Brow lift

Brow lift surgery is a facial cosmetic surgery procedure performed to improve the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the forehead, brow and upper eyelid area.

Clinically referred to as ‘browplasty surgery’ and commonly known as a ‘forehead lift’, it is often combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as face lift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and neck lift.

Mr Chris Fenn, consultant plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon in Leeds, West Yorkshire, performs brow lift surgery on men and women who want to rejuvenate their upper face.

What is brow lift surgery?

The objective of brow lift surgery is to lift the eyebrows to a more youthful position by removing droopy, excess skin and tightening the remaining skin and underlying tissue. The effect is to freshen the brow and ‘open’ the eyes.

What are the benefits of brow lift surgery?

Gravity, ageing, smoking, sun exposure and genetic make-up all take their toll on the forehead, brow and upper eye area.  

Over time, the muscles and soft tissue slacken, the skin loosens and lines, wrinkles and folds develop on the forehead and brow.

The weight of the excess skin often causes the brow to droop, giving the eyes a tired and ‘hooded’ appearance. People with heavily lined foreheads and droopy brows generally feel very self-conscious about the way they look.

The more youthful appearance achieved through brow lift surgery frequently boosts a person’s self-esteem and confidence. Feeling happier in the way they look has a positive impact on their overall feeling of well-being.

Am I suitable for brow lift surgery?

If your forehead is heavily lined and/or you have a drooping brow, then brow lift surgery could potentially be an option for you.

To find out if you would benefit from this procedure, you would need to have a full consultation with Mr Fenn. After examining your forehead and brow, and discussing your medical history, Mr Fenn will be able to confirm your suitability for surgery or will advise you on other treatment alternatives such as fillers.
If surgery is an option, Mr Fenn will discuss the risks associated with brow lift surgery. As well as encouraging you to ask questions about the procedure, he will also recommend that you think about it for some time before you decide to go ahead.

What does brow lift surgery involve?

Brow lift surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic and takes approximately 2 hours. It usually involves an overnight stay in hospital though this could be longer if the brow lift is performed in conjunction with another cosmetic surgery procedure.

There are two surgical techniques that can be used in brow lift surgery and Mr Fenn will recommend the most appropriate method for you depending on your individual needs.

Traditional coronal brow lift

The conventional brow lift surgery technique is the ‘coronal brow lift’ – though this is used much less frequently nowadays.

It involves a long incision in the hairline, usually from temple to temple. The skin on the forehead is separated from the bone and excess skin and tissue are removed. The muscles that create frown lines are weakened and the eyebrows are lifted and fixed into a higher position. 

The skin is sutured back together and due to the length of the cut, scarring tends to be extensive. However as the incision is within the hair, the scar can usually be hidden.

Endoscopic brow lift

A technique developed in more recent years and used most often today is the ‘endoscopic brow lift’. The surgical procedure itself is fundamentally the same as the coronal brow lift – however instead of being performed through one long incision across the forehead, this minimally invasive procedure is performed through 3-4 tiny ‘keyhole’ cuts along the hairline. Scarring is much less obvious than with the coronal brow lift and is of particular benefit to men and women with receding hairlines.

How long does it take to recover?

You will need to stay in hospital for 1-2 nights following your surgery although this might be longer if you have more than 1 cosmetic surgery procedure.

For the first couple of days, your forehead will be wrapped in bandages. It is normal for your forehead to feel tight, bruised and sore at this point but the pain and discomfort can usually be managed with painkilling tablets.

Recovery time does vary between person to person but it is highly likely that you will have fully recovered from your brow lift surgery within 3 weeks of the operation. 

Depending on the nature of your job, you should be able to return to work 2-3 weeks after surgery. 

Mr Fenn will recommend that you stay mobile as your brow recovers – but he will also advise you to avoid any strenuous activity for several weeks after the operation. 

You will be asked to come back to the hospital for a series of follow up appointments with Mr Fenn and the cosmetic surgery team to make sure your brow is healing as it should be.

How much does brow lift surgery cost?

If you would like to know the price of brow lift surgery, contact Mr Chris Fenn’s secretary, Claire Herbert on 0113 218 5971, email Claire.herbert@spirehealthcare.com or complete an on-line enquiry form. 

How can I find out more about brow lift surgery?

For further information about brow lift surgery or to book a consultation with Mr Chris Fenn, call his secretary Claire Herbert on 0113 218 5971, email Claire.herbert@spirehealthcare.com or complete an on-line enquiry form.

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