Brow Lift Surgery
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is a brow lift?
A brow lift is the surgical removal of excess fat and skin, as well as a tightening of the muscles in the brow area. It can correct sagging brows or deep furrows between the eyes.
2. How do I know if I need a brow lift or just eyelid surgery?
This is a very good question. Some people benefit more from one than the other, and some require both procedures for a completely satisfying upper facial rejuvenation. Look in the mirror and lightly lift your brow above the outer eyelid. Lift it to a position that does not make you look weird or surprised. Then look at the increased amount of upper eyelid that is visible or “cleared”. If there is still excess upper lid skin obscuring the upper eyelid fold, then an upper lid tuck or “blepharoplasty” may be indicated. If your eyebrows are already at an acceptable height and raising them does not help with the redundant skin over your eyes, perhaps just a blepharoplasty would be best.
3. How much pain will I experience?
The amount of pain experienced varies from person to person, and depends on the method used. In general, more extensive procedures can give better correction of the aging changes in the face, but at the cost of greater operating time, more risk, longer swelling, slower recovery, and greater cost. You should discuss your goals, budget, and pain tolerance with your surgeon in order to help determine the procedure, or combination of procedures to produce the best results for you.
4. What is the long term outcome for most people?
Most people are pleased with the results of a brow lift, no matter which surgical method was used. Many people only have one lift in a lifetime, while others have a second surgery 7 – 15 years later. The results of a brow lift are different for every individual. Remember that a brow lift cannot stop the aging process, but your forehead will always be smoother and firmer than it would be if you hadn’t had this procedure.
5. Who is a candidate for a brow lift?
In general, the best candidates for brow lift are:
- People with good facial skin elasticity
- In good physical health
- Psychologically stable
- Non-smokers, or able to stop before and during the healing process
- Wanting to improve the appearance of furrows or frown lines on the brow
- Well informed in regard to the procedure’s outcome
- Having realistic expectations
Note: Patients who are bald, who have a receding hairline, or who have had previous upper-eyelid surgery, may still be good candidates for brow lift. Our surgeon will simply alter the incision location or perform a more conservative operation.
6. What are some of the common benefits of the procedure?
A brow lift is usually quite successful at restoring a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. While this procedure cannot stop the aging process, it can often make a person appear to be a decade younger than their actual age. Most patients are pleased with the results of a brow lift, no matter which surgical method was used. Often, patients do not realize how much the wrinkled, loose skin on their brow contributed to the appearance of aging until they see how much younger and more rested they appear after the lift. The eyebrow shape may be improved, horizontal lines are much improved, and even vertical lines may be eliminated. For a better understanding of how a brow lift might change your appearance, look into a mirror and place the palms of your hands at the outer edges of your eyes, above your eyebrows.
Gently draw the skin up to raise the forehead and the brow area… Now smile… For a better understanding of how a brow lift might change your appearance, look into a mirror and place the palms of your hands at the outer edges of your eyes, above your eyebrows. Gently draw the skin up to raise the forehead and the brow area.
7. What you see is close to what a brow lift would do for you.
It is important that you realize that the texture of the skin will not be changed by a brow lift. Acne scars, age spots, fine lines and smoker’s creases will soon return to their original texture, no matter how tight the skin is pulled. However, skin treatments such as laser resurfacing or chemical resurfacing can improve the texture of the skin, and these procedures are frequently used in combination with a brow lift.
8. What precautions should I take during my recovery?
You should rest and be relatively inactive for the first two days after your procedure. After you begin to get up and about you should still plan on relaxing for about a week. Your bandages will be removed after about two days and you will be able to wash and shampoo your hair. Other precautions your surgeon will ask you to take will be based on the surgical approach he or she used.
9. How long does it take?
Brow lifts normally take one to two hours, depending on the complexity of your individual procedure.
10. How much does it cost?
The surgeon’s fee for the procedure is $5,500. Additional fees that may apply would be the theatre and bed fee and the anaesthetist fee if the procedure is performed under GA at the hospital. If the procedure is performed under local anaesthesia in rooms, a minor operating facility fee of $660 per hour would apply.
Please keep in mind not all patients are alike and some will require a slightly different operation than others. Rest assured, you will receive a specific price quotation during your consultation visit. Our staff are always happy to discuss these matters with you in more detail.