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Sydney, NSW Brow Lift (BROWPLASTY)

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Brow Lift (BROWPLASTY) with dr turner

A brow lift (browplasty) or forehead lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that raises and reshapes the eyebrows. It can also remove excess upper eyelid skin. This procedure can also address forehead wrinkles, horizontal lines, and low-positioned brows in some cases. However, it is important to have a consultation and discussion with a qualified plastic surgeon to find out what can be achieved.

What Changes can a Brow Lift (Browplasty) make?

A brow lift (browplasty) is performed with the goal of:

  • Elevating low-positioned brows
  • Reducing the appearance of forehead wrinkles and horizontal lines
  • Addressing brow asymmetry
  • Reducing excess upper eyelid skin
  • Addressing visual obstruction due to lower brow position and excessive upper eyelid laxity

Suitable Candidates for a Brow Lift (Browplasty)

A brow lift (browplasty) is not for everyone. During your consultation, Dr Turner will assess your overall health, expectations, and aesthetic goals. Candidates for a brow lift (browplasty) often aim to address the following:

  • Low-positioned brows
  • Forehead wrinkles and horizontal lines
  • Brow asymmetry
  • Excess upper eyelid skin
  • Visual obstruction due to lower brow position and excessive upper eyelid laxity

In addition, candidates for a brow lift (browplasty) should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations.

Brow Lift (Browplasty) Surgery – What to Expect

The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia in an accredited hospital with the assistance of a qualified anaesthetist. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the procedure can take 2-3 hours to complete. You may be allowed to go home the same day or you may need to stay overnight depending on the extent of the procedure.

The surgical technique and incision location will depend on individual patient features and aesthetic goals. The traditional open brow lift (browplasty) technique requires a long incision within the hair-bearing scalp. This gives access to remove excess skin, modify the underlying muscles, and lift the eyebrows.

The lateral brow lift (browplasty) requires a small incision either at the hairline or within the hair-bearing scalp in the temporal area. It elevates the outer part of the brow which is most frequently affected by ageing.

The endoscopic brow lift (browplasty) technique requires three to five small incisions in the hair-bearing scalp. This allows for the endoscope (a long, thin, flexible tube with a light and camera) to gain access and provide visualisation of the underlying tissues. The soft tissues of the forehead and eyebrows are then repositioned and excess skin is removed.

Recovery After a Brow Lift (Browplasty)

After brow lift (browplasty) surgery, you will need to elevate the head for several days to reduce swelling. Temporary numbness may be present after surgery, however, it will gradually decrease within a few days. Bruising around the lower eyelid area may last for up to two weeks. To address these discomforts, you will need to take the prescribed medications.

A week after brow lift (browplasty) surgery, you will return to Dr Turner’s office for a follow-up. During this time, you can see the results of the procedure despite some swelling. Dr Turner will remove any sutures present and will assess the healing of the incisions.

After a brow lift (browplasty), you will need to rest for a week or two to allow healing. Depending on your recovery, you can resume normal activities during this time. However, you will need to avoid strenuous activities and contact sports.

Risks & Complications Associated with a Brow Lift (Browplasty)

As with any surgery, you must be fully informed of the potential risks and complications associated with brow lift (browplasty) surgery. They will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.

Risks and complications of a brow lift (browplasty) are the following:

  • Asymmetry
  • Bruising/haematoma
  • Infection
  • Pigmentation changes (skin discolouration)
  • Poor Scarring
  • Ptosis (low-positioned brows)
  • Revision surgery
  • Swelling
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Dr Scott J turner

Dr Turner FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – Plastic Surgery) is a Sydney Plastic Surgeon with clinics in the Eastern Suburbs at Bondi Junction and Northern Beaches at Manly.

Dr Scott J Turner has over a decade of experience in private practice solely focused on performing cosmetic surgery.

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Reasons for Having a Brow Lift (Browplasty)

Patients may choose to undergo a brow lift or browplasty to address signs of ageing, such as low-positioned eyebrows and wrinkles on the forehead and above the eyes. Elevating the brows through a brow lift reduces these aesthetic concerns.

The natural ageing process can lead to a loss of skin elasticity and the impact of gravity, causing the eyebrows to descend and deepen the appearance of lines on the forehead and between the brows. A brow lift aims to reduce the appearance of these lines and adjust the eyebrows to a higher position. Beyond addressing ageing concerns, patients may also choose a brow lift to correct asymmetry in the eyebrows and change overall facial harmony.

A brow lift also has medical purposes. Patients with peripheral vision issues due to a descending brow may choose this procedure, especially if the condition interferes with their daily activities like driving and reading. The procedure can also correct facial asymmetry caused by medical conditions like Bell’s palsy or other nerve damage by repositioning a descending eyebrow to a more symmetrical position. In addition, it can address skin irritations or infections caused by excess skin in the brow area.

Our Philosophy on Brow Lift (Browplasty)

At FacePlus Aesthetics, our philosophy on brow lift surgery centres around achieving results that complement the natural features of each patient. Dr Scott Turner focuses on creating subtle changes without altering the patient’s fundamental appearance.

We believe in taking a personalised approach, customising each procedure to fit the patient’s unique facial structure and aesthetic goals. Dr Turner discusses the patient’s expectations during the consultation and evaluates their facial anatomy to determine the most suitable technique. This personalised planning helps ensure that the results closely align with the patient’s desired goals.

Our commitment extends beyond achieving aesthetic goals; we also focus on providing a supportive and informative experience for each patient. From the initial consultation to postoperative care, we strive to educate our patients about the procedure, what it entails, and what they can expect during the recovery process, ensuring they are well informed and comfortable with their care journey.

How the Procedure is Performed

Brow lift surgery at FacePlus Aesthetics is tailored to meet the individual needs and preferences of each patient. It is typically performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation. The incisions are strategically placed within the hairline or along the natural contours of the forehead to conceal any potential scarring.

During the procedure, Dr Turner adjusts the soft tissues of the forehead and may modify or remove parts of the muscles responsible for wrinkle formation. This process helps reduce the appearance of signs of ageing and elevate the eyebrows. Depending on the specific requirements and goals of the patient, various surgical techniques may be utilised, including the classic lift, the endoscopic lift, or a limited incision technique. Each of these methods offers different benefits, and the choice of technique is influenced by factors such as the patient’s anatomy and the extent of changes desired.

After making the necessary tissue adjustments, Dr Turner closes the incisions using sutures or skin adhesives, ensuring that the closure is secure and neat. The duration of the brow lift surgery can range from one to two hours, influenced by the complexity of the case and the surgical method employed.

Recovery Period

The recovery period following a brow lift is an essential phase where the body heals and adapts to the changes made during surgery. Patients typically experience some level of swelling and bruising around the forehead and eyes, which generally starts to subside within the first two weeks. Dr Scott Turner provides detailed postoperative care instructions tailored to each individual’s needs to effectively manage discomfort and support the healing process.

Patients are usually advised to allocate at least one week for recovery away from work or other daily commitments. During this period, it’s crucial to avoid any physically demanding activities and maintain a position where the head is elevated, especially during sleep, to help reduce swelling. Avoiding strenuous activities will help prevent unnecessary tension or pressure on the incision sites. The application of cold compresses is also recommended to alleviate bruising and discomfort, facilitating a more comfortable recovery.

Follow-up appointments play a critical role in monitoring the healing process, and they are scheduled accordingly to ensure that recovery is on track and address any patient concerns as they arise. These sessions provide Dr Turner the opportunity to assess the surgical site and confirm that healing is proceeding as expected. The complete results of a brow lift typically become more noticeable over several weeks as the swelling fully resolves and the tissues adjust to their new contours. However, it is important to keep in mind that results may vary from patient to patient depending on the specific concern and adherence to postoperative instructions.

Risks and Complications

Like all surgical procedures, a brow lift carries potential risks and complications. Typical side effects include temporary numbness, bruising, swelling, and discomfort around the treated area. These symptoms can generally be managed with prescribed medications and usually resolve as the healing process progresses. Infection is a potential risk but can be minimised through diligent wound care and maintaining good hygiene during recovery.
Other less common complications may include visible scarring, although incisions are usually concealed within the hairline or natural contours of the forehead. Some patients might experience temporary hair loss at the incision sites or asymmetry in the positioning of the brows. Changes in skin sensation or numbness are also possible, with most cases being temporary, but in rare instances, they could persist longer or become permanent.

Dr Scott Turner prioritises patient education about all potential risks associated with a brow lift. He strives to minimise these risks by employing meticulous surgical techniques and conducting thorough pre-operative planning. During the recovery period, close monitoring and regular follow-up visits are crucial for early detection and management of any complications that may arise. These measures are all part of ensuring high safety standards.