It’s often been said that the eyebrows are the frame to the face. They act to balance your face and help define your eyes. As we get older the muscles in our face that support its structure become slacker and our skin loses its elasticity. Sometimes this results in noticeably baggy eyelids, forehead and saggy eyebrows.
A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, raises the brows and lifts the eyelids to open up the area around the eyes. It can also smooth out frown lines and wrinkles on your forehead and between your eyes. You may also be considering a brow lift if you’ve already started having or are considering having Botox injections.
What types of Brow lift are there?
The ‘classic’ lift – where one continuous incision is made from one ear to the other, around the top of your hairline.
The endoscopic lift – where a series of smaller incisions are made around your hairline. The doctor inserts a camera probe into these for viewing purposes and then uses special surgical instruments to make the necessary changes. Small anchors are also used to secure the skin during the operation. These are removed a few weeks later.
The endoscopic approach is generally favoured because it is less invasive which usually means a shorter recovery time. However, the classic approach may be more effective – depending on how much work needs to be done to get the desired effect.
How long does the surgery take?
The operation will usually take one to two hours, depending on which approach the surgeon takes. You will be under a general anaesthetic so you’ll be asleep for the duration
After the procedure, you will be taken from the operating theatre to a recovery room, where you will come round from the anaesthesia under close supervision.
It’s likely that you will experience some numbness, swelling and bruising immediately after the operation. You will also probably feel as though you’ve got a bad headache but this is normal and your symptoms will start to improve over the next few weeks. We will give you medication while you’re with us and take home to help ease any pain.
We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you’ve left the Clinic, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.
Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.
This will depend on which operation you’ve decided on, but when you get home you’ll need to take things easy at first. Most people return to work after a couple of weeks but it could be around a month before you feel totally confident with your new look.
Swelling and bruising can affect all parts of your face but this should be gone within a week. For at least two days after surgery try to keep your head elevated on pillows as much as possible because this will ease any swelling. It’s also a good idea to apply regular ice packs to affected areas and avoid bending or leaning down.
You may also experience itching for weeks or even months after the operation. This is normal and will ease with time.
Everybody is different and your surgeon will discuss your expectations and end results with you in detail.
For many people, the end results far outweigh the negatives associated with having surgery and our patients say it has given them a big confidence boost. Please see some of our patient stories to hear how this procedure has impacted their lives for the better.
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