Brow Lift Surgery What You Need To Know


In our blog, we have looked at a whole raft of ‘face looks'.  We have discussed the ‘resting bitch face', the ‘Instagram Face‘, the Rich Girl Face'.  Today we look at brow lift surgery and what has been known as the ‘surprised face'  or the ‘Disney princess eyes'.

This is the range of looks that come from various types of a brow lift.  For many Instagram stars, the choice is often  “should I go for a mini brow lift or continue with regular Botox shots?”   Some surgeons even suggest to clients that having a min brow lift is cheaper and less hassle than botox.  It can be done quickly with little recovery time.  IT will cost about the same as 2 years of Botox but it is a one-off cost.

Also known as a lateral brow liftMINI brow lift, and mini forehead lift  A temporal brow lift is a cosmetic surgery that is less invasive than a typical brow lift surgery. It only has one small incision hidden in the hair and using telescopes, the outer 1/3 of the brow and forehead is lifted. People can heal from this procedure over a weekend.    This is cosmetic surgery as an ‘aesthetic' procedure rather than dealing with the ravages of age or the problem of hooded eyelids. A mini brow lift offers the following advantages.

  • Reducing wrinkles and folds in the brow, forehead, and corners of the eyes
  • Smoothing the forehead
  • Raising outer 1/3 brow
  • Lifting sagging cheeks
  • Removing or reducing hooding over upper eyelids
  • Smoothing “crow’s feet” around the eyes
  • Giving “sleepy” eyes a wider and more open appearance


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Many older patients seek out a brow lift to treat hooded eyelids (i.e. drooping eyelids) or drooping brows. The tissues of the eyelids and brows are closely connected, so drooping of the brows often causes apparent drooping of the eyelids.

A brow lift can correct the loss of soft tissue elasticity in the upper third of the face. An endoscopic brow lift creates a more rejuvenated, younger appearance in the upper third area of the face. It can even be combined with a facelift. An endoscopic brow lift is usually performed by a cosmetic surgeon.

Many patients seek out a brow lift surgery to treat hooded eyelids (i.e. drooping eyelids) or drooping brows. The tissues of the eyelids and brows are closely connected, so drooping of the brows often triggers noticeable drooping of the eyelids.

Traditional Brow lift surgery is typically carried out under general anaesthetic and you may need to stay one night in a medical facility. You may have bandaging on your forehead to safeguard any incisions. There may be very delicate tubes (drains) inserted in the wound to drain any unwanted fluid or blood. These will be taken out in 2-3 days.

A pretrichial brow lift is a surgical procedure to correct the loss of soft tissue elasticity in the upper third of the face. Excess sagging skin around the forehead causing drooping of the brows and wrinkling of the forehead is removed. Underlying muscle and tissue are repositioned, creating a more refreshed, youthful appearance in the upper third of the face. The pretrichial brow lift is usually performed by plastic surgeons. A pretrichial brow lift can also be combined with a facelift.

A brow lift may well be carried out in a surgeon's office-based facility, an outpatient surgical centre, or a hospital, and can require one to three hours to complete. Drugs will be provided for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Local anaesthesia along with sedation is commonly used during brow-lift surgery, though general anaesthesia can be used instead. For your safety and security during the surgery, various displays will check your heart, blood pressure, pulse, and the quantity of oxygen moving in your blood. An anesthesiologist or nurse anaesthetist will be present to administer sedatives (or general anaesthetic) and assist in monitoring. Your cosmetic surgeon will follow the surgical plan reviewed with you before your operation.

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Once brow lift surgery has started, the surgeon may choose to combine various methods or change a technique to ensure the best result. It is essential that you feel relaxed and trust in your doctor to make these decisions. Sections of hair will be held away from the surgery area. After removing excess tissue, skin, and muscle, your surgeon will close the incision with stitches or staples. Your hair and face will be cleansed so the scalp skin does not get inflamed. The treated area will be wrapped with a sterile padding and an elastic bandage to prevent bleeding and swelling (oedema). You will have sutures and a dressing on your forehead for the first few days after surgery. After surgery, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will keep on be closely monitored.

So, if you wish to just ‘freshen up ‘your face quickly for a couple of thousand dollars with very little recuperation then the min brow lift surgery might be a good alternative to regular botox shots.  If, on the other hand, you need to correct hooded eyelids or time aged skin then perhaps your best choice would be traditional invasive brow lift surgery which can be combined with a facelift. In any event, this is for you to discuss at length with your trusted medical practitioner.