What is a brow lift?
A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyebrows, deep wrinkles in the forehead and crow’s feet to help reduce these common signs of ageing.
This procedure can be performed for aesthetic (cosmetic) purposes or for medical/functional reasons, the latter being dependent on strict Medicare eligibility criteria.
When is a brow lift desirable?
Brow lift procedures can help to:
- Elevate the brow into a preferred position
- Smooth out forehead wrinkles
- Lessen frown lines that develop between the eyes near the nose
- Reduce crow’s feet
- Reduce sagging of the upper eyelids
How is a brow lift performed?
Brow lift surgery can be performed in several ways, depending on factors such as the position of your hairline and eyebrows. Usually an incision is made behind the hairline across the top of the head, from temple to temple. Excess tissue under the skin may be removed, and small muscles that create wrinkles in the forehead are weakened or removed, as necessary.
The Specialist Plastic Surgeon elevates the eyebrows and then fixes them into a higher position using sutures under the skin. The skin of the forehead is pulled upwards, and excess skin is trimmed. This tightens the forehead skin.
The surgery is performed in Perth in a fully-accredited hospital under general anaesthesia. The surgery can be performed as a day procedure or alternatively with a short hospital stay, depending on your general health and the extent of the procedure.
What results can I expect from a brow lift?
To see how a brow lift may improve your appearance, look in a mirror and put your palms above eyebrows at the side of your forehead. Pull the skin up gently so that the eyebrows and forehead raise slightly. Wrinkles in the forehead, around the nose and crow’s feet area may become smoother. This gives an indication of what brow lift surgery may achieve. This is best done in presence of your plastic surgeon.
Results are usually long lasting but vary from person to person. Your surgeon is the best person to determine whether your expectations are achievable.
When can I resume normal activities?
Most patients feel well enough to resume to normal activities in a few days, but do not smoke, undertake strenuous activity or consume large amounts of alcohol during the healing period. Most people take on to two weeks off work. You will need to avoid exercise and sports for up to six weeks.
How much does this procedure cost?
Please contact us online or call us on (08) 9380 0333 and one of our medical secretaries can provide you with more information. Please note that pricing does vary from case to case.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.