Facial features change as we age and sometimes these changes aren’t what we hoped for. This can include the skin of the brow sagging, which can impair vision and make men and women feel self-conscious about their appearance. Sagging skin tends to occur when there is a loss of facial volume, an inevitable effect of the natural ageing process. In addition, the forehead can develop lines and creases that can make you appear older than you really are. These lines are caused by decreased collagen production, which starts to occur from the mid-20s and onwards. Over time, frown lines can also appear, which are the vertical creases that form between the eyebrows following persistent downward movement of the eyebrows.
A brow lift is a surgical procedure that Dr Perron offers to minimise sagging skin over the brow area. It also diminishes creases that develop across the forehead over time, as well as frown lines that make people appear older. By making incisions along the hairline, Dr Perron is able to reposition a sagging brow, which means that any patients suffering from vision impairment will see a great improvement. A brow lift is suitable for men and women and can achieve a more alert, refreshed and youthful appearance. There is some downtime associated with this procedure but Dr Perron will ensure that patients know exactly what to expect during the recovery process.
Before the Procedure
Before brow lift surgery, patients are required to attend a personal consultation with Dr Perron. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the procedure and whether it is the right one for you. You can ask Dr Perron questions and the eyebrows and forehead will be assessed to determine the degree of elevation that is required to produce natural results. Patients should be prepared to take time off work moving forward with the surgery and should also be in good health. Non-smokers do tend to heal faster and have a better recovery experience, which is why smoking is discouraged for several weeks before and after your procedure.
To perform an eyebrow lift, a general anaesthetic will be required. This will ensure that patients are comfortable and that the procedure is pain-free. Dr Perron will make incisions in a way that will make it easy for the skin to be moved and corrected. The incisions will be made within the hairline for the best results – this will also mean that scarring is minimal and hidden. Once the skin has been repositioned, it will minimise any folds and creases in the forehead, as well as lift the eyebrows to a more desirable position. Any excess skin will be removed before the patient receives sutures. This surgery normally takes around one to two hours to complete, depending on the individual patient and their needs.
Some downtime will be required following a brow lift. It is a surgical procedure after all, and the area will need time to adjust and heal. It is recommended that patients take around 10 days to two weeks off work for rest and recovery. During this time, it’s essential that you get as much rest as possible. Any strenuous activities should be avoided for at least six weeks to avoid applying any unnecessary pressure to the area.
It is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort around the eyebrows and forehead after a brow lift. Sleeping in an elevated position can help alleviate any swelling. In addition, the area may feel tight and itchy after surgery and some patients might experience numbness too.
Patients can look forward to seeing the final results of their brow lift after six weeks. Most patients can expect their results to last a lifetime. Very few men and women who undergo this procedure ever need a second one.
Since a brow lift is a surgical procedure, there are some risks that are associated with it as well as the general anaesthetic. Infection, allergy, pain and bleeding after surgery are a few of the risks that Dr Perron will speak to you about during your consultation.
Other risks that are associated with a procedure include:
- Altered scalp sensation
- Hairline alteration
If at any point during your recovery you experience prolonged side effects, it’s best to schedule an appointment with Dr Perron sooner rather than later.
Brow Lift FAQs
Patients can expect minimal scarring after having an eyebrow lift. This is because the incisions are made within the hairline during surgery. Nobody will be able to see where your incisions are as the hair will hide them. In addition, scars fade over time so they will be less noticeable regardless. Dr Perron will tell you how to care for your incision sites to keep scarring to a minimum.
It is important that patients have realistic expectations about what results can be achieved with this surgery. Dr Perron can rejuvenate the face by repositioning the skin around the eyebrows and forehead to diminish the appearance of lines, making patients feel more youthful. Drooping eyebrows can be corrected and frown lines can also be diminished. In addition, patients sometimes combine a brow lift with other procedures for overall facial rejuvenation. This can include eyelid surgery and a face and neck lift. With this being said, what can be achieved during surgery will also depend on your health, as well as the condition of your skin. Dr Perron will help you set realistic expectations during your consultation.
A brow lift starts at about $3,000, but there are several factors that first need to be taken into account before a final cost can be determined. Whether or not the patient wants to combine the brow lift with other procedures is one of the considerations. The only time that Medicare might cover some of the costs of a brow lift is if the sagging skin is diminishing the patient’s eyesight.
No. A brow lift focuses on the area above the eyes, while an eye lift or blepharoplasty targets the upper and lower eyelids. If need be, an eye and brow lift might be required in order to achieve the desired outcome.
It will have an effect, but it will be very mild. When the brow line is lifted, it’s only natural for the anterior hairline to move too.
This will vary between patients. While some women will never need a brow lift at all, others may to schedule a lift as soon as their late twenties. It all depends on whether you are happy with your appearance and if your brow is starting to affect your vision. The most common age for a brow lift is the late forties.