A brow lift is an operation to smooth the area from your eyebrows to your hairline. Also known as a forehead lift, this cosmetic procedure raises the brows and lifts the eyelids to open up the area around the eyes.
Brow lift surgery can be performed in several ways. Your consultant surgeon will discuss the best option for you. During the procedure, your surgeon will shorten the muscles in your forehead and reposition your eyebrows for a more youthful look.
Brow lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and you will usually need to stay in hospital for 1 night. You may have bruising and swelling in your forehead and upper eyelid area and may be asked to sleep upright for a few days after your brow lift surgery to reduce the swelling.
Your stitches will be removed approximately 7-10 days after the procedure and you will be able to return to work within two weeks. Any scarring will be minimal and will be hidden under the hairline or in the natural forehead creases – they will also fade within three to six months.
What are the risks?
General complications of any operation:
• Infection in a surgical wound
• Blood clots (DVT – deep vein thrombosis)
Specific complications of brow lift surgery:
• Temporary or permanent nerve damage
• Altered hairline
• Hair or skin loss
• Discomfort at night
Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.