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Brow Lift in Newcastle & Sydney NSW

A brow lift procedure improves the shape and position of the eyebrows and diminishes wrinkles and furrows on the forehead that can make you appear angry, sad or worried. It can also help correct excess, hanging upper eyelid skin that can make you look tired. A brow lift is often performed in conjunction with a facelift and/or blepharoplasty for a comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Dr Turner’s favours a natural look, so you will not have that ‘surprised’, overcorrected, high arched brow.

Quick Facts

Anaesthesia: General Anaesthesia
In/Outpatient: Inpatient
Length of surgery: 2-3 hours
Recovery: Most patients are back to work in approximately 10 – 14 days when swelling and bruising resolves. We advise our patients to avoid strenuous activity for 1 month.
Results: Final results are seen within 6 months, and the duration of those results vary from one person to another due to the quality of their skin, ageing and weight changes.

What can a Brow Lift do for me?

• Elevate a drooping brow
• Improve horizontal forehead wrinkles
• Reposition and create a more sculpted arched brow
• Improve brow symmetry
• Reduce excess upper eyelid skin by repairing brow ptosis
• Give the face a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance

Am I suitable?

The procedure is most commonly performed on both men and women who are in good health and have developed furrows or wrinkles and a low or sagging brow. It is ideal for patients between ages of 40 to 60 years.

A brow lift can even improve vision for patients experiencing visual obstruction due to lower brow position and excessive upper eyelid laxity, often in combination with a blepharoplasty.

Brow Lift Surgery – What to expect

Brow lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited hospital with the assistance of a qualified anaesthetist. Expect the operation to take between two and three hours, and you are discharged the same day.

The brow lift technique and incision location depends not only on your aesthetic goal but individual patient features. The traditional open brow lift technique requires a long incision within the hair-bearing scalp. This gives excellent access to remove excess skin, modify the underlying muscles that cause frown lines and lift your eyebrows to a more youthful level. The minimal incision lateral browlift requires a small incision either at the hairline or within the hair-bearing scalp in the temporal area, it is excellent at elevating the outer part of the brow which is most frequently affected by aging. The endoscopic brow lift technique has become increasingly popular because it is less invasive with only three to five small incisions in the hair-bearing scalp for the endoscope to gain access to elevate the brow, however is not suitable for all patients.

Recovery After Your Browlift Surgery

After your brow lift surgery, you will need to elevate the head for several days in order to reduce swelling. Temporary bruising and numbness may be present after surgery, however, this should fade within a few days. Bruising around the lower eyelid area may last for up to two weeks. As with ear reshaping, nose surgery and other facial procedures, medication is prescribed to help control any pain and discomfort.

At 1 week after your brow lift surgery, you return to Dr Turner’s office and your wounds are reviewed. Here, you begin to see the results of your despite some initial swelling. Dr Turner will remove any sutures present and will tell you how to care for your wound.

After a brow lift, we recommend relaxing for a week or two to allow healing. Most people are able to resume normal activities after this time. You are able to wash your hair after two days.

Risks Associated with Brow Lift Surgery

As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with brow lift surgery. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.

It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.

Some risks are more likely to occur than others:

Risks Associated with Surgery

• Swelling
• Infection
• Bruising / haematoma
• Revision surgery to correct or improve outcome

Specific Risks Associated with Brow Lift Surgery

• Pigmentation changes
• Poor Scarring
• Ptosis
• Asymmetry

Your Brow Lift Consultation with Dr Turner

Firstly, you are fully informed of the normal surgery process, plus possible complications. After a thorough history and discussion about your desires & goals, Dr Scott Turner examines you to assess if you are a good surgical candidate. This will focus closely on assessing your hairline position, eyebrow shape and configuration, skin quality, eyelid position (skin and fat component), underlying muscle activity and the bone structure. Routine pre-op photographs are taken.

During your consultation, Dr Scott Turner will discuss the range of techniques available from traditional open browlift, minimal incision lateral brow lift to endoscopic brow lift techniques. The benefits and limitations of each technique and how it may be tailored to achieve your aesthetic goals, along with possible risks and complications.

“A brow lift or forehead lift restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above and around the eyes”.Dr Scott Turner Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Brow Lift Surgery FAQs

WILL I END UP WITH A SURPRISED LOOK AFTER MY BROW LIFT SURGERY?

A properly performed brow lift should not result in a surprised look. It should result in an overall natural and more alert appearance.

HOW LONG DOES A BROW LIFT LAST?

A brow lift should last several years. It will depend on the patient and their skin characteristics.

WILL A BROW LIFT GET RID OF THE DEEP WRINKLES BETWEEN MY EYES

During the course of a brow lift, it is possible to disrupt the muscles that cause the wrinkles between the eyes. Unfortunately, this function cannot be completely eliminated. By weakening it, however, the deep wrinkles are often improved, but probably never erased.

WILL A BROW LIFT GET RID OF HORIZONTAL WRINKLES IN MY FOREHEAD?

A brow lift will improve the wrinkles in the forehead. In many cases, however, it may not completely eliminate them, but it should significantly improve their appearance.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BROW LIFT AND AN ENDOSCOPIC BROW LIFT?

There are several different ways to perform a brow lift. The oldest and most established method is to make an incision from one ear across the top of the head to the other. The brow is then disconnected from the underlying bone. The muscles between the eyes are then weakened. The brow is then pulled back and a strip of scalp is removed. Once the two edges are brought back together, the brow has been lifted.

An endoscopic brow lift is done with much smaller incisions. Typically, there are three to five small incisions, each approximately three-quarters of an inch long. These are all in the hair-bearing scalp. Through these small incisions, an endoscope is placed and the disconnection of the scalp from the bone is accomplished while viewing the structures on a video monitor receiving the picture from the endoscope. The nerves that need to be preserved are well visualized during this procedure and greater precision in avoiding them and disrupting the muscles between the eyes can be accomplished. The small incisions eliminate the need for long incisions across the top of the scalp and the removal of the strip of scalp. Sometimes, the removal of the strip will leave a small area of baldness. Removal of the strip of scalp normally disrupts the sensory nerves that begin at the brow level and travel up the head and back across the scalp. Usually a portion of the scalp behind the incision is numb. The endoscopic forehead lift does not require this incision, therefore numbness is less likely.

HOW MUCH PAIN WILL I HAVE AFTER MY BROW LIFT

Normally, patients do not complain of significant discomfort after the brow lift. Occasionally, they describe symptoms of a headache, which are normally short-lived. Any discomfort is normally well handled by the postoperative pain management prescribed by your surgeon.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREARE FOR SURGERY?

In preparation for the surgical procedure, it is important to follow the preoperative instructions given to you by your surgeon. Your preparation will vary slightly depending on the procedure to be performed.

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