Wilson. During the consultation, Mr Wilson will examine your face and make recommendations to help you achieve a look you will be happy with. At this point he will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about brow lift surgery.
Brow lift procedure
There are two types of brow lift:
- Endoscopic lift
- Coronal brow lift
Generally, the favoured approach for a brow lift procedure is performed with an endoscope and special instruments placed through small incisions made within the hairline. This allows the tissue and muscle beneath the skin to be repositioned, altered or removed, correcting the source of visible creases and furrows in the forehead.
Coronal brow lift
An alternative brow lift technique is the coronal brow lift. The coronal brow lift can pinpoint specific regions of the brow to correct. This technique involves an incision from ear to ear around the top of the harline, lifting the forehead and removing excess skin from the scalp.
A brow lift procedure will typically take between one and two hours depending on which approach Mr Wilson recommends. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic.
After brow lift surgery
Whether you have an endoscopic brow lift or a coronal brow lift, you will likely have to stay in hospital for one or two nights and will have bandages around your head for the first couple of days. It is highly likely you will experience some bruising and swelling, as well as some numbness. This is normal and will start to subside as the body recovers.
You will need to take it easy and allow the body plenty of rest to aid recovery. It is recommended to take at least two weeks off from work to allow and to avoid driving for a similar amount of time. Strenuous exercise should also be avoided for six weeks, including running, heavy housework or repeated bending.
The recovery time with the endoscopic approach is generally shorter because the surgery is less invasive. Therefore, if you have a coronal brow lift, your recovery time may be longer due to the size of the incision.