A brow lift, otherwise known as a forehead lift, is a form of plastic surgery offering a smoother brow and more youthful appearance. As people age, factors such as genetics, stress, gravity, exposure to the sun, and a loss of skin elasticity can lead to an appearance that is tired, heavy, and deeply lined. Most commonly, people seeking a forehead lift have a sagging brow and deep furrows between their eyes that they wish to correct.
Though most clients seeking a brow lift are between the ages of 40 and 65, many as young as their early 30s are now opting for the procedure. That said, being an ideal candidate has less to do with age and more to do with realistic expectations, good overall health, and psychological soundness.
Many patients are also opting to combine their brow lift with other plastic surgeries such as a facelift, rhinoplasty, or eyelid surgery for a more complete aesthetic rejuvenation.
Complimentary Consultation at Clinic 360
Your forehead lift should be performed at a reputable, established plastic surgery firm such as Clinic 360 in Toronto. Prior to surgery, you should come in for a complimentary consultation during which time you can inform your surgeon of your expectations, medical history, previous cosmetic procedures, any medications or supplements you are currently taking, and any allergies you have. These factors, along with your physical examination, will determine the duration of your brow lift surgery, the cost, and the technique chosen.
How is a Brow Lift Performed?
Brows lift are generally performed on an outpatient basis either at a doctor’s office, hospital, or plastic surgery clinic. The whole procedure takes approximately 2 hours and in the majority of cases, patients can return home the same day as their operation. Typically, local anaesthetic (in conjunction with an oral or intravenous sedative) will be used, though general anaesthetic may be utilized if this is your or your surgeon’s preference.
Brow Lift Techniques
There are two main techniques for forehead lifts:
Traditionally, brow lifts begin with a long coronal incision made just behind the natural hairline. Alternately, a pre-trichial incision can serve as an option that is similar to a coronal incision with the main difference being the mid-portion of the incision is instead made directly at the hairline. Following this, the skin is lifted so that wrinkles can be smoothed, the brow repositioned, and any excess skin can be removed. The benefits of the coronal incision include that it heals well and lowers the hairline. The main disadvantage, however, is that it can potentially lead to visible scarring. For men, scarring can be avoided by placing the incisions in deep pre-existing mid-forehead creases. These creases are generally more defined on male patients.
Endoscopic surgery is the newer of the two brow lift technologies. Instead of a long coronal or pre-trichial incision, several smaller half-inch or inch-long incisions are made slightly behind the hairline. Through these, an endoscope is inserted so that the surgeon can see the targeted area on a television. A separate instrument is then used to lift the forehead, remove tissue, and reposition the brow. Endoscopic brow lifts are much less invasive with a reduced chance of temporary scalp numbness, though they do require more surgery time.
Brow Lift Risks
- Issues with eyebrow movement
- Loss of sensation (temporary and permanent)
- Complications with anaesthesia
- Hair loss at incision site
Recovering from Brow Lift surgery
Generally, you should be able to return home the same day as your brow lift surgery. You must arrange for either a friend or family member to drive you home, as the effects of the anaesthetic may not have entirely worn off. For most patients, recovery time from a brow lift is approximately 2 weeks. However, you should continue to avoid strenuous activities for longer. Some notes for recovery include:
- Bandages: You will have to wear bandages for the first few days after surgery. Do not shower or wash your hair until they are removed.
- Bruising and swelling: Typically, bruising and swelling only lasts for 10 days post-surgery. Ice packs can help reduce swelling.
- Keep your head elevated: You should be sure to do this for at least 2 days following surgery.
- Numbness and itching: Numbness and itchiness should subside soon after surgery. Permanent numbness may be a sign of nerve damage.
- Sutures: Sutures should be removed within a week or two of surgery.
Cost & Financing
A brow lift is considered an elective cosmetic procedure and, as such, is not covered by health insurance. If you are unable to pay for the procedure in its entirety up front, financing and payment plans are available. Your surgeon at Clinic 360 will go over all associated fees and payment options for your forehead lift during your complimentary consultation.