The eyebrow lift or forehead lift tackles sagging brows that make a face look older and more tired than it should. With all the Zoom time in recent months, facial treatments are surging in popularity. If you’re looking for a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance, you might be considering a brow lift.
The procedure is most commonly carried out to combat signs of ageing, but younger patients often experience forehead creases too. As with any cosmetic treatment, it’s important to find an expert plastic surgeon you trust. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from a brow lift and how long it takes to recover.
What is a Brow Lift?
An eyebrow lift is also known as a forehead lift or browplasty. During the procedure, the brow or forehead area is repositioned and lifted. The surgery can help you look younger and rejuvenated. It raises the eyebrows to a more youthful level and helps combat the signs of ageing.
As the brow and forehead are such an integral part of the upper face, the treatment can also improve the appearance around the eyes. If you have a low brow, deep horizontal forehead creases, or brow asymmetry, you might consider an eyebrow lift.
What Happens During an Eyebrow Lift?
There are different ways to perform a brow lift. Your plastic surgeon will talk through your options during your consultation and determine the best option for you. The surgery itself lasts between 1 to 2 hours. Generally, the most common techniques for an eyebrow lift are endoscopic or open brow.
With an endoscopic brow lift, the surgeon makes three to five incisions on the scalp. A thin camera is inserted and used to view your underlying tissues and muscles. Your surgeon then lifts your forehead into a higher position and anchors it down securely.
Whereas, with an open brow lift, an incision is made behind the hairline ear to ear. The skin tissue is then moved into an elevated position, and any excess skin is removed. This type of surgery is also known as a coronal brow lift.
What are the Benefits of a Brow Lift?
There are several benefits of a brow lift, including:
- Smooth forehead wrinkles
- Improve crows feet
- Restore a youthful look to the eyebrows
- Remove excess skin
- Reduce the appearance of upper eyelid sagging
How Long is the Recovery Time for Eyebrow Lift Surgery?
You will need to schedule some downtime after your surgery for proper rest and recovery. Although most of our patients experience very little pain after a forehead lift, the initial recovery period is about 2 weeks. This is when you need to make the most adjustments to your day-to-day routine to promote good healing. It’s entirely normal to experience some bruising and swelling after your procedure. This will ease up in a couple of weeks. You should be able to return to work in 2 weeks, but no strenuous exercise for at least 4 weeks. At 1 month post-op, you should be able to start to return to normal activities.
You will see results immediately, but there will be some swelling for the first few weeks. As the swelling eases up and bruising fades, you will begin to see the results.
Brow Lift Aftercare Tips
In the first 24 hours following the surgery, you will need to wear bandages. After 2-3 days, you can wash your hair. Your surgeon will guide you on how to do this. It’s normal to expect some bruising and swelling, especially in the first few days following the procedure.
It’s essential that you don’t bend or do any heavy lifting for 2 weeks. Avoid smoking to promote effective healing and recovery. Your surgeon will remove your stitches after 1 to 2 weeks. You must follow all your aftercare instructions as they are put in place to aid healing and produce the best results possible.
You should be able to go back to work in 2 weeks of your surgery. Over the next few weeks, any bruising and swelling should go down. In general, you shouldn’t see any visible scarring, but if you can, it should be easy to cover up with your hair while you’re healing. After the surgery settles in, you should see the final results in 6 to 8 weeks.
Can You Combine Eyelid Surgery and a Brow Lift?
The answer is 100% yes. It’s very common to combine two treatments for a total eye rejuvenation package. A forehead lift doesn’t specifically target bags under the eyes and crows feet. An eyebrow lift and eyelid surgery are an excellent combination. Each procedure requires about a week or two off work to recover. If you combine the two treatments, you can recover in the same amount of time, rather than two separate recoveries. This is why it’s popular to combine two treatments into one.
What are the Potential Risks and Complications of a Brow Lift?
As with any type of surgery, there are potential risks and complications of a brow lift you need to be aware of.
Risks and complications include:
- Hair problems
- Pain and bleeding
- Fluid accumulation
- Changes in skin sensation
- Anaesthesia risks
- Skin loss
- Eye irritation
Your forehead area can make you look older, tired, angry, or sad. By undergoing a brow lift, you can look to achieve a more youthful and alert appearance. Your recovery and aftercare will help you get great results safely and more comfortably.