Brow Lift London
A brow lift, also known as open or endoscopic brow lift is a plastic surgery procedure to correct drooping of the eyebrows and improve forehead creases and lines to achieve a feminine and youthful appearance.
A brow lift may be necessary when the drooping of the forehead or eyebrows gives the appearance of a heavy and masculine-looking forehead. The procedure will elevate the forehead and eyebrows to enhance your appearance and create a feminine eyebrow shape which is above the bony forehead rim.
Does a brow lift require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?A brow lift is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia. Depending on your needs, you may require a one night stay in the hospital. This will be determined by your surgeon following your brow lift.
How long is the procedure?Brow lift surgery normally takes no more than 45 minutes – 1 hour to perform.
How long is the recovery time?Mild pain and discomfort is expected for three to five days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities after two weeks, but strenuous exercise and activity will need to be avoided for 6 weeks, including any contact sports.
Am I the ideal patient for a Brow Lift?
If you are bothered by the masculine appearance of your eyebrows and would like to achieve a more feminine appearance, then a brow lift may be suitable for you. Patients should have a normal hairline and forehead height, not exceeding approximately 7cm.
A receding hairline or high forehead may benefit from hairline lowering surgery, also known as foreheadplasty, with advancement of the hairline to a normal position in combination with brow lift Surgery.
What about the results of Brow Lift Surgery?
The goals of brow lift surgery are to achieve an aesthetically pleasing upper face with balanced facial features, while creating a more feminine appearance. Remember that it can take up to three to six months to fully recover and see the full results of your brow lift.
What is the cost of brow lift surgery?The cost for brow lift surgery will vary depending on your individual case and includes your pre-operative and post-operative care. You will be provided with a detailed quote following your consultation.
How long do the results last?
The results of brow lift surgery aim to last from five to seven years depending on your individual anatomy and the natural effects of aging
What are the risks of brow lift surgery?
There are always risks associated with surgery. However, complications are uncommon. The most frequent is bruising following surgery which can take two weeks to resolve. Major bleeding is rare.
Infection is infrequent (less than 0.5%) and can be treated with a course of appropriate antibiotics. Hypertrophic or keloid scarring in the scalp is also rare and there are specific treatments to reduce the scarring if necessary.
Reduced sensation over the scalp is expected and commonly returns within 6 to 12 months. Weakness of the forehead muscle (frontalis) is uncommon and usually temporary with recovery expected in six to eight weeks.
Is brow lift surgery safe?
At the London Transgender Center, we understand that the decision to undergo brow lift surgery can be a daunting and anxious time for you. Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires, and assess your whole face before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest.
If for any reason you are unsuitable for brow lift surgery, you will be advised against this form of surgery. We will provide you with all the information you need and support before, during, and after your surgery.
Is there an alternative to brow lift surgery?
Botulinum toxin injection treatments can provide good results for mild sagging of the brow. Injectable products like dermal fillers and Belotero can be beneficial in restoring volume in the aging forehead and eyebrows providing moderate brow lifting and rejuvenation.
EndyMed 3DEEP Radiofrequency skin tightening is also effective in reducing skin laxity and can provide a minimally invasive out-patient brow lift.
Before Your Brow Lift SurgeryAssessment
Important to clearly state the areas of concern, your aims / desires.Bleeding
Any history of abnormal bleeding or easy bruising is important.
Essential to stop at least 3 weeks before surgery and until wounds are fully healed or at least 6 weeks after.
Avoid aspirin/ibuprofen type analgesics for 2 weeks pre-op. These may increase bleeding and bruising.
Your Brow Lift SurgeryAnaesthetic
General anaesthetic, occasionally local with sedation – twilight.Scars
Inside hairline 3 or 4cm from ear to ear depending on your individual needs.
Sutures are dissolvable. Can take 6-12 weeks to fully dissolve.
Soft support bandages for the first four hours. Normally removed before discharge from hospital. A cold Hilo-Therapy mask will be worn for four hours postoperatively to control swelling and manage discomfort. In some cases we advise that Hilo-Therapy be used at home to aid healing and reduce swelling.
Normally a day case procedure, unless your individual needs indicate an overnight stay in hospital is required.
After Your Brow Lift SurgeryDressings
Can wash hair gently at home, daily, with baby shampoo.
Use 2 – 3 pillows (use a dark towel for first few nights) for two weeks post–op. Avoid bending over.
Avoid vigorous exercise for six weeks. No contact sports for 6 weeks.
Avoid aspirin / ibuprofen type analgesics for two weeks post-op as these may increase risk of bleeding and bruising
Potential Problems/Risks of Brow Lift SurgeryPain
Mild pain is to be expected, Paracetamol is usually sufficient for treatment. Some tenderness over the endotine brow devices is expected, which settles within two to four weeks. Avoid aspirin/ibuprofen type analgesia which may increase bruising.
Minor oozing for the first two to four days can occur. Marked bleeding requiring readmission is rare.
Common around eyes, may last for two weeks.
Common in scalp. Sensation usually returns to normal but may take six months – 12 months.
Uncommon, may occur due to bruising of the nerve to the muscles. Expected to recover fully in six to eight weeks.
Rarely delayed healing of scalp wounds.
Rare. Appropriate antibiotics provided if necessary.
Uncommon in forehead, may occur initially as a result of swelling and corrects with normal healing.
Hypertrophic or keloid scars are uncommon following brow lift. Specific treatments may be necessary if these do occur.