Face Surgery

Brow Lift Melbourne

What is a Brow Lift

At Niche Plastic Surgery we offer several surgical brow lift options, our specialist plastic surgeons have considerable experience in performing facial procedures.

Brow Lift Surgery Outcomes

Over time the skin that covers the forehead loses elasticity, this affects the position of the eyebrows and the appearance of the upper eyelids.

A brow lift procedure also called a forehead lift, tightens stretched skin around the forehead and eyebrow areas. A brow lift also involves repositioning the underlying muscles and tissues, which helps smooth out the deep furrows and wrinkles that form over the years.

Types of Brow Lift Procedures

Each person’s anatomy and facial structure differs so there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to a brow lift procedure. Fortunately, there are many types of brow lift procedures each of which corrects the brow in different ways. The Specialist Plastic Surgeons at Niche Plastic Surgery have considerable experience performing facial cosmetic procedures and will advise you on the most suitable approach.

Types of brow lift procedures include:

  • Gliding brow lift
  • Deep Plane Temporal brow lift
  • Trans-blepharoplasty browpexy
  • Direct brow lift
  • Coronal brow lift

Gliding Brow Lift

This involves two short incisions at the temporal hairline, one on each side of the forehead. The surgical plane is superficial, with the dissection proceeding from the hairline towards the eyebrow just under the skin and on top of the muscle. The skin and eyebrow are elevated and secured in the new position with several external sutures removed 2 to 3 days post-surgery.

Deep Plane Temporal Brow Lift

The deep plane temporal brow lift is a procedure that is often performed with a facelift although it can also be done on its own. It involves an incision in the temporal hair on each side of the forehead and a deep plane dissection, below the skin and muscle towards the bony orbit around the eye. The forehead and eyebrow are elevated and secured to the new position with deep sutures.

Trans-Blepharoplasty Brow Lift

The trans-blepharoplasty brow lift is a modification of a standard upper eyelid blepharoplasty. The surgeon makes an incision in the upper eyelid and lifts the eyebrow to create an arched effect, it’s position is secured with a deep suture.

Direct Brow Lift

This involves the excision of skin and muscle directly above the eyebrow to create a stable brow lift. Unlike other procedures the scar is not hidden within the hair on the scalp or the eyelid crease, for this procedure the scar is placed either within a crease on the forehead or just on the edge of the eyebrow hair. It is typically reserved for a heavy male brow.

Coronal Brow Lift

As the oldest of all the brow lift techniques, the coronal lift, also known as an open brow lift, entails making a single incision from ear to ear above the forehead. The overall effect helps shorten the length of the forehead and lift the eyebrows. The coronal brow lift is the most invasive of all the procedures since it requires such a large incision. For this reason, most surgeons today perform coronal lifts less often, opting for other less invasive approaches.

The Brow Lift Procedure

Brow lift procedures are always performed in an accredited hospital, typically under a general anaesthetic. As brow lift procedures vary in complexity, the duration of the surgery and post-operative care will also vary.  It may be possible for some patients to go home on the day of surgery, while others will require an overnight hospital stay. The incisions are closed with sutures which will be reviewed one week after the surgery.

What’s the Recovery Period Like?

Patients can expect to feel a tightness across the forehead. Swelling and bruising may be present for the first one to two weeks.

We recommend low activity for the first three to four days following surgery to allow yourself to rest and recover. After one to two weeks, you may be able to resume work provided your job doesn’t require strenuous activity. It’s not uncommon to tire quickly after surgery so a limited work schedule may be in order. At Niche Plastic Surgery our staff will discuss everything you need to know and schedule regular follow-up appointments to ensure your recovery progresses well.

What are the Risks of Brow Lift Surgery?

All surgery will involve the risk of complications and undesirable outcomes. Those specific to brow lift procedures include but are not limited to; transient or permanent injury to the facial nerve causing an asymmetry in forehead movement, post-operative bleeding, changes in forehead skin sensation, poor wound healing including infection and wound breakdown, and poor scarring. There is a small percentage of patients that will have an unsatisfactory outcome following surgery and require a revision procedure.

Call us to Discuss Your Brow Lift Options

Scheduling a one-on-one consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon is the best way to find out if brow lift surgery is right for you. If you need more information or wish to schedule a consultation with one of our FRACS-qualified surgeons, call Niche Plastic Surgery on 9853 9705.

Brow lift FAQs

What is a brow lift and who should consider it?

A brow lift, or forehead lift, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at elevating addressing eyebrows and reducing forehead wrinkles. It’s offered to individuals experiencing forehead creases, change in positioning of the eyebrows.

What are the potential outcomes of undergoing a brow lift?

A brow lift adresses:

  • Reducing horizontal forehead wrinkles.
  • Eye brow positioning
  • Changing frown lines between the eyebrows.

What is the recovery process like after a brow lift?

Recovery after a brow lift involves mild to moderate swelling and possible bruising, which typically subsides within two weeks. Most patients can resume normal activities within 10 days but may need to avoid strenuous activities for at least a few weeks. Discomfort can typically be managed with prescribed pain medications.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for a brow lift?

Good candidates for a brow lift include those who:

  • Are physically healthy and non-smoking.
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery.
  • Are seeking to change the appearance of their forehead and brow region.