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Raise a few eyebrows with your youthful new look. A brow lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure involving a gentle trimming and lifting of skin on the forehead, and the removal of sagging underlying tissue. The operation is designed to give the face a younger look, eliminating dropping brow lines and smoothing wrinkles in the area.

How does it work?

During the procedure, four inch-long incisions are made behind the hairline and an endoscope is inserted through each so that the surgeon can examine the make up of the tissues below. Excess tissue is then removed to smooth the surface of the skin and the incisions are stitched shut horizontally (to further lift the entire brow region).

A brow lift usually takes between one and two hours and normally involves a short stay in hospital (at least overnight). Recovery can take up to 6 months in total, but bandages are often removed after one or two days, sutures and metal clips after 10 days- 2 weeks, and the rest of the recuperation period involves waiting for scars to fade. You may be told to keep your head elevated in the days immediately following the procedure and although most people are back on their feet within this period, strenuous exertion should be avoided for at least a month. It is also advised that you do not have any prolonged exposure to the sun, but you should start to ‘feel yourself’ again after 2-3 weeks.

Is it for me?

If you are thinking of having a brow lift, make sure your expectations are realistic. Bear in mind the recovery period and remember that a surgical procedure is for life and is never a ‘quick fix’.

If you are physically healthy, do not smoke and have realistic goals about your desired change in appearance, it may be worth booking a consultation with an experienced surgeon. Ideal candidates for brow lift surgery include:

  • Those who have sagging or low positioned eyebrows, that create a tired or sad appearance.
  • People with frown lines, or furrows between their eyebrows or across the top of their nose.
  • Those who dislike having deep horizontal creases across their forehead.

Brow lifts are typically performed on people aged 40-60 and both men and women can undergo the procedure. If you are below the lower end of this age range, you may still be a suitable candidate if you already have deep frown lines due to stress or over activity of muscles in the region.

Other cosmetic facial procedures can be undertaken at the same time as a brow lift if desired, but all surgery is dependent on your medical history and current condition. Pregnant women should avoid elective surgery.

Good to know

The first surgical brow lift method (used up until the 1950s) was known as a coronal, or open, forehead lift. This is because it involved the creation of one long incision running from ear to ear over the top of the hairline before the skin was lifted and re-stitched.

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